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.

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Mushroom Presentation at New Baltimore Land Conservancy

  • Cornell Hook and Ladder 610 High Rock Road West Coxsackie, NY, 12192 United States (map)

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.

Earlier Event: October 6
Fried Chicken Picnic
Later Event: October 19
SUNY Cobleskill Culinary Extravaganza