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On a cold Saturday in November, a Michael Johnston yellow bus picked up passengers for the Inaugural Restaurant Crawl in the village. The passengers ranged in age from 20-something to 80-something. Some of the attendees had never been on a school bus before (they took the subway or walked to school) and some hadn’t been on a school bus in 50 years (we won’t mention any names).
Teachers and their former students, pediatricians and electricians, bankers and retired chefs, some lifetime residents and some new residents all gathered to celebrate and explore the four restaurants in the village.
The first stop was the Main Street Public House (formerly Nick’s Restaurant) where new restaurant owners Matt Herman and Elizabeth Angello whipped up some mean sweet potato and chicken quesadillas and their famous onion bread along with complimentary wine and champagne. Everyone mingled and enjoyed the company of their neighbors.
All 34 participants climbed back on the bus for the next stop and soup and salad. Half of the group had cream of asparagus soup and salad at Lagonia’s and half went to Local 111 for lentil soup and an apple vinaigrette salad. When the clock struck 8, the groups switched places to enjoy the entreés at the other restaurant prepared by Gabe at Lagonias and David at Local 111. The bus returned to pick everyone up for the trip up the hill to The Vanderbilt Inn for tasty desserts.
Everyone raved about the event, which raised over $400 for the Philmont Library Cultural Center Fund and gave the restaurants a chance to showcase their talents. We already have many requests for the next event.
Special thanks to Michael Johnston Bus Garage for providing the bus for the evening, the Main Street Public House, Local 111, Lagonias and the Vanderbilt Inn for participating in the event. Also thanks to the attendees who made the event such a festive occasion. And last but not least, thanks to Library Board Trustee Matthew Perry and Interim Director Karen Garafalo for planning and hosting the event.