Birch Hill’s 80 Year History:
A Family Business Spanning Four Generations
80 Years of Experience
Birch Hill Catering began in 1936 as Herbert’s a small delicatessen on Madison Avenue in New York’s Capital City, Albany, NY.
Word of mouth spread about the quality of the food and excellent service and the business grew quickly. In 1940, Dr. Albert Einstein and his party had lunch at Herbert’s.
Working side-by-side with his son Erwin, Harry grew the business. The delicatessen grew to become a premiere restaurant and bar; and then finally progressed to specializing events and catering – now known as Birch Hill Catering.
Tragedy Strikes – The Feldman’s Rebuild
In 1974 a fire broke out and destroyed Herbert’s original home. Determined to continue serving the Capital Region, the family moved to Washington Avenue, Albany NY and rebuilt.
Herbert’s / Birch Hill Catering has managed many dining establishments over the years, including Daddy’Os, Malmart, Snack Shack, NYSUT, Colonie Golf & Country Club, and the Albany Business College; to name a few.
In 1987 Steven Feldman, the third generation of management, moved Birch Hill Catering to its current stunning location down a country lane in Castleton-on-the Hudson, just minutes from Albany NY where it celebrates hundreds of unique events each year.
Birch Hill has enjoyed a long, rich history, and continues to adapt to trends and fulfill dreams by providing exactly what brides, party-planners, families and businesses want.
The Fourth Generation
Valerie and Blake, Steven Feldman’s children, are actively involved in the management of Birch Hill Catering and Stable Gate Farm & Vineyards.
Birch Hill Catering Today
Now Albany’s premier wedding, business and social event destination with numerous indoor and outdoor event venues situated on a vineyard and 110 acres of beautifully manicured countryside. Birch Hill Catering continues to be known for amazing food and exceptional service, earning ‘Couples Choice’ on Wedding Wire.
Birch Hill also owns and operates Stable Gate Farm which includes a rustic barn, lodge, vineyard and outdoor venues for intimate and rustic gatherings.
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As the backdrop of countless celebrations, weddings, receptions, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate picnics, social events and business events, Birch Hill has enjoyed a colorful history, illustrated by the gallery below: