Happy weekend folks! I plan to spend mine going to the first of my son’s spring sports. I mistakenly signed up for a few too many of them in my enthusiasm for the shift in weather. Here is what you might have missed this week, and some local links.
This Week on LoHud.com and Small Bites
A student-run restaurant opens at WCC. Peter X. Kelly is the key note speaker for the grand opening, which will also have tours of their high-tech culinary labs.
Making the most of spring produce. Try these 6 vegetables for a taste of spring.
New on the dining scene: Saigonese brings Vietnamese cuisine to Hartsdale.
Sandra Lee is taking a cookbook break. The Food Network star says the next one will be her last.
Using the heat-shocking technique to preserve the freshness of your produce. Simply plunge quickly in hot water.
Hudson Valley Local Links
The Hudson Valley is becoming the Napa of beer. A cool story from the Poughkeepsie Journal about hops farms returning to New York.
Groupon for a five-course tasting menu for two or four at La Crémaillère Restaurant in Bedford. This is a $170 vale for $85 but quantities are limited.
A lovely post by Annie Fitzsimmons of National Geographic about the Hudson Valley as a four-season destination. (They also featured the region in Best Trips of 2013, see the write up here).
Hudson chocolates in Poughkeepsie via ChowHound.
I stumbled on this video from The Bedford TV channel on Vimeo. This episode is part of a series of cooking shows by young people, and it is adorable and exciting at the same time. I love to see kids getting enthused about food and cooking.