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Sell Out Sunday

April 8, 2012

Happy Easter! Happy Passover! What the hell are you doing reading blogs? Seriously. In anticipation of the fact that everyone should have something better to do today, I’m catching up on some old promises. Really, I had intended to run this post yesterday. It is an installment of Sell Out Saturday after all. However, seder preparations in addition to a tricky back thwarted a lot of my plans.

Oh yes, I’m having back problems again. Luckily I’ve got some serious meds. But I was still able to pull of the seder with much thanks to Capital Q once again coming through with holiday brisket delivery. Damn that stuff is good. Who needs a nana when you’ve got a pit boss who delivers?

But there are a lot of interesting food things going on in the community. Some you may have heard about, and others might be new to you. But I’ve got their press releases, and if you read on, you will have them too.

The One Where Grandmas Get Competitive

COHOES – The National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights (NCGCR) is proud to announce the upcoming Grannie’s Bake-Off on April 22nd at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy (235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180), 11:00am – 3:00pm.

The event will feature both professional and amateur bakers from across the Capital Region. Professional bakeries compete for the public’s favorite, and amateur bakers compete for the judges: William Dowd, Christian Noe, and Ric Orlando.

Registration is still open for amateur and professional bakers, and we encourage anyone who thinks they’re the best to apply!

Not only will the event include unlimited tastings per ticket, but also there’s a myriad of raffles, door prizes, and an activities area for kids.

Tickets are $10 per adult, $7 for children age 6-18, and free for children 5 and under. Public ticket sales begin April 1st at all Price Chopper locations. The Albany Times-Union, Price Chopper Supermarkets, and TD Bank are the event’s main sponsors.

For more information, call 518-833-0215 or visit

The Adventure in Food Trading One
Brown’s Hosting Urban Roots Film Screening & Beer Paired Tasting of Local Cheeses, Meats & Sweets

Saturday, April 21 at 6pm
Brown’s Revolution Hall

A very special pairing of Brown’s Ales & Lagers with local cheeses, meats and sweets provided by Adventure in Food Trading, The Placid Baker, Honest Weight Food Co-op and R&G Cheese Makers.

Tree Media’s story of emerging urban farming in Detroit. Devastated by the collapse of its manufacturing base, dedicated citizens have started a movement that is transforming their city, as well as our country at the end of the industrial age…. Urban Roots shows how we can prevail in the most difficult of times and places. See the film trailer at

Special Guest Introduction
Michele Owens, Gardener and Author of Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.

$38 Per Person Available at, Brown’s Taproom Bar, Adventure in Food Trading, and The Placid Baker.

$30 per Honest Weight Co-op & Slow Food Member (Available through Honest Weight and Saratoga Slow Food Only)

A portion of the proceeds of this event will be donated to the Tree Media Foundation whose charitable mission is to support education and activities in environmental sustainability.

The New York State Museum One

As part of a competition to benefit the Food Pantries of the Capital District, 13 teams of local architecture, engineering, and construction firms, as well as design students, will bring Albany’s first Zoo to life at The New York State Museum by building 10’ x 10’ x 8’ canned food animal sculptures.  The creations will be on display at the New York State Museum April 5 – 26. Spearheaded by the American Institute of Architects’ Eastern New York chapter, Zoo Can Do It marks the region’s second annual foray into the national Canstruction program, a nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to construct giant-sized unique structures made entirely out of canned food.

Canstruction open to public:
Thursday, April 5 through Thursday April 26
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 26
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

New York State Museum (4th floor), Madison Avenue, Albany

The Requisite Chipotle One

Restaurant to offer free food on Earth Day with online purchase of a Chipotle lunch bag made from “upcycled” billboards

DENVER, April 3, 2012 – This Earth Day, April 22, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) will reward eco-friendly customers with a free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos if they purchase a Chipotle-branded repurposed billboard bag from Chipotle’s online store,, between now and April 14. Chipotle will donate all of its proceeds from the sale of the bags to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

In keeping with Chipotle’s commitment to finding more sustainable solutions, the lunch bags are made through a unique process called “upcyling,” in which billboards sourced directly from Chipotle’s outdoor advertisements are given a second life by transforming would-be waste into ultra-durable, one-of-a-kind, products using less energy than traditional recycling methods. Each lunch bag purchased through April 14 will include an eco-friendly card with a unique barcode that a customer can redeem for a free menu item on Earth Day. The cards are printed on tree-free stone paper that is made from limestone salvaged from construction sites and quarry waste.

“We are changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “For us, that starts with serving food made with better ingredients from more sustainable sources, but that same idea impacts all facets of our business. We are always pushing ourselves to find better, more sustainable practices for everything we do, and looking to educate our customers about these issues and why we think they are so important.”

Designed exclusively for Chipotle by Loomstate, a pioneer of sustainable apparel, and made in Denver by Billboard Ecology Partners, the lunch bags are available exclusively through Chipotle’s online store. The bag design features a classic top-roll adjustable strap closure, reinforced side seams and handle, and a convenient extra-large back pocket. The black back and front panels of the bags are the reverse side of the billboards while the side panels showcase unique front-facing billboard designs that differ by bag, meaning that each is truly one of a kind.

For every 20,000 lunch bags made from retired Chipotle signage, landfills are spared some 78,000 square feet of billboard vinyl — enough material to cover 2.7 Olympic swimming pools.

Lunch bag supplies are limited and customers must purchase their bag between Monday, March 26 and Saturday, April 14, 2012, in order to receive it in time for Earth Day. Each lunch bag purchased through April 14, 2012 will include a card containing a barcode, which customers must present to redeem their free Chipotle menu item. Each customer is limited to one free burrito, bowl, salad or tacos per barcode presented.

All proceeds from the lunch bag sales will go towards the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which launched in August 2011 with the debut of “Back to the Start,” an animated short film available at The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation provides funding to support sustainable agriculture, family farming, and culinary education.

Seriously? You made it down here? On Easter Sunday? Well then you should have some time to vote for the FUSSYlittleBALLOT 3.0, and if you’ve already voted, now would be a great chance to send an email to all your friends and family asking for their support as well. Thanks. And don’t forget to forcibly block the HoneyBaked Ham from the oven (should someone attempt the unthinkable later today).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2012 7:06 pm

    Checked out the Chipotle bag online… it’s $18 plus another $6 for shipping. How about they sell them in stores and reduce the carbon imprint as well as the use of packing materials and the total cost to the purchaser? Does look like a cool bag tho!

  2. Jessica R permalink
    April 9, 2012 11:43 pm

    Daniel (or anyone reading), I’m looking for a food-related fund raising event in the June-August timeline for a group of 15 women. Any ideas? We have an “Epicures” group at work, and I’m trying to find an event we can do in the community. I keep following Table Hopping, but it seems no one annouces fund raisers more than a week or two ahead of time. :-(

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