Food & Drink

Bottoms up: New service lets you help out-of-work servers with a “virtual tip” while wining and dining at home

Bottoms up: New service lets you help out-of-work servers with a “virtual tip” while wining and dining at home

A new venture called Service Industry Tips allows you to tip out-of-work local servers while partaking in meals and drinks at home that you would normally be enjoying at local businesses. “The idea behind this is not tipping to pay someone’s rent but more to make them smile and help out in small ways,” said Raquel Carrion, admin for the New Paltz/Gardiner/Rosendale group.

Corey’s Sugar Shack in Highland produces pure maple syrup products that put a spin on dinner

Corey’s Sugar Shack in Highland produces pure maple syrup products that put a spin on dinner

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “maple syrup” is probably pancakes. Or waffles, or French toast; whatever your breakfast food of choice that’s enhanced by butter and syrup is. But Debra and John Corey of Highland have other ideas when it comes to maple syrup. Why can’t it take its place at the dinner table, too?

A roundup of local chili challenges

A roundup of local chili challenges

The humble bowl of chili con carne was once the province of mid-19th century cowboys and the incarcerated in Texas. Designed to stretch out the cheapest cuts of meat into something edible, the savory stew is now mainstream, devoured with gusto by most of the population coast-to-coast.