Big news:


Please welcome Robert Lugo, who will be helping me with special events and catering. Many of you have already met him here or at the café Retriever Roasters in Catskill that Robert ran with his wife Janice for many years. Robert was the guest chef for our Puerto Rican fundraiser in September, and has run the kitchen here when we were off doing catering jobs. You might remember the wood fired pizza events and popup coffee bar last year that Robert and Janice held here. Behind the scene, the wonderful coffee we serve is roasted by Robert weekly. Robert also has been coming in during the week to help chef Rob Handel when there was a lot of prep for special events, so he is no stranger to the Bees Knees.

I’ll be back in the kitchen, like I was before Rob Handel’s tenure. We’ll be keeping some of Rob’s signature dishes, bringing back favorites from the past, and adding new ones as the Bees Knees evolves this winter. Come join us as we continue to grow.

Chef Rob Handel has moved on to be chef at Fin-your fishmonger in Guilderland, starting December 1.  We have had a great collaboration for nearly four years, and Rob will be missed.  We wish him the best of luck!


Carol and Robert Lugo at the successful fundraiser for Puerto Rico this past September.