Walkway Over the Hudson – Starry Starry Night

The walkway was opened to the public on October 3, 2009

It poured and poured on Thursday, more rain predicted for Saturday and Sunday, but Friday, October 5, 2012, was a perfect day (and night) for Starry Starry Night. A benefit celebration on the Walkway and the Walkway’s biggest fundraising event of the year.


Robert R. Dyson (center) and Lucy R. Waletzky (left), honorary co-chairs

The celebration began at 4:45 p.m. with The Congratulatory Toast of the Honorees.

There were 8 honorees. Right photo: Fred Scheaffer, one of the honorees and the walkway’s major player.

The event, attended by hundreds of supporters, was a huge success. Among the attendees were many state and local dignitaries.

The beautiful weather plus the delicious food and wine contributed greatly to the festivity of the event and everyone had a grand time.

Wine by Millbrook Winery, Millbrook, NY

Food by Main Course, New Paltz, NY

Above photo: Main Course chef/owner, Bruce Kazan, putting together the duck course (one of the 5 food stations). The other 4 are paella, pasta with broccoli raab, roast beef/ turkey sliders and a chicken dish (no photo).

Hors d’oeuvres were passed, below are photos of 6 (don’t know all the ingredients in each item, so I will just list the ones I recognize).

Scallops in Chinese spoons, tuna in cones, smoked salmon on crackers, figs with goat cheese (on polenta?), steamed Chinese dumplings and Thai chicken. (I am sure each one has a fancy name but there was no menu).



Pasta with broccoli raab

Roast beef and turkey sliders

Desserts were also passed. They are: bite-sized apple pie, baked apple in a spoon, bread pudding (?) and chocolate cup.

                                                  Some of the event volunteers

Click here and here to read my 2 other Walkway Over the Hudson posts.

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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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20 Responses to Walkway Over the Hudson – Starry Starry Night

  1. Eva Taylor says:

    What a lovely evening, the food looks incredible. I wanted to have paella in Barcellona but I couldn’t find a good place…next time. It’s fantastic that the weather cooperated for you.

  2. What a great event Norma! I love all those little bites – so fun!

  3. Annie says:

    Very attractive food selections!…Sounds like you had a good fun time Norma 🙂

  4. Kristy says:

    What a fun time! It looks like a great event and so glad the weather cooperated. The food looks delicious!

  5. What a tasty and fun event!

  6. cecilia says:

    What a fantastic night out.. you must have eaten and drunk well.. sometimes I really miss the city! c

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Cecilia,
      It was a fantastic night, I ate well, but was easy with the drinking.
      Where I am is not THE city (am about 80 miles north of NYC). I frequently tell people I live in cow country.

  7. I love events like this. I learn so much about different food combinations and just being around people who like food is fun.

  8. The food looks fantastic! It must have been fun and wonderful!
    Have a great weekend!

  9. Boy, your area really knows how to have wonderful outdoor events. This one looks like such a blast. And the food…they really went all out on the food, it looks SO good, far better than most events I’ve attended. Thanks for sharing!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello B and B,
      This event was HUGE! And yes, Main Course Caterer went all out on the food.
      The Hudson River runs through the Hudson Valley and the area lends itself to wonderful outdoor events.

  10. hotlyspiced says:

    What a pretty event. And the food looks so good. I’m so glad the weather behaved. xx

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