The biggest draw of the Catskills is also its biggest drawback: there is absolutely nothing going on up there. So we were pretty psyched to hear that Carlos Suarez, proprietor of Bobo in the West Village, was up in our neck of the woods hosting an “autumnal barn dinner.” Good food! People! Farm! Yee-hawwwww!
The food was fantastic. The Bobo chef Patrick Connolly cooked all day over an open fire in a clearing on the farm, and after the sun sank (and the temperature along with it) we stood around the still going fire with glasses of wine, warming our hands. I’m still in awe that Patrick cooked so much food for us, and every dish was So. Good. The crowd was a mix of city, weekend Catskillers and locals, including the family of Neversink. Carlos set a gorgeous table with linens and fresh wildflowers, and strung lights above the rafters. It was beautiful.
Dinners like these are pretty special, because it takes everyone out of their element and into something different (like, a rustic old barn covered in hay in the middle of a field in upstate New York). You get to connect with the farmers, with the chef, and with people you may not meet otherwise.
Bobo is planning another of these dinners, so I suggest you email them and get on their mailing list because seats fill up fast. Visit their awesome blog at: bobonyc.tumblr.com