My Loss Will Be Your Gain
What are you doing on Saturday? It’s a really hard question this week for food lovers in the Capital Region. There is so much going on. But if you haven’t made up your mind yet, or if you aren’t fully committed, have I got a giveaway for you.
Perhaps you are familiar with my involvement with the Chefs Consortium. Earlier this summer I was able to sail with the chefs and a bunch of guests on the sloop Clearwater for a local food dinner on the Hudson River. It was amazing.
Well, on Saturday the chefs are preparing another special event, this time on Bannerman Island. I can’t go, and I just got the word last night that I could give away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. Whoever you are, you are in for a treat. And even if you don’t win, I’m told there are still some tickets available for purchase.
But first I need to make sure you know exactly how special this promises to be.
Consider this. Bannerman Castle stands in ruins on an island in the middle of the Hudson River. Perhaps you’ve seen it while taking the train from Albany to Manhattan. It’s seen better days, but it’s absolutely beautiful.
The only way to get there is by boat, and there is no water, no electricity or any real cooking facilities. So setting up a dinner there is no easy task. However, this will be the third year that the Chefs Consortium has tackled this project in order to help raise money to shore up this historic landmark.
It’s safe to say they know what they are doing. And the five-course menu is a local food feast. The dinner features food from Northwind Farms, R and G Cheesemakers, Staron’s Farm, Tierra Farm, Markristo Farm, Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, Samascott Orchards, and Feather Ridge Farm. Here is what the chefs have planned:
Chilled corn and crab bisque with tarragon crème fraiche – Chef Liz Beals, Beth’s Farm Kitchen
Markristo mesclun greens with wax beans and herb vinaigrette – Chef Noel Conklin, Woodstock natural foods caterer
Northwind Farms turkey ballantine with pipian sauce, corn and butternut squash salsa – Chef Ric Orlando, New World Home Cooking and New World Bistro
Cheese course and local fruit preserves, cheeses from R and G Cheesemakers – Chef Jeff Loshinsky, Jeff Loshinsky Catering
Angel food cake, local peach and ground cherry compote, toasted pine nuts, rosemary crème anglaise – Chef Bob Turner, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
The boat to the island leaves the Beacon Ferry Dock at 4:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. The price for the dinner includes both the boat ride and a guided tour of this historic place. Should you not win, tickets are $150 per person (apparently $100 of that is also tax deductible). But the only way to buy tickets is by calling Neil Caplan at 845- 831-6346 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get a sense of what is in store, there was a video made of the Bannerman Island dinner experience. And it’s worth a view.
If you want to win the pair of tickets, simply comment below. What you say is immaterial. Tell me what a fool I am for passing up this event. Tell me what you yourself would be willing to give up to attend. Tell me how awesome I am for giving these tickets away. Tell me how crazy it is for anyone to build a castle in the middle of a river. Whatever.
Just tell me before 11:59 p.m. tonight, because that’s when the comments close. By morning we’ll have a winner, so those who don’t win still have a fighting chance to buy a ticket or two to this thing.
The winner will be picked by random, thanks to the help of Random.org. And as always, no whining.