Tucked away in the heart of the northern Catskills, Round Top Productions is an indie special events company creating programs and projects in the visual, literary, and culinary arts

FOUNDED BY JULIA JOERN

Collaborating with local friends, neighbors, and businesses, Round Top Productions brings together adults and kids, alike, for community programs that share in the resources and bounty of the region.

In 2020, Round Top Productions will open a brick-and-mortar space in the building that was formerly Hartmann's Kaffeehaus, located on Heart’s Content Road in the Greene County hamlet of Round Top. The building is right next door to the fire station and just around the corner from the post office. Round Top Productions will be housed on the second floor — where it will be home to a wide variety of on-going classes, special events, and exhibitions — while Henning’s Local restaurant and Round Top Bon Bon, a chocolate-making company, will exist on the ground floor.

Together they plan to partner on cooking classes and workshops, supper clubs, and food-related philanthropic initiatives that will take place in the Heart’s Content building, as well as throughout New York.

 

Henning’s Local
Round Top

Norwegian chef Henning Nordanger of Henning’s Local in Sullivan County is pleased to announce the 2020 opening of his second restaurant. Based in Round Top in the former location of Hartmann’s Kaffeehaus, Henning’s new place will also contain a small bakery, cafe, and bar. And like his current restaurant, Henning’s Local Round Top plans to serve his own take on American comfort food (with a bit of a Scandinavian twist) and source ingredients from local farms throughout the Catskills and Hudson Valley, with much coming from Greene County.

ABOUT HENNING
Born and raised in Bergen, Norway and Escoffier-trained, Henning Nordanger worked in several large hotel restaurants and mountain resorts throughout his home country, as well as for the King of Norway on his royal yacht. After coming to the United States over 20 years ago, he began cooking in New York City, both in restaurants and as a private chef. He moved upstate in 2006 and in 2012 opened the critically-acclaimed Henning's Local in Eldred, a remote town in the western Catskills, and then relocated the restaurant to Cochecton Center, where today it can be found above the historic Heinle’s General Store.

INSTAGRAM: @henningslocal
MUST READ: ’Henning’s Local: Destination Dining on the Upper Delaware’ in Upstater, published by Chronogram

Babette's Feast
Launching Fall 2019

Round Top Productions is teaming up with Henning’s Local to bring Babette's Feast to your table. Enjoy a memorable and delectable evening screening this Oscar-winning 1987 Danish movie and sharing in Babette's remarkable meal. 

Based on a story by British writer Isak Dinesen, the film is not only about food, but also love, generosity, and spiritual fulfillment. Watch a short video clip of A.O. Scott, film critic of The New York Times, discussing Babette's Feast where the meal is "lingered over in wonderful detail."

Set in 19th-century Denmark, on Babette's menu: Potage à la Tortue (turtle soup) served with Amontillado sherry; Blinis Demidoff (buckwheat pancakes with caviar and sour cream) served with Veuve Cliquot champagne; Cailles en Sarcophage (quail in puff pastry shell with foie gras and truffle sauce) served with Clos de Vougeot Pinot Noir; endive salad; Savarin au Rhum avec des Figues et Fruit Glacée (rum sponge cake with figs and candied cherries) served with Champagne; assorted cheeses and fruits served with Sauternes; coffee with vieux marc Grande Champagne cognac

Recommended guests: 12-24
Suggested locations: private homes, galleries and museums, special event-type spaces

Babette's Feast is Henning’s second favorite movie (after Fight Club)

friends & neighbors
GLEN FALLS HOUSE

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Established in 1881 as the Ernst family farm, GLEN FALLS HOUSE has a long and storied history in the Round Top resort community. In the 1940s the farmland was converted into a boarding house by the Sulger family, who later developed it into a full resort, adding a pool, tavern, shuffleboard courts, and additional guest quarters. Over the years it became a popular vacation spot for many generations of families.

Acquired in 2017 by new owners, business partners Jonathan Picco (formerly of Montauk's Surf Lodge) and Greg Brier (owner of Good Room in Brooklyn), GLEN FALLS HOUSE has been given a fresh contemporary renovation — including over 40 guest rooms and its Trotwood restaurant — while still preserving its quirky and timeless charm. Located on Winter Clove Road, the 46-acre site also has private access to its own secret waterfall and natural swimming hole and is now also the local place to go for music, from live bands to DJs.

READ: 'Glen Falls House: A Legendary Catskills Resorts Reimagined' in Chronogram

Round Top Productions will be hosting special events, talks, film screenings, as well as retreats with artists and writers, both from the region and New York City. 

 

friends & neighbors
PETRONIO RESIDENCY CENTER

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Another new kid on the block is the PETRONIO RESIDENCY CENTER, a 175-acre peaceful oasis perched high on Crow's Nest Road in Round Top, with views spanning all the way to the Berkshires. Founded in 2018, this not-for-profit non-traditional dance center offers on-site creative residencies for individuals in the performing arts. As reported in The New York Times, it is "a retreat in which to study, work and experiment while cut loose from the overbearing pressures inherent in a choreographer’s day-to-day living." Read the entire article here and learn more about the center's debut class of choreographers.

READ MORE: 'Flipping for Dance in the Catskills' in The New York Times

ABOUT STEPHEN
Stephen Petronio is an American choreographer, dancer, and the Artistic Director of the Stephen Petronio Company. The first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Company, he was also influenced by working with Steve Paxton, the experimental dancer and choreographer who was a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater. Considered one of the leading choreographers of his generation, Stephen has reimagined what a dance company can look like in the 21st century. Embracing his own history through his celebrated 'Bloodlines' project — which honors the postmodern masters that have influenced him — continuing his own choreographic passion, and now creating a legacy for future choreographic talent at Crow’s Nest, he hopes to make this home in Round Top an intimate hotspot for the dance world.

Round Top Productions is proud to support the mission of the Petronio Residency Center by collaborating on philanthropic events. 'Babette's Feast' will be offered in a series of exclusive fundraising dinners held at Crow's Nest.

 

ABOUT JULIA
Julia Joern was most recently a Partner at David Zwirner, a contemporary art gallery with locations in New York, London, and Hong Kong, where she oversaw a team responsible for marketing, press relations, and special events. With a background in architecture and design, she has had a range of creative professional experiences over her 25-year career spanning the visual arts, photojournalism, and book publishing. After working in the urban jungle, she now calls Round Top home — after being only a ‘weekender’ for two decades — in order to focus on regional projects in Round Top, as well as throughout the Catskills, Hudson Valley, and beyond.

CONTACT
ROUND TOP PRODUCTIONS
P.O. Box 348  Round Top, NY 12473
julia@roundtopproductions.com