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!