WARRENSBURG Behind a serving table, Chef Deric Buck grinned as he looked at a long line of people having his Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes and Mediterranean Chicken being dished onto their plates by his catering employees.
Minutes earlier, none other than television celebrity Rachael Ray had introduced Buck to the capacity crowd gathered in the Lake George High School auditorium to hear her talk about cooking, and offer details of her life.
Rachael Ray praised Buck’s cooking and the staff of his catering operation. Buck is proprietor of Bogey’s Pub & Grill as well as Bay Meadows Golf Center, where the eatery is located at 31 Cronin Road in Queensbury.
“This is a huge opportunity for me,” Buck said as people consumed the entrees he had prepared with fresh ingredients. “To prepare this meal for the Rachael Ray Show represents a tremendous break for us, in promoting the work we’re doing in Queensbury.”
While Buck and his staff dished out the entrees plus savory couscous with slivered almonds and fresh bay leaves, employees of the Lake George Baking Co. handed out orange and lemon cupcakes for dessert.
Earlier, Rachael Ray had noted that Baking Co. proprietors Buster and Debbie Alberino had recently presented her with a beloved gift — a life-sized cake of her dog. Last year, the Alberinos gave her a towering personalized cake to commemorate her 10th year presenting a show at her alma mater, Lake George High School.
Also, Rachael erupted in a near-shriek of joy when she was presented with a gift of gourmet food from Oscar’s Smoke House of Warrensburg, one of her favorite purveyors anywhere.
In addition to Bogey’s Pub & Grill, Bay Meadows Golf Center features a 9-hole course, plus five indoor golf simulators depicting 43 PGA Tour courses.
Bogey’s, which features sandwiches, wraps, pizza, salads, wings and a wide variety of specialties, serves food daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., either in their dining room or in their pub next to their golf simulators. Their dining room is open for lunch 11 to 3 p.m. daily and will soon be open three to four nights per week — when golf season gets underway.
Take-out and delivery of their food is available seven days per week. Bogey’s and the golf center can be reached at 792-1650.
The driving range is now open — it features inexpensive prices for golfers to practice their swing, and tune up for the season, Buck said.
“We welcome everyone to stop by and enjoy all we have to offer,” he said.