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.

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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

Earlier Event: July 29
Heather Ridge Farm Chicken Fry
Later Event: August 26
Heather Ridge Farm Chicken Fry