For the husband and I, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW) was multi-purposed; we’d use it as an excuse to schedule some much needed date time, we’d try out new restaurants – and – we’d participate in the HVRW Scavenger Hunt! Today we had our first lunch and first ‘hunt’.
When deciding we’d try restaurants we haven’t been to before, we also decided we’d step out of our normal geographic realm. So our first hunt took place at the Farm to Table Bistro in Fishkill. The outside (in a strip mall) does not speak to the cozy, welcoming setting inside with walls covered in old wine crates and tables hand-made by the owners from reclaimed wood. We ordered straight from the Restaurant Week menu and had a very enjoyable meal with the added fun of ‘scoring points’.
For our First Course, we each had the Organic Baby Arugula Salad (arugula from Ober Creek Farm — 50 points ) which was topped with a very good goat cheese from Sprout Creek Farm (another 50 points), plumped cranberries and a vanilla bean vinaigrette — a very refreshing, well balanced salad.
Photo of the salad (another 50 points — this hunt is off to a good start!)
For entrees my husband had the Grilled Center Cut Pork Chop which he hadn’t ordered in a restaurant before (50 points). The pork came from Burker and was served with cheddar-bacon grits, sauteed broccoli crowns and a country gravy that (I’m told) was quite good. I went with the Borgatti’s Ricotta Ravioli served with Ober Creek Farms Winter Greens (ch-ching 50 more points — I have to say, the scavenger hunt really added a fun element to our meal) in a brown butter sauce. Brown butter sauce – what can possibly be said about that besides – yum!
Dessert was an Apple Strudel finished with local Maple Syrup infused Ice Cream (50 points) for the husband and a Blueberry Pie with Crème de Cassis infused Crème FraÎche.
So, aside from a very good meal and a lovely lunch date – we definitely had fun with the Restaurant Week Scavenger Hunt. Can’t wait to try to beat our score in the next ‘hunt’!
Total: 300 points!
The 411 on Farm to Table Bistro:1083 Route 9, Lawrence Farms Market Square, Fishkill. 845-297-1111, http://www.ftbistro.com/
Please visit our friends at The Valley Table for all the details on Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.