Caffe Macchiato is the cafe that doesn’t want to give up. This neighborhood favorite is over a decade strong and it’s not going anywhere any time soon thanks to Jodi Cummings. She is the new owner of Caffe Macchiato 99 Liberty Street, starting this past September.
Born at St. Luke’s Hospital, Jodi is a native Newburgher. Although she grew up seeing the decline of Newburgh, the distress is not what she remembers. Instead, she has fond memories of the City of Newburgh that include back to school shopping on Broadway and going to Geraci’s Meat Market on Mill Street.
A Culinary Institute of America graduate, Jodi has 25 years experience in the food industry. Up until recently she was the executive chef at Glynwood Farm in Cold Spring and also private chefs for very prominent and famous clients in the Hudson Valley and Manhattan. All of her experiences have had one common thread – sourcing local food using the best ingredients she can find. She cooks for her clients as she would cook for her own family. At Caffe Macchiato she plans to carry over this very same approach. Visitors can expect regional food with worldly influences in a European styled cafe. A recent item on the menu was shrimp and cheesy grits, with the shrimp sourced just around the corner from ECO Shrimp. Other menu items will be sourced from long relationships Jodi has developed with Hudson Valley suppliers. She is also planning on bringing back reinterpreted items that were popular when the cafe was run by Barbara and Edwin.
Chickpea Stew with Tomatoes, Pasta & Basil
Buying the cafe was serendipitous for Jodi. She never wanted to open a restaurant, but had always said if she did it would be a cozy cafe. When the opportunity arose she knew it would be Caffe Macchiato or no restaurant at all. The cafe is not a stepping stone in her career. She confidently said, “this is it.” She has lived in other parts of the Hudson Valley but always wanted to be back in Newburgh. Now that she has returned full circle she feels at home. She says there are a lot of people who have grown up in Newburgh that want to make it better. She sees them when they visit the cafe. As far as comparing the City of Newburgh to other cities Jodi says that there is a “humble quality to Newburgh that is unique” and she is optimistic that despite changes, the city’s “roots will be able to be maintained.”
Chocolate croissants, freshly baked every morning
Jodi has many plans that she will implement slowly. She has already repainted the cafe, added new lighting fixtures and new antique-styled ceiling tiles. The cafe will steadily remain and breakfast and lunch venue. Dinner service will be added for two nights a week starting by the end of November. When her liquor license is approved she will begin to serve wine and beer. Dinners will be reservation only and they will be served in Jodi’s own unique family style. Her private clients particularly enjoy this style. The cafe can also be reserved for private dinners and parties of approximately 25 guests. Clients can design their own menu, play their own music and make the space their own for the evening. Jodi makes everything in the cafe from scratch . Some of these items – baked goods, jars, jams and granola will be available for purchase.
If Jodi’s story awakens your own desires to be a business owner in Newburgh consider her advice. “Visit the existing businesses and talk to each owner about their ideas and ask questions. We have a very diverse demographic, and I don’t know if potential businesses realize that. I think each person they speak to on Liberty street would have valuable input.”
Currently, there is a fabulous space available for rent right next door to the cafe.