Hudson Valley Magazine, November 2014

Our owner, Laura, was honored by Hudson Valley Magazine with a beautiful luncheon and article! Please read how "she is arguably the single most influential person in creating the Hudson Valley "brand"!

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Laura Pensiero in Hudson Valley Magazine



Daily News, November 16, 2014

Yes, Gigi is a part of the perfect weekend in Rhinebeck, anytime of year!

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Gigi in the New York Daily News



River Chronicle, September 2014

Laura Pensiero's weekly column "Laura's Local Dish" is now featured in River Chronicle! Visit the Gigi Blog to check out the most recent articles!

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Laura's Local Dish in River Chronicle



Cooking Channel - Chuck's Eats The Street, August 2014

Gigi Skizza secrets revealed! Gigi Hudson Valley is featured on the Cooking Channel's Chuck's Eats the Street!

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Gigi Hudson Valley on Cooking Channel



Poughkeepsie Journal, May 3, 2014

Check out Laura's article featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal, highlighting why healthy eating in the Hudson Valley is a natural fit!

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Gigi Hudson Valley in the Poughkeepsie Journal



Poughkeepsie Journal, March 19, 2014

Laura talks about Gigi's totally revised Mediterranean spring menus, in the Poughkeepsie Journal's "Food for thought" article, shining light on eating healthy, delicious food.

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Gigi Hudson Valley in the Poughkeepsie Journal



Cookstr, November 2, 2013

Laura is Cookstr's Chef of the Day, today! See Laura's profile on Cookstr by clicking here. To see all of her featured recipes on Cookstr, click here.



Laura Pensiero on Cookstr



offMetro, November 1, 2013

OffMetro NY has named Gigi Trattoria one of the best places to enjoy food and unwind this fall in their article on gourmet getaways!

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Fox 5 New York, October 11, 2013

Check out Laura and Nick Kenner's segment for Just Salad on Good Day NY!

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Fox 5 New York



Hudson Valley Magazine, September 2013

Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck has won Hudson Valley Magazine's 2013 Best of Hudson Valley Award for "Best Cosmo"!

Hudson Valley Magazine's Listing For Gigi Trattoria


Hudson Valley Magazine



CBS New York, August 2, 2013

See Laura's feature for Just Salad on CBS New York, highlighting her summer salad recipes for Summer Harvest Salad with Chilled Avocado Dressing and Summer Cool Down Salad!

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CBS New York



WAMC Northeast Public Radio, July 16, 2013

Gigi and Hudson River Ventures, a deliciously logical collaboration! We’re proud to join the very special group of Hudson Valley food, beverage and agriculture related businesses supported by Sean Eldridge and Hudson River Ventures. Please follow the growth of Gigi Catering that ensues! We look forward to bringing farm-fresh Gigi Hudson Valley Mediterranean flavors to your celebrations!

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Gigi Hudson Valley on WAMC



Rural Intelligence, July 13, 2013

Gigi Market's Saturday "Agriturismo" Dinner series is featured in Rural Intelligence this week!

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Gigi Hudson Valley's



The Poughkeepsie Journal, July 2, 2013

Laura & Gigi Market’s Saturday Agriturismo Dinners are highlighted in the Poughkeepsie Journal's Chef Spotlight, featuring a recipe for Gigi's Roasted Vegetable Frittata! (Hudson Valley Mediterranean: The Gigi Good Food Cookbook, HarperCollin/Pensiero 2009)

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Gigi Hudson Valley in the Poughkeepsie Journal



Fox News Magazine, July 2, 2013

The recipe for Laura's Summer Picnic Salad at Just Salad is featured again this week in Fox News Magazine!

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Laura Pensiero's Summer Picnic Salad



Glamour Magazine, July 1, 2013

Just in time for the 4th of July - recipes for Laura's Summer Picnic & Berrylicious Salads at Just Salad are featured in Glamour Magazine's article "Mix Up Your Greens Routine With These 2 Yummy Salad Recipes"!

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Glamour Magazine



Nation's Restaurant News, June 12, 2013

What's hot in Nation's Restaurant News? Laura's Jalapeño Popper salad at Just Salad!

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Jalapeño Popper salad at Just Salad



Food Republic, May 3, 2013

Read Gigi Chef Wilson's thoughts on ramps, what's in season for spring and his cooking influences at Gigi Hudson Valley; in this new Food Republic interview.

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Gigi Chef Wilson Costa



Hudson Valley Magazine, April 22, 2013

Time to grill! Our peach and poblano salsa is featured in Hudson Valley Magazine's article "Cinco de Mayo Cuisine: Salsa".

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Gigi peach and poblano salsa



The Poughkeepsie Journal, March 21, 2013

Gigi's recipe for tagliatelle with bolognese sauce is featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

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Gigi's Tagliatelle with Bolognese



National Geographic's Urban Insider, March 2013

Gigi Trattoria is mentioned in National Geographic's Urban Insider article "A Valley for All Seasons."

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Gigi Trattoria



Lady Chow Chow, March 2013

We've "Been Chowed"... Lady Chow Chow reviews Gigi Trattoria!

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Gigi Hudson Trattoria on Lady Chow Chow



AboutTown, March 6, 2013

"The Tastes of Spring" ... local + seasonal = healthy! Enjoy Laura's article with recipes.

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Gigi Hudson Valley on AboutTown



WebMD, March 5, 2013

Get spicy with Laura! See her suggestions for "5 Spices You're Not Using" featured on WebMD.

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WebMD, November 15, 2012

Gigi Trattoria is featured in a rave review by Tamar Fleishman on, which also includes a slide show of several dishes.

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Gigi Trattoria on



Nation's Restaurant News, November 12, 2012

Just Salad is highlighted in Nation's Restaurant News feature; "Growth Chains". Written by Paul Frumkin, the article explores the history, present, and future of Just Salad.



Nation's Restaurant News



House Beautiful Magazine, November 2012

Laura's recipe for Roasted Maple Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Chestnuts appears in the November 2012 issue of House Beautiful Magazine as part of an article entitled, “The New American Holiday Table.”

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House Beautiful Magazine



Hudson Valley Magazine, September 2012

We're proud to announce that Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck has won Hudson Valley Magazine's 2012 Best of Hudson Valley Award for "Best Pizza", for our trademark thin-crust "Skizza"! It's our 5th Best of Hudson Valley Award, in a row! Thank you for all your votes and support!

Hudson Valley Magazine's Listing For Gigi Trattoria


Gigi Skizza: Best Pizza in the Hudson Valley



Victoria A. Simons Locavore Award, September 3, 2012

Gigi Hudson Valley is thrilled to announce that our very own Laura Pensiero was nominated for the Victoria A. Simons Locavore Award, and won 2nd place! The award recognizes outstanding vision and accomplishment in expanding the availability, quantity, quality or distribution of local foods reaching local mouths.

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Laura Pensiero



Chronogram Magazine, August 2012

Gigi Hudson Valley is featured in Chronogram Magazine's Community Pages feature about Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Tivoli. Article written by Lindsay Pietroluongo.

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Chronogram Magazine, July 31, 2012

Good news for all! The Hudson Valley is highlighted as a premiere destination in's article "5 hideaways that aren't the Hamptons"! We're very proud that Gigi Trattoria is the restaurant mentioned in the feature.

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2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year Event, July 19, 2012

Gigi's own, Laura Pensiero, will be presenting a cooking demonstration at 4pm in the House Beautiful Magazine 2012 Kitchen of the Year Event in at Rockefeller Plaza.

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House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year



WellWed Magazine, July 16, 2012

The 'go to' resource for all things wedding, WellWed Magazine, has chosen Gigi Market as a perfect spot to pick out great gifts for the bridal party, guests, etc.!

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WellWed Magazine - Gigi Market



Chronogram Magazine, July 1, 2012

Our new "Agriturismo" Dinners at Gigi Market are featured in this month's issue of Chronogram, in the article "Feasts of the Field"!

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Agriturismo Dinners at Gigi Market in Chronogram



Lindsay on the Rocks, June 2012

In honor of 4th of July, Poughkeepsie Journal columnist Lindsay Pietroluongo highlights Gigi Trattoria's Blueberry Margarita, in her article "Red, White & Blueberries".



Blue Berries



Hudson Valley Magazine, March 2012

Laura is featured as one of Hudson Valley Magazine's Four Best Veteran Chefs. Check out the interview to learn more about Laura, her vision for Gigi Hudson Valley and the never ending popularity of the Skizza!

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Laura Pensiero



Food Republic, January 11, 2012

Laura Pensiero is named one of the top six "Food System Game Changers" by Food Republic. See her bio and her thoughts on the most pressing food issues today, by clicking the link below.

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Laura Pensiero



Oprah's Food and Entertaining Newsletter, January 3, 2012

Get into a healthful and flavorful groove for 2012! Laura's recipes for Shrimp and White Bean "Cassoulet" and Chicken, Mushroom, and Radicchio Lasagna are featured in today's Food & Recipes Newsletter's "29 Healthy, Eat-Right Recipes".

Shrimp and White Bean "Cassoulet" Chicken, Mushroom, and Radicchio Lasagna


Shrimp and White Bean Cassoulet



Hudson Valley Magazine, December 20, 2011

A humorous piece by local writer Barbara Ballinger about the trials and joys of losing weight. Perfect for this time of year. While we know our Tuscan Fries and Skizza's were a temptation for Barbara, we still have plenty to eat at Gigi Trattoria that won't derail a diet. Try one of our fresh salads, all with the option of adding pan seared shrimp or organic salmon, grilled chicken, or white anchovies to make it a protein rich meal.

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Wedding Diet



The Huffington Post, October 11, 2011

Greig Farm and Gigi Market are featured in The Huffington Post's article on best Apple Picking in New York!

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Greig Farm Apple Picking



Rodale, August 26, 2011

Laura, a regular nutrition expert for, weighs in on Stems-to-Root cooking. See her recipes for Autumn Mushroom and Celery Leaf Sour and Broccoli "Coin" and Potato Salad on

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Laura Pensiero



Dutchess County Tourism, August 25, 2011

Laura's Summer Harvest Gazpacho recipe is featured in the Dutchess County spotlight.



Laura Pensiero



Oprah's Food and Entertaining Newsletter, August 24, 2011

Laura’s "Real-Food Diet Mix-and-Match Meal Plan" featured in Oprah’s Food Newsletter, today.

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Laura Pensiero's Hudson Valley Club



Oprah's Food and Entertaining Newsletter, August 11, 2011

Laura’s “out-of-this-world” lasagna recipe featured in Oprah’s Food Newsletter: 8 Mouthwatering Meals That Can Last All Week!

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Chicken, Mushroom, and Radicchio Lasagne



Oprah's Food and Entertaining Newsletter, August 3, 2011

Laura’s Biscuit-Topped Chicken and Root Vegetable Stew featured today in Oprah’s Food & Recipes Newsletter: 8 Fresh Twists on Everyday Dinners.

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Biscuit Topped Chicken



Country Shopper, July, 2011

Gigi Trattoria is hot destination!: Gigi featured in The Country Shopper.

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Country Shopper



Oprah's Food and Entertaining Newsletter, July 20, 2011

Laura featured in today’s Food & Recipes Newsletter… 30 Creative Chicken Recipes.

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Chicken and Root Vegetable Stew



Oprah's Food and Entertaining Newsletter, July 13, 2011

Featured today in Oprah's Food and Entertaining Newsletter's Fresh Summer Pasta Dishes: Laura's Mixed Grain Risotto with Squash, Tomatoes, and Basil.

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Mixed Grain Risotto



Oprah's Food and Entertaining Newsletter, July 6, 2011

Gigi's Barbina Salad featured today in Food & Entertaining Newsletter: 45 Recipes for Fresh, Satisfying Salads

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Oprah Newsletter



Oprah's Food and Entertaining Newsletter, June 29, 2011

Featured today in's Food and Entertaining Newsletter - O's 10 best recipes from the past 10 years. Laura's Hudson Valley Club Sandwich is number one!

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Oprah Newsletter



Oprah's Food and Entertaining Newsletter, June 15, 2011

Laura's Rustic Fruit Tart featured today on the front page of Oprah's Food and Entertaining newsletter. Her recipe highlighted under No-Fuss Meals to Make Summer Simple.

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Oprah Newsletter



Reader's Digest Best You, June 2011

Celebrate strawberry season! Laura's recipe for Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry BBQ Sauce featured in Reader's Digest Best You.



Reader's Digest Best You



Taste of the Nation, May 2011

Laura was one of the celebrated chefs at Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation event in NYC on 05/23/11. She signed copies of her book Hudson Valley Mediterranean. 100% of proceeds went to local childhood hunger relief organizations.

Taste of the Nation NYC


Book Signing



Esha Samajpati's GoNomad Blog, May 2011

Travel writer Esha Samajpati's "Pick of the Week" highlights Gigi Trattoria's Tuscan Fries. She writes about her experience traveling to Rhinebeck, and dining at Gigi Trattoria in an article "Feasting on Skizza".

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Gigi Tuscan Fries



Oldways, May 2011

Oldways, an international organization that utilizes the talents of the smartest scientists, the most creative chefs, the most progressive food suppliers and the most ardent health professionals on earth to practically promote the benefits and pleasures of "real food". Laura was recently chosen as New York's top representative of the Mediterranean Diet.

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Oldways, May 2011

Laura is featured in's Food & Entertaining Newsletter.

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Hudson Valley Mediterranean on, May 2011

Gigi Trattoria appears in’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide! Slide #10

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Poughkeepsie Journal, April 2011

Article By Ann Byrne, blogger for the Poughkeepsie Journal's Gluten-Free in The Hudson Valley.

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Gigi Gluten-Free Skizza


Food Republic, April 2011

Gigi Skizza™ is Food Republic's Pizza of the Week.

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Metromix Hudson Valley, February 2011

Gigi Trattoria was voted the winner of Best Italian Restaurant in the Best of Metromix Hudson Valley 2011!


Metromix Hudson Valley


Dutchess County Tourism, January 2011

Dutchess County Tourism Experiential Tours Video Features a segment on Gigi Hudson Valley, presented by Laura, at Gigi Market on Greig Farm.

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Gigi Market


offManhattan, December 2010

New Year's Eve at Gigi Trattoria was recommended in's Guide to New Year's Eve Celebrations Near New York City.

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Rural Intelligence, December 2010

The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market Dinner at Astor Courts was named number two on Rural Intelligence' "The 15 Most Memorable Parties of 2010".

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Rhinebeck Farmers' Market Dinner at Astor Courts


French Culinary Institute's Alumni All-Stars with Outstanding Alumni Awards, November 29th, 2010

Laura was chosen to receive the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award for Restaurant Management of Gigi Trattoria from the French Culinary Institute. The event showcases FCI's Alumni All Stars whose accomplishments have received national attention for professional achievement in a variety of categories. Laura's message of good food/great health has moved our national conversation about wellness forward.

FCI Outstanding Alumni Awards The Hot Plate Article

French Culinary Institute's Outstanding Alumni Awards


Today's Diet & Nutrition, November 2010

In the November 2010 issue of Today's Diet & Nutrition, Laura wrote the articles "Soy: The Gift of Miso" (pages 16 - 18), as well as "Beyond the Bird" (pages 24 - 27). They feature recipes for Miso-Maple Marinated Pork Tenderloins, Chicken Thighs in Miso-Peanut Sauce, Roasted Maple Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta, Spinach Goat Cheese Dip, Butternut, Sausage and Sage Lasagna, and Gigi Pumpkin Bars.

November 2010 Issue of Today's Diet & Nutrition

Today's Diet & Nutrition November 2010, November 9th, 2010

Laura Pensiero is "Chef of The Day" on Her profile features information about her, her work, and featured recipes.

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Laura Pensiero


Rural Intelligence, October 2010

Rural Intelligence Article on the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market Dinner at Astor Courts

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table at astor court


USA TODAY, October 5th, 2010

We’re all still raving about Bill Clinton!

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Hudson Valley Magazine, September 2010

Gigi Trattoria Named Hudson Valley Magazine's "Best of The Hudson Valley 2010: Best Mediterranean Restaurant"

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table at astor court

On August 6th, 2010 in Clermont, NY, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack heard Laura Pensiero present how Gigi strives to preserve our agricultural land and keep the community connected to it, as part of President Barack Obama’s “America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.”

Full Article/Review

August 2010

Oprah highlights Chef Laura’s Hudson Valley Club Sandwich in the August issue of O Magazine

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Food & Wine

Food & Wine voted Gigi Hudson Valley Mediterranean one the top 25 Cookbooks of the Year
The 2010 edition of the FOOD & WINE Best of the Best Volume 13 includes Gigi’s recipes from the 25 very best cookbooks of the year.

Full Article/Review

Hudson Valley Magazine
Published February 2010

“Pie to Die For”
The skinny pizza at Gigi Trattoria doesn’t skimp on flavor

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HVM Feb 2010

Westchester Eats
Published February 2010

Hudson Valley Mediterranean

Full Article/Review

Today's Diet & Nutrition
Published January/February 2010

Winter Vegetable Hash

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The Hudson Valley Magazine
Published April 2009

Gigi Moves In

“Though Vassar College’s Alumnae House was originally constructed in 1924 to cater to, well, alumnae, it has since opened the doors of its catering hall, pub, and 45-room hotel to the Hudson Valley community at large.
This year, Gigi Hudson Valley — restaurateur Laura Pensiero’s burgeoning culinary business — has taken over as the exclusive caterer,…”

Full Article/Review

HVM April 2009

The Valley Table Magazine
Published Fall 2009

Branding the Region

“While celebrating the region's culinary awakening, Hudson Valley Mediterranean is first and foremost a cookbook, focusing on fresh, simply prepared food--the kind you want to cook. No fussy sauces. No complex recipes and some favorite dishes from Gigi, including the famous Gigi Tuscan fries, Barbina salad and Bolognese sauce.”


Chicago Tribune
Published November 22, 2009

Recipes To Make Your Party Great


The Round Table
Public Radio
September 17, 2009

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Daily Freeman
Published September 2, 2009

Healthy Food Found Locally
“Health-conscious people who fear eating right will be boring, complicated — or even worse, bland — should talk first with Red Hook dietitian, chef and restaurateur Laura Pensiero.”

Full Article/Review

Daily Freeman

About Town
Published Summer 2009

Secret No More: Luscious Local Food
Review of Hudson Valley Mediterranean: The Gigi Good Food Cookbook by Laura Pensiero.


About Town
"O," Oprah Magazine
Published August 2009

The Real-Food Diet
How to succeed in eating when without really trying.

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Published August 2009

7 Recipes and Tips for 7 Fruits and Veggies You Should Be Eating Right Now It’s prime time for some of your favorite summer food, and a few that may not be on your shopping list.
By Amy Ahlberg

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Chef Magazine
Published March 2009

A chef for all seasons (and diets)
How a dietitian-cum-chef learned to blend nutrition and taste to perfection
by Evan Noetzel

Full Article/Review

Publisher Weekly
Published November 2009

Honorable Mention Best Food Books

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Relish Magazine

“Laura Pensiero's "Hudson Valley Mediterranean: The Gigi Good Food Cookbook" could be shortened to just "The Good Food Cookbook." Yes, the recipes are tied to New York’s Hudson Valley and traditional Mediterranean dishes, but good is the operative word -- good on the pocketbook, good for your health, good looking on the plate and deliciously good going down.”


Today's Diet & Nutrition
Published September/October 2008

Get into fall fruit.... Laura Pensiero writes about delicious and nutritious fruit butters.

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Published 2008

“Weekenders, artists, actors and filmmakers” contribute to the “hopping scene” at this “packed” Rhinebeck Italian-Med turning out “wonderful meat and fish dishes” in addition to “upscale” pastas, “_wafer-thin” pizzas and “killer” “Tuscan fries”; the “attractive” if “odd-shaped space” exudes a “nice” “citylike” ambiance… this “hot spot” is “a keeper.”

Zagat Survey

Bon Appetit
Published September 2008

Rhinebeck named among the Foodiest Towns in America. Gigi Trattoria highlighted.

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Today's Diet & Nutrition
Town & Country Travel
Published September 2008

Enjoy Bryan Miller's Hudson Valley article in the September '08 issue of Town & Country Travel. Great writing, gorgeous photos! Gigi Trattoria handsomely featured.

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Today's Diet & Nutrition
Published July/August 2008

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Today's Diet & Nutrition
Published January 2008

Viva Italia! Gigi owner and registered dietitian Laura Pensiero writes about pasta and why it's back after being banished from the nutritional "good" lsist during the low-carb diet craze. Enjoy "Quick Pasta Dinners"

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Today's Diet & Nutrition
Today's Diet & Nutrition
Published September 2007

Gigi owner and registered dietitian Laura Pensiero writes about pumpkins, their diverse culinary uses and off the charts health benefits in the Sept/Oct 2007 issue of Today's Diet & Nutrition.

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Today's Diet & Nutrition
Today's Diet & Nutrition
Published July 2007

Gigi owner and registered dietitian Laura Pensiero writes about currants, a much-overlooked super-food in the July-August issue of Today's Diet & Nutrition. Enjoy the recipes and the black, white, and red currants on our menu at Gigi Trattoria and in our retail cooler at Gigi Market.

Full Article/Review


Today's Diet & Nutrition
Published July 2007

Laura Pensiero, RD provides tips and recipes to cool summer... you'll be made in the shade.

Full Article/Review

About Town Guide
Published Spring 2007

The Evolution of a Farm: Greig Farm and Gigi Market by Barbara Hughey.

Full Article/Review

[image: Jan Hughes]
Today's Diet & Nutrition
Published May/June 2007

Laura Pensiero, RD, offers up ideas for grilling summer fruit.

Full Article/Review

Published July 2007

Laura Pensiero featured in "Girl Meets Grill. Female chefs turn out some the healthiest, easiest barbecue."

Full Article/Review

Your Way Magazine
Published February/March 2006

"You'll Pray for Leftovers" - Three divine dishes from one master meal.

Chef and certified nutritionist Laura Pensiero is a genius at creating scrumptious meals that also happen to be exceptionally nutritious. Here, she presents a chicken and vegetable "one-dish" recipe that's ready in minutes and can be adjusted to accommodate the fresh product of the season.

Full Article/Review

Shape Magazine
Published February 2006

"I never think in terms of 'cheating,' just in terms of balancing. I love imported and domestic cheeses, and since I don't eat a lot of meat, I look at it as a trade-off, and it works" - Laura Pensiero, R.D., Owner of Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, N.Y. and co-author of The Strang Cancer Center Prevention Cookbook

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"O," Oprah Magazine
Published January 2006

"It's Not About Dieting, It's About Enjoying" by Laura Pensiero, RD

"As a trained chef, restaurant owner, healthy-cookbook author, and confirmed food lover, I absolutely refuse to let the word diet hijack my life—and I don't think you should, either..."
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Today's Diet & Nutrition
Published Fall 2005

"Roasted vegetables are a great stand-alone dish -- think roasted shallots, baby carrots, beets, buternut squash, or any of the limitless seasonal combinations." -- by Laura Pensiero, RD

Full Article

Albany Times Union
Published August 31, 2005

"Culinary Capital: Rhinebeck has Become the Hudson Valley Dining Destination"

If one restaurant gets credit for starting the trend, it is Gigi's Trattoria. Owner Laura Pensiero, a French Culinary Institute graduate, registered dietitian and cookbook author, opened her sophisticated yet casual restaurant on Montgomery Street (Route 9) in September 2001, two weeks after the most horrific day in modern American history.

It was a hit from the get-go. Locals and New Yorkers who had fled the city after 9/11 were thrilled to come to a fun, lively restaurant featuring ingredients from Hudson Valley farms.

"The timing of the opening of Gigi's was absolutely perfect," Pensiero says. "It was what what people wanted at that moment."

Full Article

Albany Times Union, August 31, 2005
"O," Oprah Magazine
Published May 2005

"Five amazingly gifted and giving food professionals: They teach, write cookbooks, run superb restaurants and devote huge helpings of time, energy and experience to making their slice of the world better. Here, they share their most inspired recipes.

"Ready to be inspired? These five foodies get you jazzed about what's on your plate and how it got there. Yes, they can make your mouth water, but away from the stove each of them has put huge stores of imagination and energy into projects that improve the world, or a least a corner of it. Laura Pensiero, owner of Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, NY, teaches healthy cooking principles to cancer patients, survivors, and their families..."

Full Article/Review

Primo Magazine
Published February 2005

"Lose Weight, Eat Well, Stay Healthy" by Laura Pensiero, RD

"A Mediterranean-style diet is among the most flavorful, relaxed and pleasant ways to eat healthy.... "

Full Article/Review

Primo Magazine, February 2005
Prevention Magazine
Published February 2005

"Ultimate Diet's 7-Day Eating Plan" by Laura Pensiero, RD

"If you've given up on deprivation diets, the Ultimate Diet's 7-Day Eating Plan is your rescue party."


Prevention Magazine, February 2005
"O," Oprah Magazine
Published October 2004

"Body Wise", Chee Gates

"I could be thin if... it weren't for delectable diet bombs like creamy fettuccine Alfredo... hot, bubbly mac 'n' cheese... buttery mashed potatoes... You don't have to give them up, says nutritionist Laura Pensiero. Just try these lightened-up alternatives."

Full Article/Review

Oprah Magazine, October 2004
Daily Freeman
Published May 19, 2004

By Blaise Schweitzer

"Red Hook restaurant owner has plate full with book, expo..."

Daily Freeman
About Town
Published December 1, 2003
"Chefs and Farmers: Spreading the Word on Healthy Eating"
By Laura Pensiero
About Town
Hudson Valley Table
Published June 2, 2003

By Janet Crawshaw & Jerry Novesky, Publishers

"Laura Pensiero: Author, Educator, Nutritionist..."

Full Article/Review

Valley Table, June 2, 2003