We traveled up to Hudson, NY this last weekend to experience the ramp-tastic dishes at the fourth annual Ramp Fest, held at the Basilica. 15 chefs from New York City and the Hudson Valley participated, each serving delicious small bites that highlighted the allium of honor. While there wasn't a bad one in the bunch we were partial to the offerings of Hudson's own Helsinki, and Swoon Kitchen Bar. See below for a full list of the dishes. Now if you'll excuse us, we've got some ramp grits to make. --Red and Brown Ramp-Fest-2014

Another Fork in the Road: Chef Jamie Parry - ramp blini with ramp cured smoked trout and ramp kimchi

Bonfiglio & Bread: Chef Gaby Gulielmetti - ramp butter puff pastry pigs in a blanket with ramp relish

Ca'Mea: Chef Timothy Storrs - grilled ramp polenta with a goat cheese and ramp pesto tapanade with Hudson Valley Foie Gras smoked duck

The Farm on Adderley: Chef Tom Kearney - country terrine with pickled ramps on a buckwheat crisp

Fresh Company: Chef Shelley Boris - bluefish with creme fraiche, beets, ramp, and crispy duck skin


Gallow Green: Chef R.L. King - ramp and goat cheese custard, Carolina rice, and ramp-walnut pesto

Gigi Hudson Valley: Chefs Wilson Costa & Lauren Pensiero - savory tart with ramp pesto, pickled ramps and Parmigiano

Helsinki Hudson: Chef Hugh Horner - grilled ramps folded with Anson Mills grits with Rawson Brook Farm goat cheese topped with smoked tomato aioli

Lucas Confectionary: Chef Mike Rock - fava bean and ramp hummus with rhubarb/ramp confiture

Market Street: Chef Gianni Scappin - salmon tartar with ramp pesto and crostini


Mary's Fish Camp: Chef Mary Redding - Island Creek Oysters with a charred ramp and blush wine mignonette

Route 7 Grill: Chef Christophe Jalbert - baby quiche with ramps, local eggs, and Von Trapp oma cheese

Speedy Romeo: Chef Justin Bazdarich - fresh mozzarella, grilled ramp salsa verde, grilled asparagus, and portabella, lavender, lemon preserve


Swoon Kitchen Bar: Chef Ryan McLaughlin - house-cured bacon, tomato confit, ramp mayo, and sauteed ramps on a challa roll


Whole Foods - Adirondack Ice Cream on a ramp biscuit (we weren't sure about the syrup, but think it was a rhubarb/strawberry)