Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2011: Meet Guest Blogger Antonella Pomilla

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I’ve always had a passion for food, starting at a young age. As the oldest of four and born to Italian-immigrated parents, I naturally associated food with my fondest memories of family celebrations. And the older I get, the more I’ve come to cherish the traditions my parents have instilled in me and my siblings and try to keep them alive them, especially during the holidays.

I discovered a lot about cooking and baking from watching my mother, who instilled some important lessons, like buying quality food ingredients. But I’ve also learned quite a bit from TV shows and taking some culinary classes. And like many die-hard foodies, I continue to learn by exploring gourmet and farmers markets, trying new, up-and-coming restaurants and fine-dining establishments, participating in food crawls, and going to wine tastings. I can honestly say that you don’t have to leave Westchester (and run down to New York City) to get a good meal.

Thanks for the opportunity and I hope you enjoy my blog posts. As Lidia Bastianich says, “Tutti a tavola a’mangiare!”

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