It was a busy week in local food and drink — and tourism. Catch up on the headlines with our weekend roundup.
- Woodstock’s Garden Cafe on the Village Green has begun renovations that will nearly double its footprint. We spoke to proprietor Lea Haas-Fridrich about her big plans for the beloved vegan restaurant.
- The Catskills’ local food economy got a big boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which announced grants to Narrowsburg’s Natural Contents Kitchen, Sullivan County’s farmers’ market program and various initiatiaves run by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Liberty office. Regional businesses and economic development organizations were also among the recipients — all good news for Catskill farmers and food producers.
- The mother-son duo who run the Smokin Boars BBQ food truck are taking their cuisine brick and mortar at the small commercial strip on Route 28 just west of Phoenicia.
- Mike Cioffi, the owner of the Phoenicia Diner, bought the former Gypsy Wolf Cantina building in Woodstock, where he plans a new restaurant.
- The governor rode a motorcycle through the Catskills to promote a new package of tourism initiatives for the Catskills.
- Local artist Scott Ackerman painted a mural at Santa Fe Woodstock, the new Mexican restaurant that’s tentatively scheduled to open next week in the old Black Bear tavern building on Route 28 at Maverick Road in Woodstock. (Read the original story about the restaurant opening here.)