When you drive up to Henry’s on the Farm you know you’re in for a memorable dining experience. Located at Buttermilk Inn and Spa in Milton, New York on 75 acres of lush property overlooking the Hudson River, Henry’s is a lovely destination. Within the past couple of months, I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Henry’s twice, On the first visit, my guest and I started with two appetizers, the bacon wrapped scallops and the tuna poke. Three scallops arrived on a skewer accompani
I may have mentioned a few times how much I love this time of year, especially because of tomatoes. Worried that there were only a few weeks left for me to get my fill, and last trip to Wallkill View Farm may have over done it, buying way more than we could possibly eat. Looking for ways to use up some of the tomatoes before they got soft, I started searching for tomato soup recipes. Since I also had two poblano peppers and a bunch of basil I need to use up, I Googled – pobl
If you grew up in the Hudson Valley, like I did, there is a good chance that you dined at Ship Lantern Inn at least once, and most likely it was for a special occasion. It’s that type of place—the place you go when you want to treat yourself or take someone out for a top-notch dining experience and it has been that way for almost a century. “We’re in our fifth generation of some families celebrating at the restaurant. I love hearing the stories about a grandpa or great-gran
Summer officially ends on Sept. 22nd. Here’s some worthy culinary destinations you should try to check out and several important early fall harvest season food festivals, too. COOL JAZZ AT ALVIN & FRIENDS, NEW ROCHELLE! Proprietor, artist, model, and consummate host Alvin Clayton is approaching his 10th year in New Rochelle with solid doses of American Soul Food, a taste of the Caribbean, and spirited jazz sessions. Alvin & Friends Restaurant has a sophisticated Manhattan vi
Every dog loves three things: food, sleep, and you. Don’t let those sad puppy eyes guilt you into another night on the couch, we’ve found a treasure trove of canine compatible bars that let you bring along your furry friends. Re-imagine what it means to take the dog on a walk with this list of some of the Hudson Valley’s top dog-friendly bars (in no particular order). 1) Poughkeepsie Ice House On the shores of the Hudson River, this historic exposed-brick ice house is the ide
Photo: Julian Hom The ice cream cooler at Alleyway Ice Cream If you were to mark the passage of seasons in the Hudson Valley by their signature foods, fall would be all about cider doughnuts and pumpkin spice everything. Winter menus would be dominated by squash and root vegetables. And nothing screams summer like a line of people snaking around the block for ice cream. After a long, cold winter (and an endlessly rainy spring), there's nothing sweeter than that first race fin
Most of us would probably entertain more often if it wasn’t such a chore. Planning, cleaning, cooking, serving, cleaning up and collapsing in a heap. Not to worry, Howard Gershman of Gersky’s Catering has it all under control. Big or small, outdoors or in, they’ve got the answers to all your catering needs. What makes them different is that they focus on the experience. Howie says he’s learned over the past decade that they’re not a food company, they “create memories and exp
Sometimes to find a story you don’t have to go any further than your own backyard. Recently while enjoying a beer at one of my favorite local breweries, I noticed a display of Karl Family Farms Beef Jerky. Jerky and beer is always a winning combination, but you may not think it to be the healthiest of snacks and in many cases you would be right. That’s what makes Karl Family Farm jerky different. Karl Family Farms jerky is made from 100 % Hudson Valley grown, humanely raise
I'll never forget the first time I went to the Hudson House of Nyack My husband and I went out with another couple, kind of a first date, and I am not sure if it was the great conversation, the laughs or the wonderful food, but the couple soon became our best friends and the Hudson House became one of our favorite places eat out. Since moving upstate 5 years ago, it had been awhile since I had been there, but while visiting Rockland for my birthday celebration, I was treated
The Hudson Valley abounds with great restaurants where you can enjoy the bounty of fresh ingredients from local farms. But what if you don't want to go out? What if you'd rather relax at home with a great bottle of wine and a home-cooked meal? Here are the top 5 cookbooks written, or with recipes from top Hudson Valley chefs, using local ingredients. Any of them would make the perfect Christmas gift for your foodie friends. 1). HUDSON VALLEY MEDITERRANEAN via Goodreads.com
If you are only to have one pierogie in your life, it needs to be from Helena’s Specialty Foods. My first experience with Helena’s was several years back when my husband and I found this Kerhonkson treasure as we dropped off a rental van next door. I saw a small sign pointing around the building that simply said “Pierogies”. Hmm? Who wouldn’t be curious? I found Anna, one of the owners, in a large kitchen making hand-made pierogies. I started asking her questions and she
Sometimes girlfriends just have to runaway for a day. This happened to my friend and I over this past Columbus Day weekend. We needed some me time filled with beautiful scenery, yummy food, interesting people, and a good dose of adventure. We decided to escape from Danbury and head to the Hudson Valley. I had heard about several festivals in both Poughkeepsie and Kingston, so our first stop was Feeding the Hudson Valley, a food rescue and collecting network, which seeks to
“Farming is a surprisingly social yet isolated profession. You can spend an entire day talking to a group about subjects or experiences that you would only share with people you are close to. You can also find yourself working alone for an entire day on a tractor, which gives you time to work through issues in your life. Both of these things I find therapeutic in farming,” said Michael Sandoval, a former Marine corporal and current Assistant Manager at Hawthorne Valley Farm.
What's your favorite apple? Do you like them sweet and Delicious (pun intended)?
A classic McIntosh?
Or do you just want to have a good time with a Gala? It's time to put down that pumpkin latte and reach for an apple.
An apple is one of those very rare, sweet treats that is almost calorie-negative. That means you burn almost as many calories eating it as you take in. Good stuff, right? A large apple has only 116 calories, and, not to depress you, but that pumpkin latte? 4
“People in the Hudson Valley have a strong sense of place. They adore the views, the hiking, the food and the landscape. Agriculture is an important part of the landscape, and it’s not taken for granted. People here understand that they need to support their local farms, and they enjoy spending time on the farm because it helps them feel connected to the natural world,” said Dave Llewellyn, Director of Farm Stewardship at Glynwood. Glynwood, a non-profit organization, supp
What are you doing this weekend? Well, fuggedaboutit! Change of plans. A fire last week on Wappinger’s Falls Main Street, has brought together a group of local business owners putting on a variety of benefits for those displaced by the fire. First up, a breakfast Saturday morning from 9-12 hosted by West Main Kitchen & Bar at the fire station across the street from the restaurant (5 School Street). All proceeds from the breakfast will be donated. Sunday morning, line up to g
“What’s for dinner?” If the thought of figuring out one more meal, shopping and cooking it makes you crazy, we’ve got a great solution for you. Chef Stef Gourmet. Chef Stef has taken his years of experience as executive chef and cooking instructor and turned it into something he loves doing (and you dread)—figuring out what’s for dinner, cooking it and delivering it to your Hudson Valley doorstep. And the food is delicious! HudsonValleyEATS.com got to taste several of Chef St
Dessert, the grand finale of the Chef’s Table at Mohonk Mountain House is truly spectacular and at some point in your life, you deserve it. After polishing off ten amazing savory courses, including a cheese course with “carbonated” grapes—yup, they distract you by making a preview dessert--little ice cream magic with homemade mini ice cream cones and liquid nitrogen, which essentially turns anything creamy into ice cream in a flash. While you’re enjoying the cones, two giant
A great deal of Main Street in Poughkeepsie is easily overlooked, especially the area I think of as being downtown. It’s probably because, unlike a lot of Main Streets, it's not a walking/strolling area. You need a purpose, a destination, and Rabbit & Turtle wants to be that destination. The name Rabbit & Turtle is a play on Aesop’s Fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare”–the famous story that involves a rabbit who challenges a slow-moving tortoise to a race. Rabbit & Turtle offer
Mohonk Mountain House is one of the Hudson Valley’s iconic hotels and has been a favorite place to stay for almost 150 years. There’s plenty to do to build up an appetite and a massive dining room to enjoy a meal. But everyone knows that. What you don’t know is that there’s a secret staircase in the back of the dining room leading to the massive kitchen that regularly puts out 500-600 meals every evening. In the middle of that is the space that only puts out 10 very special m