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Jamie & Marcus
Chef Marcus Guiliano has accumulated an impressive culinary resume on his path to opening Aroma Thyme Bistro. Marcus and his wife Jamie opened New Years Eve, 2003.
Guiliano has mastered the ability to turn natural, whole food into something beautiful and flavorful. Aroma Thyme Bistro offers an innovative menu of focused, natural cuisine that will reflect balance and well-being. Guiliano's consistent objective is to create meals that achieve impact through focusing on pure ingredients and limiting manipulation. To achieve this objective, Aroma Thyme Bistro will shun the use of butter and heavy dairy products, white flour products and refined sugar that mask food's natural flavors. Guiliano credits his culinary style to major health changes he experienced from the impact of diet including the use of Essential Oils.
Guiliano began his career in 1990 as a cook in up-state New York at various hotels and restaurants like the Depuy Canal House. With an objective of cooking great food Guiliano set out and worked for Mobil Five Star properties like the Greenbrier and the Broadmoor. He had the honor to work for Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire in Europe, which at the time was on the top 25 French restaurants in the world. Guiliano has since been the Executive Chef of prestigious Country Clubs and now his latest venture, Aroma Thyme Bistro.
"All this experience taught me how to cook great tasting food which was slowly killing me", says Guiliano. "About four years ago the discovery of holistic cuisine changed my life." Now the quest came to marry gourmet five star cuisine with holistic cuisine.
Overweight, plagued with high cholesterol, and facing an operation for acid reflux, he happened to catch Gary Null promoting his then new book Get Healthy Now: A Complete Guide to Prevention, Treatment, and Healthy Living (1999) on public television. Marcus rushed to a health food store for a copy and read it immediately. (He subsequently contributed numerous recipes to Null's recently released The Power of Aging.) "Its principles about detoxifying, exercise, and a whole-foods diet changed my life. I wanted to bring this knowledge to what we did in the restaurant," he says. Renouncing industrial megafarms, Marcus began buying free-range, pasture-raised, and certified organic meats from ranches and small farms, and he encouraged fruit and vegetable growers to cultivate crops specifically for restaurants.
Essential Oils and cooking: Aroma Thyme Bistro is 100% committed to using only Young Living Oils for everything from cleaning, diffusing and of course cooking/seasoning.
Guiliano has received many culinary awards including presenting at The James Beard Foundation. His latest accomplishments are formulating published recipes for Gary Null in such books at "Power Aging", "Seven Step Series", and others.
Marcus lives in Ellenville, New York with his wife Jamie and two children Justin and Courtney.
Aroma Thyme bistro opened in 2003 in Ellenville, NY, where the Catskills meet the Hudson Valley. Being green minded since day one, Aroma Thyme was the first Certified Green Restaurant© in upstate New York. Aroma Thyme has one of the best stocked bars with 250 craft beers, 250 fine wines & 250 boutique spirits. The restaurant is all about supporting local, but beyond that they pride themselves in small independent brands from all over the globe. This purchasing philosophy encompasses bar and kitchen alike. “We want to help a family pay for dance lessons for their daughter rather than a CEO's third vacation home”, says owners Jamie & Marcus Guiliano. Marcus Guiliano is an award winning chef who was named “One of the Five Top Food Activists Making a Change” from One Green Planet. This award, along with many others, is evident from the gourmet sustainable socially responsible cuisine Aroma Thyme serves. The restaurant has also been flooded with wards ranging from “Best New Restaurant”, “Best Organic Restaurant”, “Best Beer Events”, Wine Spectator “Award Winning Wine List” and Trip Advisors number one restaurant in their area. Aroma Thyme pleases carnivores and vegans alike. There is plenty of options for every diet and taste. Chef Marcus has several a great blogs that are a must to check out, ChefonaMission.com (his main one), NoFarmedSalmon.com (you will never eat farmed salmon again) and his award-winning business blog at 50Mistakes.com. Reservations are always accepted at (845) 647-3000.
Aroma Thyme has had a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine program since 2003. It has been their mission to source independently produced wines from all over the world.
“I love wine” says Chef/Owner Marcus Guiliano. “I taste every single wine that I buy. I want to make sure I know what we are representing. I am constantly learning something new in the world of wine.
Chef Guiliano does not discriminate regions or varietals. There is a strong focus on New York wines. Everything from South Africa, France, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, California, Austria, Germany, Australia and South America have a presence. All prices ranges are represented.
Besides wine, Aroma Thyme has one of the best stocked bars period. The craft beer menu spans over 250 independent craft beers from all over the world. The list has many hard to find and aged verticals of beers. Plus there are over 300 independently produced spirits. “The extensive bar selections shock everyone. We take a lot of pride in hand picking our wines, beers and spirits,” exclaims Chef Guiliano.
Aroma Thyme is Three Star Certified Green© by The Green Restaurant Association.
Chef Guiliano has been an advocate for over 15 years on healthy, sustainable, local & real food. Zagat says “Stealth Health”. He found his mission in cooking when he reversed a handful of medical conditions including 28 years of asthma. For more information visit www.chefonamission.com. www.aromathymebistro.com.
Aroma Thyme has been the leader of the craft beer restaurants in the Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme opened in 2003 with a firm dedication to true craft beer. “Since day one I have gone out of my way for great independent owned craft beer”, says Chef/Owner Marcus Guiliano. The beer list has grown to over 250 beers without the big brands that fill most restaurants lists. But it’s not only beer at Aroma Thyme, it’s all about having one of the best stocked bars with independent producers. The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine. Aroma Thyme is Three Star certified green by The Green Restaurant Association.
Chef Guiliano has been an advocate for over 13 years on healthy, sustainable, local & real food. Zagat says “Stealth Health”. He found his mission in cooking when he reversed a handful of medical conditions including 28 years of asthma. For more information visit www.chefonamission.com.