On Friday, February 22nd, the Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour returned for the Town of Long Lake Tourism’s Winter Wonderland Week.
The tour was open to anyone and guests of the tour were invited to ride the Long Lake’s community “Little Bus” and visit the local restaurants to vote for their favorite appetizer.
Guests hailed from Nashville, TN, Columbia County, NY, Plattsburgh, Tupper Lake, Long Lake and Albany and other locales. The participating restaurants were The Adirondack Growl and Grub, The Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge.
Due to an unexpected mechanical issue the Long Lake Little Bus was unavailable for the event, and Director of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Alexandra Roalsvig reached out to Robin DeLoria, Town Supervisor of Newcomb for assistance. Supervisor DeLoria offered his ten-passenger bus to be used for the event. This is the second time Newcomb has helped the Long Lake Parks and Recreation this season, as Newcomb provided grooming for the Long Lake side of the C7B Snowmobile trail when one of Long Lake’s grooming machines was out of service for a week in January.
Sixty-four guests descended upon the venues one at a time, moving about the community to try three appetizers at each location. Guests had a voting card to review and select their favorite at each venue. The judging was to consider each individual appetizer with overall impression, presentation, uniqueness, combination of flavors, pleasing to the palate and originality.
The Adirondack Growl and Grub served Capicola Cups with Cantaloupe, an Ugly Pretzel with Beer Cheese Dip and a French Onion and Roast Beef Crostini. The favorite at the Growl and Grub was the French Onion and Roast Beef Crostini. The Growl and Grub also offered a beer pairing to accompany the plates.
The Long View Lodge offered a plate with a Crab Cake with House Remoulade, a Portabello Mushroom Fry and House Made Tortellini with goat cheese and wild mushroom. The overall winner for the Long View Lodge was the House Made Tortellini with Goat Cheese and Wild Mushroom.
The Adirondack Hotel served up a Jerked Chicken Tostado, Spicy Lime Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro and Basil Encrusted Rice, finished with Cream Avocado Sauce. Coming in with top honors at the Hotel was the Spicy Lime Grilled Shrimp.
The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub served an Alaskan Crab and Shrimp Egg Roll with Mornay Sauce, Honey and Soy Beef Kebob and coming in first was the Chickpea Taco with Pico de gallo and Guacamole.
Guests filled out comment cards to help the Parks and Recreation Department strategize on improvements with the goal of bringing the event back in 2020.
The next foodie involved event in Long Lake will be in May during the Eat Adirondack Restaurant Week, May 2nd to May 9th. For more information, click here.
Photo of Adk Hotel Plate provided by Long Lake.