hudson-valley-restaurant-week.gifMore than 125 Restaurants Offering a Wide Array of Culinary Adventures at Discounted Prices Newburgh, New York - The Hudson Valley's largest and most successful dining promotion, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, returns to cities, towns and villages throughout the region March 15-28. Now in its fourth year, this much-anticipated multi-county dining extravaganza features more than 125 restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe lunches at $20 and/or dinners at $28. Last year's event drew more than 125,000 diners, who discovered new culinary experiences at area restaurants. Restaurant goers will have an even wider choice of restaurants and cuisines this year, including Nuevo Latino, Moroccan, Portuguese/Brazilian, Greek, New Orleans/Innovative American, as well as Contemporary American, Italian, French bistro, fondue, and steak and seafood houses. "The Hudson Valley food scene is vibrant. The Valley is home to the country's foremost cooking school, a nationally recognized center for food and agriculture, celebrated artisanal cheese makers and world-class wineries and distilleries, and some of the best chefs in America," says Janet Crawshaw, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week organizer and publisher of The Valley Table magazine, the recognized authority on all things food related in the Hudson Valley. Because agriculture is still the Hudson Valley's biggest industry, the use of locally produced ingredients on Restaurant Week menus is key to the event's popularity. "Chefs find inspiration and amazing ingredients in the surrounding farms," says Crawshaw. "They go all out to use locally produced ingredients, from venison, duck and heritage pork to artisanal cheeses." For the first time this year, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week will include two full weekends, making it even more tantalizing for those looking for a tasty getaway. Many Hudson Valley hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts are offering discounted rates during Restaurant Week, so adventurous foodies can spend a weekend or longer sampling menus at some of the finest restaurants in the region while treating themselves to mini-vacations. In addition, overnight accommodations are available on the premises of some of the participating restaurants. Among them is the gothic-style Thayer Hotel at West Point with breathtaking river views; the Kittle House, a 12-room historic landmark inn in Chappaqua; the Bird & Bottle Inn in Garrison and the historic Hudson House River Inn in Cold Spring. To view lodging discounts and packages, go to www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com/. Another exciting development for the event is a promotional partnership with Metro-North, which is encouraging passengers to take advantage of the many dining opportunities that are within walking distance of train stations along the Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines. One new restaurant, Via Vanti, is actually located in the Mt. Kisco train station. "We are delighted to partner with MTA Metro-North in inviting people from throughout the New York Metro area to discover the culinary pleasures of the Hudson Valley," says Crawshaw. Newcomers to Hudson Valley Restaurant Week this year include American Bounty at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Cafe of Love in Mount Kisco, Brasserie Le Bouchon in Cold Spring, The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, Il Portico in Tappan, Babycakes Cafe in Poughkeepsie and the ever-popular Bear Cafe in Woodstock. Hudson Valley restaurant goers can dine in a wide variety of wonderful settings. Hudson House of Nyack is located in a former village hall and jailhouse, where the jail cells now serve as the wine cellar and the walls are adorned with pressed tin dating back to the 1800s. Charlotte's, set in rolling hunt country in Millbrook, serves country European fare in several charming dining rooms, each with a fireplace. Two restaurants are housed in former train stations--the Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville and Valhalla Crossing in Valhalla. Restaurant goers looking for a "big city vibe" can visit Nina Restaurant in Middletown, serving Classic American cuisine in a neatly restored factory. Union Restaurant in Haverstraw offers continental cuisine with a Latin twist in an upscale hacienda setting. The Village Tearoom in New Paltz, located in a former 19th century tailor shop, serves sophisticated comfort food highlighting local farm products. Many restaurants feature views of the majestic Hudson River, including Amici's and Shadows on the Hudson, both in Poughkeepsie, Torches on the Hudson and Big Easy Bistro in Newburgh, Blu Riverfront and Harvest-on-Hudson in Hastings, Riverview in Cold Spring, Two Spear Street in Nyack, or the dramatic Xaviars X20 in Yonkers, with 25-foot vaulted ceilings and views down the river to the Manhattan skyline. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is presented by The Valley Table. Major sponsors are American Express, WHUD Radio, The Gold Standard, Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, Westfair Business Publications, Brooklyn Brewery, Brotherhood Winery, Dutchess County Tourism, Westchester County Tourism, and Sysco Albany. For more information, visit http://www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com/. ###