If you haven’t already checked out Boutique Wines & Spirits, a new specialty shop owned by a CIA-trained chef, a bartender, and a wine industry veteran, here’s your chance: The trio is hosting a Thanksgiving-themed tasting of wines paired with fall fare, along with unusual spirits and ciders. (November 4: Hudson Valley Towne Center, 18 Westage Dr, Fishkill; 845.765.1555)
Grab a table by the open kitchen and watch the staff in action at Heritage Food + Drink, the fresh-faced, 250-seat eatery that features local farm food and craft beer. A huge wood-burning grill produces tasty dishes like grilled sea bass with drunken cabbage, and smoked, hand-pulled lamb served with merguez sausage. House-aged steaks and homemade bread are other standouts. (1379 Route 9; Wappingers Falls; 845.298.1555)
Dunk toasty bread into dips at Pine Hill Arms.
Chefs and mixologists show their stuff at the always-packed Hudson Valley Wine and Chocolate Festival. Your mission? To sip vino and graze on cocoa-laced desserts and cheeses. (November 18-19: Patterson Recreation Center, 65 Front St, Patterson; 845.278.7272)
Your personal spice meter may spike, but it’s worth it to try the home-style Pakistani and Indian hot stuff at recently debuted Bluestone Tavern and Tandoori Grill. Start with the curried potato patty or the vegetable samosa chaat topped with chickpea curry and tamarind sauce, then move on to slow-cooked chicken tikki botti and lamb shank with yogurt and onions. (405 Old Rt 32, Saugerties; 845.247.3015)
If it can be pickled, you’ll probably find it at the much beloved Rosendale International Pickle Festival. Sample and buy deep-fried dills, chocolate-covered gherkins, or enter the pickle competition. (November 19: Rosendale Recreation Center, 1055 Rt 32 South, Rosendale; 845.204.8827)
We’re dreaming of ski season and indulging in an après-slopes meal at Pine Hill Arms, the recently reborn inn with a great new kitchen. Buttermilk fried chicken, vegetarian stuffed peppers, and grilled brie with toast would definitely hit the spot. (288 Main St, Pine Hill, 845.254.4012)