Peter Kelly Appointed Culinary Director of The Abbey Inn & Spa and Apropos Restaurant

Chef Peter Kelly at Apropos in Peekskill. Photos courtesy of Apropos.

The Abbey Inn & Spa has announced that Celebrity Chef Peter X. Kelly will serve as Culinary Director of Apropos Restaurant and catering operations effective immediately.

Kelly, whose restaurants in the Hudson Valley include X2O in Yonkers and Restaurant X in Congers, is best known for his interpretation of contemporary American cuisine that has earned accolades on national television and in the hospitality sector. Apropos will undergo a dining room revitalization, an expanded wine selection and an elevated menu presenting local ingredients that are prepared with European techniques and Asian embellishments.

“For more than 40 years Peter has delivered extraordinary culinary experiences to diners in the Hudson Valley. We are thrilled to bring Peter’s spirit of dining adventure and excitement to the Abbey Inn & Spa,” said GDC president Martin Ginsburg. “Peter’s menu offers the vibrancy of the season while respecting the classics we love.”

Kelly will assume full control of the Abbey’s catering operations, including banquets. Wedding events in the 2,183-square-foot Highlands Ballroom, set in the former church of the Convent of St. Mary, can accommodate up to 120 people.

“I am excited to work with the Abbey Inn and Apropos to create a premiere dining destination. Apropos’ setting high above the Hudson offers the perfect setting for extraordinary dining,” said Kelly.

Apropos’ new dinner menu offers small plates, large plates and sides.

Small plates include warm shrimp salad with avocado, champagne and truffles; fresh pappardelle ai quattro formaggi with rappini and San Marzano tomatoes; and tuna carpaccio with Hudson Valley foie gras and pickled shallots.

Large plates include filet of black bass “poché,” zucchini galette and brown butter spinach; Hudson Valley duckling with green peppercorns and hakurei turnips; and Murray’s chicken with savory bread pudding, agrodolce and haricots verts.

Kelly is the founder of Xaviars Restaurant Group, which has included Xaviars at Garrison, Xaviar’s at Piermont, The Freelance Cafe and Wine Bar, Restaurant X & The Bully Boy Bar, and X2O Xaviars on the Hudson. The restaurants have received accolades that include The New York Times highest rating (Extraordinary), The Mobil Travel Guide Four Star Award, The Dirona Award, Restaurant News Dining Hall of Fame, Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”, Zagat’s Survey (29 out of 30), New York State Restaurateur of The Year 1998.


  1. Legend of the dining industry be it restaurants wine bars or or catering Peter is in a class by himself
    I’m sure Abby can use his guidance and leadership
    Sophisticated palate and American pride follow him

  2. My wife and I have been to the Apropos Restaurant.
    It’s a nice place.
    Now that Peter is at Apropos, we will go back there again very soon.
    I am still feeling bad that I will never eat at Restaurant X again.
    It was my favorite restaurant, and the best restaurant in Rockland County.

  3. Congratulations to Peter for selecting an especially apropos venue for his culinary art! We look forward to a new dining experience with an old friend!

  4. We went to Apropos in restaurant week. Some great dishes, Ada couple of mediocre ones. I was hoping to do a couple of wine dinners there, but was put off by the inconsistency of the food. With Peter there, I will certainly revisit.

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