Saugerties resident Lorenzo Beronilla will compete on the inaugural season of Top Chef Amateurs, a spinoff of Bravo’s longtime staple Top Chef. The episode will air Thursday, July 8.
Ulster County in the summer is full of plenty of chances to work up an appetite. At various junctures for most of my 43 years, I have pursued either very healthy or exceedingly unhealthy lifestyles. Now on the path of virtue in a tourism season intensified by people released from lockdown, I want to promote a few local places that offer green-diet alternatives.
The Meltaway Bakery, a popular Saugerties sweet shop and bakery, recently moved to a new location after it outgrew its old space a few doors up the road.
There’s a high-end artisan chocolatier in town now, enviably perched right on the edge of the Village Green, in the space that used to be a Win Morrison real estate office at 2 Old Forge Road. And the chocolates are divine. It’s only a matter of time before visitors won’t dream of leaving Woodstock without a box of EJ Bonbons tucked in their totebag.
At Zicatela’s Bar and Restaurante, which took over the building formerly occupied by Land & Sea, the menu ranges from authentic Mexican mole dishes to chicken wings.
We tend to associate abbeys and monasteries in medieval Europe with contemplation and learning. But historically, they were also one of the main sources of wine and beer, which were promoted as safer alternatives to dubious local water sources, especially during times of plague.
“We wanted to use really cool apple varieties— funky, weird, wild apple varieties that we were surrounded by,” said co-founder Martin Bernstein. “Most of those orchards are totally wild or were planted by settlers way back when.”
It’s as if someone hit the “reset” button along a stretch of the north side of Main Street in the village: three new eateries will have their doors opened by early June, if all goes according to plan. They are: Green Bar, Apizza, and Burger Box.
The Saugerties Farmers’ Market opened on Saturday, May 29, to a cold drizzle. While not up to its usual spring crowds, a surprising number of customers did brave the cold, damp weather to buy the fresh vegetables, fruit, baked goods, breakfast snacks and wines offered. Two new products, hemp extract and tacos, were added to the lineup.
There’s an exciting new culinary enterprise underway in an old structure in Woodstock: the Millstream Tavern, which opened on April 1 in the 18th-century millhouse, most recently operated as Provisions, at the Woodstock Golf Club. A major renovation, modernizing the building’s systems while preserving its historic appeal, has been completed, and the doors are now open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday.