Jennifer Strom


Feb. 4, 2015
A climber ascends a pitch at Viola Ravine in Kaaterskill Clove. Photo by Marty Molitoris of Alpine Endeavors ( When winter cloaks the Catskills’ many crevices and waterfalls in ice, devotees of a slow-going but fast-growing sport... Read more
Jul. 9, 2014
Tom Crucet built a 65-foot-tall rappelling tower in Phoenicia because he knew it would be fun. Thirty years later, it still is. “It’s one of the joys of my life,” says Crucet, who is a lawyer by trade and has been a town justice for 17 years. “I loved... Read more
Jun. 23, 2014
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... Read more
Jun. 5, 2014
One World Cup mountain biking competition featuring 7,000 riders from 35 countries. Three days of yoga. Car and motorcycle shows, skateboard races. Summer concerts starring Buddy Guy, Gretchen Wilson and the brothers Allman and Avett. A chance to taste... Read more
May. 29, 2014
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... Read more
May. 28, 2014
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... Read more
May. 20, 2014
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... Read more
May. 9, 2014
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... Read more
Apr. 10, 2014
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... Read more
Apr. 3, 2014
Above: The view from the table at Heather Ridge Farm. Photo by Jennifer Strom.  Owner Carol Clement calls her place “centrally isolated” at the top of Scott Patent mountain in the southeastern corner of Schoharie County. The location makes a visit there... Read more
Mar. 4, 2014
Above: Slickepott's Pam Lamont and Betty Acre Farm's Aissa O'Neil talked up their products at the Pure Catskills booth at a New York City trade show on Monday afternoon. Photos by Jennifer Strom. For three days this week, you could sample Slickepott... Read more
Feb. 26, 2014
Can you smell those ribs, Tannersville? Photo from American Glory's Facebook page. Joe Fierro loves to hear how his devoted Catskills diners drive a long distance over the mountain to eat at his downtown Hudson restaurant, American Glory BBQ. At the same... Read more
Feb. 15, 2014
Above: Two Old Tarts proprietors John Schulman (left) and Scott Finley in their Bovina bake shop. Photo by Andrew Wyrich.  John Schulman and Scott Finley met for the first time at 22 Lee Lane in Andes way back when it was home to the Slow Down Food... Read more
Feb. 12, 2014
Beers of the Catskills: There's plenty to choose from. Photo from the Facebook page of Cave Mountain Brewing Co. in Windham, whose proprietors are planning to expand into wholesale. Craft beer drinkers of the greater Catskills region, rejoice: many new... Read more
Dec. 12, 2013
Photo by Clancy Nolan. Hartmann’s has been turning out German-style baked goods from its hilltop shop in the Bavarian heart of Greene County since 1959, and its repertoire is wide and deep. Cookies, pastries, tarts, cakes and pies beckon from glass... Read more
Nov. 21, 2013
Above: The Phoenicia Diner serves a variety of skillet breakfasts using local eggs. Photo by Richard A. Smith. Over two decades of driving back and forth between Brooklyn and Margaretville, Mike Cioffi noticed an odd traffic pattern. “I’d see these big,... Read more
Nov. 18, 2013
Need a little help with your baking this Thanksgiving? Apple pie from Bread Fellows in Andes is as artful as it is delicious. Photo from Bread Fellows' Facebook page. November 28 is roaring up the calendar at us—are you ready to feast? Here’s a roundup... Read more
Nov. 12, 2013
Foods of the Catskills, styled and shot by Toni Brogan and featured on our Catskills Food Guide cover.  Everybody eats. Whether at our kitchen tables, at a fancy restaurant or out of a car cupholder on the daily commute, every meal we eat represents a... Read more
Oct. 4, 2013
Mmmm, bacon. A sampling of what the Stamford Smokehouse, opening soon in the former Home Slice Deli, will have to offer. Photo from the Facebook page of NY Farm 2 Door, a mobile butcher shop whose owners are behind Stamford's newest eatery. Two local... Read more
Oct. 2, 2013
Above: The most recent menu at the Backroom in Andes, which features new dishes every week. Photo from the Backroom's Facebook page. The Backroom, a petite, weekends-only restaurant occupying the back of Hogan's General Store in Andes, has gotten a lot... Read more