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July 8 - Catskill Cuisine with Chef Rob Handel: Foraging Walk, Talk and Tasting at Thorn Preserve

  • Thorn Preserve 55 John Joy Road Woodstock, NY, 12498 United States (map)

Learn more about the early summer flora of the Thorn Preserve with chef and forager Rob Handel from Heather Ridge Farm and The Bees Knees Café. Rob will lead an hour long walk through the Thorn Preserve during which we’ll learn to identify wild edibles common in the Catskills. The walk will be followed by a short presentation outlining how to use some of the products found on the walk, and a tasting of some of these wild foods. Tickets $20 per person. Registration is required, please see below.

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Rob Handel has been cooking since his grandmother first set him to cracking eggs and peeling potatoes in her Catskills resort kitchen as a child. Since then he has broadened his culinary horizons through research and travel, as well as periods of formal study in biology, chemistry, and culinary arts. Rob is currently the executive chef at The Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm, where he crafts both classic dishes and unique preparations pairing the meat and poultry raised on the farm with local produce, cheeses, dairy, and foraged goods. While not in the kitchen, Rob can be found in the woods foraging mushrooms and wild foods, or tending to his own small home farm.