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Event: Amenia Community Garden Party, February 11

A reader alerted us to this event benefiting the Latino community in Amenia. “The garden is a project of Somos La Llave Del Futuro- a non-profit that assists Latin immigrant communities upstate,” she writes. “The hope is for this to be a model for a community garden for all residents, and possibly relocate to a field adjacent to the Town Hall.”

Find out more on facebook.

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A City-Style Amenity for Upstaters: Gourmet Grocery Delivery

Think of it as Fresh Direct, country style. Eureka Market, which I’m very excited to check out, has it’s own Direct service, and will stock your upstate New York vacation home fridge with groceries and local eggs and produce… and have it waiting for you for when you arrive, for a nominal delivery fee. Eureka, indeed! The market also has a bakery and cafe in Grahamsville, which caters to a variety of tastes: pizza, wings, and prosciutto, arugula, gruyere and tomato on brioche (a sandwich that costs only $5.50!).

On January 19th, Eureka Market will host its first “Meet & Eat,” to help both weekenders and full-timers get to know each other. “The idea is really more to set up a communal dining situation and let people expand their acquaintanceships,” they write. “It’s also a low-pressure way for singles to gather, so if they make a love connection, all the better!” If you’re interested in attending, send them a note.

By the way, the market is owned by the folks at Red Cottage, a company specializing in high-design rentals that our own Upstate Jane wrote up a while ago. They’re definitely a great resource for second homeowners upstate!

Upstate Jane: Best Upstate Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner

 Are you getting out of the city for the holiday? Or maybe you have a place Upstate and just don’t want to cook…(that’s me) I LOVE cooking, but for some reason cooking an elaborate Thanksgiving meal for 2 or 3 people isn’t that appealing. If you are like me, or if you want to get out of the city with your family, a few friends, or your honeybuns- you need to know where to get your Turkey or Tofurkey! With all of the amazing established restaurants available Upstate  and the ever-increasing presence of CIA grads opening new restaurants, there is a cornucopia of Thanksgiving dinner events happening.  Since most people Upstate still do the traditional Thanksgiving around a big table with extended family, (unlike in Manhattan) there is typically still availability to eat out if you desire. You should still make reservations as soon as possible, but I have found as of this evening, most places still have room for more! Due to the volume of establishments, I have kept my restaurants localized to Ulster and parts of Dutchess County.

New World Home Cooking– One of my favorite restaurants in the area, NWHC is located in between Woodstock and Saugerties on 212. The owner is chef Ric Orlando, Chopped Champion Food Network Star. They are offering a buffet dinner for $34.95 a person. A laid back and jovial atmosphere, where people of all walks, ages and economic circles co-mingle.  1411 New York 212  Saugerties, NY 12477  (845) 246-0900

Cucina– Set in a renovated farmhouse with modern industrial touches, Cucina has a warmth and sophistication as well as consistently good food. They are offering a Thanksgiving dinner for $28.00 per person for the Turkey and sides with an add on’s additional. 9 Mill Hill Road  Woodstock, NY 12498 (845) 679-9800  Read the rest of this entry

Most Delicious Dinner Ever, This Friday in Tivoli

If you have not been to the Burrito Stand, incredible burritos from the back of a trailer on Route 199 in Red Hook, then you have something to look forward to for next summer. In the meantime, the team behind the burrito stand is cooking an indoor dinner this Friday. Here’s the menu:

  • organic salad with bosc pears and walnuts
  • curried coconut soup with cauliflower and leeks
  • braised lamb over potatoes
  • flan
  • hot rum punch

Make reservations by wednesday evening: 845 514 4066. I was supposed to be there this weekend but I’ll be downstate instead. Dang.

Get Thee Upstate, and to the Pig Roast

Yep, some NYC chefs and some upstate chefs are joining forces this weekend for a sort of competitive pig roast–may the tastiest pork win. It’s happening this weekend in Jeffersonville, at the Bridle Hill Farm. Vegetarians, fear not: veggie sides on hand, as well. More here.

This Weekend: A Healthcare Fest for Artists

O+ 2011 Trailer from O+ Festival on Vimeo.

Here’s a selling point for upstate New York: there, local health care providers will offer medical assistance in exchange for art or music. Imagine that happening downstate. Read all about the O-Positive Festival on the Watershed Post. Starts tonight in Kingston, with bands, parades, and a Lady Gaga impersonator.

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