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Get Fresh With Earth Day

Earth Day is right around the corner, and with it comes an opportunity to celebrate our planet, reflect on how we can become more responsible global citizens, and take action. Here's a brief sampling of Earth Day events in the Hudson Valley that have caught our eye:

Modern Earth Day - April 24 - 7pm

Join Fresh Company at the Garrison Institute for dinner and discussion, including a talk by veteran environmental journalist (and Garrison resident) Andy Revkin entitled, An Earth Day for the Age of Us. Chef Shelley Boris presents a menu that is characterized as "high & low tech, local & global." Reservations strongly encouraged and may be completed online. $40/person in advance, or $45/person at the door as space permits.

Ossining Earth Day Festival - April 19 - 11am-4pm

This year's fifth annual festival will pay special tribute to the life and legacy of Pete Seeger by sharing threads of his teachings in both action and song throughout the day.

Earth Day at Bear Mountain - April 26 - 10:30am-3pm

A day of family-friendly activities intended to raise awareness about local wildlife and human impacts on the environment.

Green Symposium - April 29 - 8:30am-Noon

Presented by the Living Green Committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, this event is focused on taking actionable steps towards sustainability. Free to attend, continental breakfast will be served.



Go "Organic" with Francesco Mastalia

Back by popular demand (and in case you missed it during its Beacon premiere), Francesco Mastalia's photographic collection, "Organic: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley," will display at The Moviehouse Studio Gallery in Millerton from April through July.

An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. The reception is open to the public and will include a tasting of locally-produced artisanal food and select Hudson Valley wines.

Using an antique large-format camera and historic wet-plate collodion process, Mastalia documented, in images and words, more than 100 Hudson Valley farmers and chefs. The project, previewed in Valley Table 61, will be published in book form later this year.

The current exhibition features 36 images of Hudson Valley farmers and chefs, each with a personal narrative by the subject on what it means to grow and live organically and sustainably.



Feast and Forage with Issue 65!

The spring issue of The Valley Table is now available. Come along as we explore the Hudson Valley and prepare for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week!

Abby Luby guides us on a tour of Ronnybrook Farm's family dairy farm and meets a few cows (with names!) along the way, while Tracy Frisch spends some time at the intentional communities of Columbia County's Camphill movement.

In "Eating by the Season," contributor Christine Gritmon forages for morel mushrooms and outlines three delicious recipes for when you finally track down some of spring's little miracles. Steven Kolpan argues the case for a Hudson Valley signature grape in "By the Glass," while Keith Stewart proposes a soil test to increase the productivity of your backyard garden.

Check out the best of Hudson Valley cheese with Toni Senecal. Get the inside scoop on the region's newest restaurants and find out about the Hudson Valley's latest "Good Stuff." It's all here, and more, in the spring issue of The Valley Table.



HVRW Exclusive Recipes

In advance of spring Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, some of the region's best chefs are dishing out recipes for their favorites, including mouthwatering entrees, delicious desserts, unique side dishes and party-friendly appetizers.

New recipes will be added on a frequent basis, so check back for the latest additions to the Spring Restaurant Week recipe list.

Billy Joe's BBQ Ribs from Billy Joe's Ribworks

Braised beef with cavatelli from StoneFire Pizza

Creamless creamed spinach from Benjamin Steakhouse

Coconut curry monkfish from Bistro Z

Gnudi from Hudson House of Nyack

Panuchos from Mambo 64 (pictured at right, photo courtesy Mambo 64)

Seafood Gratin from La Cremaillere

Warm Tuscan bread pudding from Aurora

Wild mushroom ravioli from X2O Xaviar's on the Hudson

Check for the complete list of participating restaurants.



Save the date for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

It's that time of year again!

Enjoy great dining at a special price at nearly 200 restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley. It's happening March 10-23.

HVRW features prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95 (plus drinks, tax and tip). No tickets or passes are required, although reservations are strongly encouraged.

Check for the complete list of restaurants starting February 12.


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Hudson Valley Events

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Couples Cooking with Maria Reina
Apr. 18, 7-9pm
Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights

Farmacy: Herbal Health for Spring
Apr. 19, 10am
Stone Barns Center, Pocantico Hills

Ossining Eart Day Festival
Apr. 19, 11am-4pm
Louis Engel Park, Ossining

Fabulous Beekman Boys Come to Clinton
Apr. 19
Clinton Cheese & Provisions, Clinton Corners

Dining Out for Life
Apr. 23
30+ participating restaurants

Modern Earth Day
Apr. 24
Garrison Institute, Garrison


Sites We Like

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Abby Luby
Ashokan Center
Food Is My Porn
Hudson Valley Bounty
Hudson Valley Food Network
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
Hudson Valley Wine Country

Hudson Valley Wine Goddess
Politics Of The Plate
Small Bites

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