Lola's Cafe & Catering Blog


Posted by Annalise Puckette on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

Throughout the year, Lola's Cafe and Crave Restaurant & Lounge work hard to give great quality food and service. We wanted to share some of our favorite moments with our fans. Enjoy the recap and behind the scenes moments of 2013!!

This video is a recap of 2013:

We hope you enjoyed our 2013 moments. We wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!! 


Love Always, 

Lola's Cafe 

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Lola's Cafe caters Thanksgiving Dinner!

Posted by Annalise Puckette on Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

Hi all, 

It's the Holiday!!! It's time to spend time with family and friends! Let Lola's Cafe help you relax and enjoy your Holiday! We have put together a list of food we are preparing for Thanksgiving. Click the link below to download our order form! 


Thanksgiving Order Form


Also, check out owner, Chef Ed Kowalski at Millbrook Winery cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for a few friends! (Skip to 25:25 to see the segment on Ed Kowalski)




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Lola's Cafe owner Chef Ed Kowalski earns Business Excellence Award

Posted by Annalise Puckette on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 04:52 PM

Check out the article written in the Poughkeepsie Journal about Lola's Cafe & Crave Restaurant owner, Edward Kowalski! 

Link to Poughkeepsie Journal Article

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Lola's Cafe Participates with the 1st Annual Burger Bash!!!

Posted by Annalise Puckette on Fri, Aug 02, 2013 @ 12:34 PM

Burger Crew

Hudson Valley Magazine hosted battle of the burgers last night at Shadows on the Hudson! Lola's Cafe battled against other local restaurants for the best burger in the Hudson Valley.

Check out the photos! 


We did a PB&J burger, but it wasn't your typical PB&J... It was thai spicy PEANUT sauce, house ground BEEF burger, and sweet chili JAM. The chefs made pickles inhouse and they had pickled vegetables. Lola's also had a Peanut Butter Milkshake! 

Table 3

Burger Bash

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Lola's Cafe catered High School Sweethearts Wedding

Posted by Annalise Puckette on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 02:26 PM

Table Set'I fall in love with people’s passion. The way their eyes light up when they talk about the thing they love and the way they fill with light.'

Kendra and David’s relationship started out at New Paltz High School and has evolved into a beautiful love story they have joined together by marriage.  Lola’s Café was a part of that special day and we were so happy they asked us to cater their wedding.

Both are teachers who work in the Boston area, but chose to get married in their hometown… well close to their hometown. The two married at Shadow Lawn in High Falls, NY (about 20 minutes from New Paltz). Guests were welcomed in the shade with light refreshments by our staff. Kendra had a white frame with mini colorful hearts for the guests to sign to say they were a witness to the marriage. Guests were then seated for the ceremony was to begin shortly.Hearts

This ceremony was the first I have ever done to have the bride walking down the aisle 1 minute early. Kendra and David were definitely ready to TIE THE KNOT! They said ‘I do’s’ and the night proceeded with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A signature drink with St. Germaine, Gin and Lemonade was a favorite of the evening. Some hors d'oeuvres favorites were: 

  • truffle mac and cheese cones
  • watermelon gazpacho served in shooter glasses
  • shrimp & snap pea skewers with margarita shooters

Hiding BrideGuests enjoyed the relaxing day with Corn hole and Bocce ball while Kendra and David made their rounds to greet all of their guests.

Guests were walked across the street to the Red Barn where the rest of the activities were going to take place. They found their seat, listened to toasts, and the couple danced together for the first time as husband and wife. Guests were ‘awed’ by their love.

Dinner was not an ordinary dinner, as Kendra and David, were looking for a fun, relaxing evening. They did a stationed meal where guests can eat what they like when they wanted to. They choose to do three stations:

  • Hudson Valley Farm to Table
  • Slider Station
  • Entrée Station

The Slider station had Kobe beef burgers, house made black bean and sweet corn burgers, and Maryland style crab ‘burger’. This station also had a variety of condiments including Kim chi, chipotle mayonnaise, smoked ketchup and more!Menu Display

Kendra and David finished the night with coffee and dessert station. Desserts were cookies and candies supplied by them, and cupcakes supplied by Moxie Cupcake from New Paltz, NY.

Photo BoothThe two had so many different ways of making their wedding something special. For starters, they had one of the best DJs in the Hudson Valley, Jimmy Lutz with Lutz Entertainment. He kept the guests dancing all night! They also had guests sign a dictionary as their guest book! The had their guests take colorful tabs to mark the page and sign. Some guests signed numerous times all over and wrote little notes. Both being teachers this is something fun they will have on their shelves forever. Another cool thing that did was with Instagram. They made a sign to #ShadowLamb any pictures they put up this way they could take a look at them later! You can do the same with Twitter or Facebook!  They also had photo booth with vintage furniture and funky propsThey also had smores and a campfire so they can take in the day’s events.

Kendra and David were high school sweethearts and their love will continue to grow as years pass. We wish you the best of luck with your life, and thank you for letting Lola’s Café be there for your special day! 

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Lola's Cafe shares Crave Restaurant Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Posted by Annalise Puckette on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 01:07 PM

Check out what Crave Restaurant & Lounge is doing during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week! 

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From Top:

Grilled Asparagus with walnut crema and shaved pecoorino tartufa

Olive Oil poached King Salmon with Moroccan cauliflower couscous, Meyer lemon, parsley gel, and pickled root vegetable

Strawberry-Almond Canolli with caramelized white chocolate ricotta filling and strawberry coulis 

Come to Crave Restaurant and Lounge to fulfill what you have been craving...!

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Check out Crave Restaurant for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week!

Posted by Edward Kowalski on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 @ 05:20 PM

As most of you may know, Edward Kowalski, CIA trained chef opened up Lola's Cafe sister restaurant, Crave Restaurant and Lounge in November 2009.

Exposed brick and decorative lighting give Crave Restaurant a chicManhattanlook, which – when paired with the New American cuisine – creates a sophisticated dining experience. The menu offers seasonal local foods prepared in unusual ways. Specialty cocktails, martinis, and extensive wine list round out the award wining cuisine Chef Edward Kowalski and Chef Catherine J. Williams.


From March 11-24th, Crave will be participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. HVRW is Hudson Valley's biggest dining event of the year where top restaurants offer delicious pre-fixe menus! Take a look at our menu and see what you have been craving!

Crave Menu for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Crave Restaurant & Lounge 
Located just under the Walkway Over the Hudson 
129 Washington Street 
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 

Serving dinner from 4pm-10pm   
Sunday Brunch 11:30 to 3:00pm (Not included in Restaurant Week)
Sunday Dinner 4pm to 9pm 
Monday - Closed  

Call (845) 452-3501 for reservations in the dining room.  

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