Catherine’s in Goshen: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2011


Hi HVRW readers! I’m Sharon MacGregor. My husband and I were greeted and seated promptly though the main dining room at Catherine’s in Goshen was quite busy this past Tuesday night.

Jennifer, our server, told us the soup of the day was Lobster Bisque which we ordered as well as the warm goat cheese salad.  We were quickly brought our drinks as well as a basket of heated rolls – I sampled the raisin before our first course arrived.

The soup was creamy with a few lumps of lobster meat and was served in a generous size bowl rather than a cup.

The salad was also a surprisingly large portion, crisp and bright, topped with wonderful bites of pear, apple and two medium size fried discs of goat cheese.

A complete forkful would include the tang of the cheese, the crisp romaine and fruit and a pecan.  Sharing was the only way to go so we could indulge in both appetizers.

For the main course, my husband ordered the bowties with chicken and shrimp with sun-dried tomatoes.

It was served in a garlic olive oil and he opted to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  The broccoli was crisp and the pasta al dente.  The flavors were bright with a smoky background in the sauce.

I ordered the short ribs with cheddar mashed potatoes and bacon.  Initially, I was a bit apprehensive but fell in love as soon as the mini dutch oven was placed in front of me.

I have prepared Julia Child’s boeuf bourguignon and was immediately reminded of the fork tender, fall apart texture of the meat as well as the sauce’s silky, burgundy embrace between the meat and potatoes.  The potatoes were smooth but contrasted by the squares of crispy bacon.  The entire dish was topped with cubed carrots and parsnips as well as chopped celery and sliced mushrooms.  Each time I watched a personal size dutch oven brought to a table, I couldn’t help but smile and know the diner was in for a treat!

Time for dessert and we wisely stopped eating our generous entrees to allow for a bit of decadence.  For the gentleman, a warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.

The crisp edges were probably my favorite part, sweet, buttery with a hint of warm spices.  The apples were still firm in a beautiful pool of juices.  My husband not only enjoyed the dessert, but complimented the smoothness and quality of the coffee.

For myself, the chocolate lava cake…

with all the elements of a wonderful treat – bittersweet, sweet, chocolate with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  The dusting of powdered sugar was a bit of extra sparkle on the plate.  As I took this final photo, a woman at the next table leaned over, complimented my camera, smiled and asked, “Are you a foodie?”

I was so delighted with the meal, the experience and the staff, I admitted: “I am in training.”

Thank you to Jennifer, our server, and the other patrons for their patience when my camera flashed.  We had a wonderful, filling, quality meal and look forward to many more.

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