FAST FOODIES - At the second Gore Restaurant Races, part of the area’s Restaurant Week promotion, Basil & Wick’s secured the spirited spoon trophy for a turnout that included a margarita-toting gorilla and an ‘80s-era muppet.
Banging pots and pans for their ski racers while a gorilla and an '80s-era muppet danced at the slope's end, Basil & Wick's had no trouble securing the spirited spoon trophy at Gore's Restaurant Week races.
The spoon went to the most enthusiastic squad to enter the second year of downhill races that promote Johnsburg's Restaurant Week. Andie’s showed up with a gorilla clutching a margarita, Luto from the 1986 Jim Henson film “Labyrinth” and a bowl of salsa and chips to share.
Andie’s Restaurant at Smith's edged out Basil & Wick's for the knife trophy, awarded to the team with the most racers, with 10 skiers over Basil & Wick's nine.
Pete Burns, who won the Forkin' Fastest trophy in the inaugural races last year, returned for barVino.
“So now they're all gunning for us,” said barVino co-owner Mike Bowers.
Burns, who showed off his AARP card after racing the fastest run last year, made sure the Main Street restaurant held on to their trophy by clocking an event-best time of 23.87 seconds.
Mark Van Slyke from Lee Center signed up to race for Gore's Tannery Pub, and clocked a close second to Burns' best at 23.92 seconds to the bottom of the slope.
The six restaurants, including the Garnet Hill Lodge, Black Mountain and the Inn at Gore, attracted 39 racers to the slope to vie for bragging rights for the year.
“This is kind of an in-between time,” said Andie Waldron from Andie's. “The holidays are over and President's Day isn't for a while.”
With that lull in leisure time, the Restaurant Week promotions help get people from the slopes and into local eateries' seats. Restaurants advertise special dishes and multi-course meals at Gore's website to encourage patrons to dine out.
“It gets everyone together to have a good time and laugh a little,” said Kip MacDonald, of Black Mountain.
The good-time atmosphere was encouraged by Weird Al's “Eat It” and other parody tunes playing over a public address system while Gore Marketing Manager Emily Stanton quipped and noted promotions for local restaurants.
The week closes out Feb. 4 with the Valentine Hit Parade concert at the Tannery Pond Community Center, followed by a champagne reception. The concert supports the Adirondack Community Outreach Center. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.