NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street Explores Food History with Food & Cider Pairings

NEW PALTZ, NY (September 9, 2016) –  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.

“Our previous Old Fort History Club events let us explore the German and French influences on the Huguenot settlement, and the Native Americans who resided here prior,” said Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming. “With Peter Rose, this month’s event will give us a chance to learn more about the community’s Dutch influence, especially as it pertains to cuisine and dining customs.”

Those who join Old Fort History Club as new members for $25 will receive complimentary admission to this event, which will take place from 5 – 7 pm at the DuBois Fort (81 Huguenot Street). Existing members may attend for $15. All may register at Club membership grants access to upcoming club events for one year. Future events will include special food and beverage tastings, music, talks, and other forms of entertainment.

A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century.  It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today. 


Kaitlin Gallucci
Communications & Marketing Manager
(845) 255-1660