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.

Fiber and Textile Arts

Below are some examples of items that I have knit, crocheted, or sewn. I am currently working on designing pieces to utilize the fabric from secondhand or damaged clothing, especially clothes that have great environmental impact, such as denim.  

Upcycled Furniture and Folk Art

These pieces have been created using discarded materials in an attempt to find new life in them. I particularly enjoy using glass and tile mosaic as a means of rejuvenating damaged furniture. 

 

 

The Great Wheel

In August of 2013 I purchased a very special type of spinning wheel at an auction. The Great Wheel is a style of spinning wheel that is all but extinct as far as spinners are concerned. Typically these wheels are relegated to decor. I embarked on a journey to rehabilitate the wheel and learn how to use it. Along the way I have had the opportunity to experiment with new techniques like naturally dyeing wool and blending different fibers for spinning, and this nineteenth century relic is happily back in use.