Hotel Tivoli Chef Devon Gilroy's Career Mushrooms
After moving upstate to take a job as the executive chef at Hotel Tivoli's The Corner restaurant, Devon Gilroy was exposed to the joy of growing and foraging ingredients for his dishes. This fascination blossomed into the Tivoli Mushroom Supply Company, an organic mushroom growing enterprise that he runs out of a 1,000-square-foot warehouse in Hudson along with his sister Grace.
A Health-Supportive Recipe for Braving Winter
With flu season sneaking up, it's time to fortify your immune system to ride out winter. Golden turmeric milk is a delicious (and beautiful!) beverage that boasts anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, antioxidants, and warming effects.
From Tiramisu to Stollen to Gingerbread Santas The Bakery's Got You Covered
Head to The Bakery in New Paltz for all your Holiday pastries, pies, and cookies. From bulk orders for office parties to muffins and danish for the family on Chrismas morning, The Bakery has everything you need for a sweet holiday season.
A Delicious, Low-Mess Recipe for the Holidays
This applesauce cake with cream cheese + honey recipe from Julia Turshen's latest cookbook, Now & Again, combines all the best flavors from fall in one moist, easy-to-make cake that is perfect for holidays.
A Cocktail Recipe from the Horses Mouth
Named for iconic local farmer John Gorzynski, a stickler for traditional methods of organic agriculture, the Ornery Old Fashioned, served at Cochecton Fire Station, is a throwback to the pre-Prohibition glory days of bartending.
After teaching himself the lost trade of coopering, master woodworker John Cox is producing barrels to supply the shortage prompted by the exponential growth of New York State’s craft beverage industry.
Chef Bryan Calvert Revives and Reimagines a Beloved Margaretville Outpost
Chef Bryan Calvert, of erstwhile Brooklyn fame, reimagines a Margaretville classic with his new restaurant,Binnekill Tavern. Minutes from Belleayre, Binnekill offers up mountain comfort food for refined palates.
A roundup of restaurants and bars in the Hudson Valley.
In May, Diana Bezanski, founder of the hit food blog Fogwood & Fig, opened up a new vegan restaurant on Main Street in Port Jervis. Serving up plant-based comfort food is the long-awaited beacon on the hill for the vegan foodies in the region, its arrival heralding a new era in conscientious dining Upstate.
Fresh Flaky Pastries and Bread for Every Occasion
Beacon Bread Company’s offerings are made in-house in the open scratch kitchen. The bakery churns out a cornucopia of artisanal breads and pastries every morning. Pick up a couple loaves for your dinner party at the bakery counter or sit and order off the bistro menu, which lets you pair fresh-baked goodies with gourmet jammed and canned items from the scratch kitchen and garden-fresh produce.
When Sunny Cover and her partners opened Peekskill Coffee House in 2003, there wasn’t much going on in Peekskill. But with the warm, cozy public living room they have provided and the momentum of upstate realization, the waterfront city has grown up around them. By 2009, when Cover bought out her partners and started serving her now-famous crepes, PCH had company in town: a contemporary arts center, a craft brewery, a hot jazz venue.
From Mobster Moonshine Operation to Above-Board Distillery
On October 10, 1932, the FBI raided a secluded, pretty spot in quiet Pine Plains—the tunnel-ridden, bootlegging hotspot of mobster Dutch Schultz. Eighty-six years later, the property is slated to reopen as an above-board brewery with the inaugural spirit will be Schultz wash, an original recipe updated for modern palates.
CBD Chocolate Bites—A Luxurious Treat
This holiday season, give someone on your list a tasty gift of relaxation with a CBD starter pack of CBD-infused raw cacao bites and adaptogenic elixirs from Marbletown-based company COCORAU.
In April, one of Japan’s premier sake brewers, Asahi Shuzo, announced a collaboration with the Culinary Institute of America, to build the company’s first US facility in Hyde Park. The brewery and visitor center, a $28-million project that will create 32 jobs, is slated to open in Spring 2019.
Sloop Brewing Sets Up Shop on the Former IBM Campus
Hudson Valley history is such a rich mix—bread basket, political hotspot, industrial powerhouse, creative and culinary destination—there are upon layer of stories here. For decades, no business was more emblematic of the Hudson Valley than IBM, which employed thousands of people on both sides of the river and drove the built environment of the region in a major way. Nowhere more than in East Fishkill, where over 10,000 worked in a 2-million-square-foot building, on a sprawling 460-acre campus.
The story of how Sloop Brewing went from farmers’ market stand to 25,000-square-foot-factory and how a prime chunk of East Fishkill went from IBM to iPark (a mixed-use hub) epitomizes the region evolution, touching on artisanal beverage, adaptive reuse, several flavors of brilliance.
Seven years ago, before anyone knew what would become of the IBM campus, Adam Watson and Justin Taylor took to the Dutchess County farmers’ market trail to market the beer they’d started making in a Poughkeepsie garage. People fell in love with the product over the next three years, and by 2014, Sloop Brewing Co. had set up a production facility in a Dutch post-and-beam barn in Elizaville.
As business continued to grow by leaps and bounds, the Sloop folks knew they needed more room for production. They found it in the former IBM campus in East Fishkill, which was purchased by GlobalFoundries, a cutting edge California tech company, in 2015. Needing only 160 acres, they sold the remaining 300 acres to National Resources, a real estate development and investment company specializing in repurposing former industrial properties into mixed-use developments.
The resulting iPark 84 features a mix of everything from retail, residential, and hospitality spaces to labs, warehouses, and of course, the brewery, which was the first tenant to be announced.
“The location puts us close to the city and is easily accessible to all of the Hudson Valley, just a minute off Exit 15 on I-84,” says Adam Watson, co-founder and president of Sloop, of Sloop Brewing @ The Factory. “And bringing this IBM plant back to life is a great project to be a part of.”
Small Batch, Big Facility
At 25,000 square feet, Sloop Brewing @ The Factory, is one of the largest craft brewing production facilities in the state, allowing the company to ramp up production from 4,000 barrels to 28,000, or nearly a million gallons of beer a year. The location, which celebrated its grand opening in September also has tasting rooms, a restaurant, and event space besides.
The restaurant serves a full menu featuring “a take on street food from around the world complementing our beer at the brewery, pizza that feels right at home in New York, and burgers that we’ve put together just for Sloop,” according to executive chef Adam Slamon. “We’re sourcing many of our ingredients locally, and trying to stay as environmentally conscious as possible with our packaging and presentation.”
“The new brewery will allow us to increase production and still focus on our beer with the same love and care as always,” said Justin Taylor, co-founder and head brewer. “With our new tanks we’ll brew enough beer to be throughout the Northeast—but we’ll keep making small batches, honing our craft, and trying new things like we’ve always been proud to do.” The barn in Elizaville will remain open for tasting and beer sales.
So stop in for a shrimp taco and a Green Island or a Sloop Burger with a Juice Bomb. (There are eight or nine wildly creative brews on the website at any given time, and Sloop says they invent something new each week.) Play free arcade games, taste great beers, and savor the constant reinvention of our Hudson Valley home.
Sloop Brewing’s kitchen and tasting room are open Thursday through Sunday at 755 East Dr., Suite 106, Hopewell Junction.
The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley will host its 4th Annual Farm-to-Fork Feast on Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-9 p.m. at The Country Club at Otterkill (100 Otter Road, Campbell Hall, NY).
Self-described "tropical comfort maximalists," Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black have created a bright, funky, queer-friendly coastal vibe in their restaurant Lil Deb's Oasis. The laidback feels and inventive Latino menu of this converted neighborhood diner has earned Lil Deb's a cult following in Hudson. We sat down with the owners to ask them 20 questions.
Natural wines step into the upstate limelight with Peripheral Wine Festival in Hudson.
The Rise of Ephemeral Culinary Events
Barn dinners, kitchen takeovers, pop-up events, seasonal restaurants—we take a close up at the growing Hudson Valley phenomenon of temporary food events.
A Twist on a Classic Whiskey Sour from Lis Bar
Midtown Kingston's newest lounge, Lis Bar on Foxhall Avenue, combines Polish tapas and craft cocktails in a cozy elegant ambiance. Here is a recipe for Two Streets Down, their twist on a classic whiskey sour.
A Roundup of New Hudson Valley Eateries
A roundup of some of the newest restaurants on the Hudson Valley's culinary scene.
Catering Director for Main Course cafe and marketplace in New Paltz offers tips and ideas for putting together the perfect holiday gift basket for that colleague,
An Unexpected Meal in Newburgh's Revitalized Downing Park
The Shelter House Cafe in Newburgh signals a resurgence of long-neglected Downing Park.
The Gastropub that is Paving the Way for Midtown Kingston
The bar at The Beverly is an Art Deco beauty, a Kingston-built Cassidy & Sons workhorse that was the backbone of the Kozy Tavern for 80 years. Tucked away on a tree-lined street in Midtown Kingston in the emerging Ten Broeck neighborhood, the place was always a neighborhood joint.
The Beverly, which opened in August 2016, encompasses three separate, interconnected spaces. There's the 80-seat banquet room, which once housed a still during Prohibition (as well as seeing later use as a roller rink). The space is available for rent, as well being used to host art events, like a recent evening of avant-garde 16mm films.
The dining room seats about 30, and the barroom has six snug booths across from the 20-seat bar. Much of what owner Trip Thompson (formerly of Rosendale's Market Market) inherited has been left intact, with design decisions made around honoring the past. (The renovation process actually uncovered an original mural behind the bar that had been obscured for many years.)
Market Market's cult-ish following was due in large part to Thompson and his ex-wife Jenifer Constantine's careful curation of music events and band-themed karaoke nights. Both musicians themselves, the brought a level of insider savvy to their programming that resonated with other grown-up punks and vinyl junkies. At The Beverly, Trippy continues to program an impressive slate of acts, with a lean toward the local and lesser-known, and always with an eye for talent. Recent acts have included Kimya Dawson, Dave Dondero, The Gowanus All-Stars, Johnathan Richman, and Shana Falana. Wednesdays are vinyl night and Thursdays are for The Pansy Club, which blends LGBTQ activism, cocktails, food, and friends.
The food at the Beverly is unpretentious.
A good place to begin is with the Ahi tempura roll ($12) served with a piquant wasabi bechamel. Poutine, the iconic, delicious, and heart-disease-inducing dish of Quebec, is also on the menu for $8.
The rocket salad ($8) is a generous mound of arugula tossed with lemon, olive oil, and shaved Pecorino. The pulled pork sandwich offers a nice twist with a mouth-puckering persimmon BBQ sauce, topped with house-made coleslaw. The Shrimp & Grits, though not cheap at $18, is another one not to miss. This comfort food classic is cooked with milk and served with with bacon, cheddar, and scallions for a rich, umami experience.
Every corner bar will soon have a cocktail program, but the Beverly delivers, featuring forgotten classics like the rye and absinthe-based Sazerac ($10); twists on better-to-be-forgotten classics like the Cosmopolitan ($10), redeemed by its house-infused citrus vodka; and the classic classics, too numerous to be named here. There's a rotating selection of beer on the three taps (usually $6), and a dozen beers in bottles and cans. (The only off note on the beverage front is the limited wine selection, something that will hopefully be remedied when the dining room opens later this month.)
The Beverly is a laidback boite that's half dive bar, half fine dining spot. It has the potential to a put a little-known neighborhood on the map. You heard it here first.
Squash can be a tricky vegetable to put under the blade of the spiralizer, but the flavor and texture are worth the effort in this health-conscious, fun Halloween dish.
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is back with 18 new eateries added to the lineup.
An Indulgent Evening at the Vineyard on 11/2
Few things are more enjoyable than pairing a great wine and a decent cigar. Add to that watching the sun set over the Shawangunk Ridge, with the last rays of the day lighting up the spectacular autumn foliage, and you have yourself a perfectly indulgent Friday evening.
You can do exactly that next Friday, November 2 at Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery in Gardiner. Their Wine & Cigars event from 6 to 8pm will offer a limited number of guests the chance to experience a guided tasting flight. Whitecliff Vineyard has won multiple awards for its sustainable, regional artisanal wines, including the Double Gold at the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition for the Gamay Noir, which is made entirely with estate grapes. They also took home the Double Gold at the Hudson Valley Wine Competition for their Vidal Blanc. You can try both of these wines plus several more at the event on November 2.
After getting oriented to the available selection, choose your favorite wine and enjoy a glass along with a complementary cigar. Plus you can leave with a case or join Whitecliff's Wine Club for free and get discounts all year round.
Tickets for the Wine & Cigars event are only $25, but there are only spots for this event, so reserve today by calling (845) 255-4613 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reynolds & Reynolds bills itself as a tap room. This conjures images of dark, wooden interiors, underground rathskellers, and male-dominated spaces of old. The reality of this woman-run Woodstock establishment is quite the opposite. Large windows bring in a generous amount of light, and clean lines delineate an open eating plan that fosters conversation. The light menu keeps the focus on beer, with brews constantly rotating through R&R's 10 taps.
The daughter of two chefs, Crown Lounge general manager Pia Bazzani brings a culinary sensibility to her cocktail creation process. The finely balanced drinks offer a gustatory complement to the rich visuals of this Uptown KIngston lounge.
Gomen Kudasai Proprietor Seeks to Crowdsource Capital for a Ramen Shop in Kingston
When the authentic Japanese noodle shop Gomen Kudasai closed last winter, the New Paltz dining scene got a whole lot bleaker. But Gomen proprietor Youko Yamamoto is looking to reopen in Midtown Kingston, if only she can raise the capital.
A Laid-Back Highland Paradise for Beer Geeks & Java Junkies
Highland, generally thought of as a culinary desert, is an unlikely craft beverage destination. But Underground Coffee & Ales is putting this small town on the map with their expertly curated list of NYS beers and ethically sourced coffee, not to mention their yummy high end pub eats.
Keegan Ales has released a limited edition seasonal pumpkin pancake stout called IHOPS, in collaboration with the International House of Pancakes. Go get it before it's gone.
Midtown Heats Up with Another Bar on Foxhall Avenue
Tonight, Lis Bar opens on Foxhall Avenue serving up Polish-inspired cocktails and tapas.
An interview with former Panzur chef-owner Rei Peraza about pop up dinners and life post-restaurant.
The fall harvest is here and with it, an abundance of food and drink events this October.
Legendary resort Glens Falls House's restaurant Trotwood is open all year round.
Destination dining in Woodstock
This fall, instead of a sugary pumpkin spice latte make yourself a pumpkin spice smoothie under 10 minutes.
A round up of 3 cheesemongers in the Hudson Valley that are well worth the trip.
A Testing Ground for a New Model of Community Engagement
LODGER, a new mixed-use creative event space in New burgh is part kitchen lab, part classroom, part printing press, part pop-up venue for hosting dinner events, readings, films, and art shows.