Popup Tuesday Dinners At Rivertown Lodge Start March 29
By Lisa Green
There’s something sort of magical, a little Brigadoon-like, about popup dinners. Whether its Outstanding In The Field, PlaceInvaders or a Dinner in White, they are happenings that are here and gone in a matter of hours. The food may be the centerpiece, but it’s the temporal nature of the events that adds the allure.
Gabriele Gulielmetti and Rachel Sanzone of Bonfiglio & Bread. Photo by Jersey Walz.
A series of popup dinners at Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, New York, will be no less special for the goal of adding some excitement to your Tuesday night, and who can argue with that? On March 29, the Lodge will team up with Gabrielle Gulielmetti and Rachel Sanzone, owners of Bonfiglio and Bread, who will create a Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean themed dinner.
Gulielmetti has created a three-course-plus menu “of the food we like:” cecina (chickpea pancake) with condiments including a smoked cashew sauce, preserved lime and hibiscus spread, smoked sweet potatoes with black garlic and calabrian chilies (and more); lamb kibbe, a spicy seafood stew and a dark chocolate mousse to finish, at a prixe fixe of $45.
“Our plan is to do a different popup every Tuesday night, and we’re starting with Bonfiglio because we love what they do so much,” says Rivertown Lodge co-owner Ray Pirkle. “We want to celebrate our local chefs and ask them to do something they’re not necessarily known for, but are passionate about.”
The bar at Rivertown Lodge.
The popups are also intended to offer more variety to weeknight diners who find themselves doing the “where do you want to go I don’t know where do you want to go” refrain. “We have a pretty good amount of choices,” says Pirkle, “but it’s sometimes hard to find something different midweek.”
More than anything, though, the increasingly frequent collaborations between chefs, bakers and restaurants are about cooperation and friendship, Gulielmetti says. “This is a small community, and most of the people who are excited about what they’re doing want to be excited about what everyone else is doing, too.”
Two additional popups with Bonfiglio & Bread at Rivertown Lodge are scheduled for April 19 and May 17, and Pirkle and co-owner Kim Bucci are talking to other chefs to make the popup dinners a regular thing. After the first one, the prix fixe will be set closer to the $30 mark. Reservations are required for table seating but walk-ins will be welcome to eat at the bar.
“For us, it’s a big production; we fill up our lobby with tables and really make it a special event,” says Pirkle.
Bonfiglio & Bread Popup Dinner @ Rivertown Lodge
Tuesday, March 29, 6-10 p.m.
731 Warren Street, Hudson
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