Restaurant1Watch the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Kick Off.

October 29, 2018 -- Scooping cold vanilla ice cream onto a warm slice of apple pie, Westchester County Executive George Latimer joined The Valley Table magazine Publisher Janet Crawshaw, and Caitlin Fusco, co-owner of Freebird Kitchen and Bar, to kick off Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW) for Fall 2018. The celebration marked the beginning of the most popular foodie event in the region, which will run from October 29 through November 11.

Latimer said: “115 Westchester County restaurants, including 16 new additions this fall, are participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week – a testament to the County’s thriving food scene. It’s a true culinary celebration and an opportunity for all residents and visitors alike, to try top-notch restaurants at a great price. We hope everyone enjoys a fun night out, and takes advantage of the delicious cuisines on the menu this year.”

Freebird Kitchen and Bar is new to downtown White Plains, featuring comfort dishes created with fresh local ingredients and a southern style. HVRW celebrates top restaurants, giving diners the opportunity to enjoy exceptional dining at an approachable price point. Three-course, prix fixe dinners are $32.95 and lunches are $22.95 (plus beverage, tax and tip). During HVRW, which runs from October 29 through November 11, diners can sample delicious dishes throughout the County. A complete list of participating restaurants is available at   

Owner of Freebird Kitchen and Bar Caitlin Fusco said: “Being from the Hudson Valley, I have always been a huge believer in supporting our local businesses. This is our first time participating in Restaurant Week, and we know what a tremendous opportunity it gives Hudson Valley restaurants, farms, distilleries, breweries and purveyors to showcase our talents.”

Publisher of The Valley Table magazine Janet Crawshaw said: “As food destinations and agritourism programs continue to gain popularity, aligning Westchester County with Hudson Valley Restaurant Week not only supports local restaurateurs, but also attracts visitors to the County."

Director of Westchester County Tourism and Film Natasha Caputo said: “Westchester’s diverse and innovative culinary culture is a major contributor to our economy and our quality of life. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to discover new places and taste new flavors.”

Westchester County’s tourism industry, which ranks third in the state behind New York City and Long Island, represents 51% of all visitor spending in the Hudson Valley region.  The County’s travel and tourism industry grew in 2017, with visitor spending up 3% to a record of $1.9 billion.  

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