On Saturday, September 24, Historic Huguenot Street will host the third gathering of the Old Fort History Club, featuring food and cider pairings with CIA graduate Chef Shawn Hubbell and Angry Orchard. The event series is held at the historic DuBois Fort – formerly the Old Fort Restaurant – where people can enjoy camaraderie, food, drink, and entertainment.
Born and raised in Central America, Chef Shawn discovered his culinary potential working as a sous chef. He then attended the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park and earned his degree in Culinary Arts in 2005. With Amuzae Catering, Chef Shawn’s philosophy includes using fresh, local ingredients and experimenting with new ideas and techniques.
After crafting ciders for 20 years, Angry Orchard recently purchased its own 60 acre orchard in Walden, NY. The orchard has been a farm since the 1700s and the first apple trees were planted about 100 years ago. As Angry Orchard explains, the Hudson Valley offers some of the best conditions in the country for growing apples.
The event will also feature a talk on archival cook books by award-winning food historian and HHS Board Member Peter G. Rose. She has been researching the influence of the Dutch on the American kitchen since the early 1980s and has published a number of books on the subject, including The Sensible Cook: Dutch Foodways in the Old and the New World, Food, Drink and Celebrations of the Hudson Valley Dutch, Childhood Pleasures: Dutch Children in the Seventeenth Century, and others. A number of her books will be available for purchase and Mrs. Rose will be signing them at the event.