Season Five: Year In Review


We were floored by the response and turnout of the 3rd annual Basilica Farm & Flea,  hosted in collaboration with the glamorous and hardworking women of Hudson River Exchange, which brought 12,000 visitors to Hudson. The wild and mythical ramp was again hailed, deliciously interpreted, and tasted at this year’s annual Ramp Fest held in collaboration with Swoon KitchenBar. Our 4th annual (FREAK) FLAG DAY presented our first-ever community flag-making workshops, so people could create flags to represent their individual identity, which may – or may not – be reflected in the Stars and Stripes. The Oral History Summer School honored six Hudson residents in an audio procession of cars departing from Basilica Hudson in Automotive Archive: A Roving Memorial. In the realm of community action, we were pleased to host and participate in the Buy Local Chamber of Commerce Expo and The Regional Alliance for a Creative Economy’s panel discussion on Creative Placemaking. And as always, we are proud to host the ever-curious children and educators of Kite’s Nest. Also, this happened.



A feast not to be missed at the Hudson waterfront

Ramp Fest Pic1Saturday, May 2, 12 – 4 PM

2 PM in North Hall: “Ramps & the Food Choices We Make”  – Ramp Fest Panel Discussion between Glynwood, Hawthorne Valley and Fish & Game with special guest speakers Zak Pelaccio, Jori Emde, Sara Grady and Andreas Schneider.

All RAMP FEST ticket holders invited.

$30 in advance / $35 at the door
$10 for kids under 12


Abundant in the Hudson Valley, chefs and diners alike swoon at this spring delicacy. The 5th Annual Ramp Fest Hudson invites chefs from upstate New York and the big city to craft dishes around the ramp, a wild onion coveted by chefs and diners alike for its strong garlicky aroma and pungent flavor.

Ramp Fest returns to Basilica Hudson and – new to this year – includes collaborations with environmentally-conscious and like-minded organizations. Music will be provided by rockabilly honky-tonk band Chops & Sauerkraut and there will be a cash bar.

Glynwood, Hawthorne Valley, Camphill Village and Green Mountain Energy will participate with educational and hands-on demonstrations (who wants to learn how to pickle ramps?) to renew focus on sustainable agriculture, community, and energy. At 2 PM in the North Hall, a panel discussion on the intersection of sustainable food, energy and community will be led by Glynwood’s Sara Grady and include Fish and Game’s Zak Pelaccio as well as Hawthorne Valley’s Andreas Schneider.

CLICK HERE for info on how to forage ramps sustainably.

The confirmed restaurants and chefs are:
Another Fork in the Road (Milan, NY) – Chef Jamie Parry
Gaskins (Tivoli, NY) – Chef Nick Suarez
Ca’Mea (Hudson, NY) – Chefs Wilson Costa and May Cenci
Fish and Game (Hudson, NY) – Chef Zak Pelaccio
Fresh Company (Garrison, NY) – Chef Shelley Boris
Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel (New York, NY) – Chef R.L. King
Glynwood (Cold Spring, NY) – Chef Jodi Cummings
Helsinki Hudson (Hudson, NY) – Chef Hugh Horner
John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant (South Egremont, MA) – Chef Dan Smith
Market Street (Rhinebeck, NY) and Cucina (Woodstock, NY) – Chef Gianni Scappin
Miss Lucy’s Kitchen (Saugerties, NY) – Chef Marc Propper
Omega (Rhinebeck, NY) – Chef Bob Turner
Oriole 9 and Yum Yum Noodle Bar (Woodstock, NY) – Chef Pierre-Luc Moeijs
Panzur (Tivoli, NY) – Chef Rei Peraza
Riverview Cafe (Stuyvesant, NY) – Chef Daniel Cunningham
Speedy Romeo (Brooklyn, NY) – Chef Justin Bazdarich
Swoon Kitchenbar (Hudson, NY) – Chef and Ramp Fest founder Jeff Gimmel
The Crimson Sparrow (Hudson, NY) – Chef John McCarthy
The Farmer’s Wife (Ancramdale, NY) – Chef Job Yacubian
The Red Onion (Saugerties, NY) – Chef Kevin Katz
Truck Pizza (Hudson, NY) – Chef Alvaro Medina

It will be a feast not to be missed at the Hudson waterfront.
See what this years’ participants have in store & get your tickets now!



Season Four: Year in Review


John Waters popped our fundraiser cherry! October 18th, 2014, marked our first, major annual fundraiser event. Inspired and lead by our daring guest of honor John Waters, who offered gracious support of Basilica and the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York. Photo above of the simply stellar turnout with special guests Amanda Palmer, Jemima Kirke, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Jennifer Venditti, Jesse Peretz, Natasha Lyonne, Fred Armisen, and the man himself – you don’t want to miss next year! (more…)