Catskill Waters Autumn Banquet

“…toward the possibility of an elevated evening, something out of the ordinary, a three-hour engineered transcendence of the mundane.”

–Adam Gopnik (foreword, Chanterelle—the story and recipes of a restaurant classic)


Old Glenford Church

210 Old Route 28, Glenford, NY


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cocktail reception begins at 5:30pm, dinner at 7pm



Rebecca Martin, Founder,



Join us in our first annual celebration of art, food, and our majestic land. In this fundraiser for Catskill Waters, you are invited to experience the magic of Chef David Waltuck, owner of the legendary Chanterelle (1979–2009). Chanterelle epitomized the downtown culture at a time when New York City had a community feeling not so distant from that found in the Catskills and Hudson Valley today.

Our guest of honor is Rebecca Martin, a founder of who raised community awareness about the Niagara Bottling Company’s proposed plan to purchase a large share of Kingston water supply, resulting in the withdrawal of their proposal.

Catskill Waters is about people’s stories from the Ashokan, Rondout, and Neversink watersheds—sources of NYC’s water. Like the complex history and dynamics of the area, our evening will gather people from diverse communities in a rich shared experience.

Inside a historic church in the Catskills, our 4-hour transcendence begins with a cocktail reception featuring an ephemeral installation by Sergey Jivetin, video projection by Dave Hebb, and live electronic music performed by Bob Lukomski.

On display will be several original menus from the Chanterelle art menu collection.

The main event is a 4-course dinner designed and created by David Waltuck, using as much local produce as possible. (Please note: regrettably we cannot accommodate vegan or gluten-free guests at this event)

There will be seven artists seated at each of seven tables. As an homage to Chanterelle’s tradition of commissioning artists to design a menu cover every six months, each artist is creating an original design for his/her table, with the menu itself handwritten by Karen Waltuck, just as she used to do for Chanterelle.

Artists: Beth Humphrey, Alicia Mikles, Norm Magnusson, Margaret Helthaler, Chris Victor, Jenny Lee Fowler, Will Lytle

There are four tiers to our tickets:

Mill Stream ($200, or $185 if purchased before September 22, use code ‘early’ upon checkout)
Cocktail reception (beverage included), 4-course dinner (wine included), one fine-quality print of menu art

Little Beaver Kill ($350)
All of the above plus another menu art of your choice in museum quality print

Esopus ($850)
Same as Mill Stream plus a full set of museum quality prints by all seven artists

Hudson ($1500)
Same as Mill Stream plus an original art object fabricated in pure silver by Sergey Jivetin (edition of 3)

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If you have any questions, please contact us.

Take a look at what we are doing behind the scenes.

If you cannot join us but would like to support Catskill Waters and events like this one, you can make a tax-deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.

 Catskill Waters is made possible with funds from Rondout Neversink Stream Program, a project of Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District funded by New York City Department of Environmental Protection.