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New Restaurants and Hudson Valley Food and Dining News for November 2012


Jennifer Clair wants to teach you how to eat. The chef/owner of Home Cooking New York — a school that offers individual or small-group culinary lessons in Clair’s Beacon kitchen — celebrates the business’s 10th anniversary with “How to Eat: A Crash Course in Food Education.” The November 14 tutorial provides tips on how to be supermarket savvy (understanding your choices in the meat and produce aisles, deciphering those food labels); gives you the skinny about fat, salt, and sugar; and explains why the “eat local” trend is one you should follow. Visit www.homecookingny.com for more info… Booze — specifically bourbon — makes a splash in Columbia County. In September, Ancram’s Hillrock Estate Distillery debuted its Solera Aged Bourbon, crafted using grains grown on the property; a single malt whiskey was set to be released just as we went to press. Jeffrey Baker, who owns the field-to-glass distillery, has enlisted the services of Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, who spent 14 years at Maker’s Mark… Puccini, the traditional Italian on Rhinebeck’s Garden Street, also has new blood: CIA grad Adam Monteverde, formerly of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in New Paltz, is now manning the stove there… DeCicco Family Markets, a Westchester/Putnam/Rockland County food purveyor, opened its ninth location on Harrison’s Halstead Avenue in September. The 40-year-old chain of family-owned and operated stores offers everything from stone fruit to sushi, although they are renowned for their selection of cheeses and beer from throughout the world.

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