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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Back to the Farm in Columbia County


2. Where to Eat

Local 111's dishes feature rigorously sourced ingredients from nearby farms.  

Feast on seasonal fare sourced almost entirely from area farms at Local 111 (dinner served Wed.–Sun., brunch served Sun.), a comfortable 39-seat space housed in a converted garage in the former mill town of Philmont. Chef Josephine Proul developed her ingredient-driven approach in her native California; here, she candies vegetables, makes her own sausages, and churns out comforting dishes like pork porterhouse with roasted warm apple and kielbasa ($26).

Get all the vegetables you need at Vico in Hudson, where whatever’s in season gets sautéed and served on platters alongside fresh papardelle ($16) and Tuscan-style steaks ($24). Come early for $2 off cocktails and beers from 5 to 7 p.m. and take your drink to the outdoor garden, where pots of basil and rosemary scent the air.

Try a fresher take on classic American comfort foods at Blue Plate , a Chatham restaurant inside a charming four-story house where burgers ($10) and meatloaf ($13) are made with meat from Schober Farm and produce from Little Seed Gardens. You can drink local as well, with Chatham Brew ($3) on tap and bottles from Hudson Chatham Winery also available.

Published on Apr 14, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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