New Restaurants and Hudson Valley Food and Dining News for October 2012
News and notes from the Valley’s dining scene for October 2012
Chef Margot Schulman is hitting the streets: Through her Meals by Margot service, she prepares and delivers well-balanced meals to customers in Putnam and Dutchess counties. “I have two young children, and I find dinner time challenging, even as a professional chef,” says Schulman, who is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Natural Gourmet Cookery School Chef’s Training Program. Families on the go can choose from a multitude of healthy meals (like zucchini stuffed with feta and mint, grilled lamb, and baked falafel) in either a $50 package that feeds four or an $80 dinner for eight. On Sundays from 2-4:30 p.m., customers can pick up their dinner at Margot’s home in Wappingers Falls; for an extra $10, between 5-7 p.m., Schulman’s personal delivery service brings the special sit-down dinner right to your door... Wappingers Falls is saying hola to a new tapas joint this month. Tomás Monosi, who has run a catering service for more than 10 years, now presents Tomás Tapas Bar and Restaurant, a blend of the traditional Spanish tapas bar and a conventional American, three-course-meal restaurant. The authentic Mediterranean menu was born out of Executive Chef Andrea Stevenson’s experience when studying in Spain... Chic NYC chef Timothy Meyers has high-tailed it up to Hudson and is now established as the executive chef of DA|BA, Warren Street’s Scandinavian hot spot. His “contemporary haute cuisine” items are created with as many local ingredients as possible — a number of which he himself forages for... Across the river in Milton, the former Henry’s Farm to Table at Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa has now reopened as Henry’s at the Farm, referencing the property’s 40-acre organic farm. The makeover comes complete with new executive and pastry chefs, the husband-and-wife team of Chad Greer and Tammy Ogletree — both formerly of New Paltz’s acclaimed Beso. We were wondering where this dynamic duo would end up and we’re thrilled that they didn’t leave the area... If you want something a little different than typical burgers and fries, — okay, very different — you may want to check out the new Safari African Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. This establishment — which opened in the late summer — presents cultural dishes such as kelewele (fried plantain bits with bean stew), waakye (rice with black-eyed peas, tomato gravy, and a Ghanaian sauce called shitor), and jallof (rice cooked in tomato gravy with a choice of chicken or fish). While an Ethiopian restaurant (Labilela) did open in Mount Kisco in 2010, we’re pretty sure this eatery is one of the only locations in the Valley where you can find African cuisine.