Chef/owner David DiBari pours Swedish gravy over the meatloaf on the sample TV dinner he prepared for guests at the kickoff for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week at Eugene’s Diner & Bar in Port Chester on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The event runs through Nov. 17. Mayor Richard “Fritz” Falanka looks on with interest.
Jananne Abel|Westmore News
Chef/owner David DiBari pours Swedish gravy over the meatloaf on the sample TV dinner he prepared for guests at the kickoff for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week at Eugene’s Diner & Bar in Port Chester on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The event runs through Nov. 17. Mayor Richard “Fritz” Falanka looks on with interest. Jananne Abel|Westmore News
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is back and features 118 Westchester restaurants including Eugene’s Diner & Bar, Sonora and Appetit Bistro in Port Chester.

Chef/owner David DiBari, a longtime supporter of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, hosted Westchester County’s official kickoff of the event at Eugene’s Diner & Bar, his newest restaurant, on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

“We are super honored that you chose Eugene’s to kick off Hudson Valley Restaurant Week,” said DiBari. “I’ve been a part of HVRW for over a decade. Westchester County is my home. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is not just about bringing new people to restaurants. It’s about what it brings to Westchester. It brings attention to amazing chefs.”

He said for Restaurant Week, his special at Eugene’s just happened to be a TV dinner. “I don’t know why, it just worked.”

It includes matzoh ball soup, salad, meatloaf with Swedish gravy, mashed potatoes and rainbow cookie cake on a plastic tray with slots for each. With enthusiasm and pizzazz, he put together one of the dinners for all to see at the kickoff.

Restaurant Week runs through Nov. 17 during which time participating restaurants offer prix-fixe lunches for $22.95 and dinners for $32.95.