Saturday, March 4, 2017

New 'MAAC and Cheese Fest' won by Wellington's chef

David Gibson
One of the area's newer restaurants took top honors in the people's choice voting during the inaugural "Hannaford MAAC and Cheese Fest" held Friday at the new Capital Center in Albany.

Chef David Gibson's dish from Wellington’s, the restaurant at the Renaissance Albany hotel, was a macaroni with roasted poblano and smoked gouda cream sauce, crispy pork belly, and jalapeƱo gastrique.

The event draws its name from the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) that is holding its men's and women's basketball tournament at the nearby Times Union Center.

The new event drew an estimated 1,000 attendees to taste the wares of about a dozen restaurants, all as a fundraiser for the Times Union Hope Fund, which serves children in need throughout the Capital Region.

Gibson became executive chef at Wellington's about a year ago after serving as executive sous chef during its startup. Previously, he was executive chef of the former Creo in Guilderland's Stuyvesant Plaza after stints with Mangia, the Hall of Springs, and Angelo's Tavolo.

The Renaissance Albany hotel is located at 144 State Street. Phone: (518) 992-2432.
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