ROB HANDEL

chef, forager, teacher

I’ve had a passion since childhood to create. Farm-to-table long before it was a buzzword. Creating everything from soaps and textiles to meals designed around locally sourced and foraged foods.

I am currently the executive chef at The Bees Knees Cafe, a farm to table cafe located on Heather Ridge Farm, an Animal Welfare Approved farm that raises grass fed and pastured meats, poultry, eggs, and honey. We're available to cater private events and curated dinner parties using locally-resourced, seasonal foods. Special consideration is taken for gluten free and paleo diets, vegetarian meals may be prepared by request. 

In addition to weekly brunch and lunch offerings, we organize a monthly "Supper Club" at the farm. This is a five or six course tasting dinner crafted with our own meats and complemented by locally grown and foraged produce, herbs, and flavors. I also teach monthly cooking classes that aim to provide a technique based approach to cooking that is accessible to cooks of all skill levels. For more information about the tasting dinners and cooking classes, please visit the Heather Ridge Farm website HERE

Please take a moment to review a sampling of my work on these pages.

Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Supper Club

Supper Club is a monthly tasting dinner that allows me to share what’s growing in the fields, forests, and meadows around us with a small number of curious diners. Featuring a range of foraged, preserved, and fermented products paired with the grassfed meat and pastured poultry raised at Heather Ridge Farm, it’s a culinary experience not to be missed. Reservations required, call 518-239-6234. Full menu and pricing to follow.

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Dec
15
to Dec 16

Eggnog Class at Different Drummer's Kitchen

Eggnog is a holiday tradition with many forms enjoyed in countries throughout the Western world. In this class, chef Rob Handel will teach you to prepare a variety of eggnogs (with alcohol and without), allowing students to sample each and take a jar of classic American eggnog home to enjoy. Recipes in this class include:

- American-style eggnog (no alcohol)

- Puerto Rican coconut milk-based Coquito

- German Eierpunsch

- Yiddish Kogel Mogel


http://differentdrummerskitchen.com/index.php/cooking-school/december/eggnog-hands-on.html

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Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

SUNY Cobleskill Culinary Extravaganza

Join us for “Tastes of America” and feast on fine cuisine prepared by some of the region's premier culinary talents, as they work alongside SUNY Cobleskill Culinary Arts students under the direction of Chef and instructor Stephen Kerzner. New this year, the Extravaganza will include a student-chef competition, silent auction of culinary experiences, and impressive ambiance thanks to Mazzone Hospitality. "Tastes" will include appetizers, entrees, and desserts, as well as wine and beer tastings.

https://web.cobleskill.edu/alumni/events/culinary-extravaganza/

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Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Mushroom Presentation at New Baltimore Land Conservancy

Given the weather over the past several months it’s been impossible not to notice the great abundance of mushrooms popping up all over the Hudson Valley. What are they? Where do they come from? How do they “work”? Forager and chef Rob Handel will answer these questions and more in a visual presentation that will introduce you to the vast world of amateur mycology. Rob is a member of the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association and Executive Chef at The Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm, where wild-foraged mushrooms frequently find their way onto the menu.

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Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

Fried Chicken Picnic

The best fried chicken in the Catskills, served amongst breathtaking mountain views. It’s the Fried Chicken Picnic at Heather Ridge Farm. Served buffet style with sides from 5-7 pm. $29/adult, reservations required, call 518-239-6234

Menu:
Koji Fried Chicken (GF)

Collards (GF)
Heather Ridge Farm bacon, Barber’s Farm collards

Fall Slaw (GF, Veg)
Barber's Farm cabbage, buttermilk dressing, fresh herbs

Warm Sweet Potato Salad (GF, Veg)
Walnuts, smoky maple dressing

Drop Biscuits (Veg)

Pumpkin Panna Cotta (GF)
salted caramel

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Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Heather Ridge Farm Chicken Fry

It's time for the monthly Heather Ridge Farm chicken fry! Join us for the best fried chicken in the Catskills, prepared with the pastured poultry raised on the farm in Preston Hollow. Enjoy it with a variety of seasonal sides prepared with local ingredients from Barber's Farm, Story Farm, Stoneledge Farm, and more. The fried chicken is gluten free, and vegetarian meals are available with advanced notice. For more information visit www.heather-ridge-farm.com, for reservations call 518-239-6234

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Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

Heather Ridge Farm Supper Club

Join us for Supper Club, the monthly Heather Ridge Farm tasting dinner in which chef Rob Handel pairs the grassfed meat and pastured poultry raised on the farm with local produce, cheeses, dairy, and foraged goods! The five course prix fixe menu costs $75/person, and reservations are required. Reserve by calling 518-239-6234 and learn more at www.heather-ridge-farm.com

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Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Heather Ridge Farm Chicken Fry

It's time for the monthly Heather Ridge Farm chicken fry! Join us for the best fried chicken in the Catskills, prepared with the pastured poultry raised on the farm in Preston Hollow. Enjoy it with a variety of seasonal sides prepared with local ingredients from Barber's Farm, Story Farm, Stoneledge Farm, and more. The fried chicken is gluten free, and vegetarian meals are available with advanced notice. For more information visit www.heather-ridge-farm.com, for reservations call 518-239-6234

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Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Heather Ridge Farm Supper Club

Join us for Supper Club, the monthly Heather Ridge Farm tasting dinner in which chef Rob Handel pairs the grassfed meat and pastured poultry raised on the farm with local produce, cheeses, dairy, and foraged goods! The five course prix fixe menu costs $75/person, and reservations are required. Reserve by calling 518-239-6234 and learn more at www.heather-ridge-farm.com

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Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Heather Ridge Farm Chicken Fry

It's time for the monthly Heather Ridge Farm chicken fry! Join us for the best fried chicken in the Catskills, prepared with the pastured poultry raised on the farm in Preston Hollow. Enjoy it with a variety of seasonal sides prepared with local ingredients from Barber's Farm, Story Farm, Stoneledge Farm, and more. The fried chicken is gluten free, and vegetarian meals are available with advanced notice. For more information visit www.heather-ridge-farm.com, for reservations call 518-239-6234

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Aug
12
7:00 PM19:00

Heather RIdge Farm Supper Club

Join us for Supper Club, the monthly Heather Ridge Farm tasting dinner in which chef Rob Handel pairs the grassfed meat and pastured poultry raised on the farm with local produce, cheeses, dairy, and foraged goods! The five course prix fixe menu costs $75/person, and reservations are required. Reserve by calling 518-239-6234 and learn more at www.heather-ridge-farm.com

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Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

Heather Ridge Farm Chicken Fry

It's time for the monthly Heather Ridge Farm chicken fry! Join us for the best fried chicken in the Catskills, prepared with the pastured poultry raised on the farm in Preston Hollow. Enjoy it with a variety of seasonal sides prepared with local ingredients from Barber's Farm, Story Farm, Stoneledge Farm, and more. The fried chicken is gluten free, and vegetarian meals are available with advanced notice. For more information visit www.heather-ridge-farm.com, for reservations call 518-239-6234

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Jul
18
11:30 AM11:30

Agricultural Stewardship Association Fundraiser with Chefs' Consortium

On August 3rd I'm joining the Chef's Consortium for the Forever Farmland Dinner, an annual event to benefit the Agricultural Stewardship Association. The dinner is at the Hand Melon Farm in Greenwich NY, and will feature beer, wine, and cheese tasting, buffet dinner, and dessert. Cost is $60/person. For more info visit the Chefs' Consortium website at http://www.chefsconsortium.com/event/forever-farmland-supper

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Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

Heather Ridge Farm Supper Club

Join us for Supper Club, the monthly Heather Ridge Farm tasting dinner in which chef Rob Handel pairs the grassfed meat and pastured poultry raised on the farm with local produce, cheeses, dairy, and foraged goods! The five course prix fixe menu costs $75/person, and reservations are required. Reserve by calling 518-239-6234 and learn more at www.heather-ridge-farm.com

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Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Heather RIdge Farm Chicken Fry

It's time for the first Heather Ridge Farm chicken fry! Join us for the best fried chicken in the Catskills, prepared with the pastured poultry raised on the farm in Preston Hollow. Enjoy it with a variety of seasonal sides prepared with local ingredients from Barber's Farm, Story Farm, Stoneledge Farm, and more. The fried chicken is gluten free, and vegetarian meals are available with advanced notice. For more information visit www.heather-ridge-farm.com, for reservations call 518-239-6234

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Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Heather Ridge Farm Supper Club

Join us for Supper Club, the monthly Heather Ridge Farm tasting dinner in which chef Rob Handel pairs the grassfed meat and pastured poultry raised on the farm with local produce, cheeses, dairy, and foraged goods! The five course prix fixe menu costs $75/person, and reservations are required. Reserve by calling 518-239-6234 and learn more at www.heather-ridge-farm.com

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May
27
6:30 PM18:30

Shandaken Theatrical Society Fundraiser

Support the Shandaken Theatrical Society in Phoenicia at their annual benefit gala. Part of the gala features a silent auction where you can bid on a spot in Rob's "Front Porch Potables" class, where he'll be teaching how to prepare shrubs, syrups, and bitters from scratch so that you can take your summer front porch drinks to a whole new level. More info at http://www.stsplayhouse.com/plays.html

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May
27
6:00 PM18:00

Heather Ridge Farm Chicken Fry

It's time for the first Heather Ridge Farm chicken fry! Join us for the best fried chicken in the Catskills, prepared with the pastured poultry raised on the farm in Preston Hollow. Enjoy it with a variety of seasonal sides prepared with local ingredients from Barber's Farm, Story Farm, Stoneledge Farm, and more. The fried chicken is gluten free, and vegetarian meals are available with advanced notice. For more information visit www.heather-ridge-farm.com, for reservations call 518-239-6234

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May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Sustainability Series at The Morton Memorial Library

Join chef Rob Handel at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff for their ongoing "Sustainability Series". Rob will be presenting "Weeds: From Nuisance to Nourishment". Learn how to identify common garden weeds and how to turn them into tasty treats in the kitchen rather than bagging or composting them. Visit the Morton Library website for more information, http://morton.rhinecliff.lib.ny.us/

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May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Heather Ridge Farm Supper Club

Join us for Supper Club, the monthly Heather Ridge Farm tasting dinner in which chef Rob Handel pairs the grassfed meat and pastured poultry raised on the farm with local produce, cheeses, dairy, and foraged goods! The five course prix fixe menu costs $75/person, and reservations are required. Reserve by calling 518-239-6234 and learn more at www.heather-ridge-farm.com

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Cooking Wild Edibles at The Catskill Center

Join chef Rob Handel at The Catskill Center for his presentation "Rethinking Wild Edibles". In this two hour program Rob will discuss various cooking techniques that he uses to make unique and tasty dishes out of common foraged goods. Fermentation, tincturing, syrups, and more, will be discussed in the context of their use in enhancing wild foods. Incorporated into the presentation will be a Q&A session and wild food tasting that illustrates some of the techniques discussed. For tickets, more information about this event and other events at the Catskill Center visit www.catskillcenter.org

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Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

Heather Ridge Farm Supper Club

Join us for Supper Club, the monthly Heather Ridge Farm tasting dinner in which chef Rob Handel pairs the grassfed meat and pastured poultry raised on the farm with local produce, cheeses, dairy, and foraged goods! The five course prix fixe menu costs $75/person, and reservations are required. Reserve by calling 518-239-6234 and learn more at www.heather-ridge-farm.com

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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Koji Presentation in Stone Ridge

Join chef Rob Handel at the April installment of the Mid Hudson Mycological Association's "Monthly Mushroom Speaker Series". MHMA meets at the Marbletown Community Center in Stone Ridge, and meetings are open to the public. For more information about MHMA visit www.midhudsonmyco.org. 

Aspergillus oryzae, commonly called koji, may just be the oldest new sensation in the food world. Rob will be offering a presentation about koji so that you can learn more about this amazing fungus and what it can do in the kitchen. The presentation will cover a summary of what koji is and it’s basic biology and life cycle, history of koji’s use in Asia, directions for growing your own koji at home, and how you can apply that koji in your cooking. After the presentation there will be samples of koji-fied food available to taste.

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Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

Heather Ridge Farm Grange Kitchen

Join me for our monthly Grange Kitchen at Heather Ridge Farm! The Grange Kitchen is a causal counterpoint to our five course Supper Clubs, a chance to get together with friends and enjoy a comfort food inspired meal in or outside of our 1820s farmhouse. Eat like, and eat with, a farmer! Farmers Carol and John are here to answer all your farm related questions. $24/person, reserve by calling 518-239-6234. 

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Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

Heather Ridge Farm Supper Club

Join us for our monthly tasting dinner at Heather Ridge Farm. Supper Club is a celebration of the best food our region has to offer, hand crafted into five unique courses featuring foraged goods, Heather Ridge Farm grassfed meats and pastured poultry, and local cheeses, dairy, and produce. Menu changes monthly, and cost is $75/person. Call 518-239-6234 for reservations and current month's menu

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