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  |   March 21, 2012  |  Comment
Crown Maple and The Valley Table magazine have announced the Crown Maple Chef’s Challenge that will take place during the upcoming Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, March 18-31. Chefs from all 200 participating restaurants are eligible to enter by creating an appetizer, entree, dessert or cocktail recipe using Crown Maple syrup as a key ingredient and featuring the item on their Restaurant Week menus.

Recipes will be judged by a panel of chefs, and one winner chosen for each of the four categories. Diners will have the opportunity to cast votes for their favorite dishes as well.

“The Crown Maple Chef’s Challenge adds a wonderful new dimension to Restaurant Week for diners and chefs alike,” says Janet Crawshaw, event organizer. “Chefs are challenged to use maple syrup in new and exciting ways — and diners get to taste the results of their creativity.”

Some of the delic ious offerings in store for diners include: an appetizer of Crown maple glazed smoked pork belly with corn polenta and micro mustard greens; a pan-seared salmon entre with Crown Maple citronette. For dessert, how about Crown Maple spice cake served with Bourbon-Mascarpone cream, apple-fig compote and salted caramel sauce? And for a night cap, sip on a Mack & Jack cocktail made of Hudson 4-Grain bourbon and Crown Maple Syrup, infused with fresh sage and orange zest.

May the best recipes win.

Now entering its second harvest, Crown Maple is a leading New York producer of maple syrup. Located in Dutchess County, Crown Maple offers certified organic, 100% pure maple syrup produced using a combination of advanced technology and age-old artisanal traditions. The farm, with more than 800 acres of sugar and red maple trees, features one of the most advanced maple syrup production facilities in the country and is set to open a 7,000 square foot visitors center with farm-to-table c af, specialty retail and educational exhibits this fall.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the Hudson Valley’s largest and most successful culinary event, has participating restaurants in seven counties (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Columbia) offering three-course prix-fixe dinners at $29.95, and three-course lunches at $20.95 during the two-week event.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is presented by The Valley Table, in partnership with Dutchess County Tourism and Westchester County Tourism. M&T Bank is the Official Bank and Credit Card Sponsor. Major sponsors are WHUD Radio, The Gold Standard, The Culinary Institute of America, Hudson Valley Bounty, Crown Maple, Millbrook Vineyards and Winery and The Journal News.

To consult the list of restaurants participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012, go to www.HudsonValleyRestaurantWeek.com. For more information about Crown Maple, go to www.crownmaple.com.


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