Updated 03/21/2013 05:48 PM
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
About 200 local eateries are offering special pre-fixed meals across the Hudson Valley and this year there’s a new push to incorporate local products into the menus. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the movement.
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RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- Restaurant Week is serving up a chance for area residents to enjoy three course meals of unique cuisine at a reduced cost and this year, Hudson Valley products are at the forefront.
“This local, more movement, where there’s more and more products used from the Hudson Valley, has become a central focus to a lot of chefs in the valley and the restaurant week is kind of a catalyst for that,” said Terrapin Restaurant Owner and Chef Josh Kroner.
Terrapin’s Josh Kroner says the 14 day event allows folks to take advantage of eateries they might not otherwise try. And it’s giving owners the opportunity to showcase Hudson Valley foods to a wider variety of people.
“Get the customers themselves involved in a lot of the local products we have here,” said Kroner.
Over at Gigi Trattoria, owner Laura Pensiero says she’s doing more of the same, aiming to introducing customers to what the Hudson Valley has to offer.
“It gets people out of their patterns of what they would normally order and try new things and helps us to show our range of what we can do and especially with the local products we buy,” said Gigi Trattoria Owner Laura Pensiero.
The movement is benefiting businesses with the additional foot traffic to kick off the warm weather months and produce providers by promoting their products to those taking advantage of the deal.
“It's a great celebration of our farms, farmers and the really good eateries throughout the valley,” said Pensiero.
There’s only a short time left to experience the area’s biggest dining event of the year.