Summer in the Hudson Valley brings with it a diverse and bountiful harvest—both grown on local farms and foraged in the fields and forests. As the landscape take on its characteristic lush green, the region is awaking in other ways too. The arts and culture scene is at its zenith in summer, and all the culinary stops get pulled out.
Aside from the rolodex of respectable restaurants we have upstate, there are some players on the scene that are choosing a more fleeting route—pop-ups. Whether they're avoiding overhead costs, the burden of management, or trying to maintain hyper-seasonality, we're not sure, but in any case there is a lot of buzz around these short-term food events. A restaurant is reliable, it will always be there for you (until one day they randomly up and announce they are closing). But blink and you'll miss these chefs and their pop-up projects. So we're helping you out by putting together a list of who to watch this summer on the culinary scene. Other leads? Send 'em our way.
Chef Rei Peraza Pops Up
After seven years, Tivoli's beloved gourmet tapas haven, Panzur, closed, shattering the fragile foodie hearts of people all over the Hudson Valley. The good news is Panzur chef Rei Peraza is back. Tomorrow, June 29, he will offer a special Early Summer Tasting Menu
. The intimate event, held at Hudson Valley Food Project and done in collaboration with artisans The Maven & The Magpie
, will offer a "progressive tasting menu paired with world class wines and spirits." Alas, this one is sold out, but keep your eyes and bellies primed for future pop-up events.
The Blind Goat Sandwich Pop-Up
all-star Josh Rosenmeier (aka JK Vanderbilt) can do more than mix a mean old-fashioned, he's also a seasoned sandwich chef. He's been plying his craft around uptown Kingston with various pop-up sandwich events, such as the one held at Rough Draft Bar & Books
on June 10. Josh keeps prep simple with just two sandwiches per pop-up, though we suspect the list will grow over the summer. In June, our favorite was the Broccoli Classic, a vegetarian option with roasted broccoli, garlic caramel, fried onion, ricotta salata, pickled strawberry, and Meyer lemon mayo. The next Blind Goat appearance will be during the Empire State Record Fair
on July 21 in the back room of BSP Kingston.
For the past 20 years, Carver Farrell has resided in the city and has owned/operated a pair of well-received restaurants, The Pines
—but always maintaining a house in Bovina. His new seasonal, hyperlocal pop-up, Goldenrod brings his urban culinary expertise home to roost in a rural setting. Located in the Quarter Moon Café, at 53 Main Street in Delhi, the menu showcases Delaware County bounty in inventive iterations. For this project, which will run through early Fall, Farrell is joined in the kitchen joined by alum of Le Bernardin, Prune, and Del Posto. Now that's a reason to make the drive to Delaware County. Stay tuned for a full length feature on this soon. The restaurant serves dinner Thursday-Saturday, 5-10pm and Sunday, 5-9pm. For information or reservations, call (607) 746-8875 or e-mail: email@example.com
Ric Orlando Works the Circuit
For many years, New World Home Cooking was a culinary lodestone. The converted barn-turned-happening-eatery in Saugerties boasted an eclectic menu with a quirky chef at the helm. Ric Orlando's signature style was "bringing global comfort food and farm-to-table together," which earned him a semi-cult following until NWHC closed in April
. On June 7, local legend Orlando reemerged onto the scene with a Happy Hour Pop-Up at the Stockade Tavern. The menu included apps like Cuban "Ropa Vieja" Sliders and Eggplant Balls. Coming up, Chef Ric will be doing a pop-up at The Beverly on July 14
, with a NWHC-style buffet from 6-8pm, followed by a performance by his band ($25). "I haven’t finalize the menu yet, but I’ll be doing a lot of new world-style food with a Southeast Asian bent, because I’m in the mood to cook like that," Orlando says. "That’s the great thing about doing pop-ups—you get to make what you want." Buy your tickets online, or take your chances at the door. In the meantime, get caught up on Orlando's new podcast, "One Million Stringbeans