Executive Chef John Paidas, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is launching Apropos Restaurant & Bar at The Abbey Inn & Spa in Peekskill in January 2020. His menu will include fresh salads, crudo, homemade pastas, entrees and desserts, sourced through specially cultivated relationships with area farmers and purveyors.
"Sweet, sour, salt, bitter may be what the palate can taste," he says. "but 'love' is by far the most important ingredient. Never forget it in anything you do." Chef Paidas began his career at a young age, prepping vegetables and washing dishes. "Many of the flavors I use to this day were things my mom, dad, and grandparents would make," he recalls. After graduation, Paidas moved to Aspen, Colo., for five years at the Little Nell at the base of Aspen Mountain, where he learned what “farm to table” truly meant.
"Having our own farm to source not only produce from, but also milk and animals, it was truly a life changing experience to learn where food was coming from, but also what it took to get it into the restaurant," he said. "I cannot wait to open our doors to all of you, and share a meal that at its most simplistic nature, makes you smile, and grateful to be among friends and family."