CHAUTAUQUA - The Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution announced the opening of Bloom restaurant as part of its culinary offerings during the 2013 summer season. Providing an experience in locally sourced dining, Bloom will be open to the public from 5-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays beginning this week and continuing through Aug. 24.
Executive Chef Ross Warhol approaches his menu with creativity and inspiration drawn from fresh ingredients procured locally and grown on-site. The menu will change slightly throughout the summer taking advantage of ingredients as they are harvested.
"This past winter I was at Restaurant Frantzen in Stockholm, Sweden, whose philosophy I share," said Warhol. "I went there to immerse myself in the old-world techniques of not overcomplicating things and having your hands on as much as possible, from the seed, to growing, harvesting, bringing it in and producing it.
"Bloom itself is a dedication to the farmer, to celebrate farms in Chautauqua County" he added.
Bloom features locally grown products, such as Green Heron Growers grass-fed Red Devon beef, organic chicken, shiitake mushrooms and hen eggs. Freeman Homestead pork, Busti Cider Mill and Half Acres Farms vegetables, Lapps Dairy Farm yogurt, cheese curd and milk and Ribbon Road Farm organic garlic will also be featured.
"It's a real pleasure to have Chef Warhol as a part of our staff," said Athenaeum General Manager Bruce Stanton. "He's made it possible for us to explore new frontiers inside of the culinary arts, and his commitment mirrors Chautauqua's dedication to lifelong learning.
"We are excited to include Bloom as a partner to our traditional menu offered within our main dining room," added Stanton. "The Athenaeum Hotel continues to evolve as a dining destination within the total Chautauqua experience and as a summer dining destination for Western New York."
Bloom is located at the historic Athenaeum Hotel on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution. Bloom is available by reservation each Friday and Saturday throughout Chautauqua's summer season. All dining guests will receive a complimentary gate pass and valet parking. A gate pass will have to be purchased if a guest plans on attending amphitheater entertainment. Call 800-821-1881 for more information or to make a reservation for this summer.