About 1½ hours before Sunset Sensations was to take place, we had a thunderstorm, and what a storm! The sky opened up, there were thunders, there were lightnings, it was scary. Driving in the pouring rain to Locust Grove (I am one of the volunteers so had to show up for work) I could not help but wonder how many, if any, people will be showing up for the event. Would you believe it was a full house!
The event was moved indoor. Went well and on schedule.
Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations August featured chef was Charles Fells (standing, center of photo) of The Artist’s Palate
Wine pairing was by Arlington Wine & Liquor (standing, right of photo, Joe Pellizzari of Arlington Wine)
(I still have not figured out how to take a decent indoor photo)
The first course was
Beet and Watermelon Gazpacho
Goat Cheese Black Pepper Crisp
Casal Garcia Sparkling White
The second course was
Poached Faroe Island Salmon
Salad of Shaved Florence Fennel, Confetti Heirloom Tomatoes and White Spine Cucumber tossed with Parsley Vinaigrette
Conti de Buscareto Verdicchio 2011
The third course was
Smoked Kurobuta Pork Loin
Summer Vegetable “Ratatouille” – Yellow Crook Neck Squash, Spanish Sweet Bullnose Peppers, Listada di Gandia Eggplant, Nothern White Garlic, Sante Shallots & Fresh Thyme
Bogle Essential Red 2009
Wasn’t sure if I would like the Beet and Watermelon Gazpacho. Turned out to be deliciously refreshing and the beet was not overpowering, just the right note. Salmon was perfectly poached. Smoked kurobuta pork loin was sooooo tender, my favorite.
I am hoping chef Charles will share one or 2 (or perhaps 3) of the recipes.
Right photo: Chefs Charles and Olivia Fells.
Photo courtesy of Lydia Higginson, Dutchess County Tourism
Opened in downtown Poughkeepsie April 2006, The Artist’s Palate offers a culinary adventure in a relaxed but contemporary setting. The restaurant’s bi-weekly menu (changing every 2 weeks) focuses on fresh seasonally available food.
A unique feature of the restaurant is its committment to showcasing the best of up-and-coming local artists in a revolving exhibition.
Left photo: Chef Olivia in the kitchen busily supervising the kitchen staffs.
“Listen everyone,” says she, “I want everything to be perfect for Locust Grove’s August Sunset Sensations.”
Scheduled between the 2nd and 3rd course was a tour of the on site heritage vegetable garden. Fortunately the rain stopped so the tour went on as planned.
Susan MacAvery, Locust Grove’s horticulturist, explaining the layouts and plantings of the heritage vegetable garden to guests.
Two of the dedicated Sunset Sensations volunteers. My garden friend, Mary N, Mary’s Veggie Garden and her husband, Ed, http://softsolder.com/ in front of the Actinidia polygama, Silver Vine (kiwi) arbor on the grounds of Locust Grove.
The Artist’s Palate
307 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tele: 1 845 483 8074
718 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Tele: 1 866 SAYWINE (729-9463)
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