Chef Leslie Woodward has been around the (butcher) block — food pun intended. However, there’s no butcher involved in her current venture: curating unique flavor profiles of nut milk at Edenesque, her nutritional, holistic Kingston-based brainchild. For more than 20 years, Woodward has dived deep into the world of clean eating. “If you have a cleaner diet, you overall have better health. A lot of food-related diseases, I believe, are connected to the way we eat and the lack of clean food,” she explains.
At Edenesque, the nut milks — almond, cashew, and oat — are free of additives, preservatives, stabilizers, and gluten. Many products are sourced within a 200-mile radius of the Hudson Valley, including oats from Wild Hive Farm in Clinton Corners and honey and maple syrup from Bee Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing. Woodward admits it’s nearly impossible to locally source almonds and cashews, but she’s looking to add more regional nuts — like hazelnut and black walnut — to the menu in the near future.
Nut milk enthusiasts can enjoy an array of flavors, like carob date maple almond, raw honey vanilla bean cashew, and lightly sweetened oat. The milks are bottled in glass or compostable bottles with recycled labels, and leftover nut meal is composted at Solid Ground Farm in Kingston.
Edenesque has an open-employment policy for individuals of diverse abilities and those who are immigrants, domestic violence survivors, or were previously incarcerated. “We need to believe in each other and lift each other up,” says Woodward. “I don’t exist alone. I exist within a community.”
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