Cocktail Party at Crabtree’s Kittle House


During Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, we covered about 100 restaurants here on Small Bites, and that’s thanks to the army of guest bloggers who volunteered their time, money and photography skills to make it happen.

We wanted to say thanks. And The Valley Table — which organizes Hudson Valley Restaurant Week — was kind enough to get some sponsors together to make it happen.  Crabtree’s Kittle House, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. and Millbrook Vineyards donated food, beer and wine so we could have a wrap party. And it was definitely a party worthy of the food lovers gathered there on Monday!

I mean: Pat La Frieda sliders on brioche? C’mon!

Or Adriatic Figs wrapped in Proscuitto with Vincotto in a dropper?

George Distelhurst and Brett Sloan say, yes, thanks very much!

Simon Feldman, one of our guest bloggers, is also a professional photographer, and I asked him to take a group shot. He obliged, and here’s the whole group!

More photos of our bloggers — and of course of the gorgeous food and delicious beer and wine — after the jump.

First, a thanks to our sponsors. Here’s Scott Vacarro of Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. in Pleasantville:

And Scott Koster of Millbrook Vineyards:

And Glenn Vogt, a partner at Kittle House:

John Crabtree, owner of the restaurant, somehow escaped my lens. But thanks John!

And here’s Janet Crawshaw, publisher of The Valley Table, and the Kittle House’s new chef Marc Lippman:

Now on to the good stuff — the food!

Here’s one of the passed hors d’oeuvres, the Big Eye Tuna Poke with Avocado, Sweet Soy, Truffled Caviar and Crispy Wonton:

House-smoked salmon blini with creme fraiche and saffron caviar:

A completely beautiful meat and cheese platter with saucisson, pata negra, Barolo salami, housemade bresaola, Westchester cheese from the Vermont Cream & Butter Co., Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese from Uplands Cheese Co., and a Catskill Cheese from Stissing Meadow.

Here’s the proscuitto-wrapped figs. You’re meant to squeeze the dropper in your mouth to deliver the vincottio:

Poached Maine Lobster with Shiso, Hearts of Palm and Basil Vinaigrette:

Kumomoto Oysters with Sherry-Chive Mignonette:

And then Jose Villardo, one of the waitstaff, was carving these lovely items, a Salmon crusted with Spicy Crab and a Tenderloin:

How’s that for feeding foodies! Pretty delicious.

Here we have, from left to right, Sally Veltidi, Patrice Costa and Toni Addonizio sampling some Captain Lawrence beer. Behind them are Jeff McDowell and Chuck Dorris.

Antonella Pomilla and Gina Truhe:

Toni again, and Karen Salomone:

Angela Rivera, Sharon MacGregor, Simon Feldman and Sharon Pickett:

Debbie Gioquindo, Sally Veltidi and Patrice Costa:

And here’s Chuck Dorris again, with Nancy Gold of The Gold Standard:

And, just for good measure, here are a couple more photos of those terrific sliders:

Everyone walked away with a door prize — some were cookbooks, some were gift certificates — and, I hope, everyone walked away full and with new friends. Thanks to all the guest bloggers — and thank you, too, readers, for reading and commenting.

Until next time!


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Thank you John Crabtree for hosting and everyone for having us. It was nice to put faces to the words. What an interesting group. Thanks Liz. It was fun!

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