VERONA, N.Y. — Turning Stone announced that it has named Dustin Tuthill the chef de cuisine of the soon-to-open NY Rec & Social Club sports lounge and nightclub.
Tuthill, who has been with Turning Stone for 19 years, previously served as the chef de cuisine at 7 Kitchens buffet.
“When we were developing the menu, we took the foods you’d typically see at a sports bar, but then we put our own unique twist on it,” Tuthill said in a Turning Stone news release. “Presentation is going to be a standout feature at NY Rec & Social Club. There is going to be a lot of what I call the ‘fajita effect’ where everyone stares at the steaming, sizzling pan that smells great as it goes by, and then says, ‘Yes, I’ll take one of those!’ “
Tuthill predicts pigs in a blanket made with Hofmann beer brats will quickly become a favorite menu item. “We wanted these to be impressive, so we took these large beer brats and wrapped them in the best puff pastry you’ve ever had,” he contended.
Other menu items will include smoked burgers served with a smoke-filled glass dome over the burger and more than 10 flavors of chicken wings.
“We’re giving guests permission to experiment with the food and try different flavors in a way they’ve never done before,” Tuthill says of the menu. “Anyone can serve a burger or onion rings, but we are going to provide that OMG moment where guests want to show it off, take pictures of it, post on social media, and talk about their experience.”
NY Rec & Social Club opens Dec. 6 in the former Lava location in Turning Stone’s Exit 33 entertainment complex. It includes a restaurant and lounge with a traditional sports book, more than 60 high-definition screens, live DJs, blackjack tables, and social games including foosball, shuffleboard, and billiards. There is indoor seating for 200 with additional seating on an outdoor patio.