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Al Fresco Heaven at Hammertown

We’re in awe of Joan Osofsky, the style maven behind Hammertown, one of our go-to antiques and home-decorating stores. Joan started the business as a craft shop in her barn in Pine Plains, New York, more than 25 years ago, with the simple mission of bringing a modern country sensibility to the Hudson Valley. Now, with two additional stores (in Rhinebeck, New York, and Great Barrington, Massachusetts) a plethora of amazing selections, and a cool blog that covers everything from restaurant reviews and recipes to local events, Hammertown has become a design destination known for its practical-yet-beautiful approach and cheeky gifts.

Joan, whose first decorating book will be released next year, is also a big supporter of local products and philanthropic causes. She combined the two at her September 7 al fresco pop-up, dubbed The Farmer and the Chef. Hosted by Hammertown—with optional donations to the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the North East Community Foundation, and the Watershed Center—the event featured foods grown by Sol Flower Farm, Love Apple Farm, Sommer Hof Farms, and Paley’s Farm Market. The four courses (roasted duck with stone fruit, anyone? How about a to-die-for sweet polenta bodino with raspberries?) were created by kitchen magicians Job Yacurian of the Farmer’s Wife and Cruz Goler of Mario Batali’s Lupa, and served under a tent with family-style tables, right on Hammertown’s picturesque lawn.

The dinner was relaxed, elegant, rich, and the perfect excuse to chat with other design lovers—in other words, everything we’d expect from an event planned by one of our favorite local tastemakers.

Get the dish on what’s new and what’s coming up at Hammertown by visiting their website.

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Victoria Athens September 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

I was delighted to read this post. When I lived in the Hudson Valley, I enjoyed going to all of Joan’s stores from her very first in Pine Plains. I never failed to find a treasure. Maybe she’ll consider opening a shop in Florida.


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