Irene and Jack Banning are recent additions to Pine Plains. They built and operate Black Sheep Hill Farm where they raise heritage pigs, breed Black Welsh Mountain Sheep, keep chickens for eggs and grow vegetables. They have developed a great affinity to and for the Pine Plains community, which has welcomed them and has made it easy to be a part of this charming town, which is developing into one of the premier destinations of the Hudson Valley.
The Pine Plains Platter’s Chef and Manager, Amy Benack-Baden, has been living in Pine Plains for most of her life. Amy graduated from LeMoyne College with a liberal arts degree, but cooking has always been her passion. “I have been in the kitchen since I can remember. I was always there helping my Mom with the cooking, and the eating.”
Prior to The Platter, Amy had been running the kitchen at another cafe. “Taking over the reins at The Platter was a huge change for myself and my family, but I was so excited to be able to get the chance to feed Pine Plains. I knew I was going to be putting in a lot more hours, but I couldn’t let this great opportunity escape.”
“I love food and I love making people happy by making good, homemade food for them. I also love the town of Pine Plains and I wanted to be able to combine the two. The Platter was the perfect answer. I hope to create a place where everyone feels welcome, where there is great food and where the community of Pine Plains has a place to grow and prosper over a well enjoyed meal. I plan to use as many local products as possible. There are so many here to enjoy, and I would love to help other local businesses as much as possible.“
“I hope to have a menu that appeals to everyone and to have plenty of fresh food. I want to be able to offer vegetarian and vegan options and well as try to offer as many gluten sensitive options as possible.”
Don’t be surprised to see Amy’s two daughters, Chloe and Eliza, or her husband Carl, another Pine Plains business owner, there at the café. It really is a family affair. There is now a children’s menu and a kids korner with books and activities to help keep our younger friends happy. “I know what it is like to try to keep kids busy and quiet in a restaurant while waiting for food.”
The Pine Plains Platter is focusing on making great fresh, soups, salads and sandwiches. Amy is also making homemade baked goods such as pies, cakes, muffins, and even cinnamon buns on the weekends. We promise to be as accommodating as possible with any special requests and will be more than happy to take special orders in advance.
The Pine Plains Platter is also capable of providing catering services for office lunches, private parties or any other special event.