On November 12th, 2009 I wanted to surprise my girlfriend with a most unique, romantic, surprise culinary weekend, where I would then propose to her!
We enjoy cooking, eating and all kinds of culinary experiences and found the perfect culinary getaway in Hyde Park, N.Y….. Le Petite Chateau’s Culinary Getaway! I was warmly greeted on the phone by Valerie La Chatelaine, the owner of the Inn, who was most personable, accommodating and fun, as she helped plan our culinary getaway experience, but most importantly went above and beyond what was expected by providing terrific ideas on how she and her staff could support my plan to propose to my girlfriend.
It was the perfect, romantic, culinary getaway weekend! Our arrival at the quant Inn was certainly a pleasant surprise to her as we checked in just before noon time, into the Champagne Suite. Soon after we headed downstairs to the kitchen of Le Petite Chateau Inn for the start of our private , three course Chef series lunch (it was more like a three course dinner), that we helped prepare along side of Chef Michelle. Our menu consisted of preparing delicious lump crab cakes for an appetizer, Harvest salad with maple vinaigrette, pecan crusted chicken with pumpkin risotto, fabulous red wine hand selected by Valerie and finally chocolate mousse cake with genache for dessert.
How fun it was preparing all of these dishes with Chef Michelle and even better dining at our romantic table for two, in between preparing each delicious course.
What a surprise to both of us after returning to our beautiful Champagne suite, to find that our room was decorated with flowers, rose peddles on the bed, wine and fruit on an end table and a beautiful engagement cake (made by Chef Michelle), waiting for us on the fireplace mantle. Next to the cake, a mysterious box, with a ring and a magical moment at hand, as I proposed to my now finance! Of course that wasn’t all; Valerie arranged special reservations for us at a quiet table at the American Bounty, Culinary Institute of America, later that evening.
It was a beautiful, romantic, culinary getaway, engagement weekend that could not have turned out better, thanks so very much to all of the staff at Le Petite Chateau Inn!
- Also Known As:
- Le Petit Chateau Hotel Hyde Park