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It has been seven months since I have been here. Unfortunately a lot of medical issues with my back and I have lived on the floor most of the time. One thing that we were able to do in May was to go to the and spend a weekend in Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution for a “Farm to Table Experience.”

Mary Kay and I had a once in a lifetime experience with twelve other folks to share a day with the three head chefs of the hotel to go to the farms in the local area and select all the local products for two very special meals. The first was a wonderful three course dinner which the participants prepared with the chefs supervision. The menu included a cold asparagus and poached egg salad with fresh whole cracked mustard vinaigrette dressing, a top sirloin beef remoulade with a fresh shiitake mushroom stuffing which was served over a vegetable medley of mashed cauliflower, fresh peas and leaks in a parmesan béchamel sauce. The third course was a cookie with a fresh strawberry filling with a grape crème fresh.

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The next evening the hotel and its chefs served 50 people including us to a very special 5 course dining experience with wine pairings and very elegant servings dine by a well prepared staff. Below is the Menu:

farm to table menu