In Spain, diners – at least the local diners- do not have dinner at a tapas bar. They are public gathering places to stop after work, before dinner, for a glass of wine and a snack. The theme and setting at 52 Main in Millerton seem to mimic that tradition – a place to stop on the way home to meet some friends for a bite and a glass or two of wine.
Eddie Lauria’s latest enterprise, Grano Focacceria, offers an opportunity to sample classic Italian home style baking in an informal, casual, and very inexpensive venue. Nothing fancy. Nothing complicated. Just fantastic homestyle baking the way your mother did it….if your mother was the best cook in the neighborhood….in Naples.
The Culinary Institute’s newest venue is the Bocuse Restaurant, an homage to the legendary Lyonnaise chef, Paul Bocuse. In the late 1960’s Chef Bocuse and a few of his colleagues popularized what came to be known as “Nouvelle Cuisine”, a reimagining of traditional classic French haute cuisine with a new emphasis on purity of presentation and a rejection of the laborious and elaborate recipes and sauces of “cuisine classique”. Appropriately, the restaurant is located in the space that once housed L’Escoffier Restaurant, the CIA’s temple of haute cuisine.
Aquaculture was originally looked to as the salvation of wild fish stocks. By taking the pressure off of a wild fishery besieged by a fleet of trawlers and long liners seeking to satisfy an exploding global population, the wild fisheries could only benefit. Or so we thought. Salmon farming now has many detractors, but a newer, more environmentally friendly process is about to change their minds.
New Paltz newcomers Huckleberry and End Cut have more company this month. Three new restaurants opened – Schatzi’s on Main Street. Garvan’s Gastropub at the golf course, and The Parish at the Waterstreet Market. We stopped in to check them out.
On Monday evening, a group of chefs, farmers, dieticians, and other “farm to table” practitioners and devotees gathered to have dinner and to talk about the health benefits of whole foods. John Nelson, the Director of Public and Community Affairs for Health Quest, was the MC for the evening festivities. The affair was held at Le Express Bistro in Wappingers Falls.
The Grist Mill has long been one of the Lake George region’s most popular dinner destinations. The restaurant opened forty years ago this summer, in a repurposed mill that had been built one hundred fifty years before that. In 2015, new owners, Ash and Jaime Anand took over the reins, but the most noticeable change to date has just been the restaurants calendar, which stayed open through the winter Thursday through Sunday. They kept the restaurant’s chef, Colin Chase, who had apprenticed with the Grist Mill’s former chef / owner Chris Lambeth.
Poughkeepsie diners applauded five years ago when Brasserie 292 first opened on Main Street. It was the area’s only legitimate brasserie, and a good one at that. A succession of changes in partners and management over the last three years was noticeable in the dining room, and I for one breathed a sigh of relief last summer when the last standing owner, Alex Serroukas, sold the restaurant to Charlie Fells and his wife, Megan Kulpa Fells, the culinary couple who own the Artist’s Palate across the street.
You will find Huckleberry tucked away in a corner off of Church Street, across from Hokkaido. The pub is exactly that, and nothing more, and I say that in a most complimentary way. The place has the look and feel of a European village pub, but one that caters to the locals and not the tourists, where families out for a bite are as common, and as welcome, as the locals stopping in for a pint and some conversation on the way home from work.
We were sitting at the bar, perusing the menu, sipping a glass of wine. A gentleman diner sat two stools down the bar from where we were seated. “You have to try this!” he said. I looked at his plate, the contents of which were not immediately apparent. Perhaps a roasted plantain, I thought. The waitress told us it was a parsnip. A parsnip?