Fire Feast on the Farm

At least five nationally and internationally renowned farm-to-table chefs will be featured at a "fire feast" to be hosted by Pitney Meadows Community Farm (PMCF) on Tuesday, August 1.

The focus of the multi-course dinner will be five live-fire pits, each of which will be directed by a celebrated guest chef. Favorite area musicians will perform throughout the evening, which will run from 6 to 10 p.m.

Also in the spotlight will be PMCF's new 42 x 148-foot Harnois “high tunnel," which will serve as both an event space and a greenhouse for growing vegetables. With a floor one-tenth the size of a football field, it will accommodate as many as 300 people for this "farm fashionable" sit-down dinner.

“Fire Feast on the Farm will be a signature Saratoga Springs event that speaks uniquely to the values of Pitney Meadows Community Farm and makes a substantial contribution to our important initiatives in sustainable farming, education, and farmer training,” said John Sconzo, a PMCF board member who launched Slow Foods Saratoga in 2008 and now leads culinary tours around the world.

Supporting each lead chef will be a "pit crew" that includes a distinguished local chef and local culinary students. Each pit also will have its own bar directed by a mix of prominent national and local bartenders pairing a cocktail with the dish from that pit.  Each station also will prepare a vegetarian/vegan dish

All foods other than seafood will be sourced as locally as possible. Many of the vegetables will be grown on the Pitney Farm.

General admission tickets are $200, with the option of joining the honorary committee at $300, $400, and $500 giving levels.

Guest chefs and bartenders will include:

  • Matt Lightner, a 2 Michelin-star chef formerly at Atera in New York City;
  • Alex Harrell, whose superb New Orleans restaurant, Angeline, fuses the culinary traditions of New Orleans and Alabama's Gulf Coast;
  • Jaime Young, former chef de cuisine at Atera and a master of live-fire cooking who has  launched the critically acclaimed Sunday in Brooklyn in Williamsburg, Brooklyn;
  • Joel Viehland, the former chef of the highly regarded Community Table in Washington, CT who is now now opening the much-anticipated Ore Hill and Swyft;
  • Francis Derby, master of meat and more at such legendary NYC restaurants as WD-50, Tailor,  and The Cannibal;
  • Daniel Burns, the original pastry chef of Copenhagen's Noma and former head of R&D at The Fat Duck and Momofuku restaurants;
  • Eamon Rockey, a cocktail master whose resume includes Eleven Madison Park, Atera, Aska, and Betony;
  • Chase White, whose bartending background includes 3 Michelin-star Saison in San Francisco, as well as Mace and Attaboy in New York City.

For more information and to buy tickets, go to the PMCF web site at

Taste NY Sampling Event


Price Chopper/Market 32 Host Homegrown Flavors Events with Taste NY April 1st 10-2 Local Food Producers Will Offer Information and Product Samples

Clifton Shoppers World Market 32

(Route 146 and Plank Road, Clifton Park)

Featured Partners Location
677 Prime Schenectady, NY
Battenkill Valley Creamery Salem, NY
Death Wish Coffee Round Lake, NY
Gatherer's Granola Schenectady, NY
Hunter & Hilsberg Syracuse, NY
Pede Pasta Schenectady, NY
R&G Cheesemakers Troy, NY
Sindoni Sausage Rotterdam, NY
Villa Valenti Averill Park, NY
Wolf Hollow Brewing West Glenville, NY


Wilton Market 32

(3045 Route 50, Saratoga Springs)

Featured Partners Location
Barkeater Chocolates North Creek, NY
Mapleland Farms Salem, NY
Nettle Meadow Farm Warrensburg, NY
Pixie's Preserves Waterford, NY
Saratoga Chips Saratoga Springs, NY
Shmaltz Brewing Clifton Park, NY


Glenville Market 32

(290 Saratoga Road, Scotia)

Featured Partners Location
Dellavale Farm - Cabot Cheese Pattersonville, NY
Dominick's Pasta Sauce Guilderland, NY
Garbage Wing Sauce Oneonta, NY
Nine Pin Cider Works Albany, NY
Perecca's Bakery Schenectady, NY
Russo's Grill Amsterdam, NY
The Peanut Principle Albany, NY


Hamilton Square Market 32

(Routes 20 and 155, Guilderland)

Featured Partners Location
Horseshoe Hot Sauce Rhinebeck, NY
Messy Brine Kingston, NY
Old Chatham Sheepherding Company Old Chatham, NY
Ole McDonald's Honey Farm Fultonville, NY
Sanavi Water Schenectady, NY
Saranac Brewery Utica, NY


Hudson Valley Plaza Market 32

(79 Vandenburg Place, Troy)

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Brown's Brewing Troy, NY
Our Daily Eats Albany, NY
Primo Sauce Saratoga Springs, NY
Rachel's Raquette Lake Elixir Raquette Lake, NY
Vital Eats Saratoga Springs, NY
Weber's Mustard Buffalo, NY


Bethlehem Price Chopper

(1395 New Scotland Ave, Slingerlands)

Featured Partners Location
BEM Sales & Marketing Albany, NY
Jake's Grillin Hopewell Junction, NY
Larry's Southwestern Sauce Slingerlands, NY
Old World Provisions Albany, NY
Ommegang Brewery Cooperstown, NY
Salt City Peppers Liverpool, NY

Warming up for Ice Bar Season

January and February are cold and dark, but ice bars are here to the rescue! There’s no better way to warm up than with cocktails at some of the hottest places in the area. Here is a list of where you can experience this fun winter event with dates and locations. How many of these ice bars will I see you at?!?! Cheers!

Winterfest at Erlowest  Where: Erlowest- Lake George When: February 4th, 11th, 18th

The Ice Lounge at King Neptune's Where: King Neptune's Pub - Lake George When: January 17-22, January 26-29, and February 3-26 (weather dependent), 2017

Lake George Beach Club Ice Bar Where: Lake George Beach Club - Lake George When: February 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26, 2017

Prime Polar Ice Bar Where: Saratoga National Gold Club- Saratoga When: February 17-18, 2017

Fire & Ice Where: The Mill on Round Lake When: February 3-4, 10-12, 17-18, 2017

First Annual Adk Wine and Food Fest and more!


So excited about the first annual Lake George Wine and Food Festival! It will be held on June 27th and 28th at Charles R Wood Festival Commons in Lake George.  The festival will showcase some of the areas wineries, breweries, distilleries, gourmet foods and food trucks among other vendors.  Check out the site for more information. Another exciting thing happening in the area is a new place called Troy Kitchen. It will be a food court with space for 4 vendors and a coffee shop.  Lots of money was invested in an empty space to overhaul the building in what is becoming a true rebirth of Troy. It will be located at 50 Fourth St.  Check out the article here.

The First Friday in Albany will now have a Fork in the Road feature which includes some of the areas local food trucks. Can't wait to see what Emack & Bolio's has! I can only imagine it's like an ice cream truck on steroids!

phototasticcollage-2016-12-01-15-09-01If you’re looking to treat yourself and happen to be in the Glenville or Albany area, you must try the chocolate covered potato chip cluster from Krause’s Homemade Candy.

The salty sweet combo was so good and the potato chips stayed nice and crunchy.  Can’t go wrong with one of their chocolate covered pretzels either.  Thinking a (huge) candy assortment would make a great Mothers Day Gift!  Especially because I'm planning on her sharing :)


Warm donuts and two food festivals


I know this isn’t a news flash, but there are two new incredible looking donut shops in the area. One is in Albany called Cider Belly Donuts and the other; Nibble Inc. is located in Troy.Both of these great new spots serve fresh, warm and delicious donuts hoping to satisfy your sweet or savory (Nibble’s Cheddar doughnut with a tequila jalapeno lime glaze looks amazing!) cravings.

Both businesses saw a need for freshly made products that didn’t come from a chain and it looks like they both have accomplished their goal.  I’ve heard nothing but great things about each, and I can’t wait to try BOTH of them this weekend! #fatpants

Looking for a great way to experience a TON of local food businesses this weekend??  The first annual Saratoga International Flavorfeast in happening in downtown Saratoga on Saturday from 11-4.  Local restaurants will be offering something that is specific to the ethnicity they represent.  This is similar to Chowdefest in that each sample will cost $1.  Some of the highlights are the Jerk Pork Tostadas with Jamaican beans and rice with mango habanero hot sauce from The Wine Bar and the Pork Schnitzel with braised red cabbage and fresh lemon from Park Side Eatery.  There are approximately 25 businesses participating. The rest of the line up can be seen by clicking here.

On Sunday, Troy is holding their annual Chowderfest on River St from 12-4.  Around 20 local businesses will be serving up specialty chowders to keep you warm on a cool fall day. Some chowders that look incredible are the Chicken Cordon Bleu chowder from B-Rad’s Bistro and Catering and the Autumn Pear Chowder from Mallozzi’s.  To check out the rest of what’s being served, click here.  Hope you have a locally delicious holiday weekend!