Thrills, Grills, & Music in the Hills: What's Going Down at Grillsdale 2018

June 13, 2018
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Grillsdale is a grilling event in Hillsdale, New York.
Photo provided by Shire 935 Productions.

The definition of a hootenanny is "an informal gathering with folk music and sometimes dancing." Combine that with a few grills and a few local chefs and you have Grillsdale. Back for a third year, the party in the Hills kicks off on August 25 in Roeliff Jansen Park in Hillsdale and will feature more than 20 vendors and chefs offering their beer, cider, artisan products, and small plates of grilled delights. Twelve Grillsdale chefs will be competing for the People's Choice awards. Guests will be tasting their dishes and voting while sippign on libations from Harney & Sons Tea, Svendale Brewing, King's Highway Fine Cider, Chatham Brewing, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, White Oak Farm, Sloop Brewing, and Little Apple Cider Inc. And everyone will be partying and enjoying live music from Chops N Saurekraut Trio and Wild Weeds. Let's get to know this year's grillers! Meet Grillsdale 2018's chefs:

Carla Perez-Gallardo & Hannah Black of Lil' Deb's Oasis
Considering themselves an inclusive communtiy space for all in Hudson, Perez-Gallardo and Black offer up more than just tropical comfort food in their restuarantt. Often supporting local artists and hosting a variety of fund raiding and community supporting events, Lil' Debs Oasis has become a Hudson landmark for good food and great people.

Sam Doyle of The Copake General Store
Opened offically in December 2017, The Copake General Store is bringing the esstentials of local food and drink to Copake. From sandwiches to salads and a bunch of tasty sweets, this modern age general store, is headed by Chef Sam Doyle and his dedication to Hudson Valley producers. We checked out their Facebook page and stumbled upon Chef Doyle's latest creations-- two salads, one with Rock Steady Farm spinach, Sky Farm lettuce, candied pecans and feta and the other with jammy Sparrow Arc Farm eggs on a bed of MX Morningstar Farm frisée, and Duncan Hollow bacon. Yum.

Jack Peele of JACüTERIE
Many may know of Jack Peele, JACüTERIE owner's, as a local charcuterie master. But he is also known as Grillsdale 2017's People's Choice winner! Stay tuned for what he'll be pulling off the grates this year. And in the mean time, check out his hand crafted salami, sausage, and bacon, available online and at various farmers' markets across the Hudson Valley.

Job Yacubian of The Farmer’s Wife
To say it runs in the family is an understantment for Job Yacubian and his co-onwer/wife, Emilie Sommerhoff. The couple runs The Farmers' Wife, the catering company and café that Sommerhoff's mother started in 2002. Yacubian, an award-winning chef that grew up on a Massachusetts farm, and Sommerhoff don't offer a steady menu at the cafe, as they truly cook by what is in season and what is available from the many producers they work with in the Hudson Valley. But there are some main-stay customer favorites-- homemade pies, brownies, and cages, egg and cheese sandwiches, curried chicken, and peanut noodles.

Carrie Chen & Keith Tannenbaum of Casana T House
Okay. We know you may be thinking that a tea shop doesn't necesaily fit in to the fire and charcoal of a grilling competition. But that's exactly what makes Chen and Tannenbaum of Casana T House in Hillsdale the perfect competitors-- they are a wild card! Offering gourmet pastries and a vareity of lunch dishes, including some Japanese specials at the cafe, along side their world class selection of coffee and tea, Casana T House most certainly has the chops to throw down at Grillsdale 2018.

Eliah Gardener of Yummy Kitchen
Nothing creates more food induced hysteria than a food truck that fans have to seek out. Gardener of Yummy Kitchen creates such hysteria dishing his Korean comfort food from his truck's window. Yummy Ktichen can usually be found between Warren and 5th Street in Hudson and at the Troy Farmers' Market on Saturdays. But we know where you can be sure to grab some of his eats-- Grillsdale 2018.

Nick Keene of The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn
Word on the street is, Chef Keene and his team at The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn were awarded "Best Burger" for the Berkshire Record's Best of 2018. If that doesn't solidfy them as serious Grillsdale competitors, then take a look at the rest of the menu at their South Egremont, MA restaurant. BBQ Pork Sandwiches, wings, and tacos. This Chef knows the grill and is ready to bring the heat from the Berkshires.

Luloo & Evan Flynn-Mann of Empaniñas
Twelve years ago, Luloo Flynn-Mann was living in NYC and working in fashion. She then found herself working in the culinary world at Antonio Gomez’s downtown pizzerias, Gruppo, Posto, and Vezzo. Inspired by street vendors and small, start-up food businesses, Luloo launched Empaniña’s Empanadas, non-traditional empanadas made with organic and local ingredients. Buisness kicked off and Luloo and her husband, Evan, moved to the Hudson Valley and started their organic farm, Midwinter Farms in Ancram. Now the husband-wife team grow the ingredients, make the dishes, and are making everyone in the Hudson Valley hungry.

Chef Marissa Ryan

Brigid Dorsey of Les Collines Preserves 

Laurel Barkan of Stagecoach Tavern

Jared Schwartz & Laura Webster of The Poor Devil Pepper Company


SHIRE 935 Productions donated a substantial portion of our net profit to the HARLEM VALLEY RAIL TRAIL and we pledge to do so again via a raffle of a chic new trail-worthy bicycle and a few other fab recreational items.

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