We gathered at dusk on the veranda of Century House Tavern, and like magic, sparkling pink wine began to flow over shoulders and into our glasses. Journalists from all manner of rival publications sat together at a common table and chatted like old friends, sipping and watching the evening light and our humors soften. But let me back up a minute.
Before I go any further, I have to tell you that on February 10, Woodstock’s own Chef Daniel Porubiansky from Century House Tavern fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was invited to host a dinner at the famous James Beard House in New York City. Calling his multi-course creation “A Menu for My Mentors,” Daniel paid tribute to his culinary influences who span the globe from Atlanta to Europe and everywhere in between.
Upon returning home to Woodstock from New York, he lamented that not enough locals were able to partake in this glorious evening, so he set out to re-create this meal for a lucky few. I was humbled to be among those asked to experience this once-in-a-lifetime feast that had originated on the tables, in the hearts, and on the palates of so many of Chef Daniel’s most influential mentors.
At a frenzied pace, plates of his specialties began to materialize before us, and Daniel accompanied each course, regaling us with the stories of who inspired each dish before he had to disappear hurriedly back to the kitchen. (For a look at the whole menu, scroll down. But first, pictures.)
Century House is truly something special in downtown Woodstock, but don’t just take my word for it. Go visit for yourself (and then run back here and give me all the details)!
Century House Tavern Info:
125 E. Main Street
P.S. Still hungry for more Century House foodie-praises? Check out my visit to their autumn dinner here.
Until next time, Woodstock! I hope you eat well, walk a lot, and say hello if you see me around.–Jennifer