National Awards for Student Chef & Local Cheesemaker; New Boss at Woodstock’s Garden Cafe

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  • SUNY Delhi’s culinary arts program won national acclaim last week, when student Kathryn Eurich, from Warwick, N.Y., became the school’s first student to claim the American Culinary Arts Federation “Student Chef of the Year” title.
  • Woodstock’s beloved Garden Cafe, whose fate was in question after owner Pam Brown was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, has a new propietor, the Woodstock Times reports. The paper talked to Lea Fridrich, a popular veteran waitress from Phoenicia’s Sweet Sue’s, who has taken over opearations at the vegan restaurant with support from an angel investor.
  • Cowbella‘s Shannon Mason tells Country Folks magazine that her Jefferson dairy farm, known for its milk, butter, yogurt and kefir, is now experimenting with skim-milk-based cheeses like mozzarella and parmesan to employ the by-products of its butter production.
  • Speaking of Catskill cheesemakers, Delhi’s Betty Acres Farm took second place in the American Cheese Society’s competition, for farmer Aissa O’Neil’s fresh, unripened cheese made from cow’s milk.
  • The Sullivan County Democrat debuted a new supplement devoted to local agriculture coverage last week, and its inaugural edition included nice profiles of Root ‘n’ Roost Farm in White Sulphur Springs and the Diehl Homestead Farm in Callicoon.