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Speaking Easy

IF THE BULLROOM COCKTAIL lounge and restaurant had been open during Prohibition, it might have been the region’s best-kept secret. Red leather seats, a ritzy golden bar top and chandeliers overhead create

Farmland Gains

A 142-ACRE EASEMENT ON Windfall Farms, in the Town of Hamptonburgh, has helped raise the total number of protected farmland acres in Orange County to more than 6,000, according to

Put a Recork In It

HARVESTING REAL CORK FOR A multitude of purposes—from flooring and display boards to bottle stoppers—is a sustainable practice. The trees are not destroyed during the process; if the cork layer is

Every Little Bit

IN 2012, THEN 11-YEAR-OLD Devin Juros learned that 20 percent of the people in Westchester were struggling with food insecurity. He imagined creating a community garden solely to benefit those who couldn’t

Chef Jay’s Kittle Kitchen’s Grilled Cheese

By Jay Lippin / Photo by Colleen Stewart Ingredients 2 slices seven grain bread 1 ounce Kittle Kitchen Apple Cider-Mustard 1 ounce Béchamel sauce 2 ½ ounces Kittle Kitchen Bacon Jam

Say Pleasing Cheese

CHEESEMAKER COLIN MCGRATH has forged a successful career at Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie for more than 11 years. This past spring, he began offering cheeses under the McGrath Cheese Company

Elixir Fixers

GINGER IS AN ANCIENT SPICE that was, and still is, widely used for medicinal purposes, including aiding digestion, easing nausea and reducing inflammation. One Ulster County company is bringing ginger front

Brew Food

ONE OF THE HUDSON VALLEY’S pioneer craft breweries, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, is getting serious about food. Chef Joseph Smith, former Executive Chef at The Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island,

Meaty Matters

Matt Campbell, owner/operator of Campbell Meats in Dobbs Ferry, was trained as a chef and worked at several Manhattan restaurants. He liked to spend time in the butcher shops in

High IQ Brew

NEW PALTZ’S OWN Smart Beer is New York’s first organic beer company. Within its first year of production, the company’s beers, which are physically brewed upstate in Saratoga Springs, already are

Vintage Kudos

​WHITECLIFF VINEYARD & WINERY’S 2014 Reserve Chardonnay continues its award-winning run in statewide and national wine competitions. The popular white wine won Best Chardonnay at the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association’s Twelfth

Walkin’ the Local Walk

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE. That’s what Chef Jay Lippin has been telling diners at Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua. Now everyone is reaping the tasty benefits. After recognizing customers’ penchant

Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy

JEFF O’NEIL, FOUNDER AND PROPRIETOR of the recently opened Industrial Arts Brewing Company, in Garnerville (Rockland County), has spent most of his adult life swimming in beer. As the former head

Get Crafted

THIS FALL, THERE’S EVEN MORE good reason to go out and have a drink—make it a craft drink produced in the Hudson Valley. With the support of Empire State Development, the

Organic Brew

A MONTH AFTER OPENING THE tasting room, Arrowood Farms, in Accord, became the state’s first NOFA-NY certified organic farm brewery. The farm utilizes a self-sustaining biosystem involving crop rotation, livestock and

Build Your Own

AFTER DRIVING TO POUGHKEEPSIE for dinner for the umpteenth time, Adam Lauricella and his wife, Keely, came to the realization that they were traveling outside their native Wappingers Falls to dine

Chocolate Heaven

WATCH OUT, HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA! from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, November 5, Red Hook (Dutchess County) will be the sweetest place on earth when it hosts Red Hook & The Chocolate

Birds of a Different Feather

WHETHER YOU OPT FOR A TRADITIONAL turkey or a more exotic main course for Thanksgiving this year, the Hudson Valley is home to dozens of poultry farms offering a variety of