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Gourmet food. Beer and a variety of wines. Entertainment by “Arethusa” a Medieval and World Music Duo of Father and Son. Silent auction and a very lively live auction.  A night of new experiences and loads of fun.  If you missed it this year, make sure to mark your calendar as a must for 2010.  The event was hosted by The Herkimer County College Foundation it featured international cuisine from 12 different local restaurants. 

The music by Arethusa.  The music was so soothing at times, but offered a lively vibe that put your mind back into the Renaissance era.  The Father and Son, T. Virgil and T. Blake Parker were so excited about their music and their 36 different unique instruments.  They offered information for over 15 minutes.  They played the Shauhacki, a flute type instrument that produced such a sweet sound and had a beautiful picture of a peacock inset in the wood.  You can see these two play at the Renaissance fair this summer in New York.  A must see, for sure.

Arethusa Playing For The Crowd

Arethusa Playing For The Crowd

The Tarka

The Tarka

 

The crowd at this event was friendly and outgoing.  The servers were the international exchange students attending the college. They were very polite and friendly.  Unfortunately, they didn’t really know what they were serving only that it was “very good!”.

The pictures will tell the story.  There were so many more food items, but how much can one put into only one blog post?!

The wines

The wines

 

Appetizers: Smoked salmon was firm and just a little fishy. Loved the sliced hot cherry peppers and herbed goat cheese.

Appetizers: Smoked salmon was firm and just a little fishy. Loved the sliced hot cherry peppers and herbed goat cheese.

 

 

Attractive table settings

Attractive table settings

 

The table settings were so simple yet so elegant.  You just might see some of those rocks in the background of Apple Crumbles future pictures.  They said I could have them…honest!!!

Sweet Potato patties topped with smoked salmon and the other is smoked salmon with a dill sauce

Sweet Potato patties topped with smoked salmon and the other is smoked salmon with a dill sauce

 

Lemony, garlicky hummus (very good!) and a refreshing tabouli

Lemony, garlicky hummus (very good!) and a refreshing tabouli

 

Rice dishes with chicken and vegetables and also beef and vegetables

Rice dishes with chicken and vegetables and also beef and vegetables

 

Chicken dumplings with Sweet - Sour vegetables

Chicken dumplings with Sweet - Sour vegetables

 

 

Pasta Purses: Cheesey and full of flavor. Unfortunately, they were only luke warm.

Pasta Purses: Cheesy and full of flavor. Unfortunately, they were only luke warm.

 

Chicken on stick with Pickled Plum: A little dry - breaded chicken.

Chicken on stick with Pickled Plum: A little dry - breaded chicken.

 

 

Tempura Vegetables. Tasted ginger. Good. Ted didn't like the texture of the vegetable in side the batter.

Tempura Vegetables. Tasted ginger. Good. Ted didn't like the texture of the vegetable in side the batter.

 

We both indulged in Rice Pudding for dessert

We both indulged in Rice Pudding for dessert

 

 

Look what we passed up...Cream Puffs! Oh La La!

Look what we passed up...Cream Puffs! Oh La La!

 

At this point my camera battery died.  I completely forgot about my cell phone until talking to Arethusa and during this time of mindlessness, I had the best item of the night:  Sweet Potato Pierogi and Blueberry Pierogi. SO Good! I’ve only had regular potato and sauerkraut pierogis before. The two last night were definitely the best ever!

Make sure you note the date and keep an eye out for next years annual event.  It was not crowded. The cost was a mere $30. which got you all the food you could possibly want, a free drink and if you wanted more to drink, wine and beer were only $2.50 ( a full glass of wine and a bottle of beer!).

Hats off to The Herkimer County College Foundation!

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