Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
The Hudson Valley is home to a world-class culinary school, boasts an array of artisanal producers making cheese, wine, beer and even bourbon, and encompasses some of the most beautiful and abundant farms and orchards in the Berkshires. It also is home to many fine restaurants.
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, a popular culinary extravaganza, begins 5 November and runs through 18 November. Passionate foodies are already making reservations online. In Dutchess and Columbia counties nearby galleries plan food-themed exhibits and the Moviehouse in Millerton will present a festival of films to celebrate the wonders of food.
Abundance at the Millerton Moviehouse Studio Gallery celebrates the week with an art exhibit of local artists and photographers examining the subjects of farm, food and table. The Moviehouse will also feature a tempting festival of movies including Chocolat and Babettes Feast.
The Eckert Gallery of Fine Art will display a collection of artists who use food in creative expressions of our daily bread. Far Flung Fruit (pictured above) by artist Eric Forstmann is but one example.
Hillrock Estate Distillery in Ancram will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, 3 November. Guests are encouraged to take a tour, enjoy a taste of locally produced Bourbon and have one's bottle signed by Master Distiller Dave Pickerell. Taste toasted grains straight from the kiln in the first Malt house in New York State and stroll along the fields of barley and rye.
For a restaurant set in the midst of rolling farmland in Bangall, NY, head to Red Devon which produces entirely green New American cuisine and offers organic ingredients combined to create a special menu.
There are two restaurants in Millerton that have created menus for Restaurant Week. The very popular 52 Main promises new and interesting takes on their tapas. Try some tapas, and then try some more. These small bites can keep one tasting well into the evening.
Located in Simmons Way Inn, Number 9 serves creations from chef Tim Cocheo who has become a valued and familiar shopper at farmers markets and a friend to many in this diverse community. This is a favorite among diners in search of a special evening.
Agriturismo is the delightful home away from home of Barneys New York executive chef Mark Strausman. Being closest to the food I cook is the happiest state of mind for me as a professional, so opening this restaurant and working so closely with local purveyors is the chef equivalent of Willy Wonka. The Hudson Valley is definitely becoming more of a food and wine destination, and I opened here because I want to be part of that scene." -New York Times
Far Flung Fruit by Eric Forstmann Eckert Gallery www.eckertfineart.com
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com