Thursday, January 7, 2016

Heather Ridge Farm has busy winter food schedule

Rob Handel
PRESTON HOLLOW -- Heather Ridge Farm, which bills itself as a "farm and table" operation, has announced an ambitious winter schedule.

Its next "supper club" event is set for for 6 p.m. Saturday, January 16. Chef Rob Handel will create a menu using meat and poultry raised on the farm as well as items he foraged, and produce and dairy products from other farms in the region. 

"Rather than 'farm to table,' we like to call ourselves 'farm and table' because so much of the dinner is grown right here on this farm," says owner/farmer Carol Clement.

The dinner series has been held once or twice a month all year. In the winter months, dinner is in the solar-powered 1820s farmhouse. From June through September, supper club dinners usually are held outdoors. The menu are posted on the farm website. Reservations, which must be secured by credit card, are $75 plus tax and tip.

Some other food events on the farm's winter schedule.

• A monthly "Grange Kitchen" event will offer a three-course comfort food supper. The next one is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, January 30. Reservations are $24 for adults, with kids charged their age.

• A "Cabin Fever Brunch Buffet" will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7. Reservations are $24 for adults, with kids charged their age.

• While brunch buffets are held the first weekend of every month, on other weekends, the farm's Bees Knees CafĂ© offers a changing a la carte menu. Some examples of the current menu include a nitrate-free breakfast sandwich with Brovetto cheese, and an egg on a housemade English muffin, served with home fries; butternut squash spoonbread, maple, and cornmeal souffle, with a side of nitrate free ham and maple syrup, and  "Oink and Moo Chili" made with grass-fed beef and chorizo sausage in a spicy bean and tomato base, served with Toma Celena grated cheese and sour cream and a slice of corn bread.

The cafe is located at 989 Broome Center Road in this hamlet in the Town of Rensselaerville, southwest of Albany. The cafe and farm store is open every Saturday and Sunday for lunch and brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone: 239-6234.

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