Catskills Food Guide

Food news from around the Catskills

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...
Squeezed between the end of spring and the beginning of summer, strawberry season in the Catskills emerges for a brief but illustrious period. For most farms, the season begins in June and lasts about four weeks, sometimes stretching into the first week...
Residents of the Catskills are often people who thrive on privacy and peace, but it’s also important that the commons contain ample opportunities to get off of the farm and out of the woods to socialize. Happily, we’re blessed with a fine selection of...
Sohail Zandi’s friends think he’s crazy. He could have stayed in the New York City restaurant world, where he's worked successfully for a decade. Instead, in January, he left Brooklyn, bought an old building on Bovina’s Main Street and opened a restaurant...
After five years as executive chef at Full Moon Resort and a career in traditional restaurants before that, Adam Kowalsky knew he wanted to do something different when he finally opened his own place. Living in West Hurley and raising three kids, the...
Above: Vietnamese Restaurant Bà & Me will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow in Callicoon. Photos courtesy of Nhi Nguyen.  The name of the first Vietnamese restaurant in Sullivan County, Bà & Me, is a play on words: In Vietnamese, it means...
Above: Heather Williams of Pippy's Hotdog Truck greets customers in Palenville. Photo by Clancy Nolan. The geographic spread of the Catskills region creates often-daunting distances between would-be diners and their dinner plates. One solution to that...
Above: A sign declares the shuttered Hanover Farms farmstand "Closed By The Town Of Shandaken By Court Order." Photo by Julia Reischel. Concerned residents crowded Shandaken Town Hall last Thursday night, lining the walls and spilling out into the hallway...
This Wednesday, Woodstock's eateries will be putting their best food forward at the second annual Taste of Woodstock.  The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a wine tasting at the Film Center on Rock City Road. There, participants can pick up a wristband...
Above: The Parker family (left to right): Carol, Kelly, Bill and Eric, with Lilly and Lincoln. Photography by Richard A. Smith. Bill and Carol Parker both grew up on farms and were happy to escape them as young adults. Bill’s family raised veal in...
This Saturday, Sullivan County celebrates food, wine and public radio at Foodstock, an annual fundraiser for WJFF Radio Catskill. The event, held at the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, features a smorgasbord of tastings from local chefs, farmers, bakers,...
Tonight's public hearing on Hanover Farms, a farmstand on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper, ought to draw a feisty crowd to the Shandaken Town Hall.  The farmstand was shut down by a New York State Supreme Court judge's order last November, the latest in a...
Photo of raw milk by Flickr user Kristen Taylor; published under Creative Commons license. Two years ago, farmers Bob and Stacey Stap decided to start selling raw milk from their 100-cow farm in the Orange County hamlet of Pine Bush. It made sense: The...
At the annual TAP New York fest, New York State craft brewers showcase a wide variety of local beers, from crisp lagers and hearty ales to rich, malty stouts and porters. Photo courtesy of Hunter Mountain. There are lots of reasons to celebrate craft beer...
Above: Delaware Phoenix began with absinthe and has recently expanded into whiskey. Photo by Jacob Pucci.  Delaware Phoenix Distillery grew out of a personal hobby and an 8-gallon still. Proprietor Cheryl Lins, a pioneer among upstate New York...
Above: The Phoenicia Library under construction. Photo by Nancy Howell.  Spring in the Catskills means new sounds in the landscape: the patter of raindrops, the tweeting of songbirds, and the sweet, sweet sound of hammers on nails. This season brings...
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