The Pocono Mountains are opening their gates, barn doors and fences so that guests can sample the abundant bounty and natural beauty found in the Poconos growing adventure — Agritourism. Whether you choose to sip, taste, relax or explore, there’s plenty to fill a weekend getaway or week-long vacation.
Although the typical American fare and standard Italian dishes are still commonplace throughout the region, more and more innovative chefs now embrace a “back to nature” theme featuring cuisine that is locally produced and harvested.
The Lodge at Woodloch, a luxurious destination spa that embraces the philosophy that food that is good for you can also be creative, artfully presented and graciously served.
Executive Chef Josh Tomson and his team hand select naturally-raised meats and fish along with organic, locally grown vegetables. With three functioning gardens on the property, guests are assured that the fresh flavors created by nature are highlighted. Tomson takes guests on a culinary journey of land and sea during his Chef’s Garden Dinner. Held Thursday nights on the Garden Shed’s deck, Tomson is switching up the typical Farm to Table dinner by bringing the Table to the Farm.
This intimate dinner, which seats a dozen people, is led by Tomson as he selects the harvest focus for the evening. He also discusses the dinner and pairs each course with a Sommelier-selected wine. It’s a night of both education and enjoyment, and provides an opportunity to meet new friends.
Guests are treated to a delicate Grilled Dorade Royale served over toasted Green Wheat Tabouleh, Pickled Corn Relish and Cilantro Lime Butter. Dorade is a small fish with very tender white flesh that offers a rich, succulent, meaty flavor, similar to that of Pompano or Red Snapper. The recommended wine is a Hangtime Pinot Noir.
A Grapefruit and Tamari Marinated Lancaster County Ribeye Deckle provides a buttery texture that burst with flavors. The steak is adorned with fingerling potatoes, shaved baby carrots, local zucchini, and white miso aioli, and is expertly paired with an Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon.
Elevated amongst the tree tops with glimpses of the lake, TREE Restaurant and Bar at The Lodge at Woodloch offers a diverse menu that is anything but the ordinary spa cuisine. In addition to fabulous food served within an exquisite setting, attentive, friendly service is a highlight of the night.
The Pocono Mountains of the 1950s and 1960s were known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” because of the influx of newly married couples to the region. Today, the Poconos continue to roll out the red carpet for newlyweds, while also catering to a new breed of visitors; namely, tourists who appreciate the environment and its impact on the food that is put in their bodies.