Seafood boil held in downtown Gloversville

Jullenne Cunnigham, left, the chef of Arcadian Pastures, a butcher shop/restaurant to open at month's end in Gloversville, works with Karen Gordon to prepare food Saturday for the first Seafood Boil at Castiglione Memorial Park. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — Jullenne Cunningham, chef at a new downtown business, Arcadian Pastures, learned her trade from someone she considers a great chef and teacher — her mom.

“I was raised in a kitchen,” said the Jamaican-born woman. “This is what I love.”

A steady stream of people who tasted her cuisine at the first Seafood Boil downtown Saturday at Castiglione Memorial Park apparently agreed that she learned well.

“It’s the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten in 60 different countries,” said William “Hawk” Redhawk of Gloversville, who said he is a retired chef. “We deserve a place where we can get some good food.”

“They did a fabulous job,” said Jim Meinhold of Saratoga Springs and Caroga Lake. “The corn is to die for.”

Onetime chef William "Hawk" Redhawk raves about cuisine Saturday at the first Seafood Boil at Castiglione Memorial Park prepared by Arcadian Pastures, a butcher shop/restaurant to open at month's end in downtown Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

The outdoor food event was a literal foretaste of what Arcadian Pastures plans to offer. The butcher shop/restaurant is scheduled to open by month’s end at 51 N. Main St., next to Dunday’s Clothing Store. The restaurant is a franchise of Arcadian Pastures of Sloansville.

Cunningham’s partner, Louisa Mathis, who was busy serving tables, said some 50 people had shown up by 6 p.m. during the 4 to 8 p.m. event, and another 30 bought tickets online.

Both women hail from the bustling metropolis called New York City, but they were attracted to historic Gloversville.

“We fell in love with the town,” Mathis said. “The [historic] beauty is still here.”

They want to bring a type of food to the city that, Mathis said, has “Caribbean vibes.” The corn was clearly not what the average American is used to. It was covered with a blend of mayonnaise, cheese, sour cream and spices that add a kind of sweetness to it.

The public enjoys a sometimes different-tasting cuisine Saturday at the first Seafood Boil at Castiglione Memorial Park prepared by Arcadian Pastures, a butcher shop/restaurant to open at month's end in downtown Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

“We came here because we can give something different to the town,” she said. “We want to give faith and hope to the people who live in Gloversville.”

“Failure is not an option.”

“The food is wonderful,” said Samantha Clarke of Gloversville. “It’s wonderful to have a new business in downtown.”

“I’m excited they’re opening–it’s a different kind of food,” said Jamie Barone of Gloversville.

Fourth Ward Councilman Vincent DeSantis, who was at the event with his mom, said it is good to see new businesses downtown–“especially creative businesses”–that make downtown more interesting, increase social life and quality of life, and bring diversity and jobs.

Mathis and cunningham plan to provide delivery service, catering and online preordering. After they begin to serve the public, Cunningham wants to sell a line of sauces that garnish their food.

They are on the website arcadiapastures.com and on Facebook by the same name.

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