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BREWSTER, N.Y. – The opening of the Tilly’s Table, a farm-to-table restaurant and catering venue, at Tilly Foster Farm begins a new chapter at the Putnam County-owned property. Tilly’s Table, which is the latest public-private partnership for Putnam County, showcases local culinary talents and features ingredients grown in the Hudson Valley. It celebrated its grand opening the weekend of June 2.
“Based on the success we have had at Putnam County Golf Course, having a public-private partnership at Tilly Foster Farm with Homestyle Catering is a fiscally sound decision that allows the county to also be social responsible,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Chef Sandra Marinelli is working with Chef Christopher Devine, the corporate chef of Ace Endico, both of whom are Putnam residents to develop delicious menus that make Tilly’s Table be a culinary destination in the Hudson Valley.”
Marinelli of Mahopac, who is heading up the restaurant’s kitchen, has been trained at Marymount College, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan. She carved a niche for herself, nourishing and cooking for others as she does for her family. Her belief in the healing power of food and its ability to nourish not just physically but emotionally is based on the Ayurvedic principles of what you put into your body creates who you are, inside and out. This holistic approach will be incorporated into all she creates at Tilly’s Table.
Devine, a Brewster resident, attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and has over 30 years of experience as a leader and pioneer in the culinary world. Recently, he has held the role of executive chef and general manager at Trump Tower, where he directed numerous events and catering services for 15 years. During his tenure with the Trump Organization, Devine also opened and operated six restaurant divisions including The Trump Grille, Trump Café, Trump Bar, Trump Store and the Trump Ice Cream Parlor. As an esteemed colleague for the Trump Organization, he recently had the honor of working directly with White House staff to ensure a smooth transition of all culinary services and amenities. Following his respected career with the Trump Organization, Devine is currently the corporate chef and product specialist for Ace Endico, a Brewster-based fine foods distributor.
“I have been driving past the farm watching all the progress the county has made on the property and when they announced that they were opening Tilly’s Table I knew I wanted to be part of it,” said Devine. “Tilly’s Table will be a go-to destination in the Hudson Valley.”
Tilly’s Table opening manifests Putnam County’s vision to turn the deteriorated property into a treasured resource that all the people of Putnam can enjoy.
“Three years ago, we embarked on the journey of making Tilly Foster Farm an economically viable county asset,” said Odell. “After listening long and hard to the public about they wanted to have happen at the farm, we developed the farm’s mission, which is that the farm fosters financial, environmental, social and historical stewardship through a variety of program offerings by means of public-private partnerships.”
Putnam County purchased the 199-acre Tilly Foster Farm in 2002. The county took over management of the property in 2014. Odell and the Putnam County Legislature had the county utilized the strengths and talents within its own workforce to repair, modernize and rebuild the property.
“First, we brought the chicks back, then the pigs and the other animals,” said Odell. We invested in our infrastructure because we understood that we needed a sound foundation if we were going to reach for the stars. Plus, we formed a partnership with BOCES and now have vocational training now being taught at the farm.”
Odell credits the Putnam County Highway and Facilities Department for most of the physical labor and craftsmanship that has done throughout the farm, especially in the rehabilitation of the lodge.
“Look at the flooring and chimney work in Tilly’s Table,” said Odell. “The creativity and skills of the highway department workers can be seen throughout the venue. It leaves a lasting impression. Generations from now will still talk about the craftsmanship and work that was put into this place.”
Fred Pena, P.E., commissioner of Putnam’s highway and facilities department is proud of his team as well. In addition to making the property achieve code compliance and have general safety and usability, the department had to enhance or replace things associated with the water supply, power supply and septic system.
“We found strength through every obstacle and grew from it,” said Pena. “We strategically outsourced and effectively used our resources to an extremely effective result.”
Legislator Ginny Nacerino, chair of the Putnam County Legislature, believes that the rejuvenation of Tilly Foster Farm is one of the government’s most significant accomplishments since she has been on the Legislature.
“The revitalization of Tilly Foster Farm is a true testament of what can be done when we work together toward a common goal,” said Nacerino. “I know that Tilly Foster farm will prove to be the jewel of Putnam County For generations to come. We affectionately call Tilly Foster Farm the people’s farm because indeed it is.”
“The success of Tilly Foster Farm does not belong to one person, but to all the people of Putnam County,” said Odell. “Together, we have been able to revitalize this property and make it a destination for everyone in the Hudson Valley to enjoy. We have saved this historical icon of Putnam’s farming heritage, while making it an economically viable county asset.”
Tilly Foster Farm is located at 100 Route 312 in Brewster. The farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tilly’s Table is open for- Sunday brunch and private events. For reservations or for more information about Tilly’s Table, call 845-808-1840.
June 3rd and 4th Marks Celebratory Opening Extravaganza, including Live Broadcast with KICKS 105.5, Music Performances, Farmers Market, Friendly Farm Animals and More
SOUTHEAST, NY – County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today the grand opening of the renovated Tilly Foster Farm and Tilly’s Table, the county’s first farm-to-table, event-based dining experience. The gates will open to the public for the first time on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, from 10am – 5pm. Tilly’s Table will host the restaurant’s first public seating at 5pm with a prix fixe menu; subsequent seating options will be available at 7pm and 9pm on this date. On Sunday, June 4th from 11am – 2pm, Tilly’s Table will host the venue’s first “Farmers Sunday Brunch,” which will be a standard offering year round for visitors. Reservations are required. Diners may call 845-808-1840 to reserve.
“We are opening the gates to Tilly Foster Farm on June 3rd and they will never be closed again,” said Odell. “Tilly Foster Farm & Educational Institute offers a shining representation of Putnam’s natural beauty, assets and agricultural heritage. Tilly’s Table highlights and supports a growing wave of excitement and demand for organic locally-grown food and farm-to-table dining. Our educational component through BOCES dovetails with this movement through a culinary arts program that emphasizes these concepts and philosophy,” adds Odell.
“After several years of planning, the vision of Tilly Foster Farm has been realized. Tilly’s Table will enhance and compliment the essence of the Farm’s purpose and principles,” said Ginny Nacerino, Chairwoman, Putnam County Legislature. “The Legislature is not only proud, but honored to support this project, which fosters quality of life here in Putnam County. I am confident Tilly Foster Farm will prosper and become the jewel of the County whereby residents and non-residents alike, will come to learn, enjoy, and evolve for generations to come.”
Grand Opening Weekend Attractions
In celebration of the revitalization of Tilly Foster and in honor of the farm’s agricultural heritage, visitors will enjoy a variety of attractions and entertainment, featuring the latest Country Music from local performers and a live broadcast from KICKS 105.5 radio from 12pm to 2pm. A Farmers Market will be set up on the grounds where visitors may shop for their favorite locally-grown and harvested products from 10am – 3pm. Kids can enjoy fun in a bouncy castle and families can take a self-guided tour of Tilly’s unique collection of farm animals, including two new Nigerian Dwarf goats, Calvin and Hobbes.
Under the operation of Al and Joe Ciuffetelli of Homestyle Catering, Tilly’s Table Restaurant will officially open for dinner at 5pm on Saturday, June 3rd, with a prix fixe menu. There will be additional seating at 7 and 9pm. On Sunday, Tilly’s will hosts its first Sunday Brunch from 11am to 2pm. Diners must call 845-808-1840 to reserve for either event.
“We are honored to have been selected as the event planner and operator at Tilly’s Table,” said Al Ciuffetelli, president, Homestyle Catering. “Similar to our operating model at the Putnam County Golf Course, our plan is to build Tilly’s Table into an event-based destination with the best farm-to-table cuisine in the Hudson Valley. We have several events on the calendar this summer and fall to complement the kick off of our “Guest Chef” program, where local restaurateurs will be invited to prepare their signature dishes for Tilly’s Table patrons. We are excited about this concept because it provides a platform of exposure for the great chefs in our midst and adds some interesting and unexpected cuisine to our repertoire.”
“Growth and vitality occur when the business community and local government work together to chart new courses, think outside the box and invent new channels of opportunity,” said Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. “The rebirth of Tilly Foster and launch of Tilly’s Table grabs hold of a movement that plays to Putnam’s strengths. We look forward to expanded business opportunities among hospitality, agriculture, and other tourism enterprises.”
Tilly Foster offers a wide array of attractions, activities, and entertainment, including visits with friendly farm animals, a hiking trail, community gardening, culinary arts education, and regularly scheduled entertainment events – and of course, the best farm-to-table dining in the Hudson Valley.
“I am very excited about the re-opening of Tilly Foster Farm,” said Bruce Conklin, director, Putnam Tourism. “It will be a great venue for our local residents and out of town guests to enjoy the hospitality and natural beauty that Putnam has to offer. Between the farm and its animals, the County’s commitment to agricultural and culinary education with the BOCES program, and its event based schedule, Tilly Foster will be more than just a farm, and will serve as a representative of Hudson Valley culture and the farm-to-table movement.”
For more information about Tilly Foster Farm and Tilly’s Table calendar of events, please visit: www.putnamtillyfoster.com.
Call for Reservations at :(845) 808-1840
Address: 100 NY-312, Brewster, NY 10509
SOUTHEAST, NY – Tilly Foster Farm, a long-time destination for children and families to enjoy and experience furry and feathered creatures, adds two new Nigerian Dwarf goats to its growing collection of exotic farm animals. The Nigerian Dwarf goat is a miniature dairy goat breed of West African ancestry, reaching an average height of 17” to 21” and weighing up to 75 lbs. Known for their diminutive size and low maintenance, the colorful breed is a popular pet, as well as a producer of rich milk, which dairies use to make cheese.
“The County is excited to add “Calvin” and “Hobbes” to the Tilly Foster Farm family, said Teresa De Angelis, Tilly Foster Veterinary Technician and animal caretaker. “The breed’s small stature means they do not require as much space or feed as their larger dairy goat counterparts and their gentle and friendly personalities make them good companion pets. Right now we are starting with two but hope to add to the herd in the spring.”
Easy to handle, even for children, Nigerian dwarf goats graduated from The Livestock Conservancy’s priority list in 2013. Goats are not only fun to watch and interact with but can be utilized on the farm to clear trails and other areas where brush needs to be removed.
The goats will be joining the herd in the next couple of weeks and will be available for viewing shortly thereafter.
Revitalizing Tilly Foster Farm
As part of the revitalization of Tilly Foster, the farm has welcomed the return of small farm animals, including a beautiful array of chicken breeds, including Frizzle Cochin Bantams, Silkies, Polish, Red Stars, Barred Rock, Austrolorps , Brahmas and Ameraucanas, which lay blue eggs. In the four-legged category, the new goats, Calvin and Hobbes, will find company with Kunekune pigs, Penelope and Ginger, Lucy and Levi, four Huacaya Alpacas named Honey, Isabella, Sinbad and Raphael, and Sultan and Sunny, two miniature horses.
For more information about Tilly Foster Farm visit www.putnamtillyfoster.com.