Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations for the Holidays – December Featured Chef + Mansion Tour

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A new event at Locust Grove, Sunset Sensations for the Holidays held on Thursday, 12/13/12, went very well.

Guests arrived at the visitor center where they were greeted and ushered to the East Gallery for the first course. They then followed the lantern lit path to the decorated mansion for a tour. After the tour, they returned to the West Gallery for the 2nd and 3rd courses.

Sunset Sensations December featured chef  was Edward Kowalski of Lola’s Cafe & Crave Restaurant. He was also the June featured chef. Wine pairing was again by Arlington Wine & Liquor.

DSC04579editp copyThe first course was  an assorted Hors D’oeuvres
Petit Filet/Horseradish Cream/Boursin Cheese/Fried Shallots
Baked Brie/Spicy Aapricot Jam/Pomegranate Canapé
Arancini-Fried Mushroom Risotto/Basil Gel/Black Olive Tapenade
Mojo Shrimp with Mojo Shooter

Paired with
Reginato Sparking Torrontes Chardonnay NV

DSC04581editp copyThe 2nd course was Assorted Chinese Dumplings 
Turkey Reuben with Sauerkraut and Thousand Island
Spicy Chicken with Peanut Sauce Click here  and scroll down for recipe
Nutella and Banana with Chocolate Fudge

Paired with
Ponzi Pinot Gris 2011
Bacchus Pinot Noir 2011

DSC04586editp copyThe 3rd course was
Braised Beef Short Rib Pot au Feu with Winter Root Vegetables
Click here for recipe

Paired with
Chateau les Carregades Medoc 2010

Below are some photos of the decorated Mansion

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Locust Grove Holiday Events:

Decorated House Tours (click here to learn more)
Saturdays in December (Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22) & the week after Christmas, Dec. 26 – 31, 2012

Holiday Hunt – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (click here to learn more)
Holiday Special for Kids Sundays in December (Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 23) 12 noon– 4 pm

Lola’s Cafe & Crave Restaurant
129 Washington Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tele: 845-452-3501

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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31 Responses to Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations for the Holidays – December Featured Chef + Mansion Tour

  1. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a gorgeous home and I love how it was decorated for Christmas. The trees are stunning. xx

  2. Pat says:

    Lovely pictures Norma! I enjoyed the Holiday Sunset Sensations. The braised short ribs were incredible. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year!
    Love your Garden friend – Pat

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Pt,
      Thanks. I too enjoyd the Holiday Sunset Sensations, since it was so successful perhaps it will become a yearly event. A Merry Christmas and A Happy, Healthy New Year to you and your family too.

  3. Karen says:

    The mansion must be especially lovely…I’m sure everyone enjoyed the tour. The food sounds like a real treat and I’m sure all the guests left happy.

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    I hope you won’t so busy, Norma, that you didn’t have a chance to taste these delicious-looking dishes. I’m glad you did have time, though, to photograph the mansion. Its decorations are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.
    Wishing you and yours the very best of Holidays, Norma.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      I was busy, it was a sold out event, but I did get to sample all the dishes. I went back the next day to take photos of the decorated mansion as I did not have time the day of the event. Best of holidays to you and your Zia.

  5. cocomino says:

    Happy Christmath. Lovely and gorgeous.

  6. So Christmasy!
    I wish you a wonderful holiday season, Norma.

  7. Kristy says:

    This always looks like such a fun event Norma – great food, good wine and beautiful surroundings. They’ve decorated so nicely. I like the big tree with presents. It looks very warm and welcoming. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kristy,
      It is a fun event and as a volunteer I get to sample the dishes. The Hudson Valley is a really beautiful place and has many mansions along the Hudson River.

  8. This looks like just the thing to really get people in the mood for the holidays.

  9. I love all the differently decorated trees!

  10. Eva Taylor says:

    Wow, what an evening that must have been, Norma. I hope you were able to enjoy the food too. That home is incredible, either you need an army to decorate or you’d have to start in June! I haven’t done much decorating in my house, other than the tree, the mantel and a few little chachkas around and the urns our front. JT puts lights on the house which look lovely too.
    I’m going to check out the recipe links now. Thanks again for sharing this splendid evening with us.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      It was a wonderful evening, and yes, I did get to sample and enjoy all the food, not all the wine though.
      A few local florists did some of the decorating. The staff and volunteers did the remainder.

  11. Eha says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tour: looked up all the appetizing dishes and actually made a change to one of my recipes! Great! And now that Yule is upon us, may I say a warm ‘thank you’ for having been able to visit ‘your place’ awhile and learn so much from it! Hope you and yours have just the Christmas you hope for and that the year to come will bring health, contentment, success and happiness 🙂 !

  12. What gorgeous things to eat and see…Happy Holidays, Norma!!

  13. Dear Norma,

    The table setting looks absolutely stunning! Wishing you and your family a very happy and joyful Christmas!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Chopin,
      My photo did not do the table setting justice, you should see the whole table and the whole room, it was stunning. A happy and joyful Christmas to you and your family too.

  14. Oh how beautiful! I really enjoyed this tour Norma! I am amazed by those trees on the dining room table! Merry Christmas to you! Wishing you a wonderful holiday!

  15. Beautifully decorated mansion! My husband and I took a tour of the Hearst Castle here in California, which was also decorated for the season. Puts you in a festive mood for sure!

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