The literature of the Catskills is shot through with fantasies of escape, from Rip Van Winkle’s flight from the rigors of married life to Sam Gribley’s abandonment of his family’s crowded city apartment. If you’ve ever spent any time wandering around up there, you know the allure: the mountains are still rugged and wild even after centuries of our poking around in them.
We’re enchanted by them: they rise up straight to the south of our farm, looming over us as we weed and plant. And as a recent tour through My Side of the Mountain reminded us, they’re full of culinary wonders, too: that book is loaded down with vivid descriptions of feasts composed of foraged and wild foods.
Rather than flee to them, we’ve decided to bring them home. We’ve spent the past few weeks putting together a menu that pays tribute to My Side of the Mountain and the Catskills generally. We’re serving it as the final event of the 2nd annual Food Book Fair, which culminates Sunday, May 5th at Parish Hall.
Buy tickets and read more about the dinner. (We’re almost sold out, so don’t dilly-dally!)
We’re going to be offering a special 3-course dinner for Valentine’s Day. Some details my change but the general deliciousness will remain the same:
Pear & greens salad, La Quercia prosciutto, kohlrabi, pecans
Acorn squash, mutsu apple, jowl bacon, endive, & yogurt
Sunchoke soup, crispy shallot, cranberry, egg
Short rib, sunchoke puree, scallions, rutabaga, kale
Scallops, celery root puree, apple, squash broth
Duck, brussels leaves, carrot puree, granola
Hen-of-the-woods, slow-roasted beets, walnut pesto, farro
Chocolate chess tart, cocoa nib ice cream
Apple cake, caramel ice cream, fennel pollen