Food & Drink

Delicious and cruelty-free cuisine in Saugerties

Delicious and cruelty-free cuisine in Saugerties

Thirty years ago, Ronnie Shapiro realized that by making it convenient and simple for others to embrace a vegan diet, she could multiply her own reduction of animal suffering. Now, at Healthy Gourmet To-Go on Market Street in Saugerties, she devises, cooks and packages countless vegan meal packages that get shipped throughout New York and parts of New Jersey.

Brew with a view

Brew with a view

Zeus Brewing Company opens in Poughkeepsie with fresh beer and Italian fare; Rooftop bar coming this summer. The fact that the site is diagonally opposite the Cunneen-Hackett Building, once the mansion of brewing magnate Matthew Vassar, is purely coincidental.

Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival returns

Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival returns

Saturday, Nov. 2: The Chocolate Factory in Red Hook was founded in 1888 by William H. Baker – no relation to the older, more famous Walter H. Baker Company, but Red Hook’s Baker was not above exploiting the coincidence to promote his business, starting what became known as the Chocolate Wars. At the height of production, 20,000 pounds of chocolate were produced in Red Hook each day.