Gourmet Meals, Great Deals

These days, we’re all looking for bargains — and not just at the supermarket or shopping mall. So we did some digging. Here are seven of our favorite restaurants that offer prix-fixe menus, and three well-priced wines to celebrate the arrival of spring. And don’t forget Restaurant Week returns this month. Who says you can’t eat well in a down economy?


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Phillies Farm Bridge Project: photo of chickensPhotograph by Katie Burns

100 Miles Menu

If you have a taste for fresh local produce, this year’s annual Farm to Families Dinner might be just the thing to satisfy your cravings. Sponsored by the Phillies Bridge Farm Project, the event raises money to help provide fresh organic vegetables to local food agencies. The dinner takes place at the Main Course in New Paltz (a funky and popular local eatery and our Best of the Hudson Valley winner for catering since 1994).

The menu, created by Main Course owner and chef Bruce Kazan, uses mostly local produce grown within 100 miles of New Paltz. “We have all these great ingredients so close and available to us, and supporting local farming is really important to our local economy,” says Kazan. “Every year I try to incorporate all the newest techniques and changes in the food industry to bring to the table at the Farm to Families dinner.” Some unique dishes from previous year’s events include vegetarian caviar, pulled lamb shanks paired with fresh butternut squash and sassafrass, and “spun tofu.”

The dinner takes place on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125 ($100 of which is tax deductible). Reserve your place by calling Phillies Bridge Farm at 845-256-9108.


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