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Poughkeepsie Event Celebrates Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Success

From left to right: Janet Crawshaw, Colin McGrath, Michael Polasek and Marcus Molinaro
From left to right: Janet Crawshaw, Colin McGrath, Michael Polasek and Marcus Molinaro Photo Credit: Contributed

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- An event in Poughkeepsie last week helped observe the decade of success that Hudson Valley Restaurant Week has delivered to Dutchess County.

County Executive Marcus Molinaro, HVRW founder Janet Crawshaw, and Sprout Creek Farm’s cheese maker Colin McGrath put on chef aprons Friday and helped prepare and serve an HVRW signature entrée, farrotto with wild mushrooms, Sprout Creek Farm’s Toussaint cheese and crispy leeks at Bluestone Bistro in Poughkeepsie.

The shared meal preparation and service were symbolic of the partnerships fostered through Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. The celebratory lunch also included HVRW’s presenting sponsor Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and premier sponsor Dutchess Tourism Inc. From casual bistros to fine dining, HVRW brings together farmers, chefs, purveyors and local businesses to support the local economy and showcase the bounty that makes the region a nationally renowned culinary destination.

"Dutchess County is the epicenter of great food and drink, and we're happy to recognize the 10th anniversary of such a great event that celebrates all we have to offer," Molinaro said.

“The public’s appetite, Dutchess County’s rich culinary talent, changes in farming and the growth in craft producers have transformed the region into a culinary destination,” said Crawshaw. “Cheers to 10 years of great dining in the Dutchess County.”

Now through March 20, this biannual event features 36 of Dutchess County’s best chefs firing up their kitchens to serve exceptional meals at discounted prices, $20.05 for lunch and $29.95 for dinner.

For more details including a complete list of the 235 participating restaurants, visit this website .

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