Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations – September Featured Chef + Locust Grove’s Dahlias

Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations welcome the return of Anthony Moustakas of Gourmet to Go & Slammin’ Salmon as September featured chef and Bob Brink of Arlington Wine & Liquor for wine pairing.

The Menu

Billy Turner of Gourmet to Go putting the finishing touches on the antipasto course

It was a gorgeous late afternoon/early evening in Spetember. As guests arrive, they were ushered to the path leading to the dahlias, leading to the mansion, where the wine and antipasto course awaits them.

With such gorgeous weather, perfect for outdoor event, the 1st cooking demonstration, with tasting and wine pairing, was also held on the lawn overlooking the Hudson River.

Left, Chef Anthony Moustakas of Gourmet to Go & Slammin’ Salmon
Right, Bob Brink, Fine Wines Manager at Arlington Wine & Liquor
Center, Tim Steinhoff, Locust Grove’s Director of Horticulure

Chef Anthony pouring wine for the guests

Bob visiting with guest

Started to get dark after the tour of the Heritage Vegetable Garden so the 2nd cooking demonstration, with tasting and wine pairing, was held indoor in the west gallery of the visitor center.

The wines served at the event

The dahlias at Locust Grove

Received 2 recipes from chef Anthony. Will post them next Friday.

Gourmet to Go & Slammin’ Salmon
3267 Franklin Avenue
Millbrook, NY 12545
Tele: 1 866-729-9463

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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39 Responses to Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations – September Featured Chef + Locust Grove’s Dahlias

  1. I meant to take a walk among the dahlia’s yesterday and I forgot! That’s okay, you did it for me with these pictures!!

  2. tokyohamster says:

    Oh those dahlias are gorgeous. I just recently found your blog & I’m really enjoying it!

  3. Stunning photos my friend, those flowers are exquisite! Great chef feature too 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. mmmm…viognier…I miss it.
    Beautiful clicks of Dahlia.

  5. Ginny says:

    What lovely dahlia photos – your blog reminds me that I should get over to Locust Grove and enjoy the veggie and perennial gardens and walk the trails soon. It is always such a beautiful spot to visit. And I’m looking forward to you posting the recipes next Friday! That Swiss Chard Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage on the menu that you posted sounded interesting – imagine the guests enjoyed that!

  6. wok with ray says:

    Beautiful, beautiful dahlias and looks like you had a lot of fun. Have a good and fun weekend to you, Norma! 🙂

  7. I love all the flowers!

  8. hotlyspiced says:

    What a great event to attend. It was held in such a pretty location. I love the image of the chef applying the finishing touches to the antipasto xx

  9. Eha says:

    Thank you for sharing! Fun! Wines new to me naturally but DO love viognier 🙂 ! Not a dahlia afficionado, but these are beautiful!!

    PS With all these kale recipes flooding south over the past month or so, am pleased with myself that some half-dozen pots of cavolo nero were lovingly planted and petted into the ground this morning 🙂 ! Oh, heaps of chillies, grade 5-10 also :D!

  10. Wow Norma, I am certain the food and wine were wonderful but look at those flowers. Just amazing shots!

  11. Wow,
    Those flowers are breathtakingly beautiful!

  12. What a lovely time you must have had! This is just the sort of event I love to attend but don’t seem to do often enough. The wine, cooking demonstrations, sampling of food all sound just heavenly! Your dahlia photos are almost surreal, they are just all so perfect, varied and stunning!! xx

  13. Karen says:

    I know that you are busy with these events but they sound wonderful. Love the dahlias…absolutely beautiful.

  14. Sophie33 says:

    What a lovely event to attent! Lucky you! Good food & good wine! Yummy! I also love dahlia’s! The round one’s are in my garden! Beautiful dahlia’s to look at!

  15. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many different and stunning looking dahlias! What a sight that must have been in person. And the food and event looks pretty great, too!

  16. Sammie says:

    Look at all those flowers! So pretty!! The cooking demonstration looks like a lot of fun! 🙂

  17. ChgoJohn says:

    Another wonderful event and thanks, Norma, for taking us along. Those dahlias are incredible! They have such a wide range of blooms and colors, each prettier than the last. Simply beautiful.

  18. Gorgeous!! The Philadelphia Dahlia Show was at Longwood Gardens last weekend… they had some truly huge blooms!! I’m going to try some of the larger cultivars next year.

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