The story of Blue Mountain Bistro to Go begins with grandmothers. Richard Erickson’s food fascination began at his Iowa grandmother’s farmhouse table, feasting on fresh-plucked roast chicken and fresh-picked sweet corn.
Mary Anne and Richard Erickson own the Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go, where he’s the chef and she’s the front end manager. Together they’ve converted the restaurant they started in 1993 as the Blue Mountain Bistro in Saugerties into a take out and/or eat in restaurant and catering company.
The owners of Kingston's Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go publish a cookbook that channels local flavor and the passion of a 35-plus-year marriage.
MARY ANNE ERICKSON LIFE LONG ARTIST AND RICHARD ERICKSON LIFE LONG CHEF COMBINE TALENTS WITH THEIR SON CHRIS TO CREATE A WONDERFUL COOKBOOK WITH THE LANDSCAPE OF MARY ANNE’S ART AND RICHARD’S RECIPE’S, FROM THEIR BLUE MOUNTAIN BISTRO, TO GO ON ROUTE 28, KINGSTON NEW YORK. THEY HAVE CREATED ONE OF THE FINEST PLACES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY FOR TAKE OUT FROM SOUP TOO NUTS,THEY CATER ALSO.
RICHARD AND MARY ANNE ERICKSON’S Blue Mountain Bistro sat at the intersection of the Glasco Turnpike and Rt. 212 in the middle of nowhere on the back way to Woodstock from Kingston (or the front way if you were coming from Saugerties). There, Richard served extraordinary yet simple dishes to patrons who knew the difference between good and just flashy mediocre. The restaurant was revered by many for the quality of the food, the friendliness of the staff (Mary Anne worked the front of the house), its warm atmosphere and lack of pretension.
Mary Anne and Richard Erickson have a recipe for life that extends to their work ethic as well.
The husband and wife co-owners of Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go on Route 28 in Kingston are celebrating 25 years of “Feel Good Food,” a cookbook that celebrates their vision for heart-warming, soulful food, hospitality and the Hudson Valley purveyors who fuel their kitchen.
Richard Erickson, a chef, and his wife, Mary Anne Erickson — the owners of Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go, a prepared food shop in Kingston, N.Y. — have published a cookbook. Despite the title “Feel Good Food,” the book is not plugged into the ubiquitous “wellness” trend. It’s simply a solid collection of reliable recipes closely tied to the Hudson Valley agricultural region, with profiles of farms and farmers. The book also reflects Mr. Erickson’s travels and experience. Mr. Erickson is from Missouri; he and his wife moved in the early 1990s to Woodstock, N.Y., where they opened Blue Mountain Bistro in 1993, now closed. The recipes for dishes like tomato-fennel soup, mushroom-leek bread pudding, spiced lamb keftas and coq au vin are seasonal, sometimes with Middle Eastern flavors, and suit both everyday and special occasions.
Richard and Mary Anne Erickson of Blue Mountain Bistro-To-Go in Kingston, NY join Food Friday with their book of recipes "Feel Good Food." WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.
A quarter-century has passed since Mary Anne and Richard Erickson opened the original Blue Mountain Bistro in Woodstock, relocating to the corner of Glasco Turnpike and Route 212 in 1996. Along with their son Chris, who grew up in the restaurant, they opened their present location, Bistro-to-Go, in November 2007, across from the Harley-Davidson dealership on Route 28. Over the past decade the Ericksons have expanded to include an on-premises bakery, café, gourmet grocery and full-service catering operation, featuring top-quality restaurant chefs serving food seven days a week.
Chef Richard Erickson is interviewed on WKZE