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Quad Meal Specials at Two Dozen Ulster County Restaurants Offer Taste of Hudson Valley

Twenty-six restaurants, located in Kingston, Saugerties, New Paltz, Woodstock and Mount Trempor, are offering a $16.09 meal special during the Quadricentennial Celebration of Henry Hudson’s 1609 voyage. Ulster County is known for its abundance of excellent restaurants, and the discounts enable visitors and residents alike to sample the regional variety of culinary offerings at a very reasonable price.

Chefs are taking the opportunity to be creative. Here are a few sample deals, most of which are offered through October:

The Holiday Inn in Kingston, located on Washington Avenue, is serving a traditional Dutch dinner. The current menu: split pea soup; sweet and sour pot roast with egg noodles and Dutch-style coleslaw; and Malva pudding, a cake made with apricot jam, topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream. After your meal, check out the 10 artist-designed banners painted in Quadricentennial themes on display in the hotel through May.

New World Home Cooking, located at 1411 Route 212 in Saugerties, is serving a sweet pea and leek brown-rice risotto. The item has been selling briskly, according to management. The restaurant has attracted a following for its “global peasant food,” and on Friday nights it features live music, with no cover.

The Steel House, located in Kingston’s Rondout district, is offering two $16.09 specials: a large individual pizza and a pitcher of beer or soda, and eggplant rollatini with pasta. Located in a former foundry, the restaurant has a waterfront patio and outside tiki bar. It serves New Italian cuisine, including brick-oven pizza, as well as steak varieties.

A block away, Savona’s Trattoria is offering a choice of any pasta on the menu with a free glass of wine or dessert. The casual dining room serves Italian classics at reasonable prices and features a wide selection of Italian wines.

Peekamoose Restaurant and Taproom, located on Route 28 in Big Indian, is emphasizing Hudson Valley ingredients in its Quad special. Sample entrees it has served so far are shad roe and an organic vegetable plate, with roasted shitake mushrooms, artichokes, asparagus, peas, lightly wilted pea shoots, and Quinoa grain with homemade ricotta cheese. Located in an old farmhouse, the restaurant has a tree-trunk chandelier and is decorated with natural and found objects; there’s a bar with a deck and a nightly bonfire.

Other participating restaurants are Mariner’s Harbor, Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant, Mezzaluna Café, Ship to Shore, Dolce Café, Hoffman House Tavern, Portobello Ristorante, Terra Nova 4 Seasons, Elephant Wine & Tapas, Roudigan’s Steakhouse, Frank Guido’s Little Italy, Armadillo Bar & Grille, and Ship to Shore in Kingston; Gilded Otter Brewing Co. and Village Tea Room in New Paltz; Café Tamayo, Café Mezzaluna Bistro, and Gisiano’s Restaurant in Saugerties; Bread Alone Café and Bakery, Landau Grill, Oriole 9, and Violette in Woodstock; and Catskill Rose Lodging and Dining in Mount Tremper. For a complete list of addresses and contact information, visit

Another business offering a Quad special is Jarita’s Florist, in Woodstock, which is selling a $16.09 floral arrangement. Quad discounts on lodging are offered at the Holiday Inn and Rondout in Kingston, Moondance in New Paltz, The Inn at Stone Ridge, The Grouse House and the Smythe House in Saugerties, and Pinegrove Ranch and Family Resort in Kerhonkson.


April 20, 2009 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

April 2 Quad Kick Off a Big Success

Last night’s kick off at the Holiday Inn in Kingston was an auspicious start to Ulster County’s seven-month-long Quadricentennial Celebration. A large crowd filled the hotel’s spacious atrium, which was festively hung with a dozen artist-designed banners (the excellent hanging job was courtesy of a fork lift and labor contributed by Darmstadt Overhead Doors).

Adam from New World Cooking

Delicious comestibles served up by eight restaurants previewed the taste treat in store for visitors and residents who order the $16.09 Quad meal “special,” which will be widely available at area eateries during the celebration months. The old-time fiddle, banjo and mandolin tunes played by Earl and Mimi Pardini and their band mates in The Slide Mountain String Band kept things lively. There was time out for remarks by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, County Executive Michael Hein, Ulster County Tourism Director Rick Remsnyder, and Carla Smith, executive director of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, speaking on behalf of the arts organizations and other groups hosting Quad events. The speakers highlighted various Quad-related initiatives planned for the county and its abundance of cultural, natural, entrepreneurial and historical resources.

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

All in all, a rousing good time was had by all, and the TV cameras were there to capture it. Participating restaurants were Savona’s. Peekamoose Restaurant and Taproom, New World Home Cooking, Mariner’s Harbor, The Steel House, Rosita’s, Mezzaluna Café, Ship to Shore, Dolce, and the Holiday Inn, which featured a colonial Dutch “Malva pudding,” made with apricot jam. Banners were painted by Steve Ladin, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Jacquie Roland, Matt Pleva, Iya Battle, Robert Sweeney, Hendrik Dijk, Lynn Woods, Dennis Connors, Cynthia Winiker, and Erik Richards in collaboration with Cristina Brusca.

Earlier in the day. there was a formal proclamation commemorating the county’s 400 years of history and the opening of an exhibition of historic documents, “the Formation of Government,” at the Ulster County Office Building, located in Kingston. The proclamation was printed on handmade paper made from Abacca fiber by the Women’s Studio Workshop. The well-attended opening gave the public a first look at several documents in old Dutch, including the 1661 charter of the Dutch Court at Kingston.

April 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Commissioned Quadricentennial Artwork Unveiling Ceremony

Kingston City Hall. 420 Broadway
Friday, April 17, 10 am
Join the City of Kingston’s Mayor James Sottile and others for the unveiling of a special Quad inspired print of Henry Hudson exploring the river bearing his name created by renowned landscape artist, John Zaccheo. A native Kingstonian, and graduate of Kingston High School, Zaccheo is an artist who has circled the globe and is known for his prints of Mediterranean ports and seascapes.  His special salute to the Hudson-Fulton Quadricentennial was commissioned by the City of Kingston. Prints of the original painting will be available for sale at the unveiling.  The framed prints have been numbered by hand and are being sold for $50, $100 and $200 according to their size, and come with a certificate of authenticity. Contact: Katie Cook, City of Kingston, NY (845) 331-7517

April 9, 2009 at 10:36 am Leave a comment


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