Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2011: The Recap


From March 14-27, during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, 46 Small Bites readers volunteered to visit, take photos of and post write-ups of 84 different restaurants. Plus, we gathered together three times  for two online live chats (with chefs!) and in real life once, at a “wrap party” hosted by Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua.

One reader, who has guest blogged HVRW for three years now, said: “Thank you so much for creating such a fun food community in our area.”

Well, you’re welcome — but it’s only a community if everyone is participating. So I’d like to take this post to say thank you to all of you: to all the guest bloggers who helped with the HVRW coverage, to all the restaurants that participated, to The Valley Table magazine for organizing HVRW. And also to all you readers who follow along.

It’s been a fun ride! Here’s a recap of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.

Live Chat
Live chat Recap 1.
Live chat recap 2.

Meet our guest chefs for a live chat, part 1.
Meet our guest chefs for the live chat, part 2.

Wrap Party at Crabtree’s Kittle House.

Restaurants Visited:

121 Restaurant in North Salem (the Olsens)
42 in White Plains (Todd Matthews)
Aroma Osteria in Poughkeepsie (Toni Addonizio)
The Artists Palate in Poughkeepsie (Vicki Bloom)
Backyard Bistro in Montgomery (Debbie Gioquindo)
Barn at Bedford Post (The Olsens)
Bird & Bottle Inn in Garrison. (Patrice Costa)
Birdsall House in Peekskill (Juliana Taube)
Bistro Lilly in Goshen (Atticus Lanigan)
Bistro Rollin in Pelham (Jessica Cohn)
Bistro Z in Tarrytown (Kristen Tregar)
Cafe Amarcord in Beacon (Atticus Lanigan)
Cafe Barcel in Nyack (Chris Ryan)
Caraveal in Tarrytown (Rachel Seebacher)
Catherine’s in Goshen. (Sharon MacGregor)
Cathyrn’s Tuscan Grill in Cold Spring (George Distelhurst)
Cena 2000 in Newburgh (Gina Truhe)
The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry (Maria Reina)
Cosimo’s in Middletown (Sharon MacGregor)
Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua. (Kat McKee)
Crave in Poughkeepsie. (Debbie Gioquindo)
Crew in Greenwich (Maria Reina)
Chutney Masala Bistro in Irvington (Sharon Pickett)
Division Street Grill in Peekskill (Kate Shea Kennon)
DiNardo’s in Pound Ridge (Chuck Dorris)
Don Coqui in New Rochelle (Angela Rivera)
Eduardo’s in Mount Kisco (Chuck Dorris)
Emma’s Ale House in White Plains. (Liz Johnson)
Equus in Tarrytown (Kirsten Tregar)
FAB in Mount Kisco (Sharon Pickett)
Fig & Olive in Scarsdale. (The Olsens)
Frankie & Johnnies in Rye (Liz Johnson)
Goldfish in Ossining (Sharon Pickett)
Half Moon in Dobbs Ferry (Kristina Massari)
Harper’s in Dobbs Ferry. (The Olsens)
Haven in Pleasantville (Elissa Fisher)
Hudson House in Nyack. (Jessica Cohn)
Hudson House River Inn in Cold Spring (Jeff McDowell)
Il Barriloto in Fishkill (Heather Post)
Il Fresco in Orangeburg (Donna Schmidt)
Il Sorriso in Irvington. (Jessica Cohn)
Il Portico in Tappan (Donna Schmidt)
Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville (Patrice Costa)
La Bocca in White Plains (Karen Salomone)
La Lanterna in Yonkers (Daniella Plass)
La Panetiere in Rye (Liz Johnson)
Le Bouchon in Cold Spring (Angela Rivera)
Le Provencal in Mamaroneck. (Kate Shea Kennon)
Lexington Square Cafe in Mount Kisco (Kat McKee)
Luciano’s in Yonkers (Daniella Plass)
Marcello’s of Suffern (Gina Riley)
Marc Charles Steakhouse in Armonk. (Maria Reina)
Milonga Tapas in White Plains (Vicki Bloom)
Mima Vinoteca in Irvington (Antonella Pomilla)
Moderne Barn in Armonk. (Todd Matthews)
Morgans Fish House in Rye (Antonella Pomilla)
Nikos Greek Taverna in White Plains (Rachel Seebacher)
Opus 465 in Armonk (The Carosis)
Peekskill Brewery (Brett Sloane)
Posto 22 in New Rochelle (Antonella Pomilla)
Rainwater Grill in Hastings on Hudson (Daniella Plass)
Red Devon in Bangall (Debbie Gioquindo)
Red Hat on the River in Irvington (Rinku Bhattacharya)
Restaurant North in Armonk (Dina Braun)
Restaurant X in Congers. (Meredith Talisman)
River City Grille in Irvington (Chuck Dorris)
Rye Grill (Kate Shea Kennon)
Scaramella’s in Dobbs Ferry (The Dallows)
Sonora in Port Chester (Kathleen McLaughlin)
Stissing House in Pine Plains (Debbie Gioquindo)
Sweet Grass Grill in Tarrytown (Sally Veltidi)
Tarry Tavern in Tarrytown (Juliana Taube)
Turkish Meze in Mamaroneck. (Lisette Reyes)
Traditions 118 in Granite Springs (Toni Addonizio)
Two Spear Street in Nyack (Jeff McDowell)
Union in Haverstraw (Angela Rivera)
Woody’s Parkside Grill in Sparkill (Maria Goldstein)
X20: Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers. (Sally Veltidi)
Valley Restaurant at the Garrison (Rachel Seebacher)
Via Vanti in Mount Kisco. (The Olsens)
The Villa in LaGrangeville (Debbie Gioquindo)
The Village Tea Room in New Paltz (Vanessa Geneva Ahern)
Zitoune in Mamaroneck (Simon Feldman)
Zuppa in Yonkers (Rachel Seebacher)

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Launch Party.
Video from the HVRW Launch Party.

Guest blogger intros and bios:

Atticus Lanigan
Chris Ryan
Jeff McDowell
Cara Cea.
Sally Veltidi.
Meredith Talisman.
Debbie Gioquindo.
Gina Truhe.
Maria Goldstein.
Kristen Tregar.
Nella and Victor Carosi.
Toni Addonizio.
Sharon Pickett.
Simon Feldman.
Vanessa Geneva Ahern.
Vicki Borah Bloom.
Kathleen McLaughlin.
Antonella Pomilla.
Charlotte Abram.
Donna Monaco Olsen and Bradley Olsen.
Danielle Plass.
Dina Braun.
Elissa Fisher.
Gina Riley Daley.
Brett Sloane.
George Distelhurst.
Heather Post.
Jessica Cohn.
Kat McKee.
Juliana Taube.
Kristina Massari.
Lisette Reyes.
Rachel Seebacher.
David and Brandee Dallow.
Alan Gold.
Rinku Bhattachayara.
Denise de Castro.
Chuck Dorris.
Angela Rivera.
Sharon MacGregor.
Todd Matthews.
Karen Solomone.
Patrice Costa.
Kate Shea Kennon.
Maria Reina.
Donna Schmidt.

Call for guest bloggers.
HVRW: The first announcement.


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.

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