The Third Time’s the Charm!

Enjoy these photos from the third Dinner at the Farm, August 14, 2011.  You can also download the full menu.

Photos by Etienne Frossard

Photos from the July Farm-to-Table Dinner

The second farm-to-table dinner on Sunday, July 17th was a huge success. You can read the full menu here, and enjoy the photos from the event – which look good enough to eat!

Photos by by Etienne Frossard.

More Photos from the Dinner

Another gallery of great photos from the inaugural Farm to Table dinner on Jun 26th, 2011:

Photography by Etienne Frossard.

What a Dinner at the Farm!

The first farm dinner was held this past Sunday, June 26th. To sign up for the first ever Bradley farm dinner is a testament of true devotion to Ray, to his farm, his charm, and his talent both in the field and in the kitchen. The man did not disappoint, and the pictures truly capture the magic of the event.

The four course meal was incredible (here’s the full menu), the wine pairings by Daniel Johnnes were spectacular (read more about them), and Risa Bell rose to the occasion with amazing desserts. The lucky 42 attendees were a fantastically eclectic group of locals, thirty something Brooklynites, some who endured a three hour traffic jam, and wonderful longtime friends. One lucky diner (with a sticker under her plate) won a $100 gift certificate for Bradley Farm produce. Three wonderful women, ranging in age from 38 to 84 celebrated their birthdays in style. The only complaint of the afternoon??? No salt on the table; who knew Ray was a salt Nazi.

*Check out more great photos from the event.

More details to follow in the weeks to come while we get ready for dinner #2, being held July 17th. For now, hats off to Ray – he truly grows great meals in New Paltz, to Daniel Johnnes for sharing his wine, his stories and his great family, and to the following people who made it all happen in the kitchen:

Paul – gave up a day at his own farm (Veritas) to stand next to Ray all day
Lou – one of the great Rosendale Gourmet Guys
Tim – a man’s man and a woman’s man all rolled into one,a terrific neighbor who can and does move mountains
Risa – not only did she make great desserts, she worked all day, along with her wonderful husband John
Erika – a former Bouley colleague and salad maker supreme
Lionel – what a hard working, amiable young man

Photography by Etienne Frossard.

Summer 2011: Farm to Table Dinner Series

This summer Ray will be hosting a Sunday communal dinner series at the Bradley Farm Barn in New Paltz. This is your chance to experience a farm to table meal cooked by the man himself – a five course menu prepared by chef Ray Bradley and paired with featured wines.

Tickets are on sale now for the Summer 2011 Farm to Table Dinner Series, to be held June 26th, July 17th, and August 14th! There are only 40 seats per dinner, and wine pairings for the dinner must be purchased separately.

Each dinner will feature a 4 course celebration of the seasonal produce of the month, created by Ray, with a little help from his friends (fans of the former Garden Cafe in Brooklyn, be on the lookout for John Policastro, now living in Ulster County, who has promised to come help!) Featured will be a meat course with Ray’s products and a fish course with fish from Alex of Blue Moon. Dining right at the source, communal style in the barn for 40 diners. Dinner will be served 2-5 PM, but come early, and work up an appetite touring the farm!

For an additional $20, wine pairings are available for each of the dinners (this must be purchased separately).

June 26th will feature wine pairings by Daniel Johnnes, Wine Director for Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group and 2006 James Beard Wines and Spirits Professional of the Year.

July 17th will feature various local NYS wines.

August 14th will feature wine pairings by Kevin Zraly, just awarded the 2011 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award, and now in his 35th year of teaching the #1 ranked NYC Windows of the World Wine School.

The Two Great Men/One Great Dinner ~ January 16, 2011

Hugely successful on all fronts, raffle winner Anne and her husband Bill hosted the dinner on Sunday January 16th with lucky friends Petra and Miryan as guests. Ray took the heat in the kitchen and created an amazing six course meal, showcasing everything from his heirloom tomato consommé to rack of pork au jus with carola potato puree, and roasted loin of venison with potato gratin with apricots.

The glasses were never empty as Daniel Johnnes personally selected, decanted, and poured seven incredible wines throughout the dinner. See the full menu (beautifully created by longtime friend of the farm, Mara P).

Desserts, created by Brooklyn customer Risa Bell of 23rd St Treats included a squash cheesecake with candied ginger, and a sampling of pinwheels, chocolate chip, cinnamon coins, rum pepper gingersnap cookies.

And special thanks to another longtime friend, Matthew W. He continues to make sure all the pieces of every project comes together.

photos by E. Frossard

The winner of the 2010 2 Great Men, 1 Great Dinner raffle is…

Anne Gehris! Here’s what she has to say:

I first became Ray’s customer after The Village Voice assigned me a freelance piece about Greenmarkets. I had never shopped regularly at farmer’s markets, but soon I headed up to 97th Street every Friday. It is the highlight of my week. My husband Bill and I will often build an entire weekend’s worth of meals around Ray’s offerings. His dandelion greens are looking good? Let’s turn them into a salad with Ray’s bacon and hard-boiled eggs. A new batch of his pork chops has arrived? Let’s roast them with peaches and Ray’s sage. And those electric yellow chili peppers? Let’s throw them in a soup made of his pumpkins and see what happens. We have become such rabid Ray fans that our 8-year-old makes fun of us: every time we say something tastes good she rolls her eyes and says “it’s Bradley Farm!”

We plan to share our raffle prize with two of our most food-obsessed friends: Petra Heist Spiegel, who makes a mean bacon dumpling and volunteers at Red Hook Farm every weekend; and Miryan Kenet, who goes through gallons of olive oil every week delicately frying everything from skate fillets to Marcona almonds.

Thanks again to all who participated – it has been great being able to harness all the goodwill Ray has generated over the years in such a positive way!

Your Fundraising Dollars at Work!

The Gourmet Guys ( who hail from Rosendale not New Paltz, and want the world to know that) have done an incredible job finishing the front end of the barn.  Thanks so much to the following customers who were able to purchase a dinner raffle ticket and make this possible:

Lawrence B, Heather and Brad, Victor P., Katherine B., Paul F., Will and Sandy, Carlos R., Kevin Z., Josh from 97 St., Gabrial C., Alex and Stephi, Curtis C., Kathie C.R., Joan C., Jennifer B., Chrisianthy M., Tammy G., Matt and Jackie, Bill L., Paul and Steffi, LIsa C., Todd E., Risa B., Allison D., Hank U., Harvey L., Louie, Melinda M., Terry and Julie, Anne G., Camille D., Caryl S., Peter M., Amy T., Anne S., Pauline T., Etienne and Marlene, Rena M., Ken and Melissa,  Katherine R. , Carol S. and Dick S, Dori F.

Farm Festival 2010 Photos

Photos by Etienne Frossard

Farm Charms for Summer… Tic Tac Tomato

Photos by Jenna Fritsche, Cornell 2011