Peekamoose featured at House Beautiful bash

By Jay Braman Jr.
The owners of the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian found themselves smack dab in the middle of kitchen heaven recently when they joined a team of celebrity chefs to cook for the hundreds of thousands that attended House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year event at Rockefeller Center.

House Beautiful is a monthly magazine with 5.6 million readers that features information on inspirational and informative aspects of the home with a focus on decoration, paint and fabrics, kitchens, furnishings and home technology.

Every summer the magazine puts on a lavish, weeklong bash outside at New York’s famed Rockefeller Center, featuring the best of the best from the manufacturers of all elements of the kitchen.

This year’s event centered around a kitchen designed by Mick de Guilio and featured five full days of culinary fun as celebrity chef’s like Todd English, Sandra Lee, Gabrielle Hamilton, Carla Hall, and Marc Murphy whipped up delicacies.

Alongside those industry superstars this year were chef Devon Mills and Marybeth Mills, the husband and wife team that have made the Peekamoose in Big Indian a favorite stop for locals and tourists alike.

The Mills were invited to make their magic on July 19, the day House Beautiful celebrated the ‘locavore’ movement by featuring restaurants that utilize local farmers and artisans of the New York region.

“We moved to the Catskills to be closer to the source of our ingredients” said Chef Devin once back in Big Indian.

The Mills have tremendous relationships with their farmers and growers.
“It’s probably the best aspect of country living” adds Marybeth, the restaurant’s co-owner and general manager.

Chef Devin prepared a house made goat sausage (Snowdance Farm) with beet confit (Madelyn Warren’s Biodynamic Farm) and goat cheese Spuma (Sherman Hill Farmstead). The couple was given a glowing introduction by Newell Turner, House Beautiful’s editor in chief, who has a home in Andes.

In addition to the cooking demonstration, the Mills got a chance to provide some advice to attendees.

“People are always asking me ‘what can I do?’ when they hear about the devastation of 2011’s Hurricane Irene,” said Devon. “My answer is always this: Come visit us! Come shop in our stores. Come up and tube the Esopus. Come eat at our restaurants. Stay at our hotels.”
A video segment of Mill’s demonstration will be made available soon on www.housebeatuiful.com, the magazine’s website.

In November, the magazine will feature a Peekamoose-inspired recipe in as part of the American Holiday Feast issue.

The Peekamoose is located on Route 28 in Big Indian. For more information call 254-6500.