This sounds like a really fun event. I may have to go.
The press release:
Harvest-on-Hudson Celebrates 10 Years
Hudson Riverfront Restaurant To Mark Anniversary
With Columbus Day Grape â€œCrushâ€ Benefit
Harvest-on-Hudson, the critically acclaimed modern Tuscan farmhouse restaurant situated directly on the Hudson River in Hastings-on-Hudson, will celebrate its 10th anniversary as one of Westchesterâ€™s premier dining destinations this autumn with exciting updates and a huge celebration that will benefit St. Johnâ€™s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers and Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry.
Diners will have the opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary with Harvestâ€™s owners, chefs and staff on Monday, October 13 (Columbus Day) from noon â€“ 6 p.m. at the restaurantâ€™s annual wine grape â€œcrushâ€ and winemaking event. A donation of $40 per person — with all proceeds benefiting St. Johnâ€™s Riverside Hospital and Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry — allows guests to join in an old fashioned fall â€œharvestâ€ festival that will include an outdoor barbeque featuring fresh roasted pork and other delicacies along with pastas, pizzas, cheese, antipasto and vegetables picked from the restaurantâ€™s own on-site gardens. Wine, beer and soda are included in the cost of admission, and mixed drinks will be available at a cash bar. Guests will be serenaded with Italian music while enjoying the magnificent Hudson River views from the terraces and lawns of the restaurant.
Approximately 5,000 pounds of grapes will be crushed at the event. The grapes will be left to ferment for about two weeks, and then they will be pressed and left to age in barrels for one year. The Bordeaux-style wine will then be bottled and served at future Crushes and other events at Harvest. This year, guests will have the opportunity to sample past yearsâ€™ vintages. This is the seventh year that Harvest has made its own wine.
In conjunction with the anniversary, the restaurant itself will undergo several updates, including the expansion of its popular tapas bar to include antipasto and additional tapas options.Â In addition, the menu will undergo a significant evolution. Corporate Executive Chef Vincent Barcelona and co-owners Bruce Bernacchia and Angelo Liberatore will stick to classic and regional Italian roots while integrating local ingredients when updating the menu, which will evolve throughout the Fall.
â€œWe are proud to be celebrating 10 years as a culinary fixture in Westchester,â€ said Bernacchia. â€œWe are fortunate that Harvest-on-Hudson has become a
destination for both local area residents and visitors to the region. We have served literally thousands of diners since we opened back in 1998 and for many it was their first opportunity to fully appreciate the beauty of the Hudson River shore. We especially look forward to celebrating our anniversary and to benefitting our good friends and neighbors, St. Johnâ€™s Riverside Hospital and Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry.â€
Chef Barcelona said, â€œOur 10th anniversary has given us the opportunity to reflect on what we have enjoyed throughout the years and what we want to build upon. We are excited about the expansion of the tapas bar and other changes to the menu that will come this year, and we are eager to share those changes with our guests.â€
For more information about The Crush or to make reservations, please call (914) 478-2800 or visit www.harvest2000.com.
Located at One River Street in Hastings, Harvest-on-Hudson is open for dinner seven nights a week and lunch Monday through Friday.Â Garden and patio dining, sunset views, a comfortable lounge and a 30-foot-high stone fireplace make Harvest-on-Hudson a perfect choice for any event.
Harvest-on-Hudson is owned and operated by the Fort Pond Bay Company, a growing restaurant group that has made a specialty of waterfront dining locations including two highly-regarded restaurants at Montauk on Long Island, Harvest on Fort Pond and East by Northeast.