Bradley and Donna Monaco Olsen continue their adventures in blogging along with their family in a most spectacular setting at the Gaucho Grill. Donna currently writes on Small Bites as Chef’s Tip, re-capping great cooking demonstrations in local restaurants. She is the co-coordinator for Westchester Community College’s Taste of Westchester program. Knowing quite a few chefs in Westchester, she has been enjoying getting to visit with them as they participate in this great program. This time around there are over 185 restaurants to try.
We have gone out each day to a different restaurant, enjoying everything we have seen and tried. We love Liz Johnson’s creativity in setting up a scavenger hunt and we have taken many pictures to share, some with great chefs, and others of their creations. We have sampled five spots thus far.
Here is our family luncheon visit to Gaucho Grill (with free valet parking by the way, since parking in White Plains can be challenging at times). Only seven months young this restaurant has already been host to many including a prince and his entourage. As is Donna, one of the owners and executive chef is an Ardsley High School alum…Go Ardsley!
The décor is clean and beautifully appointed with its chandeliers, black and white motif and Carrera marble. It is a large place serving Argentinean food (good timing with the new Argentinean pope buzz!)
(Photos of our group enjoying the HVRW meal-100 points to start us off.)
SPAGHETTINI PUTTANESCA & PESCE ~ shrimp, flounder, Gaeta olives, capers (the biggest I had ever seen), anchovies, onion, in a tomato basil sauce.
ARGENTINEAN CHURRASCO ~ classic Argentinean skirt steak, with a nice Chimichurri sauce. Marinated beautifully and very tender this was the crowd favorite for flavor.
Each HVRW I engage my cousins, aunt and parents to join in a review of a new place we have not tried. Thrilled to see them for more then just at holiday time, we enjoyed a fabulous lunch at an exciting restaurant. I encourage you to try Gaucho Grill soon.
We enjoyed our meals and hope you do too. Bradley and Donna wish you happy hunting!
Total points: 300