We are thrilled to announce that you can now find Gigi Hudson Valley prepared foods in the deli case and along the shelves of Otto’s Market in Germantown. Otto and Laura have long discussed a collaboration that would extend Gigi brand delicacies to Otto shoppers and are thrilled to announce that the time has arrived.
With closing the Gigi retail space in Red Hook we have been able to shift the focus towards continuing the success of the flagship restaurant and expanding the flourishing farm to table catering business. This transition and re-focus has extended great advancements, while leaving many customers longing for the scrumptious Gigi offerings available in our former depot. No longer — Gigi dishes will be showcased in Otto’s deli and select grocery products will be a staple at Otto’s Market!
Along with all the delicious food that Sybille and Ken of Otto’s are already providing, the Gigi offerings will add a decidedly Mediterranean accent to a great menu, and include side dishes, fresh salads, and entrees like Gigi’s terrific lasagna and signature Skizzas™.
In addition, Gigi has some amazing products that will be available in the grocery selections: olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salad dressings, plus delicious sauces ready to pour over pasta. Laura’s cookbook, “Hudson Valley Mediterranean”, a resource to create perfect healthy and seasonal meals will now be found on Otto’s shelves.
Gigi offers catering big and small; from coordinating celebrations for 200 or more, to providing the dishes to compose small household gatherings, the Gigi team is eager to help with any size event. Otto’s market will carry Gigi’s catering menu and be help refer clients to the Gigi catering service that is right for them.
Everyone at Gigi Hudson Valley is excited and privileged to participate in this exciting collaboration with Otto’s Market. We look forward to seeing you there!
Michael ‘Mike’ Rosario – Head Bartender, Gigi Trattoria
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Michael moved to New York’s Hudson Valley in 2011. He began his career as a food professional more than 20 years ago and has since held just about every ‘front of house’ position. Michael worked with noted restaurateurs like Drew Nieporent and Charles Palmer, proudly assisting with the opening of Palmer’s American bistro Alva’s. His transition to Upstate New York was driven by the farm-to-table movement he saw going on in the City and strong desire to get closer to it.
Michael’s migration from Brooklyn to the area first took him to a 7-acre property in Saugerties, NY where he enjoyed his first foray in gardening beyond the patio. More recently, Michael transitioned to a 22-acre property where he hopes to continue fruit and vegetable cultivation but also hopes to raise poultry and perhaps even try his hand at beekeeping. When asked if he misses the metro New York restaurant and food scene, he emphatically says “No way! What’s going on up here is so real and so close to the farms. I had been hearing about Gigi Trattoria and what they’re all about since 2003. I knew I wanted to work for this company because they really live it – I see the farmers and producers come in and out of the doors all day long.”
After a year of leading the Gigi Trattoria service team, Michael recently stepped into the role of head bartender. Not only does he continue a tradition of innovative seasonal cocktails that use the purees and infusions from local harvest as well as locally distilled spirits, but he also oversees the ever-vital ‘perch’ from the bar greeting incoming guests and assisting and mentoring our treasured service team. Whether dining at ‘the counter’ is your preferred experience or simply enjoying a drink (with or without alcohol) made with great care, come in and enjoy Mike’s full service approach. We look forward to sharing his imprints and style in the selections of our Mediterranean-inspired wine list and hand-crafted cocktails throughout the seasons.
Whiskey Seduction:This sensuous cocktail brings a little extra warmth to the Valentine’s Day spirit. It is just slightly sweetened by the Chambord, but is truly a cocktail that can be enjoyed by all.
2 oz Bulleit Rye
¾ oz Cotes Du Rhone
½ oz Black Raspberry Liqueur (Chambord)
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Lemon Twist for Garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 with ice. Add the Bulleit, Cotes du Rhone, Chambord, and lemon juice. Vigorously shake, then strain into an ice filled glass (or serve in chilled martini glass ‘up’). Garnish with the lemon twist and enjoy immediately.
Gigi’s Amore Cocktail
Amore:Bubbles and roses, what says “Amore” better?
4 ounces Prosecco
1 ounce blood orange juice
2 to 3 drops rosewater*
Garnish with dried rose petals*
*Available in most gourmet and health food stores.
In a Champagne flute, combine the Prosecco and blood orange juice. Add a couple of drops of rosewater and garnish with dried rose petals.
We’ll be featuring them throughout the holiday weekend at Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck. As of this posting, reservations are still available. To see our full menu specials, click here: http://goo.gl/srHXGm.