Catskills Food Guide

Food news from around the Catskills

Above: Photo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, via Flickr.  This Sunday, the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room is throwing a fundraising bash for the Community Pantry, the food pantry that serves the Delaware County town of Middletown. The...
Above: Justin Behan, the owner of Green Wolf Brewing Company. Photo used with permission. Three and a half years ago, Justin Behan was standing in an old house on his property when he had a revelation. “It dawned on me,” he said, “this building has...
Above: The door to the Gypsy Wolf Cantina. Photo by Flickr user satemkemet.  Every year since 1989, the sign in front of the Gypsy Wolf Cantina in the Ulster County town of Woodstock has changed. One year, a stylized wolf howled at the moon. Another...
Above: A trio of Catskills turkeys in 2008. Photo by Kristine Paulus, via Flickr.  Ah, gratitude. We all know it’s the right spirit to maintain, there’s a science supporting its benefits, and yet it can be so easy to lose track of in everyday life....
Photo by Liz West, via Flickr.  The humble cucumber has a celebration all its own this Sunday: the Rosendale Pickle Festival. This will be the festival's 17th year. Over 6,000 people are expected to come to the Rosendale Community Center seeking...
After 14 months of renovations, the Phoenician, Mike Ricciardella's fourth restaurant in the hamlet of Phoenicia, is open. The restaurant is perched on the banks of the Esopus Creek, in a building that housed Al's Seafood Restaurant for over 70 years....
Hudson Valley Cider Week begins on Friday, Nov. 14 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 23, 2014. Hard cider is the fastest-growing beverage in the alcohol industry—and it’s right at home in upstate New York, a region that’s home to dozens of orchards. A new...
It took Michael and Amelia Hegeman eight years to find the perfect spot to open Zephyr, their new farm-to-table restaurant. The first time the couple set eyes on the 100-year-old building in the Ulster County hamlet of Pine Hill that is now Zephyr's home...
The Greenheart Farmstand is selling pumpkins and produce this week at the former Bank of America building on Route 28 in the Ulster County hamlet of Shokan, according to its customers and to Drew Boggess, the chair of Olive Planning Board. The farmstand...
Above: An Autumn Olive (Wildberry) Mojito. Photo courtesy of Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower. Make your own with the recipe at the bottom of this story. Foraging for food that grows wild has long been a hobby for nature lovers out walking in the woods. But...
The annual Cauliflower Festival celebrates the wonders of the palest cruciferous vegetable this Saturday in the Delaware County village of Margaretville, which was once the epicenter of the cauliflower growing industry in New York State.  Munch on...
A nook off the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, a 24-mile hiking and biking path through Ulster County, is the last place you’d expect to find a food truck. But that’s just where to look for the Rail Trail Cafe, a non-motorized food cart with a decidedly...
Above: Amy’s Take-Away Ensalada Mixta from 4 local farms — Story’s, RSK, Migliorelli, and Foxcroft, by Robert Sink, one of the entries so far in the 2015 Catskills Food Guide Photo Contest.  The contest is closed. Check out all great entries on the...
Above: A promo photo for the Pig Mountain Pig Roast and Veggie Fest in Narrowsburg on Saturday, August 23. Via the Pig Mountain website. Main Street Narrowsburg plays host this Saturday to an all-out celebration of local food, the Pig Mountain Pig Roast...
A new restaurant that serves an eclectic mix of Turkish specialities and American diner classics is bringing together a Sufi Muslim community and its rural Catskills neighbors. “More and more we are seeing less and less prejudice,” said café manager Erdem...
About two dozen people attended the first public forum of Transition Catskills, a group dedicated to making the Catskills more economically resilient, on Wednesday night at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville. “This was our first effort to organize a...
Animal-rights activists hoping to shut down Sullivan County foie gras manufacturers lost a court battle last week. On July 17, the Third Judicial Department of the New York State Appellate Division denied the California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund's...
The fourth annual Catskill Forest Festival will celebrate the region’s forests this weekend by inviting people to participate in fun that promises to also be educational. The festival, held in Margaretville Village Park on Saturday, July 26, will provide...
“I just stared and said ‘Oh, that’s my restaurant.’ This is my dream,” said Paula Douralas, proprietor and chef of Petra Estiatorio, the Greek restaurant that opened at Shephard Hills Golf Club over the Fourth of July weekend. Last winter, Douralas...
For Catskills dairy farmer Shannon Mason, it all comes down to controlling her own—and her family’s--destiny. Putting the fruits of her labor on a milk truck every two days meant surrendering to the economic realities of the commercial market, with its...
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