Although sake is often referred to as rice wine, it is produced by a brewing process more like that of beer. Sake brewing dates back to the 3rd century in Japan. Sake Samurai Timothy Sullivan, Founder of Urbansake.com, has paired three different kinds of sake to be featured with each of the three courses.
Paired with Appetizer
Signature Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo, crisp and clean with a dry finish. A landmark example of the Niigata brewing style.
Paired with Entrèe
Tokubetsu Junmai. The signature ingredient of this sake is the fine local water giving a smooth taste and flavor.
Paired with Dessert
Sparkling Nigori. With a refreshing acidity and gorgeous aroma, Hakkaisan Sparkling Nigori is enjoyable when creatively paired with dessert.
The three-course menu with pairings is available here on the Castle Hotel & Spa website.
With 15 years of culinary experience, Chef Yoshitaka Oyama joined the Culinary Team at Equus in 2012, having spend two years at Sankara Hotel & Spa, Yakushima in Japan. He studied classic French cuisine at École TUJI Tokyo and has honed his experience in some of the finest restaurants in France and Japan.
Chef Renier Schoeman, classically trained and educated in South Africa, has created culinary magic and received four- and five-star accolades for his accomplishments at Ritz-Carltons Hotels in Dubai and in Florida.
Their creative three-course dinner was created with deference to Castle Hotel & Spa’s Auberge Cuisine which incorporates the freshest ingredients available from the Hudson River Valley.
Entrèe selection for the dinner include:
Wester Ross Salmon “A La Planche”
Spring Cabbage Purée, Herb Salad, Sherry Dressing
Maine Sea Scallops
Spring Green & Sugar Peas, Romaine Lettuce, Iberico and Mint
Long Island Duck Breast
Wheat Berry Risotto, Goat Cheese, Red Berries, Albufera Sauce
In 2007, Timothy Sullivan was named Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake Brewer’s Association in recognition of his ” love of sake and the desire to nurture it, to restore the pride of sake and to spread sake culture not only within Japan but throughout the world.” Tim is also an International Sake Sommelier, an Advanced Sake Professional, and Certified Sake Adviser.
The three-course dinner if offered at $95 plus applicable taxes and service charges and is available for a limited time only (from May 30 through June 22, 2014). Seatings are available from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Reservations are required and seating is limited. Please call 914.631.3646 for reservations or visit us on the web at www.CastleHotelandSpa.com.
Castle Hotel & Spa is perched majestically atop one of the highest points in the region overlooking the historic Hudson River in the lower Hudson Valley of Westchester County, NY. The award-winning estate is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Historic Hotels of America and sits on ten tranquil wooded acres that provide a respite of refinement and luxury with Old-World elegance.
Castle Hotel & Spa features 31 traditionally appointed guest rooms and suites, 4,100 square feet of meeting and event space, 24-hour health and fitness center, whirlpool, landscaped jogging paths, and a spectacular outdoor seasonal swimming pool. The renowned Equus restaurant has received Four Diamonds from AAA and Five-Star Diamond Award from The Academy of Hospitality Sciences. It was named to Conde Nast’s “Gold List” and the elite Top Twenty US Small Hotels. Equus is highly rated from Zagat for extraordinary food, service and décor and received the prestigious Award of Unique Distinction from The Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Castle Hotel & Spa is owned and managed by Sankara Hospitality Group, known throughout the world for creating and managing contemporary luxury hotels that are defined by their warm and vibrant personality, and inspired by the spirit of their location. Sankara is passionate in their belief of offering a service that is effortless, personal and genuine, enabling its guests to do the things they value most. For additional information, visit the website at: http://www.castlehotelandspa.com/ or call 914 631 1980.
Equus rated EXCELLENT by The New York Times, May 2014
U.S. News 2013 Top Hotels in the USA
A Proud Member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Historic Hotels of America
Sankara Hospitality Group
Rated Best of the Decade by Westchester Magazine
The Knot Best Wedding Place 2013
400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Phone: 914.631.1980 – Fax: 914.631.4612