LONG LAKE - The first ever Long Lake Hors D'Oeuvres Tour got under way last weekend and ended with a presentation to The Adirondack Hotel for winning honors. The tour was arranged through the Town of Long Lake Tourism department as one component of Long Lake's Winter Wacky Week.
The tour was open to anyone and guests of the tour were invited to ride the Long Lake's community "Little Bus" and visit local restaurants to vote for their favorite appetizer. Judges hailed from Columbia County, NY, Dobbs Ferry, Clifton Park, Malta, Newcomb, Long Lake and two guests from Sweden.
The participating restaurants included The Cellar, The Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner/Owl's Head Pub and Quackenbush's Long View Wilderness Lodge.
Each restaurant features an assortment of hors d'oeuvres ranging from herbed goat cheese and wild mushroom beggars purse to coriander dusted scallop in a pumpkin reduction sauce to panko salmon with chipotle aioli.
"Choosing a winner was no easy task," said Alexandra Verner Roalsvig, director of parks, recreation and tourism in Long Lake.
Judges were asked to choose their favorite dish from each restaurant using the criteria of presentation, quality, taste, texture and originality. Twenty four votes were tallied.
"The variety and menu selection was very impressive and Long Lake should be proud to boast innovative, creative chefs," said a participating judge.
The overall winner of the event was The Adirondack Hotel with a total of 126.5 points for presentation, quality, taste, texture and originality. The favorites for the hotel tied between the carciofi and the curried chicken canap . The Cellar was second with 115 points.
Winning "Best In Show" for being the most popular dish of the entire evening was The Cellar's herbed goat cheese and wild mushroom beggar's purse (wrapped in filo dough) which garnered 12 individual favorite votes for the Cellar and five "Best of Show" for the overall competition.
Honorable mentions went to the Long Lake Diner/ Owl's Head Pub for their presentation and their favorite dish - beef wellington and Quackenbush's Long View Wilderness Lodge's scored points for presentation and their highest rated dish, the ahi tuna.