• From Table to Farm in the Catskills

     
    POSTED February 21, 2020
     

Popular Catskills destination Emerson Resort & Spa has partnered with Table to Farm Tours to educate guests about local history and farming practices.

Table to Farm Tours is available year-round, and their tours rotate based on the season. They have partnerships with producers from Ulster, Delaware, Schoharie, and Greene counties in New York State.

“The guests tour the various facilities, taste products, learn processes and gain knowledge about the local history. In the Catskills in the winter, the select tours are focused on distilleries, breweries, historical attractions, creameries, farm-to-table cuisine and local shopping. The same concepts are used for spring, summer and fall, while also incorporating the area’s apple orchards, vineyards, cideries, cattle farms, and fruit and vegetable farms,” says Tamara Murray, Emerson marketing and sales director.

The tours begin on a passenger van, which can hold up to 15 people, making the Table to Farm Tours a great way to experience the Catskills in small team-building activities.

“Guests will take a ride in their comfortable custom van and can take travelers on a full or half-day tour (depending on their time frame), where they have an opportunity to meet individual farmers, hear their stories, learn about their culinary philosophies and sample local fare,” Murray says. 

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.

 

Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.