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From Ohio-Grown Grapes to Lake Erie Walleye
GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio (July 2, 2008) - When it comes to presenting the best of Ohio, particularly when it comes to native foods, Executive Chef Stephen Gary at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake is one of the state's most avid fans. "With gas and related transportation costs going up and up over the last few months, I've scoured Ashtabula County and beyond to find local growers, providers, and ingredients that can be incorporated into The Lodge's restaurant, catering, and wedding menus -- from Ohio City Pasta and The Chef's Garden in Huron to local fish and meat markets," said Gary.
Ohio produce, meats and fish are reflected in The Lodge's Horizons Restaurant menu ? from Lake Erie walleye with artichoke, basil and garlic broth served over Idaho mash to a Certified Angus Beef New York strip steak with roasted garlic red potatoes and balsamic cherry tomato salsa finished with buttermilk onion straws to grilled salmon with organic roasted baby vegetables and purple potatoes with summer lemon vinaigrette and fresh chervil.
Grapes: From Salads to Desserts
With harvest time just around the corner, Ohio grapes offer a host of culinary experiences. A concord grape demi-glaze is great with a nice steak or chop ? the sweetness and slightly tart grape combined with the richness of the veal stock is a nice complement to a New York strip steak or bacon wrapped filet mignon.
On the lighter side, consider a Waldorf-type salad with chicken, walnuts, apples and grapes or served as a canapé for an hors d'oeuvres party on top of toast points.
For a fun treat, how about a sugar covered frozen grape that retains the freshness and nutritional benefits of the grape since grapes often lose their flavor when cooked down and baked into a pie or torte.
Other Ohio Culinary Delights
"Walleye, one of the lake's most plentiful fish, is a great addition to any menu or dinner, and quite versatile to cook," Gary noted. "Its slightly meatier texture holds up very well to heartier items like mashed potatoes and pastas, and is just light enough to pair with a nice salad, rices, or small pastas like orzo. The same holds true when finishing it off. You can put heavier items like chunky tomato sauce or lemon caper cream all the way to a light vinaigrette or whipped citrus butter."
Maple syrup season is getting closer by the day, and because of the sweetness, the syrup makes a great summertime treat. From making a light vinaigrette to go on a salad, to using it to glaze a nice piece of salmon, to starting off the day with bananas foster stuffed French toast covered in the sweet syrup. All of these can be easily put together at home, and found in multiple places locally throughout the area.
Horizons is open each day for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., with brunch available on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is served each day from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
About the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake
Located at 4888 North Broadway (State Highway 534) in Geneva-on-the-Lake, the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake features 109 finely appointed guest rooms (the majority with lake views); Horizons, an upscale restaurant with a striking octagonal dining room and breathtaking view of Lake Erie; a lounge with a rectangular bar and great views of Lake Erie; and amenities that include a fitness center, game room, indoor pool and gift shop. The Lodge entrance is located one mile north of Geneva State Park, on the left. For room reservations, call 866-442-9765 or visit www.thelodgeatgeneva.com. For Horizons reservations, call (440) 466-7100, then press "2."
The Lodge is adjacent to Geneva State Park, which encompasses 698 acres featuring 1.6 miles of Lake Erie shoreline as well as a beach and bathhouse, six-lane boat ramp and marina, hiking, picnic areas and more. To learn more about Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, visit www.thelodgeatgeneva.com.
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