Everyone loves a deal, and Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, March 11-24, offers one of the best: three-course meals for less than $30.
We’ve always looked forward to Hudson Valley Restaurant Week for more than just the value-priced dinners. After the long trudge through winter, it’s a harbinger of spring. Everyone seems so happy to be out again and excited to taste — and talk about — the season’s new dishes. At any given restaurant, it’s not unusual to find neighboring tables comparing meals, and talking (OK, bragging) about where they found a great bang-for-the-buck dinner, impressive entree or out-of-this-world dessert. OK, or this sashimi of hand-harvested scallop with warm chick pea panisse and creamy Togarachi at X20 in Yonkers:
At lohud.com, we’re taking that camaraderie virtual.
We’re challenging everyone to an online scavenger hunt — a fun (and super-easy) challenge that incorporates everything we love about dining out during about Restaurant Week: trying new dishes, meeting new people and celebrating our local restaurants, food and spirits purveyors, and farms.
So power up your smartphones and check out our 10 clues, or items with point values, that you will need to hunt down while dining out. The top point-earners by midnight on March 24 will be entered to win gift certificates to local restaurants, provided by Valley Table magazine, the organizer of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.
Here’s what you need to do:
Order a cocktail made with a New York distilled spirit. Name the drink, the spirit and the restaurant: 50 points
Spot a bottle of New York state wine on a wine list. Tell us the name of the wine and the restaurant: 25 points. Order the wine and send us tasting notes: 50 bonus points. Share a photo of the bottle: another 50 bonus points.
Order a food you’ve never tried before and tell us about the experience: 50 points. Share a photo of the dish: 50 bonus points.
Share a photo of a server who went above and beyond. Provide his or her name and restaurant: 50 points.
Order a dish made with an ingredient from a Hudson Valley farm. Name the ingredient, the farm and the restaurant: 50 points. Share a photo of the dish: 50 bonus points.
Share a photo of your group enjoying a meal at a participating restaurant: 100 points.
Share a photo of yourself with a participating chef: 100 points.
Order one of the 30 or more dishes pictured in our Hudson Valley Restaurant Week preview photo gallery, now posted here lohud.com/food. Share a brief (150 words or less) review: 200 points. Share a photo of the dish: 50 bonus points.
Shoot a short (one minute or less) smartphone video of you or your dining companions enjoying your Restaurant Week meal and share with us: 500 points.
How to share your findings
You can share your findings, photos and videos any of these ways:
Twitter: Use the hashtags #hvrw and #lohudfood
Facebook: Post to facebook.com/smallbitesblog
Instagram: Use the hashtags #hvrw and #lohudfood
Email: Send to email@example.com.
We’ll be sharing on the Small Bites blog and on social media. Here’s where to find us — and your fellow competitors:
Small Bites blog: food.lohudblogs.com
Plus: All the photos and answers tagged with #lohudfood and #hvrw sent to Twitter and Instagram on our new social media page right here: RebelMouse.com/small bites/HVRW Scavenger Hunt.