A buzz was in the air on Thursday, Feburary 18th as the first Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour got underway. The tour was arranged through the Town of Long Lake Tourism department as one component of Long Lake’s Winter Wacky Week.
The tour was open to anyone and guests of the tour were invited to ride the Long Lake’s community “Little Bus” and visit the local restaurants to vote for their favorite appetizer. Judges hailed from Columbia County, NY, Dobbs Ferry, Clifton Park, Malta, Newcomb, Long Lake and two guests from Sweden. The participating restaurants were The Cellar, The Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub and Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge.
The Cellar was the first stop offering five different treats including: Herbed Goat Cheese and Wild Mushroom Beggars Purse, Fresh Bruchetta, Crab Ceviche with Mango Salsa, Corn Breaded Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce, and Pork and Goat Cheese Napoleon. Guests were offered a selection of three for $6.00.
The Adirondack Hotel offered an open all-you-can-eat buffet for $10.00. The selection included: Lamb and Rice Fritters with Roasted Red Pepper and Dill Cream, Coriander Dusted Scallop in a Pumpkin Reduction Sauce, Carciofi with Lemon Caper Aioli, Curried Chicken Salad Canapé, Crab Cake with Chipotle Aioli.
The Long Lake Diner and Owl’s Head Pub offered an a la carte menu featuring: Beef Wellington, Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce, Spinach Artichoke Quiche with a creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, and Jazzy Chicken. They also offered a wine special to accompany their menu.
Quackenbush’s Long View Lodge menu was ala carte with Ahi Tuna, Panko Salmon with Chipolte Aioli, Carciofi with Lemon Caper Aioli and Hoisen Wings.
Judges were asked to choose their favorite dish from each restaurant using the criteria of presentation, quality, taste, texture and originality. Twenty four votes were tallied. One guest commented “the variety and menu selection was very impressive and Long Lake should be proud to boast innovative, creative chefs.”
The overall winner of the event was The Adirondack Hotel with a total of 126.5 points for presentation, quality, taste, texture and originality. The favorites for the hotel tied between the Carciofi and the Curried Chicken Canapé. The Cellar was second with 115 points.
Winning “Best In Show” for being the most popular dish of the entire evening was The Cellar’s “Herbed Goat Cheese and Wild Mushroom Beggar’s Purse (wrapped in filo dough)” garnering twelve individual favorite votes for the Cellar and five “Best of Show” for the overall competition.
Honorable mentions go to the Long Lake Diner/ Owl’s Head Pub for their presentation and their favorite dish – Beef Wellington and Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge’s scored points for presentation and their highest rated dish the Ahi Tuna.
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