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5 Hudson Valley Food Influencers You Should Be Following


These are the Hudson Valley-based food influencers you should follow for a feed full of mouthwatering food and local restaurant reviews.

When it comes to where to dine and drink in the region, Valley TableHudson Valley magazine, and Westchester magazine are great resources for foodies (we’re sister publications, after all!). Still, we would be remiss to overlook the importance of foodie influencers in the culinary culture of the Hudson Valley. Here are five flavor-centric Instagrammers you should absolutely be following for recipes, reviews, and tips on how to curate your own profile.

(But hey, before you dive in, be sure you’re following us @valleytable!)

Hudson Valley Bites


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Hudson Valley Bites (@hudsonvalleybites) • Instagram photos and videos

We’ve discovered many a delicious dining establishment via the edible escapades of this husband-and-wife duo. If you’re looking for a sneak peek at a restaurant in the Hudson Valley, odds are they’ve already dined there and posted pictures of the fare. Their foremost concerns are #GoodFood and #GoodVibes—what more could you ask for?

Kristin Nelson


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Kristin Nelson (@ardenthomesteader) • Instagram photos and videos

Also known as The Ardent Homesteader, this farm-to-table food blogger gives her followers a glimpse into life as a homesteader. Additionally, Nelson shares recipes on her blog and sells homemade salted caramel sauce (dubbed Cara-Sel) as well as ethically raised cuts of pork on her website.

Matthew Mancuso


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by Matthew Mancuso (@theartofeating.info) • Instagram photos and videos

Foodies, be forewarned: It’s not the best idea to scroll through Matthew Manusco’s feed on an empty stomach. An alum of the Culinary Institute of America and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, this personal chef will inundate your feed with the kind of food you dream about. Check out his recipes, which range from crème brûlée donuts to stuffed squid; hire him to cook for a group of your foodie friends; or simply follow along for the mouthwatering ride.

Monique Polanco

Monique Polanco's cherry galette

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This multitalented Rockland-based foodie combines her passion for food styling, photography, and recipe development to constitute one of the most visually appealing (and hunger-inducing) Instagram accounts in all of the Hudson Valley. From confections and cobblers to coffee drinks and cocktails, Polanco does it all. If you like what you see, pay a visit to her food blog and try one of her recipes.

Philippe Trinh


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Philippe Trinh I Yummy Asian Eats (@whiskeyandbooch) • Instagram photos and videos

This Best of Hudson Valley winner posts cooking videos and recipes galore, even sharing some tricks of the trade from time to time. Trinh, who is a first-generation Vietnamese-American chef, focuses his food blog on Asian cuisine, and often makes cooking videos with his father (who he describes as “a boss in the kitchen”). Follow along for his superb food, photography, and tips on content creation.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is back this April 8-21!