By Jay Behrke
WARWICK – Looking for fine farm-to-table dining in the Hudson Valley? The Grange is one of the area’s best restaurants, having earned its reputation for fresh food picked just minutes away, and for the devotion of master chef James Haurey in creating a unique culinary experience not easily duplicated by anyone, anywhere.
Thursday evening, Haurey partnered with Leonardo Marino of Red Rooster Harlem and Marcus’ Bermuda for an Organic Wine Dinner at The Grange, and the six-course paired meal showcased all the finer points of farm-to-table dining. The evening’s menu featured organic produce from the Kitchen Garden in Warwick, and strategically matched organic wines from Skurnik Wines and Spirits, with Travis Glohs, DWS, guiding guests through the line-up.
The culinary pairings have been in the works since February, when the chefs, farmer and wine DWS came together for a gastronomic discussion of what types and quantities of seasonal produce they needed and would have available, and the wine that would be best suited to accompany the fare. Herman is providing her organically grown fresh produce from The Kitchen Garden to be featured in each course.
A first-generation farmer, Dominique Herman of The Kitchen Garden manages four acres of farmland in Warwick, NY. Organically grown vegetables and culinary herbs are the core of her operation, with dozens of different types of vegetables and herbs, as well as both edible and decorative flowers. Summer’s fresh and flavorful organic bounty from The Kitchen Garden will be featured exclusively in all courses of the wine dinner menu.
“Having the farmland of Warwick NY as our platform for the dinner is very exciting. I’ve been visiting the area for the last decade and have found what this rich farming region produces to be inspiring as a Chef,” adds Marino. With a rush of enthusiasm, Marino exclaims, “I can’t wait to literally shop the fields where we’ll handpick our vegetables for the wine dinner and meet the farmers.”
Chefs Haurey and Marino have a long history of working together and have found their individual cooking styles to be very complimentary of one another’s culinary ventures and are thrilled to share the kitchen again. “Jim, who is a dear friend and mentor, and I have been kitchen comrades for years, so cooking alongside him once again is a blessing,” says Marino of Haurey. Outside of the kitchen, the pair seems to be more like brothers than work mates.
Rich Fibers’ is the latest art exhibit to grace the walls of the restaurant; Stephanie Joyce Roth presents her self-commissioned collection of sheep paintings inspired by a visit to the Catskill Merino Sheep Farm in Goshen.
The Grange is located at 1 Ryerson Road, Warwick. For additional information visithttps://thegrangewarwick.wordpress.com/