Daniel Budd


Taste Budd's Cafe, Inc.



Before beginning Taste Budd's Inc., in the Spring of 2000, Chef Dan Budd spent the previous 23 years creating pastries and desserts in some of the world's finest hotels and restaurants in America and France.


A 1987 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. Chef Budd has been the pastry chef at such famous eateries as New York Cities River Cafe and Adrienne and was the opening pastry chef of the highly acclaimed Park Avenue Cafe in both New York and Chicago. Both Chocolatier and Pastry Art and Design magazines have named Chef Budd on their lists of the "Ten best pastry chefs in America". Avenue magazine cited him as one of the "People who are changing the way America eats." This Vermont raised boy has also won the 1993 "Chartreuse Pastry Chef of the year" and been nominated as, "Pastry Chef of the Year" by the James Beard Foundation. He has appeared on The TV Food Network, Good Day New York and Good Morning America and attended The Valrhona Chocolate School in the Rhone valley of France.

In 1998, Chef Budd was one of eight American pastry chefs who accepted an invitation to create centerpieces for President Clinton and the first Lady at the White House Easter egg hunt. His work has been published in several books and publications such as Art Culinaire, Fine Cooking, Bon Appetit, Chocolatier and Gourmet magazines. He has been a media spokesperson specializing in televised cooking demonstrations nationwide.

Chef Budd has received awards and honors including a Gold Medal for a pastry display at the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique Culinary Salon in New York City. He participated in the 1996 Cuisines of the Sun in Hawaii, the 1998 American Food Festival in Atsugi, Japan, and the El Rey Chocolate tour and training of cacao plantations and chocolate factory in Venezuela.  Chef Budd was an annual member of the jury for the United States Pastry Competition for 17 years and received their “Life Time Achievement" award in 2005.

Chef Budd spent 5-1/2 years sharing his knowledge with others as a full time Associate Professor in Baking and Pastry Arts at The Culinary Institute of America, our nation’s most prestigious culinary and pastry arts college.

Dan Budd (born 1967) and his wife Julie have been residents of Red Hook, New York since 1996 and have two children, Allison and Jordan.   In 2005 Dan’s business ventures expanded to 40 West Market Street in Red Hook, NY with the opening of Taste Budd’s Café.  His business employs 20 people full and part time and up to 60 people in the height of the concession season when Taste Budd’s mobile Bakery hits the festival tour.  Dan is fulfilling his dream of bringing high quality desserts, gifts and cafe fare to the Hudson Valley and nationwide with mail order gifts.  He has a passion for art and culture and is proud to host visual art shows and live music at Taste Budd’s Café.  He loves family time, camping, fishing, dining out, playing guitar, singing and writing music.  Dan also leads the Grass Fed bluegrass band.  View more about Dan and his music at TasteBudds.com.
 And www.grassfedbluegrass.com

In March 2020 Dan co-founded a volunteer community help organization with friend and employee Chris Donohue.  Red Hook Responds.  redhookresponds.org  The organization has enrolled approximately 500 volunteers, has worked with local governments and various organizations to assist the immediate and surrounding communities with free delivered meals daily, grocery delivery, pharmacy delivery, snow shoveling, virtual tutoring, food pantry bag delivery, neighborly chat calls and in Spring 2021 vegetable gardens installed at homes in need.  RHR has served nearly 26,000 help requests in 10 months of service.  Dan continues as Red Hook Responds volunteer Executive Director.  In January 2021 Dutchess County New York awarded Dan with its Frontline Award honoring him for his selfless efforts to help his community in unprecedented times, stating that he exemplifies the spirit of Dutchess County, New York.  

 Julie Budd
 Julie, Dan's wife and mother to their children, Allison and Jordan, is the behind the scenes support for Taste Budd's. Julie holds a Masters Degree in Mathematic secondary education. She has been teaching in New York Public Schools since 1993 and is currently a Mathematics teacher at Red Hook High School, Red Hook , NY

Mary Sullivan
Back of House Cafe Manager
employed February 2008 to present

Mary was raised in Saugerties and graduated in 1999 with a degree in Psychology/Criminology from the College of Saint Rose in Albany. She originally wanted to work in forensics but chose not to go the police route and instead continued to work for the Gap, where she eventually became an assistant manager and was so for 7 years.
Mary quit in 2006 and decided to go to the Culinary Institute of America, because she was interested in Baking and Pastry. Mary was Taste Budd's first Extern and graduated with perfect attendance in February of 2009.

Chris Brengel
Executive Pastry Chef
employed January 2013 - present

Chris graduated in January of 2014 from the Culinary Institute of America with his associate degree in baking and pastry.  During his schooling he externed at Taste Budd’s, where he realized his passion for creating new desserts and confections.  After graduating from the CIA he was hired at Taste Budd’s as the pastry sous chef doing research and development.  Chris is determined of one day owning his one bakery and patisserie focusing on bread and French/Italian desserts and confections.

Nicole Reilly
Front of House Cafe Manager
employed August 2022- present
Patricia Advincula
Virtual Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
employed February 2022 to Present

Patricia grew up in her hometown of Sorsogon, Philippines and now lives in Manila.  She studied at Far Eastern University in Manila and holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Internal Auditing. Patricia works virtually for Taste Budd's Cafe as a phone order receptionist and administrative assistant.  She handles catering and special order clients, live chat, inventory and cost control management, social media, menu design and publishing, art music show booking, and delivery dispatch among other tasks.  She enjoys exploring Manila alone on her days off or going out and having fun with her friends and 3 sisters. 

Terri Herr
Administrative Assistant
employed August 2005- present

Graduated with a masters degree in applied mathematics from The University of Delaware. Became a computer programmer for IBM corporation. Retired early from IBM to become a stay at home Mom. Raising 4 children(Kevin, Danielle, Kristin and Tommy) Terri decided it would be fun to work with them at Taste Budd's for The Dutchess County Fair in Aug. 2005. She has stayed with Taste Budd's part time ever since. Terri loves to read, snowboard, soccer, running, biking and most of all being with her family.

Patricia Budd Scott
employed January 2004 - 2010

Dan Budd's sister Tricia decided to be a bookkeeper in 8th grade, she studied accounting in high school and college. She graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont in 1986. Tricia has been employed as a bookkeeper in many sectors of business - health club management, property management, retail, wholesale, construction, & manufacturing. Tricia met her husband Philip Scott in Vermont as he was beginning his career with Kodak. His job has taken them to Boston, Massachusetts; Atlanta, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; and currently Rochester, NY. She has 3 kids, Marissa, Cameron, and Anna. Tricia currently works remotely for Taste Budd's. She oversees Taste Budd's book keeping. She loves to ski, hike, camp, kayak and travel.

Kathleen McArthur
Administrative Assistant
December 2007 - present
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Kathleen graduated from the School of Management at SUNY Binghamton with a BS in Management. She had a 12 year career at Citigroup in Manhattan where she worked in several different areas of the Bank, including Global Relationship Banking and Private Banking. Kathleen then decided to stay at home to raise her three sons (Aidan, Kieran and Brody). She is currently working part time from home for Taste Budd's.

Merritt(Pop) and Kathleen(Mom) Budd
Dan's parents have been supporting Taste Budd's since the first day. Believing in Dan's dream they are a very special part of this small business' success.
Residing in Vermont Merritt operates a franchise of Winzer Corporation. Merritt is celebrating over 30 years of dedicated service to the industrial maintenance and automotive repair industries. Sometimes he is called the McGyver of Taste Budd's.

A retired nursery school teacher Kathy has been nurturing young children for over 30 years. She currently has a regular schedule of story time readings for children in the Rutland area of Vermont.

More of Taste Budd's Cafe fabulous servers, baristas, prep cooks and cashiers:  
Allison, Budd, Jordan Budd, Amy Baden, Brendan Dorrian, Aurora Amidon, Alyssa Van Pelt-Cathcart,  Morgan Brailey, Morgan Trautmann, Caroline Litra, Chris Donohue, Don Fiege, Fiona Seabrook, Jack Camps, Josiah Dow, Julie Grinberg Ayala, Nancy Southard, Madison Lortie, Nathan Fraiman, Peter Lascala, Rain Yeatts, Rebekah Jungen, Tia Bentley , Sheila De Jesus, Sienna Engasser, and Sierra Siedsma

Many people have supported Taste Budd's over the years. Lending a hand, offering ideas, spreading the word!! In many ways these people have helped contribute to our success. We are grateful for their guidance.
Shana Sicotte, Reenie Sheehan, Magdalene San Millan, Heather Quinn, Grace Nowakoski, Kathryn Kinch, Amanda Hartigan, Meghan DeAngelis, Sue Olson, Megan Henck, Candice Tenore, Aminy Ostfeld, Malachi Higgins, Ginger Powers, Sarah Meyer, Angela Hurni, Sean McLaughin, Scott McLaughlin, Billy McNair, Michael D'andrea, Thomas Massey, Russell Ferber, Renee Daldry, Amanda Rockman, April Mataya, Bruce Connell, Clint Bovier, David, Karen, Stephen and Peter Fraleigh, Carl, Rebecca and Lilith Kornell, Jonathan Bowden, Theresa Marquez, Marcos Cosme, Rich Levon, Brad Lapin, Richard Capizzi, Sean Rogerson, Nathan La Fluer, Molly Geiger, Favi Helber, Chris Muller, Brian Cook, Matt Ratliff, Nicole and Donielle Niekrewicz, Jennie Tracy, Christy Taylor, Daniel Skurnick, Scott Keys, TJ Hessler, Steve Martin, Brian Harper, Faith Griffiths, Nick Cincotta, Kayla Marchant, Matt Feneroli, Amy Ostroski, Aurelia La Vacon, Chase Bradley, Jacob McClary, Jason Allen, Meghan Mercier, Mickey Lynch, Owen Webb, Sarah Vasquez, Robyn Glenney, Sarah Leaseburge, Aidan Zimmerman, and more......