Ric Orlando has been called the Pioneer of Hudson Valley Farm to Table cooking. Bio is here (pdf)


What I do

New Orleans, laughter, artists, chef, dude


I co-owned and operated the legendary New World Home Cooking Company in Woodstock.Saugerties NY from 1993-2018. 

In 2009 I partnered with Scott Meyer and Annette Nanes to open New World Bistro Bar in Albany, NY. I 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!

Pop Up and Events

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. 


Enjoy my podcast, We Are Upstate NY! Check out my chat sessions with the best chefs, farmers, beverage makers and craft makers in the Entire Upstate Region! It's available everywhere. Please review on Apple Podcast as well and Share Share Share!

Food and Culture Travel

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. 

All March and APRIL Evengts are currently on hold due to Co

Monday, March 16th Elevated Irish American Cooking Class

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

Friday, March 20th A Pop Up Puerto Rican Dinner Party

At the Lower Landing, Coxsackie New York. 

Friday, March 20th, 2020.

7-10- PM

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!

Chefs on the Mountain at Mohonk Mountain House

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.