Photo of Joann Cohen by Megan Labrise

Small package, good things at Matchbox Café

There’s a billboard on Route 9, just south of downtown Rhinebeck, urging motorists to “Stay nice…” Pictured is an open box of matches, heads ignited, with a grill set over the cumulative flame….

The doyenne of desserts brings Baking Bible to Rhinebeck

More than 26 years ago, Rose Levy Beranbaum was living in Manhattan and working on her first cookbook. She baked the cakes and carried them across Houston Street, one by one, to the photographer’s…

Hudson Valley up-and-coming distilleries, microbreweries & cideries

  There has never been a more spirited time to get into local booze, brews and ciders: Backyard brewmasters with big dreams alchemize into purveyors of top-shelf tipples. Politicians are still-crazy, modifying Draconian…

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot author David Shafer comes to Rhinebeck

David Shafer’s debut Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is commonly called a “techno-thriller.” And while it is, technically, the tale of a secret war to control all the world’s digital information, it transcends its categorization…

Alice Waters (Gilles Mingasson | Courtesy of the Author)

Alice Waters visits the Hudson Valley

For someone synonymous with Northern California, Alice Waters has been springing up in the Hudson Valley with frequency. The celebrated chef, author and activist, famous for fostering farm-to-table fine dining at her Berkeley…

Hudson Valley Bartender Challenge in New Paltz

Used to be, not long ago, if you asked for a fancy cocktail in the Hudson Valley, you were screwdrivered. “Five, ten years ago you couldn’t get a cocktail only two hours north…

Modernist Collection (photo by Francisco Migoya)

Culinary superman Francisco Migoya’s Hudson Chocolates in Poughkeepsie

Francisco Migoya is a confectionary visionary. Take his Hudson Valley Mountain Range ($35, one pound), a Modernist’s tribute to the Shawangunks: angular truffles anchored to dark chocolate dotted with puffed rice, sprayed with…

Whitecliff Vineyard in Gardiner to host Bounty of the Hudson wine & food festival

The Hudson Valley has been called the Napa Valley of the East, but maybe it should be the other way around. In 2010 Whitecliff Vineyard Riesling, grown in Gardiner, won Best White in…

Master of macaroni: Chef Gianni Scappin’s new tome on pasta

Pasta: as Italian as apple pie is American. You hear the word, you think the baked ziti on the white dish on the red-and-white-checked tablecloth, with the wine jug with the woven bottom,…

Stockade Tavern in Uptown Kingston.

Some of my favorite Happy Hours in the mid-Hudson Valley

On the border of Milan, New York, visible from Route 199, there is a capsule-shaped oil tank painted half-green, half-off-white. Its side says “PROZAC 1,000,000 mg.” A sign above: “Don’t worry – Be…

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