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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As someone who is frequently underwhelmed by the lack of quality and originality in new furniture and decor, I enjoy using old, outdated, or broken items to create new and exciting furniture and fixtures for the home. I also find great comfort in rehabilitating faded pieces back to their former glory. Materials that I enjoy working with currently include glass, tile, barnwood, and fabrics. This page is currently under construction and will be updated in the near future.  

Upcycled Bathroom Vanity

In this project I utilized materials that I had on hand, including a hand painted Mexican sink and an old credenza, to create a focal point in a budget bathroom makeover. Full article coming soon. 

Other Projects