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.

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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

Earlier Event: December 19
Private Event
Later Event: May 8
Mother's Day Brunch