The upper Hudson Valley is starting to come out of hibernation

Was it just me or did you really feel like you were in hiding this winter?  Of course, winter was a fabulous excuse for mashed potatoes with cheese, cheesy polenta, macaroni and cheese… (see a theme here?)

Food happenings are starting this month and I’m excited!  It’s a good place to be an eater.

Foraging is happening NOW – dandelion greens, ramps, mushrooms?  For more on local gathering, click here. Just remember to leave some for next year please.

Thursday April 28 is Dining Out For Life (Dine Out, Fight Aids) where 25% of your food bill will benefit the HIV education and prevention programs of the AIDS Council.  Click here to see the local participating restaurants (Red Dot, p.m., Mexican Radio, etc…)

Saturday April 30 – Basilica is hosting the Hudson Valley’s First Annual Ramp Festival.  Hours are 1-5pm and the entry fee includes “all the ramps dishes you can stand!” Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids under 12 (do kids under 12 eat $20 worth of ramps???)

Saturday April 30 is also the last day of the Indoor Market that has been keeping everyone intact for the past couple months.  Then, the following week:

Saturday May 7, the Hudson Farmers’ Market opens for the season, 9am – 1pm at 6th and Columbia.  The picture on their site teases us with ramps – perhaps you can experiment if you’re not ramped out by then?  Otherwise, buy plants to start your garden if you haven’t started seedlings… The Farmers’ Market is also promising more new vendors this year – it just continues to evolve in great ways.

But perhaps I move too fast – perhaps you do not wish to cook at all?  Have you tried the newest restaurant in town, Mod?  Can you have too much comfort food?  (*NO*)

Also on my list to try is the Restaurant at Club Helsinki – food and music in a beautiful space

LoafHudson has moved to share space with Swallow – fabulous baked goods and good coffee at 433 Warren Street…

Which means that Lick is back for ice cream!

Tortillaville promises to be back at 347 Warren by the end of May

and Sam Pratt revealed that the Diamond Street Diner has been purchased and will become something for the locavores that run rampant here…

WOW – hungry yet?


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