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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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