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About The Red Barn

On May 3, 2001, we bought the Red Barn Luncheonette, a Columbia County fixture on Route 9H in Ghent. A soda fountain luncheonette, The Red Barn had been in seasonal operation from May to October since 1957. Known for chicken salad sandwiches, burgers, and some fish filets, the real attraction was the made-on-premises homemade ice cream.

When we first put the key in the door and opened the restaurant that May, we had no idea of the journey ahead. Very quickly, we began to change the menu to American classics, well prepared with the freshest ingredients. It took us a while to balance staffing, food complexity and dining room service to find our rhythm.

Because we participate in everything from shopping for ingredients to prepping and preparing the food for service, we’re not open when we can’t be there to insure our food is at its best. Since 2003 we have been open only on weekends from May through December.


Bios

Chef Bert Goldfinger, DDS

Bert Goldfinger was born in Manhattan and graduated from NYU Dental School. He practiced Dentistry in Manhattan for 28 years and then followed his life-long passion for cooking to the degree program at The French Culinary Institute. After graduation in January of 1997, while still practicing dentistry by day, he worked at night in some of Manhattan’s toniest kitchens to increase his knowledge and perfect his culinary techniques.

His introduction to real restaurant work began a few nights a week under Chef Charlie Palmer at New York’s Aureole. Next he enjoyed a two-year stint at Le Cirque 2000 working with Executive Chef Sottha Kuhn and Pastry Chef, Jacques Torres. He was introduced to Food television with Chef Torres when he appeared in a Christmas and Easter show featuring Chef Torres for the Food Network.

He has worked with Team Schotts, with Chefs Patrice Caillot and Andrew Schotts, at the annual Beaver Creek Pastry Competition sponsored by Pastry magazine. Articles on Chef Goldfinger have appeared in Food Arts magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times Union and The Chatham Courier, and the dental magazine “Oh What A Beautiful Smile”.

Chef Goldfinger, DDS has also appeared on The Food Networks “Roker On The Road” program and on WNYT-TV 13 in Albany on the popular “Let’s Eat” segment on Thursdays at noon. He is currently writing a cookbook.

Christine Jones

Chris Jones was born in Madison, Wisconsin and moved to New York City after her graduation from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.   During her college summers she worked in Yellowstone Park, first as a pantry assistant and then as a waitress in the dining room at Mammoth Motor Inn at the North entrance to the Park. During the school year, she worked in a legendary Madison restaurant, Paisans, a pizza parlor and later at its fine dining, sister restaurant, Porto Bella. In these experiences she learned about the balance between the kitchen and the front of the house and how crucial it is to make customers happy.

After graduation, she moved to New York and worked as an executive commercial producer for ad agencies, Compton, Benton and Bowles, and Young and Rubicam. During that time, she produced more than 500 commercials some with celebrities and some for food and beverages, but all with clients that she tried to make happy.

In 1998 she worked in sales and business development for an internet start-up which was sold to Yahoo! where she worked in their sales organization for one year.

At the Red Barn Chris has taken over the making of the legendary Red Barn Homemade Ice Cream. She also bakes all of the desserts and runs the front of the house, but pitches in when the kitchen needs help. She is always aiming to encourage a great customer service experience and working with the kitchen to make sure that the orders are being expedited.

Chris and Bert have one daughter, Hannah Lawrence, who sometimes works in the restaurant, but is a writing student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. They also have two dogs, Louie and Roxanne, both rescues, Louie from a parking meter in Manhattan and Roxanne, from The Columbia Greene Humane Society in Greenport.

 

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