A Sweet Spot in Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy—Caffe Aurora

For a truly authentic, old-world Italian caffe (European coffee bar) experience, consider visiting Caffe Aurora in Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy district. This charming family-run caffe bakery has been serving the Italian community as far back as the 1940s, well over a half-century.

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  Cappuccino and some Biscotti

Cappuccino and some Biscotti

This area was established in the early 1900s when a flurry of Italian immigrants arrived from New York City to find a new life and open their businesses. Today this neighborhood remains strongly tied to the Italian traditions while welcoming many different cultures.

Assorted Pastries

Assorted Pastries

You don’t need to travel to the West Village in New York City to experience the charm of this traditional time-honored establishment that serves good coffee and delicious pastries prepared fresh daily. It’s located on Mill Street near the Train Station and the Hudson River. The ambience is authentic, simple and classic, a bit funky, certainly charming and well-worth visiting. The great thing about Caffe Aurora is that it is not only a full-fledged bakery offering traditional Italian pastry/bread recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, it is a comfortable gathering place with plenty of tables where you can sit down and enjoy a cappuccino and some biscotti or a rum baba and not feel pressured or intruded upon.

Espresso Bar

Espresso Bar

Perhaps you’d like to sit at the espresso bar that just so happens to also serve Italian ices in over 25 flavors. During your visit, you may be lucky enough to catch hearing one of the regular patrons speaking Italian to one another.

The tables are detailed with old newspaper stories under glass tops, old fashioned sugar bowls, some with metal lids and spoons. The Caffe has lots of plants throughout, shelves with packaged coffee for sale, ceramic/china platters and dishes, some that match, and in some cases, some that don’t. The ambiance is warm and inviting, reflecting the community and the patrons who truly love coming to the Caffe!

Vintage Sugar Bowls

Vintage Sugar Bowls

There are oodles of cookies alongside traditional Italian pastry standards, from rice pudding to French petits fours, cream puffs, rum baba, biscotti, éclairs, pignoli cookies, sugared almonds, cakes, fruit tarts, daily baked breads, candies, as well as sugar-free and gluten-free cookies. Custom wedding cakes and seasonal delights such as chocolate bunnies at Easter are very much a part of Caffe Aurora’s offerings.

Italian Cheesecake

Italian Cheesecake

Old-World Props, Confectionery Jars

Old-World Props, Confectionery Jars

Assorted Cookies

Assorted Cookies

Walking into Caffe Aurora is stepping back in time to celebrate the best of the Strippoli family traditions of baking with the longstanding pride in keeping a culture alive and well.

Caffe Aurora
145 Mill Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Holiday Dining at Mohonk Mountain House Christmas Day 2016

A festive, relaxing way to celebrate the Holidays, this Christmas Day, December 25th, dining at the GRAND BUFFET in the beautiful Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.

Celebrate the season with family and friends in a spectacular environment enjoying savory food, wines and scrumptious desserts. Enjoy carved to order roast turkey, roast strip loin, Virginia ham, delectable desserts, and more—then check out the fully-decorated Mountain House with fifteen Christmas trees and the Hudson Valley Gingerbread Competition winners. Advanced reservations required.


Price:  $77.50 adult; $42.25 ages 4-12, excludes taxes and admin fee.

Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

GREAT NEWS! The Apple Pie Bakery Café at the CIA will be Open on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 7:30 am – 5 pm

What’s all the excitement about? You’ll now be able to visit the the Apple Pie Bakery Café at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, on Saturday, November 19th. This is a rare opportunity to visit the Café on a weekend as normal hours are during the week when classes are in session.

Stop in for a light breakfast, delicious lunch, or mid-afternoon pick-me-up of scrumptious savory dishes, luxurious pastries and fresh artisan breads. Enjoy flavorful cold and hot beverages and the friendly service.

Watch the students in action, enjoy their hospitality and know that you have played a part in helping them prepare for a bright future.

The full menu is available for takeout or to enjoy in the relaxed, reservation-free dining area

All the baked goods and Café cuisine use the highest quality fresh ingredients made from scratch by the CIA students!

Open: Monday through Friday (when classes are in session)
7:30 am – 5 pm


Continue a lasting tradition or start a new one by ordering your Thanksgiving pies
(and more!) from Apple Pie Bakery Café at the CIA!

Apple Pie Bakery Café at The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive (Route 9), Hyde Park, NY 12538
Located inside Roth Hall

The SMORGASBURG UPSTATE Marketplace Hosts the Finest Chefs, Craft Brewers and Creatives on the Beautiful Hudson River in Kingston, NY

Smorgasburg launched in May 2011 in Brooklyn as a spin-off of Brooklyn Flea, the popular flea market founded by Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby in 2008. Mario Batali described it as "The single greatest thing I’ve ever seen gastronomically in New York City," while the New York Times called it “The Woodstock of Eating.”

And now, the Hudson Valley has its very own Smorgasburg Upstate—open every Saturday, 11am - 6pm, through October 29, 2016. It occupies the old Hutton Brickyards in Kingston on ten acres on the beautiful Hudson River.

This weekly market features some of the area's most exciting chefs, food purveyors and craft brewers alongside a curated selection of handmade design, vintage clothing and antiques. Plan on spending the day as there is so much to enjoy including wonderful activities for the kids as well as family-friendly music venues.

Take a sneak peek at some of the fabulous Smorgasburg Upstate Vendors

Smorgasburg Upstate
200 North Street, Kingston, NY 12401
Hours: 11am - 6pm, every Saturday
through October 29, 2016

Photographs courtesy of the Smorgasburg website.


Cooking Classes at The Chef's Shop in Great Barrington

If you’re not familiar with The Chef’s Shop in Great Barrington, MA, it’s definitely a place to get to know. From cooking classes by noted chefs, to the very best and latest in kitchenware, you will find this experience insightful, educational and best of all, fun and relaxing. The Chef’s Shop most assuredly will become an important source for all your cooking, dining and entertaining needs. 

Here is the Upcoming Schedule of Cooking Classes:

Cooking with Chef Julie Gale*


Thai Summer Menu
Grilled Chicken Satay, Shrimp Pad Thai
Dessert: Mango with Sticky Rice
Thursday, July 14, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm. $40

Japanese Summer Menu
Chilled Tofu with Dipping Sauce, Vegetable Sushi, Chicken Yakitori
Thursday, July 28, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm. $40

Korean Summer Menu
Chap Chae Noodles with Vegetables, Grilled Short Ribs, Cucumber Yakitori
Sunday, August 7, 2016
3:00-5:00 pm. $40

Vietnamese Summer Menu
Summer Shrimp Rolls, Grilled Pork Meatballs
Thursday, August 18, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm. $40

*Chef Julie Gale is the chef and owner of At the Kitchen Table Cooking School in Hillsdale, NY. In addition to private and group lessons, Julie caters small events such as wedding rehearsal dinners, anniversary celebrations and private cooking parties.

Cooking with Chef Marco Belli*


Rosemary-Garlic Grilled Chicken
Dessert: Grilled Pineapple and Mango with Ginger-Vanilla Ice Cream
Friday, July 8, 2016
5:30-8:00 pm. $35

Pan Roasted Moroccan Salmon with Citrus Salsa and Fried Saffron Rice
Dessert: Marco's Chocolate Mousse with Raspberries
Friday, August 12, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm. $35

Roasted Dijon-Tarragon Crusted Half Chicken, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
with Garlic and Thyme, Haricots Verts
Dessert: Apple Tarte Tatin
Friday, September 23, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm. $35

*Chef Marco Belli is a personal chef today with over 24 years of experience working in many highly rated Berkshire restaurants in addition to having studied at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY. He is available for catering intimate small dinners as well as larger events.

Cooking with Chef Michael Ballon*


Summer Fruit Desserts
Blueberry Cobbler and Peach Pie, including Easy Pie Dough
Saturday, July 23, 2016
10:00am-12:00 noon. $40

Summer Vegetables
Patty Pan Squash Stuffed with Couscous, Grilled Eggplant and Squash,
Heirloom Tomato Napoleon with Berkshire Chevre
Saturday, August 13, 2016
5:30-8:00 pm. $35

*Chef Michael Ballon opened the Castle Street Café in Great Barrington, MA, in 1989, after cooking in New York for 10 years as Executive Chef at Lavin's , Sofi, Wood's, The New York City Bar Association, and Plum’s, a full service catering company. He is also The Roundtable Chef on WAMC Public Radio.

Class size is limited to 12 to include hands-on participation. Reservations in advance are strongly suggested to hold a spot and there is a 48 hour cancellation policy. Class fee includes a 10% discount for store purchases. Recipes will be provided for students to take home.

For further details, or to make reservations, call 800.237.5284 or e-mail info@thechefsshop.com

The Chef’s Shop
31 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230