Dining & Drinking in the Hudson Valley

Food & Drink

The Hudson Valley is one of the most important and dynamic culinary regions in the country. Once considered the breadbasket of America during the Revolutionary War, the Hudson Valley’s deep agricultural roots and distinctive tenor contribute to the region’s locally sourced food ethos. Hudson Valley restaurants offer local ingredients, like fresh produce and grass-fed beef, and farms provide sustainable food throughout the region through farmers’ markets and CSA’s.

 

Feeding the Community: The Work of Hudson Valley Food Pantries

For some Hudson Valley residents, eating is all about choice. Unfortunately the choice is whether or not to pay their rent or buy food to feed their families. Thankfully, there are many food pantries in the Hudson Valley that can make the choice a little easier for these hungry residents.

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How to Eat like a Hudson Valley Foodstagrammer

To find out what it was like "foodstagramming" right here in the Hudson Valley, we’ve talked to some of the most prolific local food bloggers about their accounts to see what it’s like to wine, dine, and filter up and down the Hudson River. They had some insight on what they look for, where to go, and of course how to get the perfect shot.

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Add Some Cool to Your New Paltz Summer at Arrowood Outpost

The Arrowood Outpost tasting room in New Paltz offers Arrowood Farm Brewery’s beers and local hard cider on tap, in bottles and by the growler or bomber, and a farm market where you can pick up certified organic local products ranging from veggies to beeswax soap.

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DIY Your Own Natural Sodas and Meads Like a Pro: A Guide

Follow food writer Peter Barrett’s lead, and craft your own seasonal sodas and meads.

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5 Places to Dine & Drink in the Hudson Valley this August

Trying to figure out where to eat in the Hudson Valley this month? We've curated a list of five fantastic places to grab a drink or bite in the Hudson Valley.

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Essence of Local: Coppersea's Bottled-in-Bond Excelsior Bourbon

Coppersea's Bottled-in-Bond Excelsior Straight Bourbon being released on Saturday is a true locavore's delight, made from Hudson Valley grains and aged for four years in New York-crafted barrels fashioned of Adirondack oak.

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So Duckin’ Good—Rushing Duck Brewery's Owners On Family, Their Craft & Everything On Tap

Rushing Duck Brewery, which offers 20 taps and two tasting rooms, brings a family-run mentality and small staff to the Hudson Valley brewery scene, hoping to draw the locals and lower-Hudson Valley travelers to taste their craft brews.

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For Gut and Glory: Intense Restaurant Eating Challenges in the Hudson Valley

If you didn't go out to dinner to make friends, but instead to win, we've rounded up Hudson Valley eateries and bars with good old-fashioned food and drink challenges (in no particular order). Even if you only win bragging rights, at least that's something?

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Celebrate Summer's Bounty at Fat Apple Farm and Farm + Field's Tomato Feast

The inaugural Tomato Feast in the Field on August 10, curated by Fat Apple Farms and Farm + Field is a chance to celebrate the beloved fruit— plus local farmers and the local food community.

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Centuries of Flavor at CIA's Progressive History Dinner

The menu has been finalized for the Progressive Hudson Valley History Dinner taking place in Hyde Park on July 18, and it’s safe to say you’ve never had a meal quite like this one in your life. In fact, no one has.

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Celebrating 18 Years of Wine, Food, and Fun at Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest 2019

The 18th Annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, presented by WineRacks.com, will take place on September 7th & 8th, 2019 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Celebrate the bounty of New York while indulging in some of the region’s best wines, distilled spirits, craft beers, and gourmet foods. Tasting tickets, which include one tasting glass and unlimited sampling, will cost $40 per day at the gate. Non-tasting tickets, which do not include wine tastings, will cost $15 per day at the gate. Designated Driver Tickets will be $12 at the gate. Food is not included in the admission price. The festival will take place from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday, rain or shine. Discounted advance tickets are available online at HudsonValleyWineFest.com. Bring Friends & Save on Group Tickets The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest is a great event for Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties, Birthday Parties, Family Reunions and Tour Groups. We include free Designated Driver tickets for bus drivers and tour guides. Group tickets will not be available at the gate. You can even rent a Private Picnic Tent for up to 100 people. Reserve your Tent no later than August 15. For more information and pricing, visit Winerack's Group Rates page online or call (845) 658-7181. WineRacks.com has been manufacturing American made wooden wine storage and display solutions to residential and business clients worldwide. We specialize in custom wine cellar design & storage....

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Try the Newest in Old-Fashioned Rye at Coppersea

Coppersea Distilling's new batch of award-winning Bonticou Crag Bottled-in-Bond Straight Rye Malt Whisky is worth celebrating—and they're allowing visitors to do just that at their farm distillery on Springtown Road.

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Fork-Tender: A Round-Up of New Restaurants in the Hudson Valley

A roundup of the tastiest new players to join the Hudson Valley restaurant scene.

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The Drink: Summer Fruit Cup from Kingston's Hetta Glogg

Mulled wine producer Hetta Glogg offers a rich, spice-forward twist on the Pimm’s Cup.

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A Feast for the Ages: CIA to Serve Hudson Valley History on Your Plate at American Bounty

Want to try eating like your ancestors? Get your tickets right away for the Progressive Hudson Valley History Dinner. The meal has been in the works for months, an interdisciplinary project brought to us from the Applied Food Sciences department at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

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8 Dog-Friendly Bars In The Hudson Valley to Make Your #Pupstate Dreams Come True

Re-imagine what it means to take the dog on a walk and live your best #pupstate life with this far-from exhaustive, but still solid list of some of the Hudson Valley’s top dog-friendly bars (in no particular order).

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Growing Educated Eating Throughout the Hudson Valley with Glynwood

Despite being best known for their farmer training programs, CSA organic produce, and farming and food advocacy, the Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming is also deeply committed to finding ways to give non-professionals—your everyday Hudson Valley residents, foodies, and visitors—a fun, free, and educational glimpse at farm life.

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Celebrate Cooperative Ownership and a Grand Opening with the Berkshire Food Co-op

To celebrate their grand opening at their new location, the Berkshire Food Co-op is throwing a major community party. The Co-op (including a number of its 3,500 member-owners) will cut the ribbon on their sleek and spacious new digs in Great Barrington.

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Maya Kaimal's Easy Indian Line Grows with Seasoned Rice Offerings

Rhinebeck resident and national foodie idol Maya Kaimal expands her line of South Indian sauces and dals for home chefs with the addition of seasoned rice options.

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Tuthilltown Spirits on the Rise

Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery in Gardiner is recognized for its quality nationally and plans to expand and unroll new flavors soon.

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The Real Scoop: Hudson Valley's Artisanal Ice Cream Makers

A mouthwatering look at the Hudson Valley’s growing artisanal ice cream movement.

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Cocktail Recipe: Mary’s Lemon Phosphate

A Tart Summery Drink from Crown Lounge
At Crown, this light, tart cocktail balances earthy green tea with citrus and Japanese gin.

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Beer from the Ground Up at Arrowood Farm Brewery

Cofounders Blake Arrowood and Jacob Meglio create a brewery experience tailored to the Hudson Valley way of life with a sustainable model in agriculture.

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Locavores Rejoice! Henry's at the Farm Offers a Menu of Mindful Meals

Henry's at the Farm, the restaurant located on the grounds of Buttermilk Farm Inn + Spa, offers up casual, American cuisine and craft beverages with locavore, farm-to-table sensibilities.

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Drinking's a Hoot at the Yard Owl Brewery in Gardiner

You would be wise to check out the tasty new line of drinks from Yard Owl Craft Brewery, a brewpub based out of Gardiner, NY. When he isn't in making coffee at the Mud Puddle in New Paltz, NY, co-founder James Walsh is perfecting his line of Belgian-style beers on the side. Along with his partner, Kristop Brown, the duo pays homage to the old-world style by creating crowd-pleasing beers with an emphasis on simplicity and taste.This company has been turning heads since 2012 and the brew-duo aims to launch their canned series in June.

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Kingston Standard Brewing Co. Brings Oysters & German-Style Beer to Midtown

The Kingston Standard Brewing Co. aims to bring local folks together in a community-oriented space to drink and enjoy each others' company. The company strays from the popular IPA driven mission of most breweries, and instead provides light, drinkable beer and fresh, succulent oysters to foster a satisfying night out. While they primarily produce traditional Ales and Lagers, they also craft mixed fermentation style beers, including lambics and Flemish reds. However, this recently opened brewery is ever-expanding its drink list, so repeat customers will see more options arise in the future and can enjoy local wine and cider options available in the meantime.

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Fresh As It Gets: Berkshire Co-op Celebrates its Fourth Expansion

The Berkshire Food Cooperative, which began in 1981 as a buying club of Great Barrington families, now does $8 million in annual sales with over 3,500 member-owners and about 60 employees. The co-op is preparing to move into a new custom-built location, with twice as much space for more organic produce, meat, dairy, seafood, fresh flowers, and bulk foods along with a comfier, bigger cafe.

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Lola's Cafe in New Paltz Offers Locally Sourced Catering

Chef Ed Kowalski founded Lola’s in Poughkeepsie in 2005, as a casual, health-supportive alternative to fast food restaurants. In 2017, he opened a second location in New Paltz that serves up Lola's signature sandwiches, salads, bowls, and homemade soups, plus offers full service catering.

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Alleyway Ice Cream: A Pocket-Sized Ice Cream Parlor in Saugerties

In 2017, down a small, nondescript alley off Partition Street in Saugerties, Julian Hom opened a shoebox artisanal ice cream shop aptly named Alleyway. Made four quarts at a time using local milk from Hudson Valley Fresh, Alleyway Ice Cream offers about six flavors a week.

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Nine Cakes Opens a Boutique Outpost in Hudson

Ah, cake...the food of celebration and romance and memory-making. If you’re planning to mark a milestone or special occasion with a gathering, the perfect cake is probably part of the vision, and there’s nothing like a slice of superior cake to turn even a random moment tasty. Nine Cakes, a boutique cake studio that’s won over Brooklyn and the wedding world in the since opening in 2008, is opening an outpost in Hudson, NY to serve the blossoming upstate wedding industry and to mark milestones in the everyday lives of local residents. Today, Friday, May 10,  master pastry chef Betsy Thorleifson will celebrate the grand opening of her Warren Street storefront, and everyone is invited to stop in for a cup of fresh coffee and a sample of the artful tiered cakes. Thorleifson's tiered, custom cakes are made from scratch. Her baking alchemy transforms fresh, simple ingredients (butter, sugar, flour, eggs, and cream) into majestic works of edible art, that reflect the personality of the customer from flavor profile to visual aesthetic. The designs range from whimsical to understated elegance to romantic floral opulence. In her own words, Thorleifson is "always striving for a handcrafted look, with an eye for detail and well-balanced composition." Thorleifson is known for the creativity of her process as well as the quality of her product. Her recipe for an occasion cake starts at least three months ahead of time when customers choose the flavors of cake and filling they'd like to sample from a lengthy menu, including special seasonal pairings. Next is a by-appointment consultation and tasting session, at which customers will be asked about your vision and shown mouthwatering pictures. (Customers are welcome to bring along any inspiration images to will help to zero in on the vision.) Nine Cakes uses the freshest all-natural ingredients to create moist, light, and not-too-sweet layers and airy Italian meringue buttercream to interpret your vision and create a cake that will exceed your expectations. Want proof? It’s in the tasting. You can try a slice with your fresh coffee—or grab a whole cake for tonight's dessert, if you get there early enough. The new Nine Cakes can be found in Hudson at 748 Warren Street; they’re open Friday through Sunday, 9am-5pm....

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Early Terrible Wine Bar Embodies the New Wave of Woodstock

A black sign on Woodstock’s Mill Hill Road features the words Early Terrible scrawled in white handwriting. The peculiar post leads to a downhill path that brings you to the village’s newest hideaway. Early Terrible Wine Bar aims to pique your curiosity before you even darken its doorstep. “The name is supposed to be thought-provoking, to make you question what it means,” co-owner Gray Ballinger explains. “The sign draws you in, and the path leads you toward something to discover. It’s part of the experience we wanted to create.” At Early Terrible you won’t find another homage to hippie culture—don’t expect references to Jimi, or Cripple Creek, or that famed festival that happened 90 minutes away. The goal was to create something entirely different. “When we designed the wine bar, we wanted to bring out the essence of Woodstock’s woody, earthy environment,” Ballinger says. “So we created a place focused on quality food and drink, with decor tied to the spirit of its locale.” Open since January, Early Terrible exudes a moody, rustic ambiance with low lighting, exposed plank ceilings, unpolished antique windows, and other notions of time and place positioned around the room. Even your bill arrives tucked into a vintage book. Vintage saws cover one wall, and a sprawling root structure (excavated from Ballinger’s property and delivered on a flatbed) makes a beautiful, eccentric statement piece behind the bar. “We’re putting our spin on Woodstock,” Ballinger explains. “The building used to be a typical office space, so if you get the sense of being in a rustic barn, it’s because we built it that way.” Plans are underway to expand to a second location in Beacon in about a year, where they will tie decor to the city’s riverfront. Ballinger is no stranger to innovative nightlife, having worked at Manhattan’s famed Webster Hall and with family in the entertainment-design industry. He moved to Chatham three years ago where he helped open The People’s Pub, a gastropub with quality offerings at a spectrum of prices—a concept translated to Early Terrible’s menus. A succinct wine list offers reds, whites, and rosés from the West Coast and Europe. Only a handful are available by the glass ($9-$12), and bottles range from $30-$100, with some high-end exceptions (as of publication, a 2015 Sine Qua Non Grenache runs $720, for those who wish to truly indulge). There’s a variety of Champagnes ($9-$15 a glass, $70-$550 per bottle); a cocktail selection consisting of standards—Greyhound, Manhattan, Moscow Mule, and the like; and a few revolving craft beers. A short menu of tapas includes Baked Avocado a Diavolo, halved avocado stuffed with lentil paté and topped with sunflower seeds, tamari ponzu, hot smoked paprika, and chili oil ($10) and the artfully plated New York Fromage á Trois, a cheese plate with fruit and savory bites ($12), among other noshes. “Our guests are sophisticated; they know what they want. That’s why we emphasize quality over quantity,” Ballinger says. “We want to appeal to the person who is looking for an experience and who appreciates classics. Those that have endured have done so for a reason.” ...

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Hit a Mother's Day Home Run with Pastries from The Bakery

Whether you’re a spouse or child, breakfast in bed is a time-honored, fool-proof way to kick off Mother’s Day with a bang. Plan ahead and do your pastry shopping at The Bakery in New Paltz, which offers a wide array of scrumptious baked goods from sticky, finger-licking cinnamon buns to fluffy, golden croissants, muffins, doughnuts, and danish.

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WM Farmer & Sons' Prescription Julep Recipe

In honor of spring and the Kentucky Derby, WM Farmer & Son’s julep variation of choice.

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The State of the Hudson Valley Craft Beer Industry

From beer to spirits and wine, all sectors of the Hudson Valley’s craft beverage industry are growing at unprecedented rates.

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High Spirits: The State of the Hudson Valley Craft Distilling Industry

An estimated 40 craft distilleries will be in operation in the region by year's end (of the 180 in New York). Like the now-explosive beer industry, craft distilling started out tentatively, at times below the radar, but quickly found a fan base.

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The Hudson Valley's Wine Industry Reaches Critical Mass

While the Hudson Valley’s robust craft beverage scene may seem like a new phenomenon, this fertile region is actually home to America’s oldest winery and its oldest vineyard. In the past few years, local beer and spirits may have overshadowed wine, but the Hudson Valley vintners paved the way for so many others and their work is finally gaining recognition.

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Wilde Beest in Kingston Charges Headlong Into a New Chapter

A few weeks ago, Turgeon and his team crossed a major conceptual threshold when they rolled out their early spring menu, the first of six seasonal menus planned for the year. While the fundamental layout is unchanged (six small plates, six large plates, 4 desserts), nearly everything else has evolved.

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Taste the Colors of the Craft Beverage Rainbow at the +MicroSymposium at BSP on 5/1

On Wednesday, May 1, experts in wine, spirits, cider, and craft beer industries will be taking over BSP Kingston for a jam-packed day of events and tastings. The +MicroSymposium will take place in BSP’s historic Spiegeltent, where mixologists, fermenters, foragers, brewers, distillers, and storytellers will pour and perform as they explain their science and craft. If you’ve got a favorite brand, chances are they’ll be on the extensive list of presenters, which include Abandoned Cider, Sly Fox Brewing Company, Chateau Du Coing, and GuS Soda. The events start at 11am, kicking off with the Brewery Ommegang, where brewmaster Phil Leinhart will discuss how Belgian arrived and exploded in Cooperstown. There are plenty of other informative and exciting events, like discussions about the creation of the first Farm Cidery in the Catskills, a wine/beer duel, and a closing jam session with the founder of Founders Brewing Co. Organized by family owned beverage distributor Gasko & Meyer, the event is trade only and not open to the general public, so if you are a writer, blogger, or photographer specializing in food and drink, snag your press passes now to interview one of these specialized brands. Interviews are conducted by appointment only, +MicroSymposium requires an RSVP....

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