Culinary Institute of America retools restaurants to become less intimidating, more community-friendly, in keeping with the mission of Waldy Malouf. “The building, the whole campus can be a little intimidating. The reality is that we see about 300,000 visitors a year. The CIA is the largest tourist attraction in this region.”
Friday, Mar. 8: Start the evening off by indulging in a special four-course prix fixe French feast at the Bocuse Restaurant.
Its innovative 24/7 meat-dispensaries of freshly butchered grass-fed-and-finished beef, pork and lamb now offers certified organic chicken from Bell & Evans. “We want [our customers] to come whenever they can, whenever their schedules allow. We’re expanding to Hudson in 2019 and just got approval in East Chester for a 24/7 there.”
Friday-Sunday, February 15-17: At the end of the hourlong walk, a professional photo is taken of the walkers with their animal companions, and a heart-shaped frame is included in the package.
Saturday, Feb. 16: “When I was a kid in Woodstock, I got my little brother to write these secret notes with me. We’d write love notes, notes of positive affirmation, like ‘You’re doing great; just keep going!’ And we would spread them all over town, slip them into chocolate -bar wrappers in the Grand Union and put them into library books – just dozens of notes everywhere.”
“We don’t have a set menu. We cook jazz; it changes almost daily.”
“I wouldn’t say we’re ‘cutting-edge.’ We’re not gluing things together with scallop enzymes. But we make honest, good food.”
Saturday, January 26: Entrepreneur Konstanze Zeller is opening her Colonial home for a special eight-course, plant-based meal infused with full-spectrum cannabidiol oil, including cocktails, appetizers and special chocolates for dessert. Zeller is head of Cocorau, a company that specializes in raw cacao bites and adaptogenic elixir powders, both containing CBD from organically grown hemp.
“We have public recreational skating and drop-in hockey, which is open for anyone who wants to come and play a game, along with sticks and pucks.”
It wasn’t a White Christmas, but the snow will come. Hang on to your wintry hopes and this list of coasting hot spots.