Friday, April 27, 2012

The Return of the Ramp

Next Saturday, May 5, the Ramp Fest returns for its second year at Basilica Hudson. The ramp, known for its garlicky odor and oniony taste, is an early spring vegetable associated with myth and mystery in the folklore of the central Appalachian Mountains. It is believed to be a potent tonic to purge the many ailments of winter--spiritual, we would imagine, as well as physical. For an admission fee of $20 ($10 for children 10 and under), attendees are invited to "indulge in the weird and wonderful veggie and sample all the ramp dishes they can stand." There will be a cash bar selling potables to pair with the ramps.

Participating restaurants are: from Hudson, Swoon Kitchenbar, DA|BA, Loaf, Cafe Le Perche, and Truck Pizza; from New York City, Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue, Sfoglia, Cookshop, and Hundred Acres; from elsewhere around here, Another Fork in the Road in Milan, The Farmer's Wife in Ancramdale, The Red Onion in Woodstock, Panzur in Tivoli, and Miss Lucy's Kitchen in Saugerties.

The Ramp Fest begins at noon and goes on until 4 p.m. To buy tickets in advance, go to


  1. This wet spring we have been enjoying a luscious crop of l'aillet-- what ramps are called here in France. Chop them up in an omelette, or cook them with any vegetable, wonderful with boiled new potatoes and butter, add to any salad, use in any sauce, strew them over lamb chops or with an Easter leg of lamb, chop them very fine and mix them with soft goat cheese a spread on crusty bread. I just made a soup of new sorrell, tomatoes and l'aillet and had it with a baguette and farm made butter.

  2. That is a tough comment to read when you're hungry.Luckily, TruckPizza has wood burning oven baked pizza with ricotta ,a little polenta,garlic ,parmesan and
    tons of ramps today,so I survived.
    My last guest absconded with your book again,so I just bought a brand new shiny Historic Hudson,An Architectural Portrait, today at Spotty Dog. I always find new and different passages,that change as my focus does and my understanding through this densely layered place,becomes more acute.And now with
    this threatening shadow flapping it's wings,I hold this guide through history and what is the resulting consequences when no one is on guard,more dear than ever.
    Thank you for loving this little City so much to tell it's tale,our tale, so eloquently. It's past, it's present and a reference to heed ,for things to come.
    We need to strategize ways to protect buildings on the endangered list, just because one man, who is above the law ,with no vision and endless money at his disposal,has chosen to amuse himself ,by remaking Hudson in his own image.
    I believe in stewardship and one generation should not be able to erase our history with a ck book.I believe we have a responsibility to the future.
    First Do No Harm
    I wish was the first code
    on the City of Hudson's
    Historic Preservation Commission Laws.

  3. That is very kind, and I am very moved. I love France and living and eating here, but I miss Hudson and eagerly keep tuned in to its never ending story. I may have said that I was originally going to call the book Historic Hudson: What Happened to America. The implied question at the end as well as the obvious assertion may still be timely.