Four must do events at Greenwich International Film Festival May 29-June 2


The Greenwich International Film Festival returns for its 5th year on May 29th to June 2nd 2019.  We are very excited for the return of the festival not only for its fine slate of films, but the fact the focus of the festival has been to use film to make an impact, create awareness and inspire change.

Over the 5 days of the festival GIFF will be hosting parties, panel discussions, a concert with Kesha, and the screening of no less than  _____ films.  Screenings will include full narrative films, documentaries, and several short film categories including Connecticut Shorts (from local filmmakers), Kids Shorts, Documentary Shorts, and Narrative shorts.  There are so many great films and not enough time! We encourage you to go to the GIFF website and plan ahead so as to experience as much great film as possible.

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As this is our 4th year in a row covering the Festival, we are very excited when this time of year comes around.  Here are some of the Festival highlights we are looking forward to attending.

  • The 5-Year EPIC Anniversary Party with a concert by Kesha, award presentation by actress Connie Nielsen, DJ April Larken, VIP Lounge, Cocktails, and Special Performances!  This year the event is moved to the fantastic Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY which is just over the border with Greenwich.   The party is on Saturday June 1 at 7:30 pm.
  • GIFF will host the 2019 Changemaker Gala on May 30th, with a Meet and Greet cocktail reception at Betteridge from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a black tie awards dinner at L’Escale from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. This prestigious event will honor Celebrity Changemaker, Eva Longoria, for her work with the Eva Longoria Foundation, and Community Changemaker, Bobby Walker, for his work with the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. As in prior years, this is a very special event which raises not only awareness but for the charity partners of the Festival.
  • Panel Discussions- The Cole Auditorium at the Greenwich Library will host several panel discussions featuring writers, actors, directors and more. These behind the scene discussions are fascinating and include some great subject matter and we are interested in are “The Ability in Disability” about the lack of the disabled actors in film, and “Stortytelling to Inspire Change”  with female filmmakers who are using film to create change
  • Films- there are so many to choose from over the festival, so we always plan in advance. On our slate are  several Narrative Films, documentaries, and short films.  The festival programmers have put together a dynamic list of films with something for everyone. As always the festival focus is to bring about positive change in our world and make an impact through film.

This year’s festival will be here before you know it .  For more information and tickets:

Greenwich International Film Festival

May 29- June 2 2019

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with the Woodstock Experience at the Winery At St. George on May 8th


The summer of 1969 was epic.  Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and the famous Woodstock concert took place in Bethel New York.   On Wednesday May 8th at 8pm, a celebration of that famous concert will take place at the Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake.  It promises to be a fun night.

Live music will be provided by the Woodstock tribute band, Back to the Garden 1969.  They will bring some of the epic music of that event to the Winery stage.  If you have not been to the Winery at St. George, you are missing out on one of the best venues to experience live music in the Hudson Valley.  Set inside an old stone church, this venue is the perfect place to  gather with friends, dine, enjoy great wine and listen to talented live acts.

Celebrating  the 50th anniversary , BACK TO THE GARDEN 1969 is a group of seasoned players who have toured, performed, and recorded nationally. The musicians all are multi-instrumentalists, as well as unique lead vocalists. Their common bond is a love for the music of the Woodstock era, and they formed this band for the sheer enjoyment of playing these songs. By performing these well loved favorites, they remind us of the astounding breadth and depth of  the music of the Woodstock generation.

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So grab your friends and fire up the VW bus and head to the Winery At St George.

Doors open 6:00pm, Showtime 8pm – Dinner Served Until 10pm 

TABLE SEATS: ($30 minimum food and beverage per person) parties of 2 might share tables. BAR SEATS – ($30 minimum food and beverage per person) GENERAL ADMISSION: Limited Seating on a first come, first served basis, dinner is served in this area ($20 Minimum food and beverage per person) Doors open 6pm, Showtime 8pm – Dinner Served Until 10pm.

For more information and tickets:


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The Winery at St. George

1715 East Main Street Mohegan Lake, New York     tel (914) 455 – 4272

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Experience 3 silent comedy films with a live pianist at the Bedford Playhouse, May 5th at 1 pm.

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A fun theater experience is coming to the Bedford Playhouse on Sunday May 5th at 1pm. If you want to experience the history of the silent era of cinema, then this is for you.  A very special event with a live pianist playing along to the three short films.   This is a must for fans of film.

Have you ever heard of “musical onomatopoeia”? This event takes sound effects to an entirely new level!
All ages will delight in this unique intersection of comedy, film and music. Three short silent comedies will be shown consecutively — each with live improvisational piano music by one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, Ben Model. The films include three laugh-out-loud classics:
One A.M. with Charlie Chaplin, The Playhouse with Buster Keaton and Big Business with Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy.

One A.M. with Charlie Chaplin – A drunken homeowner has a difficult time getting about in his house after arriving home late at night.

The Playhouse with Buster Keaton – After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Big Business with Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy – Two Christmas Tree salesmen get into a mutually destructive fight with a homeowner.

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Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 35+ years he has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano and theatre organ. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theatre.

Tickets $20 General Admission / $35 Premium Recliners

Tickets at

The Bedford Playhouse

33 Old Post Rd, Bedford, NY 10506  tel  914.234.6704

“The Night Before” a special author’s lunch with Wendy Walker on May 9th at the Roger Sherman Inn

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Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch with author Wendy Walker in the Roger Sherman Inn’s newly-renovated dining room with panoramic views of the gardens.

Discover how bestselling author and former attorney Walker developed the twists and turns in her psychological thriller “The Night Before.” Her novels have been sold in 23 foreign countries and optioned for film and television.

Elm Street Books will be on hand to sell you an advance copy of her latest novel “The Night Before” so you can be among the first to find out what happens when Laura disappears after meeting up with a man from a dating app.

New Canaan Town Players Jennifer Prescott and Kit Watson will be on hand to bring the characters to life with a theatrical read from the book, which will only be available at the lunch until it is released to the public on May 14, 2019.

The book:

First Dates Can Be Murder.  Riveting and compulsive, national bestselling author Wendy Walker’s The Night Before “takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go” as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.
Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love. She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men. Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up. Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.
Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister. Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her. Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.
When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst. She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet. As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura. She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him…

Get your tickets before they sell out!   Tickets available through May 4th.  This sounds like a great event !

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or call the Roger Sherman Inn at 203.966.4541

Roger Sherman Inn

195 Oenoke Ridge  New Canaan, CT 06840

Kanopi: high above Westchester, an evening of culinary artistry awaits


Perched high above Westchester on the 42nd floor of the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains awaits a dining experience unlike any other in  our area.  Kanopi is a restaurant and event space like that is quite unique.  From the ground level of the hotel guests are escorted to a scenic elevator which whisks its occupants to lofty heights. Here breathtaking views and finely crafted food combine to make a memorable evening.


The space at Kanopi (the former 42 The Restaurant) has stunning views of  Westchester, the Hudson Valley, Long Island Sound and New York City.   There is a lounge, a long narrow dining area with floor to ceiling windows, a much larger event space, and an intimate private dining table inside the kitchen itself.   We were seated at a table with a view over Long Island Sound.  As dusk approached we witnessed the lights of the shore towns of Long Island illuminate the night.  It was quite the setting.

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And while the views may be the reason to consider Kanopi, it is the kitchen and its chef, Anthony Goncalves.  The diner can expect a very special evening of culinary magic.  Chef Goncalves is not just a chef, but a true artist as each dish is carefully prepared and beautifully presented.

Kanopi  features a 13 course tasting menu which is available with wine pairing.  Chef Goncalves who is from Portugal, has developed a menu of Portuguese and Mediterrean dishes along with Asian influences. At one time Portugal had colonies in Asia including Macau, and the  foods and spices of that region are present in the menu.

With 13 courses on the menu, the evening is refined and each course evenly spaced. Each serving is more or less a sample tasting and not a full portion.  As we relaxed at our table, each dish was served with artistry as it arrived.  It was much like witnessing a well choreographed dance of culinary delights.  Each course is presented with different plates, and is  unique and beautiful as the panoramic views.  It was quite evident the passion for food that is present in the kitchen.

With so many courses,  we will discuss a few of our favorites from the evening.   The Hamachi is yellow tail tuna, with Monterosa olive oil, a touch of lime and pomelo.  Monterosa olive oil is from Portugal is rated one of the finest in the world.  A delicious dish.

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The Kona Kompachi followed and is a flavorful yet light yellowtail served in with a light brushing of roasted seaweed vinaigrette.  The plating of this dish was pure art and was one of our favorites.

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Kona Kompachi

The Small Game Tamale was an interesting dish, with chicken wrapped in a banana leaf.  Opening the leaf like an envelope allows the aroma of the chicken, raisins and prunes to escape.  A fun presentation and delightful course.

The Polvo was a carefully crafted dish and was composed or poached octopus, with a dash of coriander, paprika oil, black olive and pickled serrano chili pepper for that extra boost of flavor. The dish was artfully crafted and the carefully placed  garnish appeared as it was growing from the octopus itself.

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Served in an Asian style plate, the Robalo was a portion of light and mild sea bass, truffles and served with Osetra caviar.  The blending of the mild sea bass with the more flavorful caviar was quite a treat.

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Robalo with caviar

Pekin Duck was another interesting dish and a very artistic presentation.  The duck was lightly grilled and place on a black plate with a celery root puree that when viewed from above appeared to be two flowers.

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Dessert is also included with four samples provided.  The Devil Dog was a tasty chocolate concoction but the Fruit Roll-Ups were our favorite.  This is not the snack,  but rather compressed fruits (including grape and pineapple) which are thinly sliced to produce one of the most fun and creative desserts we have enjoyed in some time.

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Fruit Roll Ups

As the scenic elevator slowly pulled away from the 42nd floor and returned us to the lobby, the magnificent vistas we witnessed remained in our minds.  But long after those visions fade, the culinary experience that is Kanopi will linger with us for a long time.


Kanopi    (at the Ritz Carlton)

3 Renaissance Square

White Plains New York   

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Osteria 57: a charming fish and vegetarian Italian eatery in the West Village


The  West Village neighborhood of Manhattan is  a very unique and historic place.  Throughout the last centuries its streets have been the home to famous New Yorkers, artists, musicians and has a rich cultural history.  The area is quiet and intimate unlike so many other parts of the city. The streets are narrow and lined with wonderful antique homes and shops.  The West Village has been home to countless famous people as Aaron Burr (third Vice President of the U.S.), and even fictional characters such as Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City.   The area is also home to some interesting dining options.

In a space that is partially below sidewalk level, we dined recently at Osteria 57, an Italian restaurant that is unique in that its menu is seafood and vegetarian with no meat served.  This is a refreshing and very different take on traditional Italian fare.   The space occupies a former cellar in an antique building and it is instantly intimate and cozy.  Walls are of white washed brick, exposed 19th century wooden beams and wooden floors add to the comfortable ambiance. After being seated in our front corner table we felt as if we had been transported to Northern Italy.

The kitchen takes great pride in its menu selection, fresh ingredients, elegant presentation of each dish and the unique plating.  The observant diner is in for an evening of culinary excellence.

We started with the Crispy Cauliflower, a delightful dish of  lightly battered cauliflower and served in with smoked paprika sauce. An excellent veggie dish loaded with flavor and gluten free as well.


Staying in the veggie mode we sampled the Burrata Primavera.  This blending of soft fresh burrata cheese, spring vegetables, salsa verde and pinenuts. A very innovative pairing of the ingredients to create a unique taste.

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Burrata Primavera

Another excellent app that could be a main dish was the Scallops, that was an elegant presentation.  Fresh sea scallops were seared and served with a delicious tower of English peas, fregola, pickled shallots and sprouts.

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For main dishes there is seafood, pasta, and a vegetarian offering.   We tried the wonderful and tasty Mushrooms in a smooth vegetable puree.  The dish was hearty and was hard to  believe no cream was used in the rich puree.


Mushrooms in a Vegetable Puree

The Black Cod was delicious and was this thick fillet was cooked to perfection and served with red bell pepper, romano beans, mustard seed and mashed potato.  The light cod matched with the zest of the red pepper made for a memorable dish.  Highly recommended.

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Black Cod

Though Osteria 57 does not have a cocktail menu at this time, in keeping with Italian tradition it offers a fine selection of wines and we enjoyed a glass of Gavi with our meal.  It was  selected by our host and was a perfect complement to our meal.

Osteria 57 is a wonderful restaurant.  It is where rustic Italy meets old New York.  It’s intimate setting is the perfect place for good food, great wine and friends to gather.


Osteria 57

57 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011   tel. 212- 777-0057


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New York International Auto Show now at the Javits Convention Center


VW Dune Buggy Concept car, one of many fun concepts at the show

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Check out the New York International Auto Show now at the Javits Center in Manhattan.  The annual show is a mecca for auto enthusiasts yet has something for the whole family.



Inside you will find hundreds of new cars, suvs and trucks to explore.  As well there are many models that are making their debut  at this show.  Lincoln is showcasing their new Corsair SUV at the beautiful and retro display space.    Nissan is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its famed Z car with models of the original and its latest incarnation .  There is even new car companies such as Rivian which is displaying its electric full size SUV.


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The show also has interactive exhibits including simulated driving, and virtual reality displays.  Outside you can take a ride in a Toyota or take the Jeep Challenge and ride in a  Jeep through an amazing off road course of inclines, declines, stairs and more.  There is a also a display of vintage Italian sports cars courtesy of the Saratoga Auto Museum.


Vintage Italian sports cars take stage at the show

The Javits Center is easy to get to from Grand Central Station by taking the 7 Train direct to the new Hudson Yards Station.  Steps away is the High Line Park and the new shopping at Hudson Yards.

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2019 New York Int’l Auto Show Dates:
April 19 – April 28, 2019
Monday through Saturday, 10am – 10pm
Sunday 10am – 7pm


Greenwich International Film Festival to honor Eva Longoria Baston and Bobby Walker as Changemakers at the 2019 festival May29-June 2


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The Greenwich International Film Festival announces the honorees for the 5th annual Changemaker Gala, which will take place on May, 30, 2019 in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Changemaker Award honors artists who have used their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change.  This year, activist and actress, Eva Longoria Bastón, will be honored for her work to empower Latina woman and girls through the Eva Longoria Foundation.

Bobby Walker is  the Community Changemaker honoree at the 2019 festival,  and will be recognized for his work supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. Past Changemaker honorees include Renée Zellweger, Christy Turlington Burns, Freida Pinto, Trudie Styler, Abigail Breslin, Harry Belafonte, Mia Farrow, and Ashley Judd.

Award-winning actor, producer, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist Eva Longoria Bastón (“Desperate Housewives,” forthcoming “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”) established the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012. The Foundation’s mission is to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. Through its programs in STEM education, mentorship, parent engagement, college scholarships and entrepreneurship, the Foundation has impacted the lives of more than 23,000 Latina people in the United States and Mexico. Longoria Bastón is a founding member of the Time’s Up movement that addresses systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace, and a powerful voice for the representation of women and people of color in media. Longoria Bastón was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter and honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Variety’s annual Power of Women Luncheon.

For more than 100 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich has been devoted to preparing young people, through enrichment opportunities and supportive relationships, to be responsive, caring and productive community members. The organization provides high-quality, diverse and robust programming for children and teens ages 6-18 throughout the school year and remains open during school holidays and winter and spring vacation periods.  The affordable After-School Programs and accessible summer camps ensure that every child, no matter what his or her family’s financial situation, can participate in positive activities that build self-esteem in a safe, nurturing and supervised environment. “I’m honored to be recognized by the Greenwich International Film Festival

“I am thrilled that the Greenwich International Film Festival will be honoring Eva Longoria Bastón and Bobby Walker as Changemakers,” said Wendy Stapleton, Chairman of the Board, GIFF. “Eva is a committed advocate for underserved communities. Her philanthropic track record is formidable, and she has worked to advocate for women, the Latina community, people with disabilities, children with cancer, farm workers and more. She will be accepting the award based on her work to educate and provide opportunity for Latina women and girls. Eva understands the power of her celebrity and has leveraged it time and again to help those less fortunate. Bobby Walker is the incredible leader of The Boys and Girls club of Greenwich. Through his tireless work he has helped to make our community a better, more inclusive place. Bobby and Eva embody what it mean to be true Changemakers.”

Greenwich International Film Festival will celebrate its five year anniversary from May 29-June 2, 2019. Tickets for the Changemaker Gala go on sale today and will be available for purchase at The Festival’s full film slate will be announced May 3. The May 30th Changemaker event, sponsored by Betteridge, will include a cocktail reception at Betteridge followed by a black-tie gala at L’Escale in Greenwich, CT. Kathie Lee Gifford will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Greenwich International Film Festival

May 29 -June 2 2019

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Nationally Acclaimed Comedian To Perform at Bedford Playhouse

Need a good laugh? Stand up comedy legend, Robert Klein, will leave the audience roaring after tomorrow’s performance (April 18) at the Bedford Playhouse.

Robert Klein, twice-nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Album of the Year for his albums Child of the Fifties and Mind Over Matter, brings his relevant, bitingly intelligent and edgy humor to the Playhouse stage, along with some very entertaining musical parodies.

Hailed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine‘s top stand up comedians of all time, Klein has greatly influenced many famous entertainers- including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Ray Romano and Jon Stewart. He has also had nine HBO specials including the very first live show broadcast.

Get your tickets now for an unforgettable evening of jokes, songs, and stories with a legend! The show starts at 7pm and is followed by a reception at 8:30pm.
Tickets include cocktail reception with Mr. Klein following the show. 

$95 General Admission / $110 Premium Recliners

Bedford Playhouse

633 Old Post Road Bedford New York

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The Farmhouse at the Bedford Post Inn: fine dining in an upscale country setting

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Dining out should be a memorable experience to be enjoyed on a date, with friends or family. When selecting a venue, the restaurant should provide an excellent menu and chef, a fine wine and cocktail list, and an ambiance that makes the diner instantly comfortable.  We have found such a restaurant at the Farmhouse at the Bedford Post Inn in Bedford.

The Farmhouse is one of two restaurants on the Bedford Post Inn property, the other is the Barn.  The Inn itself is a boutique hotel and is operated separately from the eateries.

The Bedford Post Inn is located just north of the charming and historic Bedford Village Green in Bedford NY.  This unique and idyllic town is more akin to New England than New York, and is filled with antique homes, winding roads and horse farms.

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We recently dined at the Farmhouse and were totally charmed by the warm and authentic atmosphere of the establishment.  The dining room is divided into several spaces, the intimate and cozy bar/lounge, the light filled dining room with its bank of tall windows, and the warm and appealing dining room with corner fire place.  It was in the last room that we were seated.

The design is simple elegance.  The dining space is dusted in  a warm and soothing palette of colors that puts one at ease.  The overall effect of the design was understated sophistication that hints to the diner that they are in a very special place.

The cocktail program is first rate and the wine list extensive with the Farmhouse having its own wine cellar in the basement.

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Comfortably located in our table next to the fireplace on a chilly spring evening we started with the Cauliflower Soup.  This healthy dish is made without cream, and young garlic, dill oil, and toasted buckwheat,  A delicious way to begin the meal.  The soup was still thick enough and satisfying without the use of cream and was a fine selection.

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Cauliflower Soup

We also sampled the Blue Fin Tuna Tartare which fresh diced tuna prepared with dashi (Japanese soup stock), shiso ( a Japanese plant that is similar to mint) and a Caspian Sea golden Ossetra caviar ( a fine and rare caviar).  The dish was so appetizing with its blend of unique ingredients.

For our main we chose the Lobster and Risotto, a wonderful and filling dish of perfectly cooked risotto and topped with pieces of lobster meat including claw.  The selection was tasty and very satisfying.

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Lobster and Risotto


We also enjoyed the Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib.  This was an immediate favorite with tender  short rib that you could cut with your fork. The red wine garnished the beef with a full and rich flavor.  We are big fans of polenta and it was the perfect complement to the short rib.   A wonderful dish and presentation.

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Red Wine Braised Short Rib over Polenta

We did not want to rush our evening at the Farmhouse so we lingered a little while longer to sample the desserts.  The Baked Alaska was a totally different approach to this classic dish and was not flaming.  The confection was prepared with a cleansing raspberry sorbet, hazelnut ice cream and a layer of toasted meringue.  A perfect dessert to conclude our meal.

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Dessert: Baked Alaska and Granny Smith Apple Tart










As the Farmhouse menu is inspired by farm-to-table ideals, we also sampled the Locust Grove Orchard (Hudson Valley) Granny Smith Apple Tart.  This dessert seemed appropriate to enjoy in the warmth of the Farmhouse dining room and was delightful.

With so many dining options in our area we were thrilled to dine at the Farmhouse at the Bedford Post Inn for its winning combination of ambiance, fine food and great service.


The Farmhouse at the Bedford Post Inn

954 Old Post Road Bedford New York     tel.  914.234.7800


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