Hors D'Oeuvre Tour

Hors D’Oeuvres Tour 2013 Winners Announced

The 4th Annual Hors D’Oeuvres Tour played out against a cold winter back drop in the Adirondack Mountains on Thursday, February 21st in Long Lake, NY. For $30 guests enjoyed three selections at three locations. Thirty-four guests of the tour traveled aboard the luxurious town transportation fondly known as The Little Bus and ventured to The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub, The Adirondack Hotel and The Cellar Restaurant and Pub.

The Long Lake Diner was the first stop and served in the dining room. The first selection was a Lobster and Shrimp Bisque on a Puff Pastry, Brisee Bisque, followed by a Thai Peanut Ginger Chicken and Braised Steak and Pork with maple butter apple sauce. Each course was served separately with a sherbet palate cleanser between each course.

Guests voted on overall impression, presentation, uniqueness and combination of flavors. Guests were encouraged to vote on each individual appetizer, not as a competition against each other.

Highlights from the voters.

“The bisque is unique, creamy and delicious”
“Loved the heat of the Ginger Chicken dish”
“Just enough kick on the Ginger Chicken, great!”
“The pork and maple apple butter sauce is terrific. Great warming comfort food on a cold winter night,”
“The steak was so tender, cooked to perfection”
“The ginger chicken would be a great lunch!”
“Nice tang on the sauce”

Thai Ginger Chicken at the Long Lake Diner

The Winner for the Long Lake Diner was

The Peanut Ginger Chicken

The Adirondack Hotel prepared a Puff Pastry Cannoli stuffed with goat cheese, cranberries and candied pecans. Grilled Peaches with gorgonzola cheese, topped with Guinness-ginger reduction and basil chiffonade and Wonton Cups with maple-rosemary ricotta and applewood bacon.

Highlights from the voters.

“Very ambitious undertaking”
“Unique combination of flavors”
“The wonton cups danced in my mouth”
“The puff pastry has nice consistency and love the cannoli presentation” “
“Love the wonton cups combo”
“Loved the filling of the grilled peaches”
“The wonton, good, bacon salt with the sweet ricotta was very nice”
“The peach wasn’t ripe, but it will be great when it’s in season”
“Puff pastry cannoli was the best so far”

The winner for the Adirondack Hotel was The Wonton Cups.

Adirondack Hotel Hors D’Oeuvres Selections

The last stop on the tour was The Cellar where desserts were on the menu. The selections included “Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecake” flavored with chocolate and Bailey’s in a chocolate crust. Napolean with layers of puff pastry, vanilla pastry cream and fresh berries topped with whipped cream and a Lemon Tartlett, lemon curd in a shortbread crust with blueberries and whipped cream.

Highlights from the voters.
“Great cheesecake!”
“Lemon tartlett would make a nice summer dessert.”
“The Napoleon is exceptional”
“Seriously, two apps at each place is plenty that why it’s too much money for us old folks to digest.”
“I’m not a lemon person but I loved it anyway”
“I want a bigger piece of the chocolate cheesecake!”
“God, help me – yum” on the Napoleon

The winner for the Cellar Restaurant and Pub was the Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecake.

Desserts served at The Cellar

Overall it was a terrific night and thank you to everyone for coming out and getting out on a cold winter’s night in February!

Adirondack Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Results Long Lake

Participants in the 2012 Hors D'Oeuvres Tour Long Lake

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 the Town of Long Lake opened it’s doors for a special evening out celebrating the Chef’s of Long Lake.

Four year-round restaurants in Long Lake, NY located in the Central Adirondacks were charged with creating three appetizers which could be from their current menu or created especially for the event. Each guest was served exactly the same appetizer selections and voted on a scale of 1-7 using criteria including: presentation, uniqueness, combination of flavors, pleasing to the palate and originality. Voters were asked to try not to be swayed by personal taste and to consider if the food is well prepared, cooked properly and tasty. Awards are given out to each restaurant recognizing the best appetizer for each location.

Over 40 judges were shuttled around Long Lake starting at 6pm and were home by 10:30pm to try 12 different appetizers. Guests hailed from Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Newcomb, Syracuse, Columbia County and Long Lake. Everyone carefully critiqued and commented on the food served, the most common comment, “I wish I had more room!”

With 100% participation from our four year-round dinner service venues the 3rd Long Lake Hors D’oeuvres tour was a complete success. Participants raved: “Good, wow, comfort of home taste, tender and lovely, could make a meal out of this one.”

BEST INDIVIDUAL APPETIZERS FOR EACH RESTAURANT

Smoked Tilapia
Smoked in house and baked on homemade baguette, cabot cheddar, then topped with horseradish aioli
Quackenbush’s Long View Lodge
Guest from Quackenbush’s raved about their Smoked Tilapia “Really good, wouldn’t change a thing!”

Coffee & Cardamom Braised Pork
Basil-Chevre Cheesecake
The Adirondack Hotel

The Adirondack Hotel’s Coffee & Cardomom Braised Pork elicited reactions “sexy,” “good choice, unique combo” to “ambitious”

Shrimp Ceviche with Fried Wonton
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub

On The Cellar’s Shrimp Ceviche, “Loved the presentation, appearance was perfect, light and delicious”

Shrimp Alexander
Long Lake Diner and Owl’s Head Pub

The Long Lake Diner’s Shrimp Alexander prevailed with “delightful, delicious and lovely and perfect” to “very nice, loved the spices and the white sauce excellent, love the garlic”

Congratulations to all the participating venues for a wonderful evening of gastronomy. The inspired and innovative appetizers surprised and delighted. From bold combinations, thoughtful and bright presentations, original menu selections and great customer service, the evening was a successful celebration featuring A Taste of Long Lake. Thank you to all our restaurants and chefs for sharing a wonderful evening with our guests!

Frank and Lorraine Pine at Quackenbush's Long View Wilderness Lodge

Appetizers Served

Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge
Serving Dinner
518.624.2862

Braised Beef – Served with red skin gratin, red wine sauce and homemade brioche

Smoked Tilapia – Smoked in house and baked on homemade baguette, cabot cheddar, then topped with horseradish aioli

Grilled Chicken Tortellini – Handmade tortellini stuffed with grilled chicken and sund-dried tomato presto. Tossed in vodka sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese

The Cellar Restaurant and Pub
Serving Breakfast and Dinner
518.624.5539

Pulled Pork with Cornbread Pancake
Shrimp Ceviche with Fried Wonton
Chicken Skewer with sweet and sour sauce

The Adirondack Hotel
Serving Lunch and Dinner
518.624.4700
Candied House-Smoked Whisky Salmon with Peppered Apple Bread Pudding
Ginger-Guinness Reduction

Coffee & Cardamom Braised Pork
Basil-Chevre Cheesecake

Chocolate Covered Applewood Smoked Bacon
Savory Malasadas (Portuguese Donuts)
Jalapeno Cream Cheese Filling

The Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub – Open for Breakfast & Dinner
518.624.3941
Shrimp Alexander Shrimp wrapped with prosciutto, ham & feta served w/a butter and garlic sauce
Bourbon Tenderloin – Tenderloin with bourbon glazed onions w/fontana cheese
Debbie’s Delight – Sauteed onion, mushroom, zucchini, squash, eggplant in a sesame oil. Finish with a sweet & sour & pepper sauce

Two Groups Exchange Food Notes at the Cellar Restaurant and Pub

Out of Town Guests Mingle anticipating their plates

The Adk Hotel Shined with Savory, Soft, Sweet and Crunchy

The Long Lake Diner offered great variety with a sherbet palate cleanser. Nice Touch commented the guests!

Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour

On Thursday, February 16th, 2012 from 6pm until 9pm the Town of Long Lake and area restaurants open up the doors for the 3rdAnnual Hors D’Oeuvres Tour. Venues for 2012 are The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, The Adirondack Hotel, The Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub and Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge.

“This is the third year for this event and we’re so excited to have four incredible venue’s participating,” reports Alexandra Roalsvig, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for Long Lake. “For $25, each guest will dine on three delicious appetizers from each restaurant and vote for the best appetizer at each location. The Long Lake Little Bus will provide free door to door transportation. Long Lake has always had a reputation for staying open in the winter and this year is no exception. We have terrific venues, a great group of chefs and great businesses keeping our town vibrant, even when Mother Nature has chosen not to be as cooperative as we’d like to see.”

Guests register and purchase tickets in advance from the Long Lake Parks and Recreation department by calling 518-624-3077. Coming from another town? Park and ride. Call ahead and the bus will meet you at your parking spot. The order of venue’s is selected at random prior to departure. Guests are handed a voting card and each restaurant has a half hour to serve before the guests move on to the next location.

“It’s always a challenge for our kitchens to suddenly get slammed with several orders at once. We take orders, mix the cocktails and deliver the plates as soon as we can. Our dining room remains open to regular business, so we’ve got two teams on deck to make the event happen.” says The Cellar Restaurant and Pub co-owner Michelle Hamdan. “Our goal is always to deliver the fine quality our guests expect and in our third year of competition, we have a system down and it’s all part of the fun.”

Every guest becomes the judge and vote on a points system considering presentation, quality, taste, texture and originality. Comments are encouraged. “We want people to let us know what they like and don’t like. We want to deliver the best we can. Feedback is always welcome” says Adirondack Hotel manager Margi Salhoff-Holton.

Newly installed Chef Dustin Traynor has been at Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge since 2011 having worked at Beacon Hill and the former Long Lake Blarneystone. This is his first year for the competition and he’s eager to put Quackenbush’s on the map. Jim and Paula Piraino of the Long Lake Diner are ready to roll up their sleeves and get back in the game this year. “We have surprises up our sleeves. We look forward to seeing everyone come out. “

Adirondack Hotel Head Chef Matthew Newby is excited to try some new ideas for 2012 has this to say about the event, “I support local food sources as much as possible, and seek to promote the Northern New York Area and the Adirondacks in particular with our vendors to support the members of our small food community.” Chef Eric Hample of The Cellar is known for his homemade, original sauces and his ability to find the right combination of flavor to bring to the table.

Matt DeLaMater, author of Adirondack Eats, a regional Adirondack Dining Guide, looks forward to the evening out, having visited and reviewed over ninety Adirondack restaurants in the last year. “The hors d’oeuvres tour gives local chefs a chance to raise their game for the local community, who, for their part, gets to have a fun time sampling creations and casting their votes.”

Advanced Tickets are $25/$30 day of. Reservations are requested by Monday, February 13th to ensure the restaurants have enough time for delivery.

Each participating restaurant will be recognized for the best hors d’oeuvres served at the individual establishment. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 17th, 2012.

All the restaurants will be open for regular dining service the night of the Hors D’Oeuvres Tour.

Adirondack Snowmobile in Long Lake Ice Fest

Yes we have awesome snowmobile trails. Why? Because we have snow, groomed trails and these trails and riders are loving the conditions – to quote “they just aren’t overused.” A fair and balanced amount of traffic keeps the wear and tear on our trails rideable and surprisingly delightful to many who have not gotten in the winter spirit this year. Yes it’s been a mild winter, but Long Lake is winter, and we have snow. Stan from the Ice Farm reports “This is great, you have winter. I didn’t expect to see this” Not a surprise to hear since winter has been so mild outside of our region. “It’s hard to get in the mood for skiing when I’m playing tennis in Cranford, NJ every weekend… outside,” exclaims a note to the Long Lake Tourism email Contact Us page.

So to kick everyone back into winter gear and to celebrate February, Ice and Snowmobiling, The Town of Long Lake hosted it’s very first Ice Fest and turned the Long Lake Logo into a snowmobile to honor our great wintry riding conditions!

On Saturday, February 4th, Stan Kolonko, of the Ice Farm out of Auburn, NY and ice sculpting partner, Hospitality Professor from Syracuse University, Chris Uyehara ate a hearty breakfast to set themselves on a course of installing, designing and carving the five remaining sculptures for Ice Fest.

The Long Lake Diner participated with a patriotic themed eagle in place, a fitting symbol to compliment the Local Veteran’s Dinner sponsored by the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club of Long Lake.

Hoss’s warmed guests up with complimentary coffee and delicious chocolates as their Long Lake Bear came to life in ice. Cars heading into town to get the mail and run errands were stopping to watch the Ice Farm team at work. John Hosley even had Stan assist in taking down and replacing the American Flags with vibrant new ones to match the beauty of the bear.

The next installation was sponsored by the Friends of the Long Lake Library. The logo featuring Bear Book ends and a slew of books took front and center on the front porch. As the sun beat down, Stan clued us in that the ice acts as a magnifier, refracting the light and through time the ice will become cloudy. While the light was seemingly the enemy, the cold held on and the blue sky and sunshine added to the terrific ambiance of the day.

The next stop, The Shamrock Motel and Cottages. Stan and Chris enjoyed Pebbles, the dog, and all the spectators including guests staying in Blue Mountain Lake. In addition to the traditional Shamrock, Stan trained our Events Coordinator Danielle Gagnier how to carve using a special chainsaw. Danielle confidently took handle of the blade and carved a heart in honor of Valentine’s Day.

The final installation of the day happened at Mt. Sabattis. Five blocks of ice. 1500 pounds of ice to create the iconic symbol of Long Lake in winter, a snowmobilier flying off a drift. As Stan and Chris finished the sun began to set leaving a glow to set off the vibrancy of the ice.

Expensive tools, chainsaws, chisels, handtruck, a bucket of water and images projected onto newspaper and a lot of years of training and practice for our Culinary Institute of America trained sculptor Kolonko made for a great day and a great weekend.

Sculptures on view in Long Lake and Raquette Lake and lit up for evening viewing. They will be on display until the weather changes and melts everything. Let’s hope that’s a long long long long time from now.

2011 Year in Review Long Lake Style

What do you remember about 2011? Well already a day has gone by and I’m sure I missed something. So maybe you got to spend a lot of time in Long Lake this year, or maybe you kept in touch via updates and twitter and your friends and relatives. Maybe you drove down Route 30/28N and decided to spontaneously stay for the night and found a Barber Shop Quartet singing on the beach or Martin Sexton signing autographs. Long Lake is small, but makes the most of the seasons and even though we’re off the beaten path and not right off the railroad tracks or the Northway, we still have our fingers on the pulse (from a quiet distance)

The video is a timeline with both events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake interspersed with some images of notable news figures of the past year. Trivia is so popular an event, one of the upcoming questions may revolve around some of the images in this piece – so watch carefully.

What did we miss? I know you’ll be sure to tell me.

See you in 2012. Enjoy the show. Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Winter Carnival is coming up on January 14, 2012.. THINK SNOW!

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Results for Hors D’Oeuvres Throw Down

Consistency of scores led to overall “Best Hors D’Oeuvres in Town” victory for The Cellar in the 2nd Annual Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Throw Down. This year’s competition pitted The Cellar against The Adirondack Hotel. The Cellar’s menu included a Crab Hush Puppy with sweet chili sauce, Seared flat iron filet with cauliflower puree and a Roasted eggplant dip served on a pita chip.

Voters digesting at The Cellar

The Adirondack Hotel came home with a win for Best In Show for Best Individual Appetizer, Portabella Wellington with a sherry cream sauce. Other selections included a Tandoori Spiced Lamb Shank with a goat cheese fritter and roasted red pepper ketchup and Southwest Seafood Newburg in a corn tortilla.

Guests from Newcomb NY enjoy their plates at the Adirondack Hotel

For a bargain price of $10 forty six judges were shuttled via the exclusive Town of Long Lake Limo Service also known as the Little Bus to each location. From 6pm – 8pm voters were split up into two groups so each restaurant could handle the traffic while also remaining open for regular dining service.

The bus run had to make several trips to shuttle guests between stops

The scoring was rating system from 1-7. 7 excellent, 5-6 good, 3-4, okay and 1-2 needs improvement. Comments on voter cards ranged from praise: “Awesome, More More more,” “All appetizers were excellent. Would have liked another plate of all!” to more specific critiques including: “Mussels are always a risk.” to “Eggplant. Instead of pita, put on toast points – softer”

Congratulations to our winners! The Hors D’Oeuvres Throw Down is part of the Town of Long Lake’s Winter Wonderland Wacky Week during the popular Presidents Way Winter Break. For more information on events in Long Lake check out www.mylonglake.com.

The Cellar Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch on the weekends and dinner. Check them out on the web at www.thecellarlonglake.com Phone number 518-624-5539

The Adirondack Hotel is open daily for lunch and dinner. Website is www.adirondackhotel.com and phone number 518-624-4700.

Winners for Town of Long Lake Winter Wacky Week Hors D’Oeuvres Throw Down.

Overall Winner
1st Place
Best Hors D’Oeuvres in Town
The Cellar
689.5

2nd Place
The Adirondack Hotel
670.5

1st Place Best in Show
Adirondack Hotel
“Portabella Wellington with a sherry cream sauce”
240.5

2nd Place Best in Show
The Cellar
“Seared Flat Iron Filet with Cauliflower Puree”
236

3rd Place Best in Show
Adirondack Hotel
“Tandoori Spiced Lamb Shank with Goat Cheese Fritter and Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup” 234.5

4th Place Best in Show
The Cellar
“Crab Hush Puppy with Sweet Chili Sauce”
232

5th Place Best in Show
The Cellar
Roasted Eggplant dip served on a Pita Chip
221.5

6th Place Best in Show
Adirondack Hotel
“Southwest Seafood Newburg in a Corn Tortilla”
195.5

Adirondack Hotel Wins Top Prize

Little Bus Unloads with Judges Ready to Eat


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.

Sampler Platter from The Cellar

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. Judges Enjoy Adk Hotel Selections

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.

Owl's Head Pub Scores Big on Presentation

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.

Menu from Quackenbush's


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.”

Bob Benson and Mike Small place their votes

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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Hors D’Oeuvres Tour February 18th

The Town of Long Lake invites anyone young and old to participate in the Winter Wacky Week February Break Hors D’Ouevre Tour on February 18th. The Little Bus is available to take you to all participating establishments so you can taste, try and vote on the best hors d’oeuvre in Long Lake.

Judges are being lined up, menus are being gathered. Please sign up at 624-3077 to register for the bus. If you would prefer to travel on your own schedule will be posted on #. It will list the times and participating restaurants.

Hors D’Ouevres Tours Kicks Off at 5pm on Thurs Feb 18th

Check # for a complete list of kid friendly events for Winter February Break Week starting with Winter Carnival in Raquette Lake and moving to LL for a week of crazy winter time themed activities.

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