Happy 2019! As we head into our third decade, our mission as a restaurant and as a gathering place for our community remains more important than ever.
We are passionately committed to providing our guests with a delightfully unique dining experience. As a Hudson Valley dining destination, we strive to consistently provide you with the freshest, highest quality food; celebrating the robust local bounty.
Over the last 20 years, providing you with the freshest, highest quality food and celebrating the robust local bounty has become increasingly easier. There has been so much growth in the local food scene as a result of the farm-to-table movement, both in terms of more farms growing quality ingredients locally and more diners understanding the benefits of eating local, sustainable food.
So much, I’m happy to say, that celebrating the robust local bounty is no longer something that makes Terrapin especially unique.
Today, most Hudson Valley restaurants are incorporating some form of local food into their menus. And just take a look at any local publication, like the Valley Table, to see all the new farm-to-table restaurants opening, many with acclaimed NYC chefs at the helm. Local organizations, like Hudson Valley Bounty and Farms2Tables, have done amazing work creating networks between farms and chefs. Follow us on Instagram to learn more about the important work Farms2Tables is doing; we have a collaboration planned with them later this summer.
My point is, we have to be a little more creative these days to provide you with a delightfully unique dining experience. I truly believe that one of the most important factors in Terrapin’s success and growth over the past two decades has been our staff and their relationships with you. Our team (many of whom have been with Terrapin an incredibly long time compared to staff turnover in the industry) is constantly working to make Terrapin a welcoming place for you and to go above and beyond what you expect when you choose to dine with us at Terrapin.
Yes, we have a pretty unique location in a restored, historic church right in the village of Rhinebeck, and yes, we can offer you everything from a nice dinner in our dining room to a more casual lunch or late night meal and drinks in the bistro; but these aren’t the things that keep you coming back.
This Wednesday, I’m closing the restaurant for dinner service so we can have our annual staff party. I apologize for any inconvenience, but I do hope you’ll agree with me when I say that the people behind Terrapin are very deserving of a night off for some fun together. While we take a night to celebrate together, I would like to share with our staff your thoughts on how we’re doing in achieving our mission.
Are we consistently providing you a delightfully unique dining experience?
What are we doing right and what could we be doing better to ensure Terrapin remains a top dining destination for you?
Please share your thoughts in the comments. We look forward to hearing from you.