What’s more American than grilling outside? Competition. Grillsdale, a new tasting event, invites eight regionally acclaimed chefs from Amenia to Chatham to sizzle up their grills in a friendly competition. Using locally sourced meat and produce from the Roe Jan’s region’s farms, the chefs will create small plates for attendees to enjoy.
The list of chefs includes notorieties: Josephine Proul of Philmont's Local 111; Chopped champ Dafna Mizrahi of Monte's Local Kitchen and Tap Room (Amenia); Jack Peele of Jacuterie (Ancramdale); Charlie Norman of 52 Main(Millerton); Justin Panzer of The Oakhurst Diner (Millerton), and Rob Scott of The Outlaw BBQ for The Mount Washington House (Hillsdale). David Wurth of Hillsdale’s Crossroads Food Shop will finish the eve off with a secret desert.
Rolo Scarpetti is the special guest of the evening. An Argentine with Italian descent, Chef Rolo Scarpetti runs Cocinero Nomade (which translates to The Nomad Cook) in Southern Brazil. A frequent visitor of the Hudson Valley during his off-season, Scarpetti has cooked at the Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale.
At Grillsdale, Scarpetti plans to cook Bondiola, an Argentine street food that consists of braised pork shoulder in a light bread. Charlie Norman will go “south of the border” with his mouthwatering Pork Belly Tacos. Vegetarians don’t fret—Justin Panzer will keep you satisfied with his farm-fresh-veggie mixed grill.
While judges John Markus (BBQ maven), Hillsdale Town Supervisor Peter Cipowski, Rory Chase (the Cheese maker), and Steven Abrams (CEO and owner of Magnolia Bakery and NYC JG Mellon) are some of the judges, attendees are also encouraged to cast their vote on the best-grilled item of the night.
In addition to the tasty treats, Grillsdale will feature live music throughout the night. The lineup includes local favorites like The HayRollers, The Magic Stones, and the Rattleslacks (with Chef Job Yacubian of The Farmer’s Wife).
Grillsdale 2016 will be take place on Saturday, August 27 at Roeliff Jansen Park Barn in Hillsdale from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. For more information, click here.