News and notes from the Valley’s dining scene for January 2013
We’re told that the Bonura Hospitality Group — owners of Shadows on the Hudson, the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Anthony’s Pier 9, and several other local eateries (including Ribworks Outpost, the younger brother of Billy Joe’s Ribworks, which we mentioned last month) — has yet another ribbon-cutting on the horizon. Bonura’s Little Sicily, a moderately priced Italian trattoria, is set to open in Newburgh either this month or next… Have you noticed how Rhinebeck seems to be morphing into the Valley’s most popular restaurant location? Case in point: There are two (relatively) new eateries in the village. The tiny Matchbox Cafe (which opened in 2011) is earning raves for its grass-fed beef burgers and red velvet cake (the latter earned a spot on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list). And, in case our cover story didn’t identify enough pizza joints for you, Pizzeria Posto began offering wood-fired pies — topped with creative options like fennel sausage, Gaeta olives, and cremini mushrooms — in November… Career switch: Peekskill denizen William Wittman is a music producer and guitarist who works with people like Cyndi Lauper. He is also a budding food purveyor, having launched Loud Foods, a company whose signature product is Orange Sunshine Mango Habanero Sauce. This mango-pepper-honey-Dijon mustard mixture won a Scovie Award from an online site which lauds fiery foods; it is available at Adams Fairacre Farms and Fleisher’s in Kingston… Think you can’t get locally sourced fare once the snow flies? Think again: The Arlington Farmers’ Market, which sets up residence on Raymond Avenue across from Vassar College during the summer months, has moved indoors for the winter. Local vendors like Wilklow Orchards and Dashing Star Farm offer fresh produce and specialty items in the college’s Main Building every Thursday, noon to 5 p.m., from Jan. 24 through May.