With Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (November 1-13) once again upon us, we have an opportunity to see how blessed the Putnam County community is to have so many great places to dine. These predominantly family- and locally-owned establishments are some of our greatest visitor attractions.
The multiplier effect (direct, indirect, and induced) of family owned businesses is well documented. 48% of the money from purchases at local businesses is recirculated locally, some 3 ½ times more than that of chain stores. This is quite intuitive, given that local businesses and business owners have a vested interest in helping the surrounding community do well. Plus it’s a simple fact – you do business with who you know, and restauranteurs are among the most well-known local businesspeople.
Putnam County has 12 restaurants participating in the event, some of which (Dish in Mahopac and Clocktower Grill in Brewster) are part of the ” Farm to Table movement”. Farm to table dining involves preparing more locally-sourced food, reducing the amount of time a product takes to get to the consumer, and ensuring more quality and freshness and lower delivery prices.
The restaurants (full listing available at www.valleytable.com) offer a wide variety of options including American, Continental, Italian, Nuevo Latino, and Steakhouse. This means residents and travelers alike can enjoy something for every taste and budget. Many of these restaurants include some of Putnam’s newest, eager to showcase their culinary talents to an ever growing array of new customers.
In 2017, the Tilly Foster Farm will offer an educational farm-to-table experience called “Tilly’s Table”, using local farm produce from the Hudson Valley. This will be an interesting way to learn more about agriculture and the work that goes into preparing and harvesting our food.
Participating restaurants are offering $20.95 lunch and $29.95 dinner specials for the duration of Restaurant Week.
– Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce