Sustainable, local food — a discussion at C-GCC

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A behind-the-curtain look at Hudson’s food scene is the latest community course offering from Columbia-Greene Community College.

On Saturday, Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., locals as well as visitors are welcomed to take part in the Eating Local, Sustaining Local course: a tour of some of Hudson’s most innovative eateries and food shops.

Lead by Mimi Fix – author, instructor, and consultant, and Annie Scibienski, baking instructor and owner of Blue Ribbon Hearth in Ghent, N.Y., the one-day class is designed to introduce both locals and visitors to food-based businesses of Hudson and ways in which the community at large can best support them.

“There is so much interest in local and sustainable food practices, both in the city of Hudson and around the world,” said Scibienski, who also co-founded The Hudson Valley Baking Society with Fix. “In many ways, eating the food becomes secondary to the larger idea of supporting our neighbors through the purchase of sustainable and locally farmed products.”

The tour will move up and down Warren Street, Hudson, making several stops in both restaurants and food shops. The day is kept flexible to accommodate proprietors’ schedules, however it typically begins with breakfast and continues with meet-and-greets with more than 10 chefs, managers, and shop- and restaurant owners, and ends with a seating for light fare and a recap of the day.

Fix said in the past the class has returned positive reviews from both students and business owners.

“What we hear again and again is that people are excited to do local business – residents as well as weekenders – and the businesses value both groups and their feedback,” she said. “Students were introduced to new places, and those places saw opportunities to create new business through the tour.”

Registration is required and space is limited; the cost is $87, with possible out-of-pocket expenses depending on take-home purchases. To save your place, call (518) 828-4181, extension 3342.