I always questioned why The Culinary was located in such a remote place – why not in NYC near some of the world’s top restaurants? Why the Hudson Valley? Well I don’t know the exact answer… but I do know that the Hudson Valley offers a happening food scene and thriving agriculture. Many of the city’s top restaurants source their products from right here in the Hudson Valley. Every week I spend at the CIA I continue to learn a little bit more about what the Hudson Valley has to offer to young chefs and foodies. Recently my friend informed me about a fantastic Hudson Valley food blog and after scrolling through their recommendations we decided to take a short forty minute rode trip North of the CIA campus to Germantown, NY on Sunday.
The retro themed decor in Otto’s Market might have you questioning how long it has been a Germantown celebrity, however, it is a relatively new business. It opened in 2008 and over the past few years it has remained a Hudson Valley Best. Otto’s Market replaced the original Germantown grocer, Central Market. Central Market was opened by Tracy Osborn Rockefeller in 1927. Today Otto’s strives to maintain the integrity of the original Central Market, while offering a wider variety of local products. Otto is a great place to stop in if you love speciality foods. They offer seasonal produce, dairy products, specialty goods, house-made deli items, fresh bread, pastries, and coffee.
Germantown Variety is a mid-century inspired find across the street from Otto’s Market. This store is also new to Germantown and is worth a step inside after filling up on specialty foods at Otto. Their mission is to only sell products made in the USA.