5 Questions: Christine Kaufmann and Eileen Lahey

By Alison Rooney

Christine Kaufmann and Eileen Lahey have worked together behind the counter at The Main Course in Cold Spring for the past decade.

Can you tell in advance what someone is going to order?
Eileen: Most of our customers come in here all the time, so we don’t even bother to ask.
Christine: If we don’t know, I know the questions to ask to help them figure it out. We have a lady who arranged for her physical therapy to be done in Cold Spring just so she could stop here.

What scone do you wish more people would try?
Eileen and Christine (in unison): Key lime ginger!
Christine: Also, the raisin pecan. People don’t know it because we don’t have it that often. Those two, definitely.

Eileen Lahey (at left) and Christine Kaufman (Photo by A. Rooney)

What’s the longest anyone has taken to order?
Eileen: It can go 10 minutes.
Christine: It’s because our entrées and sides change each day. We hear a lot of “You gotta give me a minute.”

How do you stay sane, working so closely and on your feet all day?
Christine: You learn the dance.
Eileen: You come to know each other. And we have good shoes: I wear Keens and she wears Columbia. Plus, we have padded mats.

What’s the oddest question you’ve been asked?
Eileen: I use the word hence a lot, as in, “Yes, there’s chicken in it, hence the name Chicken Caesar.”
Christine: Some of the questions are … [trails off]. But we don’t shame people. We just bring things to their attention.

10 Responses to "5 Questions: Christine Kaufmann and Eileen Lahey"

  1. Madeleine DeNitto
    Madeleine DeNitto   September 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I live for their orange/cranberry scones and salmon cakes with mustard dill sauce. I will even call ahead to ask when those salmon cakes are available. When they have the pear scones, I absolutely lose my mind. I once ordered 25 mini pear scones for my daughter’s baby shower because they were so perfect. It’s all one of my client’s fault for getting me hooked on turning into their parking lot a few years ago.

  2. Patricia Haas Johnson
    Patricia Haas Johnson   September 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Favorites: The key lime scones, the pea soup and the tarrogan chicken salad, just for starters.

  3. Lori Moss
    Lori Moss   September 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve had ALL the scones. And everything else❤️

    • Madeleine E. DeNitto
      Madeleine E. DeNitto   September 9, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      I’ve had them all too, but love the two that I mentioned are my favorites. I forgot to mention their cole slaw. I have NEVER like cole slaw until I tried theirs!

  4. Toni Vitale   September 9, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Love, love The Main Course! Great scones, best lasagna, terrific empanadas. Recommend Main Course to everyone, wonderful help as well.

  5. Nancy Montgomery   September 9, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I love starting my day with Eileen, Christine and Kevin! Home❤️…it’s just home.

  6. Olga Driscoll
    Olga Driscoll   September 10, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Their scones are the best! Orange-cranberry a pecan-raisin are my favorites, lentil and salmon cakes are excellent too.

  7. Leonora Burton   September 10, 2017 at 7:11 am

    And what about the peanut cookies? One a day for me makes my day. Blueberry scones are another favorite. Crab cakes sinful – I could go on, but Main Course food is divine and Eileen, Christine, Kevin and the entire staff are wonderful. Eileen and Christine will even clean your glasses if they see the glasses are dirty.

  8. Diana Hird   September 10, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Eileen and Christine know what I want before I even say a word, especially if there’s sautéed broccoli rabe on the menu.

  9. Frank Haggerty   September 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    OK, I have a question: I see some hints in the earlier comments, but is there or could there be an online menu, or at least a list of typically available items or a range of such items?

    Also, what are the hours of operation?