Food & Drink

Award-Winning Misto, Brazilian-Ukrainian Catering Operation, Will Open Red Hook Take-Out and Prep Location

After years in professional kitchens, Nadia and Wilson Costa thought a pop-up food and catering business would be just the thing to free them from the grueling hours of restaurant life. But now, they’ve decided to stake out their own brick-and-mortar space, which means Red Hook is getting a vibrant new multicultural food offering. Misto has had a brick-and-mortar prep […]

From Humble Greig Farm Beginnings, Weekend Festival Draws Wine Lovers, Foodies and A Few Psyched to Wield an Axe

Hot off the heels of August’s Dutchess County Fair, the Rhinebeck fairgrounds buzzed with wine lovers and foodies from across the country this past weekend as the 23rd anniversary of the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival took off under cloudy and rainy skies. Wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries, mostly from New York, offered plenty of free samples. Michael Babcock, […]

Both Ski Bum and Steak Chef, Rhinebeck’s Rob Rogan Flips a Mean London Broil at Dutchess Fair

Rob Rogan works hard. For the four months out of the year that he works with the Butcher Boys, a traveling concessions stand founded by Rhinebeck local Dennis Fraleigh, he can expect to flip hundreds of 15-pound steaks, work 14-hour shifts six days in a row, and travel to fairs in half a dozen states. “I don’t need to go […]

Fair Judges Buzz With Excitement over Honey Entries as “Black Bottle” Taste Tests Inspire Curiosity

By Andrew Checchia Notes of apple. Leafy undertones. Rich mouthfeel. No, this isn’t a wine tasting. It’s a honey tasting.  Inside the Salute to Agriculture Tent on Monday, the day before the opening of the 177th Dutchess County Fair, a team of craftspeople, beekeepers and honey lovers buzzed about coordinating the sixth annual honey and maple syrup competition. Here, amateurs […]

The Hens That Helped Her Heal: How A Gemologist Morphed Into a Satisfied Red Hook Farmer

Annie Dye had no idea in March 2020 that she’d become a small-scale chicken farmer. For that matter, she had no designs on studying hen genetics or on hunting down octagonal cartons in which to sell her wares. She simply wanted to enjoy the experience of chicken-keeping with her children as the Covid pandemic dawned. So, she visited a farm […]

Cracking the Code: 10 Fun Facts About Chickens

While they don’t soar in flight, chickens are among the most intelligent birds known. Here are some other fun facts about these avian creatures: Chickens push out eggs and poop from the same hole. Sixty billion chickens are farmed for food around the world every year, a number that increased by 22 percent between 1996 and 2016 in the United […]

Unscrambling Egg Labels: From $1.50 to $15 a Dozen, Caged to Pastured, What Do The Distinctions Mean?

An egg is an egg is an egg. Right? Not eggs-actly. As prices in local dairy aisles and farm markets make clear, egg prices can range from $1.50 for a standard white dozen of large eggs at Hannaford’s to $15 for a carton of Annie Dye’s pasture-raised eggs. Why the wild deviations? The Daily Catch got cracking to untangle the […]

Sporting Purple Carrots and Beet Ricotta, Two CIA Students Stage Ambitious Multi-Course Benefit Meal at Greig Farm

A muddy parking lot behind a barn rarely leads into a kitchen bustling with world-class chefs and passionate community leaders. But last Wednesday an Airbnb at Greig Farm became the unexpected venue for “A Family Meal,” a charity dinner that brought young Hudson Valley culinarians to Red Hook.  The event’s title is a play on lingo from the culinary world […]

Sisters From A Legendary Red Hook Family Put A New Spin on Germantown Hotel and Restaurant

When sisters Leslie and Julia Carr graduated from Red Hook High School in the late 1980s, Germantown was a little grocery store, a post office, and lots of crumbling buildings. But one structure remained lodged in their memories: Central House, the tavern and hotel established in 1876 and built by the forebears of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., the founder of […]

From Mild to Wild: Red Hook High School French Students Get a Taste of Fromage At New Corner Counter

When Red Hook High School students entered The Corner Counter in the Village Thursday morning, they were greeted by the pungent and unmistakable scent of cheese. It wasn’t the usual school experience, to be sure. But French teacher and French Club leader Amy Gilbert and Spanish teacher Billie Teixeira sought a special excursion for 17 French students and French Club […]

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