Organic Market at Synagogue in Briarcliff Manor, NY

Susan and Brandon Thrope, and Gail Perlow

Susan and Brandon Thrope, and Gail Perlow

Congregation Sons of Israel’s organic market—featuring fresh and dried fruit, veggies, eggs, honey, herbs and more—is now in operation Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at 1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY. The market is open to the public.

Advance orders for pickup are encouraged but not necessary, says congregant and market volunteer Gail Perlow, and suggestions and requests for produce and other items will be taken and accommodated if possible. For now the market is sourcing its produce from other growers, but congregants will soon plant a three-quarter-acre garden and sell produce from the synagogue’s own property. They hope eventually to offer classes and community projects for all ages centered around themes of farming, food, nutrition, health, environmental stewardship and social justice—subjects at the root of Jewish spiritual and cultural traditions, Perlow says.

“Through the market, garden and education programs, the synagogue community seeks to address, connect to and be part of helping to resolve these important issues,” she says. “Our ultimate goal is to offer our children and the congregation an on-site gardening experience in which to learn about organic gardening and its benefits, as well as to understand the connection between Judaism, nature and agriculture. This initiative will also serve as a model for Jewish environmental and social responsibility.”

For info, contact Rabbi Steven Kane or Synagogue Director Ellen Green Johnson at 914.762.2700, or visit CSIBriarcliff.org.

Juicing for Health: Natural Awakenings Guide to the Best Juice Places in Westchester & Dutchess NY

The perfect juice cleanse

 

We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for our health, but fitting all those servings into a busy day can sometimes be challenging. One way to do it is through juicing, which makes fruits and vegetables deliciously drinkable and their nutrients instantly accessible. Adding wellness-boosting ingredients to juices can also increase their health benefits. We looked around for juicing spots in our area and offer our favorites here. Drink up!

Bewies

Amy Berman and Julie Wiesen, owners

430 Bedford Rd Armonk, NY 10504

914.273.9437; Bewies.com

Tell us about your juices. All of our juices are freshly made with organic, local and seasonal produce. Everything is made to order and can be customized to meet a customer’s dietary needs. We use a high speed juicer that makes fresh, high quality juices.

What’s popular these days? We are well known for our Radiate Juice, which is a blend of all greens and a hint of apple for some sweetness. With the slightest tickle in the back of their throats, or a sick child in the house, our customers also come running to reap the benefits of our Immunity Juice. It’s a combination of beets, garlic, ginger and other colorful fruits and vegetables. It’s a beautiful juice and, after drinking it for three days, you’re back on your feet at the speed of life!

Do you offer juice cleansing programs? Yes. We offer juice cleanse programs that are customizable as well as juice and food cleanses for individuals who still want to enjoy a meal throughout the day. We recommend starting with a three-day cleanse, which is when we notice customers starting to get maximum benefits. Longer cleanses have even more detoxing benefits.

We’ve both been trained as Holistic Health Counselors by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, so we’re always available to our customers during and after the cleanse to help them get the best results and make a healthy transition back to regular eating.

What are the prices? Daily cleanses are $59.

 

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Get Juiced

Margarita Carreras, co-owner

8 East Market St, Red Hook, NY

845.835.8402; GetJuicedAmerica.com

Tell us about your juices. Our juices are made fresh daily with all organic produce, and local when in season. We have two different juicers that we work with. For all of the cleanses and pre-phoned in orders, we use the Norwalk, a slow cold pressed juicer. By using this cold pressed method, we slow the oxidation and prolong the life of the juice, giving people the chance to consume it within a three-day window. If you’re consuming the juice right away there is no problem. For those in a hurry we use a Breville, as recommended by Joe Cross, who made the powerful documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It’s fast, easy to clean and relatively inexpensive.

What’s popular these days? The Get Lean is a hit, made with kale, cucumber, broccoli, green apple, celery and lemon. It’s rich in antioxidants, calms the central nervous system, boosts immunity, detoxifies the liver and alkalizes the body. The Get Happy, made with cucumber, parsley, pear, lime and celery, has the additional benefits of being anti-inflammatory, boosting energy, toning bones, supporting kidney function, reducing bloating and balancing blood sugar.

Any cleansing programs? Yes, and we offer a half-hour consultation with a nutritional coach who will customize your cleanse according to your goals and specific needs. She will also be available during your cleanse, if need be. Customers receive a lot of information when they sign up for the cleanse.

What are the prices? $50 per day, and juices come in glass bottles with a $2 deposit on each. That’s refundable upon completion of the cleanse once the bottles are brought back.

 

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O2 Living

Rosemary Devlin, founder

Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rt. 35, Cross River, NY 10518

914.763.6320; O2Living.com

Tell us about your juices. Our juices are 100 percent cold-pressed, certified organic, sourced locally when we can, and naturally packed with antioxidants, trace minerals, vitamins, fiber, flavonoids and chlorophyll. At O2 living we put a lot of love into each juice and produce small batches to assure the best quality. We never water our juices down, so not only are they loaded with nutrition; they’re packed with delicious flavor, too.

What’s popular these days? Our Fresh Start, Green Vitality and Red Radiance are all really fabulous. Our most unusual is the Almond Envy smoothie, packed with natural protein.

Do you offer juice cleansing programs? Yes, with one, three, five or seven day programs. We recommend “Cleanse Guru” Dr. Gabriel Cousins’ protocol for cleansing. For customers with autoimmune disorders and cancer diagnoses, we have alternative holistic options from the Gerson Institute. To find out more about our lifestyle brand and keys to healthy living, readers can visit o2living.com.

What are the prices? An 8-ounce juice is $4.99, and a 16 ounce juice is $9.99 in the store.

 

TRAILSIDEJUICES

Trailside Café

Ghenya Fagan, owner

1807 Commerce St, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

914.302.7331; Trailside-Café.com

Tell us about your juices. We use local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Currently we use a centrifugal juice extractor, but we’re introducing a cold press later this year. We offer a wide variety of juices with something for everyone, from beginners to extreme juicers. We also have a large selection of additives for our juices and smoothies, and we can accommodate people who like to create their own blends.

What’s popular these days? Our most popular juice is our green machine, while our most unusual would be the green grapefruit.

Do you offer juice cleansing programs? Yes, for three, five or seven days, and each one includes a complimentary consultation with our nutritionist.

What are the prices? The three-day cleanse is $165, the five-day cleanse is $275 and the seven-day cleanse is $385. We have frequent buyer cards, which offers the 11th juice for free, and we’ll soon be introducing a kid-friendly juice and smoothie menu.

 

Farm, Meet Table: CSAs Bring Crops into Our Kitchens

Farm, Meet Table

CSAs Bring Crops into Our Kitchens

by Allison Gorman
Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center

Here’s a prediction: This summer, hundreds of local families will eat enough fresh produce to topple the food pyramid. They’ll experiment with recipes for edamame or turnips or beets. And their kids will try their veggies without being prodded.

These are the members of CSAs—Community Supported Agriculture—small farms that presell shares of the season’s harvest to the public. The burgeoning CSA movement has done wonders for the lifestyle of members, who get weekly helpings of a wide variety of fresh, chemical-free produce; save money by cooking at home more frequently; and feel fully vested in the meals they prepare and eat.

But CSA members aren’t the only beneficiaries of this arrangement. Local economies benefit, as more small farms adopt the CSA model to stay economically viable while staying true to their mission of responsible, hands-on agriculture. And the earth benefits, too, as more people choose to eat seasonally and locally (less produce trucked in from far away) and sustainably (fewer pesticides and other pollutants in the soil and water).

 

Sustaining Tradition

Elizabeth Ryder, owner of Ryder Farm Cottage Industries in Brewster, NY, says its CSA members aren’t just sustaining the earth by buying shares of the farm’s certified organic produce—they’re sustaining centuries of tradition.

“Membership in our CSA provides direct support to local agriculture and helps in keeping the history of a family farm that dates back to 1795,” she says.

Though CSAs are a modern trend, many of them operate on farms with a similarly rich history. Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction, NY, is a historic apple orchard that has been in the Morgenthau family for nearly 100 years. Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, now a working crop farm and environmental education facility in Yorktown Heights, NY, is a former dairy farm whose roots reach back to the 1600s.

 

Eco-Friendly Farming

With all CSAs, the emphasis is on the land and sustainable farming practices. Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard in North Salem, NY, reflects the high environmental standards typical of CSA farms, offering only GMO-free, organically grown produce.

“By becoming a member of our CSA, you are choosing healthy, high-quality, safe food for you and your family,” says manager Christine Tartaglia.

From its eco-friendly fruits to its pasture-raised laying hens, Fishkill Farms adheres to the practices of the Northeast Organic Farming Association Farmer’s Pledge, says CSA coordinator Michelle Siefermann.

“Our apples are organically grown or certified ‘Eco Apple’ by Red Tomato,” she says. “Our stone fruit is also grown following their low-spray, eco approach.”

 

Diverse Menu

A big part of sustainable farming is producing crops appropriate to the local weather and topography, so CSA members can expect to find seasonal produce in their weekly shares. But many CSA farms also carry specialty or hard-to-find foods from other local farms.

Honey, jellies, maple syrup (in season), pie, eggs and apples are among the locally sourced foods available for purchase at Hilltop Hanover’s farm store, says board member Thomas McLoughlin.

Harvest Moon Farm regularly uses other local farms as a resource to expand the weekly menu for its CSA customers, Targalia says. “Every week our farm manager visits other local farms—mainly root-crop farms, as our soil is too rocky to grow them,” she says. “We handpick from their freshest harvests to bring home and fill our CSA members’ boxes.”

 

The Weekly Harvest

HHF 1 tomatoeOnce the CSA season begins—a date that varies by farm, along with the length of season—CSAs designate a day or two a week for members to pick up their shares. Fishkill Farms, for example, has a pickup at its farm store in Hopewell Junction on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings, and a second Saturday-morning pickup at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn.

While some farms, like Harvest Moon, pre-pack members’ shares, others, like Hilltop Hanover Farm (HHF), have members select pre-arranged amounts, which vary by week according to availability.

“The organic crops are picked that morning, and the Hilltop Hanover Farm staff decides the allocation for each available crop,” McLoughlin says. “The weekly selections are then arranged farm-stand style, with signs designating the amount allowed per vegetable.” CSA members usually leave with two or three large bags of produce that will feed a family of four or more, he says.

Like many local farms, Hilltop Hanover operates a garden where the public can pick their own produce for purchase. Fishkill Farms operates a pick-your-own garden specifically for its CSA members, who can include some of what they harvest in their shares. Fishkill also has a separate milk, egg and cheese share.

 

Reconnecting 

Between the items grown on site and those sourced from neighboring farms, the variety of produce sold through CSAs and their affiliated farm stands (which are open to the public) is staggering. Among the four farms profiled here, for example, offerings range from edamame and nectarines to fresh flowers and numerous herbs.

People in our area are responding to that bounty in a big way. Perhaps CSAs have given back what Americans lost over the past several decades, somewhere between TV dinners and Lunchables: a connection to food and to the earth from which it comes.

 

CSAs at a Glance

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Rd., Hopewell Junction, NY. Second pickup site in Brooklyn

Pickups: Fridays 2-7pm; Saturdays 8-10 am; Saturdays (Brooklyn) 8 am-noon

CSA offerings: organically grown vegetables, herbs, apples, berries, fruits; separate milk, egg & cheese share

Info: 845.897.4377, csa@fishkillfarms.com, FishkillFarms.com

 

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard 

130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY

Pickups: Thursdays

CSA offerings: organically grown fruits and vegetables, separate milk share, plus selected produce from neighboring farms

Info: 914.485.1210, harvestmoonorchard@gmail.com

HarvestMoonFarmAndOrchard.com

 

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center

1271 Hanover St. Yorktown Heights, NY

Pickups: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2-7pm

CSA offerings: organically grown vegetables, flowers, “U Pick ” available

Info: 914.962.2368, info@hilltophanoverfarm.org, HilltopHanoverFarm.org

 

Ryder Farm Cottage Industries 

400 Starr Ridge Rd. Brewster, NY

Pickups: Wednesdays after noon (farm) or Monday-Friday (cooler)

CSA offerings: certified organic vegetables, herbs, occasional flowers

Info: 845.279.4161, RyderFarmOrganic@aol.com, RyderFarmOrganic.com

 

SOUP’S HOT at Local Neighborhood Eateries

Pumpkin soup on served tableby Rinku Bhattacharya

Cold, snowy days bring with them the joys of celebrating home and hearth, indulging in warm and satisfying meals, and taking time to pause over a steaming bowl of soup. When done right, a good bowl of soup will warm the body and give you the much-needed nourishment to keep you healthy through the winter. In perusing local offerings, we found enough diverse and delicious soups to keep us nourished and happy. Neighborhood eateries are right up there when it comes to providing you a good bowl of soup, and often they are the next best thing to making the soup yourself.

Here is a short list of some of our favorite soup spots.

Bread Alone: Located in Rhinebeck, this European-style café offers more than just bread. It also brings to your table a good selection of breakfast offerings, salads and comforting soups that are perfectly complemented by their assorted breads (my personal favorite being the whole-wheat sourdough). The bakery is usually a common fixture in area farmers’ markets and is committed to working with locally procured ingredients.

45 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY; 845.876.3108

 

Ladle of Love: Located in Mount Kisco, this farm-to-table food shop has its roots in the simple, nourishing soups that proprietress Leslie Lampert initially made for two friends who were battling breast cancer, and later for Millwood, NY, firefighters working at Ground Zero after 9/11. Her menu offers a diverse selection of handcrafted soups and stews, ranging from her signature chicken and dumplings to hearty vegetarian offerings such as the Tuscan tomato, as well as salads and paninis for the “grab and go” customer. Café of Love, an award-winning farm-to-table bistro, is located above the food shop, while the newly launched Love On The Run delivers Ladle’s food to customers all over Westchester County. In keeping with its original mission, Ladle of Love continues to support local charities and community efforts each month.

11B South Moger Ave., Mount Kisco, NY; 914.242.9661

Skinny Buddha: Also located in Mount Kisco, the Skinny Buddha offers a fresh, clean approach to food and cooking, with healthy daily menus that offer organic soups that are usually vegan and gluten-free. The rest of their menu consists of salads that have optional add-ons for meat or sustainable seafood, such as their tantric tuna salad. The emphasis here is on a wholesome approach to eating and a natural lifestyle, with a mission to help people change the way they eat.

159 Lexington Ave., Mount Kisco, NY; 914.666.9646

 

Jolo’s Kitchen: Our fourth find for good and hearty soup is in New Rochelle. This family-owned business dishes up comforting vegan food straight from the heart. Whether you are in the mood for the hot soup of the day or want to try your luck at the raw cashew and vegetable bowl, this place is the spot for a delicious, plant-based bite. Their menu encompasses small plates, soups and entrées, all prepared with fresh and sustainable ingredients.

412 North Ave., New Rochelle, NY; 914.355.2527

 

Natural Awakenings Foodie Guide

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Find local, natural and organic food and drink options here in Natural Awakenings’ Foodie Guide for Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess NY.

BAKERY

Baked by Susan 

Scratch-made Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookies

163 Grand St, Croton on Hudson, NY

914.862.0874; BakedBySusan.com

CAFÉS

BREAD ALONE BAKERY

45 Market St., Rhinebeck NY

845.876.3108

BreadAlone.com/Rhinebeck-cafe


GET JUICED

Artisan Juice Bar/Cafe

8 East Market St. Red Hook,NY

845.835.8402

GetJuicedAmerica.com

 

Good Choice Kitchen

Seasonal.Organic.Vegan

147 Main St. Ossining, NY

914.930.1591

goodchoicekitchen.com

 

Hayfields, LLC

1 Bloomer Rd

North Salem, NY

HayfieldsMarket.com

914.669.8275

 

The Outpost

100% Organic & Non-GMO Food

1 Court St, Bedford, NY

914.205.3900; FB: The Outpost

 

The Freight House Cafe

Natural. Local. Good

609 Route 6, Mahopac, NY

Behind music store

845.628.1872

TheFreightHouseCafe.com

 

The Union Hall Market

Coffee. Pastries. Local Meats

2 Keeler Ln, North Salem, NY

914.485.1555

FB: The Market at Union Hall

 

COFFEE & TEA

BIG BANG COFFEE ROASTERS

1000 N. Division St. #9
@ The Hat Factory, Peekskill
914.402.5566
BigBangCoffeeRoasters.com

 

DAIRY

SHUNPIKE DAIRY

Farm Fresh Raw Milk

1348 Shunpike, Millbrook, NY

845.702.6224; ShunpikeDairy.com

 

 

FARMERS’ MARKETS

CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL ORGANIC MARKET

1666 Pleasantville Rd

Briarcliff, NY  Sundays

914.762.2700; CSIBriarcliff.org

info@csibriarcliff.org

 

DOWN TO EARTH FARMERS MARKETS

From our Farms to Your Kitchen

914.923.4837

DowntoEarthMarkets.com

 

GOSSETT’S FARM MARKET

& GOSSETT BROTHERS NURSERY

1202 Rt.35, South Salem, NY

914.763.3001; Gossettnursery.com

 

HUDSON VALLEY FARMERS MARKET

Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY

914.474.2404

Facebook.com/HudsonValleyFarmersMarket

 

HUDSON VALLEY REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET

Sundays, 12am-2pm

15 Mount Ebo Road South

Brewster, NY

845.878.9078 x 4115

 

PEEKSKILL FARMERS MARKET

Outdoor June-November 21

Bank Street, Peekskill, NY

PeekskillFarmersMarket.com

 

FARMS

HARVEST MOON FARM & ORCHARD

130 Hardscrabble Rd

North Salem, NY

914.485.1210

HarvestMoonFarmAndOrchard.com

 

HILLTOP HANOVER FARM & ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

1271 Hanover St,

Yorktown Heights, NY

914.962.2368

HilltopHanoverFarm.org

 

THREE FEATHERS FARM

Grass-fed beef & eggs
371 Smith Ridge Rd, S. Salem
914.533.6529; jhaberny@aol.com

 

New York Presbyterian

Hudson Valley Hospital

Farmers Market

1st/3rd Tues. May–November

In/Outside of Main Lobby

1980 Crompond Rd., NY

 

 

FARM STORE

 

BONI-BEL FARM &

COUNTRY STORE

301 Doansburg Road, Brewster

T-F 3:15 – 6pm/Sat 10am – 5pm
greenchimneys.org/countrystore

 

 

Fable: From Farm

to Table
1311 Kitchawan Rd, Ossining, NY

Sun &  Wed  9am-5pm

FableFoods.com

 

Rochambeau Farm

214 W. Patent Rd, Mt. Kisco, NY

Open: Thurs.-Sunday

914.241.8090

RochambeauFarmNY.com

JUICE

 

o2living

7(1/2) servings of organic

vegetables in one serving

of green juice to go.

914.763.6320; o2living.com

 

MARKETS

BEWIES HOLISTIC MARKET

Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar

430 Bedford Rd., Armonk NY

914.273.9437; Bewies.com

 

Green Organic Market

275 S. Central Park Ave.

Hartsdale, NY

914.437.5802

FB: GreenOrganicMarket

 

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market
575 Boston Post Rd,
Port Chester, NY
914.708.1985

1 Ridge Hill Rd, Yonkers, NY
914.378.8090

110 Bloomingdale Rd,
White Plains, NY
914.288.1300
WholeFoodsMarket.com

 

RESTAURANTS

Clock Tower Grill

Local. Sustainable. Organic

512 Clock Tower Dr., Brewster

845.582.0574; ClockTowergrill.com

 

Jewel of Himalaya

Nepal, Tibet, Indian Cusine

34 Triangle Ctr., Yorktown Hts.

914.302.2886

 

SPECIALTY FOODS

KONTOULIS FAMILY GROVES

Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil

914.834.1525

KontoulisFamily.com

 

To join Natural Awakenings’ Foodie Guide in both PRINT and ONLINE, call 914-617-8750 or email Dana-NA@WakeUpNaturally.com.  Find additional Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess NY local food resources on our Eat Well page on WakeUpNaturally.com.

Perk Up With Great Local Coffee in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess NY

Coffee-cupby Rinku Bhattacharya

This time of year, nothing satisfies like a well-brewed cup of coffee. With its warm, nutty aroma, it’s both soothing and re-energizing, the perfect pick-me-up on a chilly winter day.

Coffee shops have mushroomed all around the area, so it’s easy to find a place to grab a fresh cup. But the best local spots are the ones that take pride in their product and opt for fair-trade beans. Chances are if coffee is grown and sourced right, it will taste right, too. After all, you want to warm your soul along with your body.

 

Big Bang Coffee Roasters: If you’re looking to start your morning with a unique selection of fresh coffee beans delivered right to your door, this company is for you. A family-owned business, Big Bang offers a custom selection of fair-trade and organic coffee beans to choose from, and they will deliver your order to your house—or you can purchase their coffee at John Boy’s Outpost in Bedford, NY, Skinny Buddha Organic Kitchen in Mt. Kisco, NY, or Plum Plums Cheese in Pound Ridge, NY. Owner Elina Dart says, “I like to find the sweet spot in every roast, where all the nuances of a coffee are highlighted. All of my coffees are intensely flavorful due to this diligence.”

Big Bang Coffee Roasters

914.433.7278

BBCRoasters.co

 

Coffee-Labs-signCoffee Labs, Tarrytown: Coffee Labs is owned and managed by Mike and Alicia Love. Mike is a retired chef who now focuses his culinary passion on bringing together a select collection of sustainable and exclusive coffees. Alicia is a humanitarian who is very committed to the green component of the business. Together this duo developed a business model that offers exclusive coffee with a conscience. Their Tarrytown shop sells a wide assortment of beans, and it’s also a great place to grab a cup of coffee or tea—just what you might want on a weekend morning. Don’t miss the blog on CoffeeLabs.com; it will give you further insight into their mission and their featured coffees. Coffee Labs’ products can be ordered from the website and found at Mrs. Greens and Whole Foods markets.

Coffee Labs

7 Main St., Tarrytown, NY

914.332.1479

CoffeeLabs.com

 

Crafted--KupThe Crafted Kup, Poughkeepsie: A true coffee house located near Vassar College in Poughkeepsie’s Arlington walking district, the Crafted Kup serves hand-crafted espresso beverages; locally roasted, certified fair-trade organic coffees and teas; and locally made baked goods and bagels. “I guarantee you won’t find a better cup of coffee around,” says co-owner Tanner Townsend. “We pride ourselves on making sure every guest’s experience is an unforgettable one.” Sounds like the perfect way to start (or finish) the day.

The Crafted Kup

44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY

845.483.7070

TheCraftedKup.com

 

The Freight House Café, Mahopac: Located in the heart of downtown Mahopac, the Freight House Café uses Bear Mountain Roasters certified organic coffee beans exclusively for their entire coffee menu, including espressos, lattes and cappuccinos. Almost everything on the food menu is also natural, local or organic, says owner Donna Massaro. The breakfast menu includes organic egg omelets and a yummy Veggie Breakfast Wrap made with homemade pico di gallo, melted provolone, avocado, red onion, egg and sour cream. A gluten-free menu is also available. On Friday nights, the café is open until 10 p.m., serving beer, wine and cocktails with noshing foods. Check their website for the local live music calendar and other fun events, including a Single Dads Night on Feb. 12, and Stitch and Bitch (bring your own yarn) on Feb. 19. Look for light dinners to be added on Friday and Saturday nights soon.

The Freight House Café

609 Rte. 6, Mahopac, NY

845.628.1872

TheFreightHouseCafe.com

 

Rinku Bhattacharya is the voice behind the blog “Spice Chronicles” and the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles and Spices and Seasons, Simple, Sustainable Indian Cooking. She also teaches Indian cooking classes out of her home and at other locations. Her interests include Indian cooking, spices and herbs, and sustainable living. She can be reached on Twitter @wchestermasala.

Take a Bite Out of the Hudson Valley

Cafe of Love

Cafe of Love

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week returns November 3-16, 2014, and this fall’s lineup is 30 percent larger than last year’s, with nearly 200 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95. Chefs focus on using farm-fresh area produce and other locally made foods on their menus.

Because Restaurant Week means a good deal on a great meal, Hudson Valley foodies use it as an excuse to try the new eatery around the corner or take a road trip to visit an old haunt, enjoying the autumn scenery along the way. While the list of participating venues is diverse in terms of menu and locale—Café of Love in Mount Kisco has a French bistro feel, for example, while Clock Tower Grill in Brewster is best described as “barn chic”—local and sustainable is a common theme. The official restaurant list is posted at HudsonValleyRestaurantWeek.com.

No passes, tickets or coupons are required to take advantage of Restaurant Week; diners simply visit the website, choose a restaurant from the list online, and call the restaurant directly to reserve a table. (Prices do not include beverages and tip.) Participating restaurants can submit their menus to be posted on the Restaurant Week website, but note that menus may change, as locally sourced ingredients are not always available and quantities may run out.

This two-week event attracts 200,000 diners a year to the Hudson Valley, which is a celebrated culinary destination and was named one of National Geographic’s top-20 “must-see destinations” in the world. In coordination with the event, many area hotels are offering special getaway deals on lodging.

To see discount packages or for more information, visit HudsonValleyRestaurantWeek.com.