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Hudson Valley Bounty's tastings brought a farm-to-table message to the community

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Chefs, restaurateurs, food purveyors and producers, artisans and farmers all came together last Monday evening for the Hudson Valley Bounty "A Taste Of." More than 30 restaurants from Columbia County and the Berkshires showcased chefs' specialties paired with products from the local farms. Newcomers from the Berkshires were Madeleine's Patisserie & Café with double chocolate and mint chocolate cookies and No. Six Depot with specialty cold brew blends of coffee.

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Hundreds of guests sipped local wine and hard cider and savored all the delectable presentations. Even teens from the Cornell Coop 4H were showing off their culinary achievements with a delicious fresh Peach, Yogurt and Cinnamon Quesadilla. Some of the newbies from Columbia County included: Hard Cider from Sundog Solar Cider; Bootlegger’s BBQ Beef with Sugar Wash Moonshine form Dutch’s Spirits Distillery; Hudson Food Studio, Our Daily Bread Deli and Chaseholm Farm Creamery. Making his first appearance at the event was The Blue Plate’s Executive Chef, Dominic Giuliano, who recently migrated to the Hudson Valley from New York City. He prepared a Braised Osso Buco Chili with grass-fed beef and white beans.

Guests certainly were sated with so many savory dishes. Among some of the outstanding were: American Glory BBQ’s Slow-Smoked Pork Belly Skewers with Granny Smith Apples and Asian-inspired sauce; Hudson Food Studio’s Báhn Mì ( a classic Vietnamese sandwich made with slow roasted pork, herbs and vegetables) on Bonfiglio and Bread's brioche-like bread and Route 7 Grill’s House-Cured Prosciutto with Tomato on homemade baguette. Desserts were sublime from Beekman Arms Tavern’s Frozen Key Lime Pie and Chanticleer Farm Catering’s Lemon-Thyme Goat Cheese Ice Cream to Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar’s Peach Melba Wedding Cake with Lemon Mousse and Dark Chocolate Black Forest Cake with Sweet Cherries.

It was a great evening of camaraderie among Hudson Valley's culinary world, the farmers and the community, all coming together in support of the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation’s mission to educate consumers about the preservation of local farms through purchase and use of local foods and products throughout the entire Hudson Valley.

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