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2020 Hors D’Oeuvres Results Announced!

A buzz was in the air on Friday, February 21st for the Annual Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour the benchmark event for the Town of Long Lake’s Winter Wonderland Week.   
 
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.  Guests hailed from Columbia County, NY, Plattsburgh, Tupper Lake, Long Lake and Albany and other locales.  The participating restaurants included: The Adirondack Hotel, the Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge. 
 
With a good turnout, Long Lake looked to neighbor in Newcomb, to use their community bus to supplement transportation for the event.  Supervisor Robin DeLoria offered his ten-passenger bus to be used for the event citing he was happy to share services between the two upstate municipalities straddling Essex and Hamilton County.  
 

 


Guests descended upon the venues one at a time, moving about the community to try three appetizers at each location.  Guests had a voting card to review and select their favorite at each venue. The judging was to consider each individual appetizer with overall impression, presentation, uniqueness, combination of flavors, pleasing to the palate and originality. 

The Long View Lodge served a Chicken Pesto Puff Pastry, a Scallop Seafood Crostini and Bacon wrapped Meatloaf over Mashed Potatoes.  The overall winner for the Long View Lodge was the Chicken Pesto Puff Pastry with one guest saying, this was the favored selection, it should be on the menu and the dish was beautifully presented.

The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub served each dish individually with a sorbet palate cleanser offered between each selection.  Dishes included Chicken Sausage Chili cup in a hand-molded tortilla, Bacon Bourbon BBQ, Battered and Breaded Pork Ribs  and Fried Green Tomatoes. The Chili Cup took top honors.  Comments remarked, “Execution at the diner was excellent, loved being served the dishes one at a time, and the flavors and the chili would be great to have coming off the trails. Loved the ribs too!”
 

The Adirondack Hotel served a Venison Slider, Smoked Duck with Brie and Smoked Salmon.  The Adirondack took top prizes for their Smoked Duck with Brie. Fans raving that the dish was a great combination of tastes citing the onion on the duck was a very nice touch.   
 

Guests were impressed with the portions and were full by the end of the night.  Guests remarked at the great camaraderie of the company, the organization of the event, the chefs creativity and the excellent service. 
 
The next foodie involved event in Long Lake will be in May during the Eat ADK Restaurant Week,  April 30th – May 7th.  More information will be available at www.mylonglake.com

Sushi Rolling Class on Tuesday, May 7th

Local Chef Keith Wamback will teach a sushi class on Tuesday, May 7th in conjunction with EAT ADK.  Anyone showing a receipt from ANY participating EAT ADK restaurant in the region receives $10 off the class! 

On Tuesday May 7th, there will be a  Sushi Rolling Class at the Town Hall taught by local chef Keith Wamback. Class is $20 or $10 if you show a receipt from any business participating in Eat ADK Week, from any town. Attendees will learn all the steps to make sushi at home, and leave with three hand-made sushi rolls, and a sushi rolling mat.
 
Keith began his career in the kitchen in Long Lake working at the Island Snack Bar under the tutelage of Mike Sandiford.  From there his cooking has taken him all over the country, including working in the high-end catering field for over ten years in Washington DC.  That experience exposed Keith to gourmet food and techniques, as well as offered the opportunity to cook for Presidents, including, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, as well as the Prince of England, foreign dignitaries, members of Congress, and movie stars.
 
With over 20 years’ Keith learned the art of sushi as the head chef/manager of a sushi restaurant in Fredericksburg Virginia.  Keith learned the tricks and techniques to making perfect sushi that he will pass on to sushi class participants.   Keith returned to Long Lake in 2018 to be closer to family and the outdoor sports he loves, and he can be found cooking at the Long View Lodge before he returns to his summer gig with the NYS DEC. 
 
Check out mylonglake.com and the Long Lake Instagram social media at Instagram/mylonglake for updates and info on all the participating venues in the area.
 
Participating restaurants in Long Lake include:  The Adirondack Hotel, ADK Trading Post, Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub, Turner’s Pizza and the Long View Lodge. 
 

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