Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Spring 2012: Guest Blogger Wrap Party at Restaurant X


With the announcement of a fall edition of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012, I thought it as good a time as any to finally post these photos from our Guest Blogger Wrap Party from the spring edition! (How do you make an embarrassed emoticon?)  Would you like to be a guest blogger for the fall HVRW? Check out the Ground rules for guest bloggers here and, if you agree to them, shoot me an email at I can’t promise we’ll always have a wrap party thrown by Peter X. Kelly, but I can promise you’ll have fun blogging!

Here are the photos.

Peter X. Kelly and the publishers of The Valley Table magazine (who organize HVRW) put on a really great party for our guest bloggers this year at Restaurant X in Congers. Here’s Simon Feldman’s photo of the whole gang:

Here’s Simon on the left of this photo with Janet Crawshaw and Jerry Novesky, the publishers of The Valley Table; Vincent Barcelona, the executive chef of Harvest on Hudson in Hastings-on-Hudson and Half Moon in Dobbs Ferry; and

Here’s Janet and me:

And me, Peter Kelly, Vincent Barcelona of Harvest on Hudson, Chef Josh Kroner of Terrapin in Rhinebeck, and Janet Crawshaw:


Peter’s passed platters were absolutely divine, as always.

Get a load of this menu:

A Selection of Passed Foods

Jumbo Asparagus Points with Prosciutto di Parma

Crown Maple Glazed Rohan Duck Breast

Assorted Asian Dumplings

A Bundle of Casar Salad

Lobster Cappuccino with Mascarpone Foam

Coconut Shrimp with Mustard Sauce

Japanese Crispy Salmon Roll Avocado & Sushi Rice

Spicy Rock Shrimp Ginger & Roquefort

Spring Ramp Risotto with Black Truffle

Braised Short Ribs “Wellington” Foie Gras & Madeira

Apple & Brie Turnover Crisp Phyllo

Coach Farms Goat Cheese & Onion Tartlet

Kumomoto Oyster with Ponzu & Ginger

Spring Lamb Chops with Rosemary Jus

A Spoonful of Lump Crabmeat with Creamed Spinach

Mousse of Foie Gras with Fig Jam


Pecan Diamonds

Grand Marnier Truffles

Lemon Panna Cotta

Miniature Creme Brulee

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Raspberry Tartlet

Chocolate Dome with Caramel Center


His signature coconut shrimp:

The foie gras mousse:

Onion tartlet:

Apple and brie turnover:

Asian dumplings:


Spring ramp risotto:

Rock shrimp:

Duck breast:


Here are a few of our bloggers, and the terrific wait staff who served during the event:

And here I am, enjoying the party!

Cheers! And a happy Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012 to all!


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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