Dr. Sam Simon, President (Board of Directors) | Jerry Simonetty, Chairman (Board of Directors) | Mark Manning, Treasurer (Board of Directors) | Lee Fraitag
, Chairman, HVF Advisory Board (Board of Directors) | Patrick Manning, Chairman Emeritus(Board of Directors)
Lee Fraitag, Chairman, Advisory Board (Board of Directors)
Hudson Valley Fresh
is Hudson Valley
born and bred, beginning his
career at IBM
, then retiring early to study at the Culinary Institute of America
, mastering many culinary techniques which he
utilizes today at The Willows, the bed & breakfast which he
owns with his
Located in a restored 1765 Colonial farmhouse, it is the second oldest house in Pleasant Valley, New York.
Lee's cooking talent has led to an appearance on the Food Network's "The Ultimate," where he
whipped up a raised apple pancake with Tyler Florence.
At the B&B, Lee cooks with as many local foods as possible and originally approached Hudson Valley Fresh
to use their milk for his
With Lee's commitment to local foods and sustainable agriculture, it's no surprise that he
joined the advisory board and soon became Chairman.
serves as a liaison with local government, chefs, food producers and others committed to food and land preservation.
also manages the Hudson Valley Fresh website.
can usually be found in his
kitchen making homemade cheese, jams from local berries or even churning butter with Hudson Valley Fresh's heavy cream.