Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations – August Featured Chef

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

Paired with
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

Paired with
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

Paired with
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.

Charles Fells, a native of Poughkeepsie, is the Co-Owner (with his wife Megan) and Executive Chef of The Artist’s Palate.

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.

I asked chef Charles what is the restaurant’s signature dish, without hesitation he answered: Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese. On the menu since opening day.

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, 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

Arlington Wine
718 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Tele: 1 866 SAYWINE (729-9463)

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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26 Responses to Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations – August Featured Chef

  1. Hi Norma-I love the photo of the little chief in her own little chef whites-so cute!!

  2. Eva Taylor says:

    I am so glad that the rain did not hinder this event Norma. It looks like it was quite the success. I’d love the recipe for the chilled soup; the colour looks incredible!

  3. Annie says:

    It’s proving that more and more people are getting back into vegetable gardening and healthy living these days:)

  4. What a wonderful experience and I’m glad rain didn’t mar your full house event. The food sounds great.

  5. Karen says:

    So nice that the event went off as planned. I’m trying to figure out the taste of the gazpacho…such an unusual combinations.

  6. I still think these events are amazing
    I wish I could volunteer for a couple of them..seems like an interesting and educational experience

  7. This menu sounds delicious. But didn’t they give you any dessert?

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    I wouldn’t cross that chef. She looks like she could get real mean! Ha!
    Another great event, Norma. I have to say, if I’d planned on attending, it would take a little more than thunderstorms to deter me from all of that good food.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      She is a cutie.
      I love these events, I get to meet the chefs and learn a thing or two from each, not to mention the variety of foods and wine I get to sample.

  9. Chef Olivia has stolen the whole show!
    The salmon is my favourite!

  10. hotlyspiced says:

    What a shame you couldn’t hold the event outside. At least the rain stopped so you could enjoy the tour. I love the look of the food, especially the vibrant colour of the soup xx

  11. Eha says:

    Quite love the menu, and those who know me, would know I’d clap for the ‘no dessert’ [yup, spoilsport every time!]. And I would love to have that recipe also, please 🙂 ! [Have done and still am doing a lot of volunteering in my life: even tho’ one may go home tired, I don’ think I have ever felt I had been to work 😀 !

  12. It looks like Chef Olivia has everything under control. Sounds like a great event.

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