ROB HANDEL

chef, craftsman, entrepreneur, 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.

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/

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

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

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

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

Jul
8
3:00 pm15:00

Foraging Hike with The Catskill Center

Join chef Rob Handel for a hike through the Thorn Preserve in Woodstock. During the hike we'll focus on identifying wild edibles, then return to home base for a demonstration on using them in the kitchen. For more information visit www.catskillcenter.org

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

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

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

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

Sep
7
6:00 pm18:00

Foraging Hike with The Catskill Center

Join chef Rob Handel for a hike around the Catskills Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper. During the hike we'll focus on identifying wild edibles, then return to home base for a demonstration on using them in the kitchen. For more information visit www.catskillcenter.org

 

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

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

Oct
7
3:00 pm15:00

Foraging Hike with The Catskill Center

Join chef Rob Handel for a hike through the Platte Clove Preserve in Tannnersville. During the hike we'll focus on identifying wild edibles, then return to home base for a demonstration on using them in the kitchen. For more information visit www.catskillcenter.org

 

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

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


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

May
13
1:00 pm13:00

Foraging with Cornell Cooperative Extension

Join chef Rob Handel, forager Tusha Yakovleva, and Cornell Cooperative Extension agent Tracey Testo for a hike around the Columbia County CCE office in Hudson NY. During the walk we'll focus on identifying spring and early summer edibles, then return to the kitchen to learn how to prepare them. More details to follow.

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

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

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.

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. 

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

Oct
4
7:00 pm19:00

Greenbush Garden Club Presentation

Join me at the October meeting of the Greenbush Garden Club to hear an hour long presentation about unique ways to utilize foraged edibles. I'll be talking about using foraged goods in ferments, soups, sauces, stews and more. The meeting is at the East Greenbush Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, New York 12061. I'll be starting around 7pm, and the event is open to the public. 

Sep
24
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. 

Sep
17
7:00 pm19:00

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

Aug
27
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. Menu posted below:

Smoked Chicken

Our pasture raised chicken, brined and smoked over heirloom apple wood. Served with farm made barbecue sauce and wild greens chimichurri

Tomato and Cornbread Salad

Southern skillet cornbread with smoked corn, Barber’s Farm tomatoes, red onion, and shaved fennel in an herb vinaigrette

Coleslaw

Barber’s Farm cabbage, carrots, and herbs in a creamy honey mustard dressing

Dessert

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

May
28
6:00 pm18:00

Grange Kitchen

Join us for a casual meal where you can eat like, and eat with, a farmer! Farmers Carol and John will be there along with myself to answer your questions about food and farming, and to enjoy some wonderful comforting local food. 

May
27
2:00 pm14:00

WAMC Food Friday

Tune in to WAMC, our local NPR station, to listen to farmer Carol Clement and me talk about Farmers Markets. How to navigate the sea of new terms, and how to prepare your market finds! 

May
21
11:00 am11:00

Hudson Talbott Book Signing

Renowned children's author/illustrator Hudson Talbott will be at Heather Ridge signing copies of his latest book "From Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs". I'll be preparing fun food for everyone in the family and barista Robert Lugo will be pulling shots of freshly roasted espresso and preparing steamed milk coffee drinks. 

May
15
11:00 am11:00

Wood Fired Pizza at Heather Ridge Farm

Our friend Robert Lugo will be at Heather Ridge with his portable wood fired pizza oven, turning out thin crust pizzas topped with local cheeses and our grass fed, pastured meats! Don't miss it!

 

May
14
6:00 pm18:00

Heather Ridge Supper Club

Join us for our monthly five course tasting dinner! The Supper Club is a reservation only meal that features five courses of foraged edibles, meat, poultry, and eggs from our own farm, locally grown produce, and local cheeses and dairy crafted into unique dishes. Dinner is served in our 1820s farmhouse, or outside under the stars, weather permitting. Call 518-239-6234 for reservations. 

May
8
11:00 am11:00

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch at Heather Ridge Farm! Bring mom to enjoy a spring brunch buffet of farmed and foraged foods and see the lambs and kids! The farm is teeming with baby lambs, kids, and chicks, as well as the llamas, alpacas, and donkeys that live here year round. Buffet menu posted below, $19 for adults, children pay their age. Call to RSVP- 518-965-1891

 

Heather Ridge Benedict

Poached egg and cured pork loin on a farm made English muffin, topped with ramp and Brovetto cheese sauce

Corned Beef Hash (GF)

Grits with Cooperstown Cheese (GF)

Spring Lentil Salad(GF)

Pork and Chili Stew (GF)

Skillet Cornbread (GF)

Eggs to Order

Blueberry and Cheese Filled Brioch

Organic Fair-Trade Coffee

Tea

Orange Juice

Iced Hibiscus Tea

May
7
11:00 am11:00

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch at Heather Ridge Farm! Bring mom to enjoy a spring brunch buffet of farmed and foraged foods and see the lambs and kids! The farm is teeming with baby lambs, kids, and chicks, as well as the llamas, alpacas, and donkeys that live here year round. Buffet menu posted below, $19 for adults, children pay their age. Call to RSVP- 518-965-1891

Heather Ridge Benedict

Poached egg and cured pork loin on a farm made English muffin, topped with ramp and Brovetto cheese sauce

Corned Beef Hash (GF)

Grits with Cooperstown Cheese (GF)

Spring Lentil Salad(GF)

Pork and Chili Stew (GF)

Skillet Cornbread (GF)

Eggs to Order

Blueberry and Cheese Filled Brioch

Organic Fair-Trade Coffee

Tea

Orange Juice

Iced Hibiscus Tea

Dec
5
6:00 pm18:00

Supper Club at Heather Ridge Farm

Join us for a five course tasting dinner featuring Heather Ridge Farm grassfed meat and pastured poultry, as well as farmed and foraged goods stored for winter! Reservations and deposit required, call 518-965-1891

Nov
14
6:00 pm18:00

Supper Club at Heather Ridge Farm- Eat Like A Pig

Join us for a five course tasting dinner featuring three varieties of heritage breed pork: Tamworth, Gloucester Old Spot, and rare Ossabaw Island Hog. The accompaniments to the pork have been foraged from the pastures that the pigs have been grazing on this season, so you will really be "eating like a pig"! Come learn what pastured pork really means! Reservation and deposit required, call 518-239-6234

Nov
7
6:00 pm18:00

Supper Club at Heather Ridge Farm- Eat Like A Pig

Join us for a five course tasting dinner featuring three varieties of heritage breed pork: Tamworth, Gloucester Old Spot, and rare Ossabaw Island Hog. The accompaniments to the pork have been foraged from the pastures that the pigs have been grazing on this season, so you will really be "eating like a pig"! Come learn what pastured pork really means! Reservation and deposit required, call 518-239-6234

Nov
6
2:00 pm14:00

WAMC Food Fridays

Tune in locally to WAMC on 90.3FM to listen to me discuss all things pork with host Ray Graf! Call in and ask a question, I'd love to help!