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April 15th, 2009

Southern style cooking in Newburgh

Christine’s on Broadway Head Chef, Thelma Cherry, adds the finishing touches to a rib platter as her grandmother Eliza Mason and owner Jim Moss approve.

Newburgh - Christine’s on Broadway, a new restaurant featuring slow home-cooked barbeque and authentic southern cuisine opened in late March at 167 Broadway. Christine’s specializes in ribs, pulled and chopped pork, chicken and beef brisket, all slow-smoked using Hudson Valley applewood. The array of southern style side dishes that complement the barbeque include macaroni and cheese, collard greens, black eyed peas, sweet potatoes, cornbread and more.

Jim Moss, the owner of Christine’s on Broadway, named the restaurant for his mother who, like most good southern cooks, relied more on cooking from the heart and intuition than written recipes. "Fortunately, in her later years I was able to get her to dictate ingredients and approximate proportions to me for some of the dishes she cooked that were my favorites. Even so, there are lots of ‘dashes of this’ and ‘pinches of that’ in my notes," said Moss.

Responsibility for the kitchen at Christine’s falls to Thelma Cherry, Moss’ niece by marriage, who is a culinary graduate from Johnson and Wales in Charlotte, NC and too, hails from a long line of great southern cooks. "I am especially delighted that Thelma’s grandmother, Eliza Mason who turns 80 years old in April has joined us to help in kitchen set-up and recipe development. We are spanning three generations of good southern cooking. This southern lady is phenomenal; she regularly puts in 14-15 hour days. She seems energized when she’s creating in the kitchen," Moss related.

Moss opened Christine’s on Broadway after retiring from a 38 year career in the newspaper industry, most recently a 10 year stint as publisher of the Times Herald Record. "After so many years in newspapers, I wanted to do something 180 degrees different," said Moss. "I noted that there was a scarcity of real nice restaurants featuring southern cooking and too some extent, barbeque, too," he said. "Moreover, I believe we need nice places to dine in Newburgh other than the waterfront. Newburgh is a beautiful city but if we are going to bring it back, Broadway is a key piece of that. I have a strong commitment to Newburgh and Christine’s is a substantial investment in support of that commitment to positive change. We are pleased with the enthusiastic reception and would like to thank our patrons for their warm and positive response."

Christine’s on Broadway open 7 days a week to offer genuine barbeque and southern home-cooking cuisine in a comfortable and relaxing environment for its patrons to experience and enjoy.

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