Candlelight Dining at Geneva on the Lake


Stuffed Acorn Squash

It was a chilly November evening when my husband and I pulled into the parking lot at beautiful Geneva on the Lake, a striking 1914 Italianate villa with rolling lawns, English gardens, and a reputation as impressive as its view of Seneca Lake.

Dressed for a night on the town and excited for our romantic getaway evening, it was our first visit to the resort, and we were not sure what to expect.  We wrapped our coats around us and hurried to the doors of the Lancellotti Dining Room, a gorgeous room, small and warm with candlelight and fresh flowers, charmed by live piano and the intimacy of quiet conversation.  With its exquisite features–marble columns, 17th century side chairs, wall tapestries, and Chinese vases,  it felt like we had stepped back in time.

We settled into our seats in a quiet corner of the room and considered the wine choices to pair with our dinner.  We chose a bottle of local Riesling and struggled to narrow down our food selection, finally agreeing to double our pleasure, order opposites, and share.

To our delight, the four-course meal was as enchanting as the candlelit room.  Each course was more impressive than the first, all perfectly portioned and served with a smile.  From the Tomato Bisque, blending sweet honey with the tartness of  tomatoes, to Baked Brie wrapped in a puffed pastry, with a kick of jalapeno, the sweetness of cherries and Pinot Noir marmalade, our appetites grew with anticipation.


Seared Scallops


Apple Crepe Flambé

Torn between the seared scallops served with wild rice and crisp tender asparagus, and the Stuffed Acorn Squash, locally grown and baked in Red Jacket Orchard’s “Cider,” stuffed with roasted seasonal vegetables, topped with local Lively Run chevre, rolled in cracked black pepper, and drizzled with a 15 year-old balsamic vinegar, we ordered both and declared them tied.

For dessert, a simple decision–Apple Crepe Flambé to share–filled with caramelized apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar and fired tableside with amaretto and Courvoisier.  Simple and divine.

The atmosphere, the service, the flavors–and the conversation that ensued in response to it all, proved to be as intimate, excellent, and enchanting as the resort’s reputation.  Our only disappointment was visiting at dark and missing the spectacular view of the formal gardens overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake–yet another reason we’ll be back for brunch!

Cheers to a lovely and romantic candlelit evening at Geneva on the Lake!

By: G. Knight

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