Hootenanny: "an informal gathering with music and sometimes dancing." Take that and add a few grills and a slew of local chefs and you have Grillsdale. “The Third Time’s A Char” is this year's mantra, as the third annual "party in the hills" kicks off on August 25 at Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale. Thirteen featured chefs will be offering up grilled creations and competing for the People's Choice awards. Guests will be tasting and voting, while sipping on libations from Harney & Sons Tea, Svendale Brewing, King's Highway Fine Cider, Chatham Brewing, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Sloop Brewing, Little Apple Cider, and Wine Dogs Imports. And everyone will be partying and enjoying live music from Chops N' Saurekraut Trio as well as some surprise musical guests. But before all this fiery hootenany, let's get to know this year's grillers!
Carla Perez-Gallardo & Hannah Black of Lil' Deb's Oasis
Considering themselves an inclusive community space for all in Hudson, Perez-Gallardo and Black offer up more than just tropical comfort food in their restaurant. Often supporting local artists and hosting a variety of fund raising and community supporting events, Lil' Debs Oasis has become a Hudson landmark for good food and great people.
Sam Doyle of The Copake General Store
Opened in December 2017, The Copake General Store brings the essentials of local food and drink to Copake. From sandwiches to salads and a bunch of tasty sweets, this modern age general store features and celebrates Hudson Valley producers. And her dedication to Hudson Valley farmers and artisans comes through in her menu items. We checked out their Facebook page and stumbled upon Chef Doyle's latest creations-- two salads, one with Rock Steady Farm spinach, Sky Farm lettuce, candied pecans and feta and the other with jammy Sparrow Arc Farm eggs on a bed of MX Morningstar Farm frisée, and Duncan Hollow bacon. Yum.
Job Yacubian of The Farmer’s Wife
To say it runs in the family is an understantment for Job Yacubian and his co-owner/wife, Emilie Sommerhoff. The couple runs The Farmers' Wife, the catering company and café that Sommerhoff's mother started in 2002. Yacubian and Sommerhoff, last year's Grillsdale champion, don't offer a steady menu at the cafe, as they truly cook by what is in season and what is available from the many producers they work with in the Hudson Valley. But there are some main-stay customer favorites-- homemade pies, brownies, and cakes, egg and cheese sandwiches, curried chicken, and peanut noodles.
Jack Peele of JACüTERIE
Many may know of Jack Peele, JACüTERIE owner's, as a local charcuterie master. But he is also known as Grillsdale 2016's People's Choice winner! Stay tuned-- will he try to win his title back from last year's winner, Chef Yacubian of The Farmer's Wife? All we know is you best be around for what he pulls off the grates this year. In the mean time, check out his hand crafted salami, sausage, and bacon, available online and at various farmers' markets across the Hudson Valley.
Carrie Chen & Keith Tannenbaum of Casana T House
Okay. We know you may be thinking that a tea shop doesn't necessarily fit in to the fire and charcoal of a grilling competition. But that's exactly what makes Chen and Tannenbaum of Casana T House in Hillsdale the perfect competitors-- they are a wild card! Offering gourmet pastries and a vareity of lunch dishes, including some Japanese specials, alongside their world class selection of coffee and tea, Casana T House is ready to throw down at Grillsdale 2018. It has been said that Chen will be serving a vegetarian Buddha skewer with tofu and peanut sauce, so get ready for a flavor packed bite!
Eliah Gardener of Yummy Kitchen
Nothing creates more food induced hysteria than a food truck that fans have to seek out. Gardener, owner of Yummy Kitchen, creates such hysteria dishing out his Korean comfort food from his truck's window. Yummy Ktichen can usually be found between Warren and 5th Street in Hudson and at the Troy Farmers' Market on Saturdays. But we know an event where you can be sure to grab some of his eats...
Hillsdale Fire Co. #1
Alright everyone, move aside. The professionals will be in the building! If anyone knows the wicked tasty ways of fire it's fan favorite Hillsdale Fire Co. #1. And of course, they go big! For the past few years, they have offered up a whole roasted pig or larger-than-life steamship roast. We can't wait to see what's on the menu this year!
Nick Keene of The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn
Word on the street, Chef Keene and his team at The Barn at The Egremont Village Innwere awarded "Best Burger" by the Berkshire Record's Best of 2018. If that doesn't solidfy them as serious Grillsdale competitors, then take a look at the rest of the menu at their South Egremont, MA restaurant. BBQ Pork Sandwiches, wings, and tacos. This Chef knows the grill and is ready to bring the heat from the Berkshires.
Luloo & Evan Flynn-Mann of Empaniñas
Twelve years ago, Luloo Flynn-Mann was living in NYC and working in fashion. Suddenly, she found herself working in the culinary world at Antonio Gomez’s downtown pizzerias, Gruppo, Posto, and Vezzo. Inspired by street vendors and small, start-up food businesses, Luloo launched Empaniña’s Empanadas, non-traditional empanadas made with organic and local ingredients. Business kicked off and Luloo and her husband, Evan, moved to the Hudson Valley and started their organic farm, Midwinter Farms in Ancram. Now the husband-wife team grow the ingredients, make the dishes, and are making everyone in the Hudson Valley very hungry.
Chef Marissa Ryan
Currently churning out rotisserie chickens, smoked ribs, and other finger-lickin'-good foods at the newly opened Otto's Market in Germantown, Chef Marissa Ryan has a history of filling the bellies of hungry Hudson Valley-ers. She's catered weddings, cooked with fire, and made pop-up appreances at upper-Hudson Valley establishments including Hudson Food Studio. Chef Ryan will undoubtedly bring something special for Grillsdale 2018!
Brigid Dorsey of Les Collines Preserves
What inspired Brigid Dorsey to start making preserves? A 50-pound crop of crabapples she spied sitting at her desk in her Columbia County home. Dorsey launched Les Collines (French for "hills") Preserves in 2013 and now her small globe-like jars filled with preserves from quince to strawberry, can be found at markets all over the Hudson Valley. Dorsey supports and celebrates Columbia County and New York farms by sourcing most of her ingredients from the area, as well as from her own garden. Les Collines Preserves glazed ribs at Grillsdale? Here's for hoping!
Laurel Barkan of Stagecoach Tavern
By way of Mexico City and the Bay Area, Chef Laurel Barkan took over the helm at the Stagecoach Tavern in Sheffield, MA in late summer 2017. Since then, diners have been enjoying her take on Mexican dishes and attention to detail in every dish. Chef Barkan has also made relationships with local farms and producers in her area to highlight the local flavor on her menus that change nearly every day! Chef Barkan's creativity is a sure thing, making her a thrilling featured Grilldale chef.
Jared Schwartz & Laura Webster of The Poor Devil Pepper Company
Laura Webster and Jared Schwartz have been making hot sauce since 2014. The Poor Devil Pepper Company, located in Hudson, uses only fresh, organic vegetables, organic seasonings and Celtic sea salt. The fermentation process is similar to producing sauerkraut, requiring a 6-8 weeks. The Poor Devil Pepper Company offers four types of sauces but Schwartz is always researching and developing new blends, while Webster hits the pavement bringing the good word of fermented hot sauce to the people. And most recently, Schwartz and Webster have been throwing down the heat with taco pop-ups at Suarez Family Brewery and a various other Hudson bars, with plans in the works to open up their own place. What's a grilled meat or veg's favorite condiment? That's right, hot sauce.
The grills are rearing and ready to go. Don't miss a single dish from one of these chefs and grab your tickets to Grillsdale 2018. We'll see you there!
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