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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Sauces and Soups

  • 125 Carroll rd Cornwallville NY 12418 (map)

The ability to prepare a good sauce is the key to creating many different dishes. Many people are intimidated by sauces, but they are easier to create than you think. In this two hour course I will teach you the basis of creating sauces and their cousin, soups. Course topics will include how to prepare three "Mother Sauces" that can be customized and transformed into many different types of sauce, adding different flavors to sauces, thickening sauces, and the basics of preparing cream and clear soups.

 

Tuition for the workshop is $40 and includes refreshments throughout the course, course notes and recipes, and a quart of homemade soup. Reservations are required and $40 tuition in full is due at the time you reserve. To make reservations, please go here

 

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