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Kudos November 2014


MAGGIE AND BOB GEPHARD, “outstanding community benefactors,” who for the past 25 years have chaired the International Wine Showcase & Auction benefit for Greystone Programs, raising more than $1 million for the Poughkeepsie-based nonprofit, which provides services for people living with autism. Maggie is retired Vice President and General Manager of Liquorama Wine Cellars in Hyde Park and creator of the Kiss My Glass wine blog. Bob serves on the Board of Greystone.

Sprout Creek Farm for its third place Best of Show medal at this year’s American Cheese Society competition for Eden, a washed-rind cows’ milk cheese. It’s the first time in ACS history a New York cheese has placed Best of Show. A total 1,685 entries from 248 companies competed for awards.

Jones Farm, celebrating 100 years. The farm’s 85-acres on Angola Road in Cornwall, originally purchased by John H. Jones and his wife Alice in 1914 as a dairy farm, is now a produce farm run by third, fourth and fifth generation family members, headed by Doris (Jones) Clearwater, 88, (featured in ”Rhubarb: Reviving an old friend,” Valley Table, Issue 50). The eclectic farm market/gift shop/art center offers homegrown fruits and vegetables, cookies, cakes, pies and gifts.

Augie’s Prime Cut in Mohegan Lake for producing 5,000 bottles of Fat Sal’s Steak Sauce to raise funds for Autism Speaks.

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