My wife Liz and I co-owned and operated the legendary New World Home Cooking Company in Woodstock/Saugerties NY from 1993-2018. We were a beloved community hub and gathering restaurant for the Hudson Valley. We were also the site of hundreds of wine, beer and spirits dinners, fundraisers, theme dinners ranging for local wild game events to vegan tasting nights, and of course amazing Holiday meals that became family tradition for hundreds.
We had a great run of 25 years and have had more than 700 employees work in the business. Thanks to them all, we have a wonderful legacy to remember.
In 2009, I contracted with Scott Meyer and Annette Nanes to open New World Bistro Bar in Albany, NY. We worked to create an Urban version of New World Home Coking with the same community connections, passion and love. I designed the training program where our Mantra is "Everyone seeks happiness, we create it". I also curate the menu and food events as well and train, cook, inspire and oversee one of the best spots in the Capital Region, year after year!
I also own Flavor Maker Spices. My personally designed spice mixes that I use in my Restaurant Kitchens are now available for home cooks!
I appear at fundraisers and events all over the Hudson Valley and Capital Region of NY.
I also hold cooking classes, pop ups and foodie events all year.
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After closing New World Home Cooking on Woodstock in 2018, I have been table to take on one of my dreams; taking my foodie friends to my favorite food and culture destinations. The culture is such an important aspect of travel with me. I take you into the real stuff, Bourdain and Zimmern style. We meet makers, cooks and people who go beyond a plate of food to share the passions. Join me as a host semi annual trips to some of my Favorite foodie and culture destinations.
FLAVOR MAKER SPICES
A LIFETIME TASTING AND TUNING.
In my earlier years as a cook, my food was a jam session. There were many successes and just as many duds. As I evolved from being a cook to a CHEF, I began seriously developing flavors that I could replicate consistently. I fine tuned them so that the cooks on my team could recreate my dishes consistently. without me having to taste every dish, every time. .
Now my FLAVORS are available so that YOU at home can create my signature flavors and develop some of your own.
The secret is in the seasoning!
BE BOLD BE ASSERTIVE BE REAL
The inspiration for my food comes from the bold and assertive FLAVORS of the American Melting Pot. I have spent my adult life eating with neighbors that have passion for their native flavors.
Cook fearlessly and put your flavor first. After all, what we remember most about a dish is the flavor. My FLAVOR MAKER SPICES will help you put FLAVOR first.
HAVE FUN and send me pictures and stories of your creations. I’ll be waiting!
Monday, March 16, 2020
I'm back at Different Drummer's Kitchen cooking school in Albany. This class is fun!
Instead of bland, boiled meat and potatoes, Ric will serve up Irish food with style, flavor and lots of fun - not your average St. Patty's Day meal.
The menu will include:
Gluten free Irish soda bread
Honey/coriander bacon wrapped scallops
Seafood “boiled dinner”
Guinness—pretzel truffles and Fondue
At the Lower Landing, Coxsackie New York.
Friday, March 20th, 2020.
My once a month Pop up at the charming Lower Landing Tavern down by the Hudson in Coxsackie is taking on a Puerto Rican theme this month (yea, I'm still dreaming of the beach!) Im making Bacailitos, Lechon, Fan and more. These dinners are fun and though the menu is sketched out, it is not finalized until I hit the market the day before. Trust me, it's always a feast!
We only take reservations on line so click for info. These are great community dinners in a fun and casual setting!
Monday, MARCH 27-29, 2020
I am back at the magnificent Mohonk Mountain House March 27-29. I'll be doing cooking demonstrations and designing a brunch dish for their Chefs on the Mountain Festival!
Hike, Spa, Swim in the amazing pool and have fun with me and other chefs, brewers, distillers and more all weekend.