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SOS: Big Game, Small Biz, Politics & Mom

April 28, 2013

Guilt. More than anything else I feel guilt. Yesterday there was an event where the Chefs Consortium had a tent. And I didn’t tell you about it. Actually, I didn’t even get a chance to show up. Much less lend a hand. I’m also not volunteering at the Cherry Blossom Festival today. I’ll be there. And I’ll be eating some Giffy’s chicken. But I should have signed up for some early set-up duties.

I’ve been falling behind on things that are important. I’m sorry. If it’s any consolation, I feel terrible about it. And I’m going to try to do better.

There is a lot of stuff that goes on that is notable. Other stuff may be less notable, but that doesn’t stop people from sending me press releases about it. Today I’ve got both sets of things to tell you about.

I’m putting the most compelling one in the lead, because on Thursday night the City Beer Hall is putting together another remarkable beer dinner that’s paired with a menu full of game meats. You’ve got to check out this menu–it’s nuts–but in a good way.

The City Beer Hall – Farm Raised Game Beer Dinner
The brewery of the night is called Firestone-Walker. They may not be a household name, but their stuff looks amazing.

Wooky Jack – Black Rye PA – 8.6% ABV
Vadouvan curried alligator with salt smoked sweet potato and bugles

Parabola – Russian Imperial Stout – 12.5% ABV
Brown sugar, black mustard and oat crusted kangaroo with yucca gratin and heaven hills bourbon and shallot marmalade

§ucaba (Abacus) – Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine – 13% ABV
Venison mole with rabbit liver and foie gras plantain hash

XVI Anniversary – American Strong Ale – 13% AVB
Chocolate panini with house cured wild boar bacon, nufenen cow’s milk cheese, and brandied cherries garnished with black tea pickled blueberries

That chocolate sandwich with bacon and cheese is the dessert. Dimitrios told me he is using the Rock Hill Bakehouse chocolate cherry bread for this one too. He really goes all out for these things. I’m very excited to be attending this one. Yes, it will be three visits to the CBH in as many weeks. But that’s how it goes.

You can get tickets here. They are $70. It would be fun to see some of you there.

Small Business Gets a Lift from Adventure in Food Trading
The below is the full text of the press release they sent:

As of this 2013, Adventure in Food Trading has added on a Small Business Assistance Program available to the members of their local culinary initiative, the Empire 87 program.

The Empire 87 program is a comprehensive guide to farmers and artisans in the Capital Region and surrounding areas of Vermont and Massachusetts. The program was developed to be a hub between the farmer and the chef or public, encouraging growth for vendors and providing healthful, local options for customers. If you are a current member of the Empire 87 program, you can view your profile on If you are not a current member but would like to join, please visit the site to apply as a vendor or as a restaurant or retailer.

“This program is designed to give back to the local community and to the people who are aligned with our core values,” says Adventure in Food Trading President, Eric Guenther. “With every new member we will be able to help educate our community on local restaurants,retailers, and farmers.“

Adventure in Food encourages the growth of the local area, from the small farmer with their excellent product,to the new restaurant and their dedication to quality.Unfortunately,many new businesses or vendors don’t have the time or finances to kick‐start their media. An appealing logo, well‐designed menu, tailored social media, and informative website can make or break a business.

“When you’re a small farm or just starting out, you don’t always have disposable income for media,” says Danielle, Project Manager and manager of the Empire program. “AIF understands that and looks for a mutually beneficial resolution; boosting the exposure and business of our vendors and customers means more business for us as well. That these people have been working with us for years makes this program all the more rewarding; we are more than happy to help strengthen the business between us.”

To best assist local customers and vendors, Adventure in Food ( has partnered with DG Sites to provide a free service to valued vendors and clients alike. Each year,three vendors and three restaurants are selected out of a pool of applicants for a media makeover. Photography, design, SEO, and implementation is catered to each business on an individual basis to ensure the best exposure possible for your business.

“I have always had the goal of starting a nonprofit or charity that gives back to the community,” says Guenther. “We have always been fortunate to give back to our local community through charitable events and fundraisers, but through the Empire 87 program, we are able to help small, local businesses grow without cost to them, and in return see the entire community benefit.”

DGSites is currently under construction, but please send an email ( for guidelines and further information on how to apply for Small Business Assistance. Visit Adventure in Food’s page to view a portfolio of clients who have been or are in the process of receiving the services of their new program.

An Actual Press Release on Kristen Gillibrand’s Letterhead About Food
The following is the full unedited press release I received:


New Legislation Would Expand Markets For Farmers And Address Crucial Production, Aggregation, Processing, Marketing, and Distribution Needs for Farmers and Ranchers

There Are Nearly 8,000 Farmers Market in the U.S. Contributing Nearly $1.2 Billion in Annual Sales

Wilton, NY – After touring the Healthy Living Market in Wilton Mall, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced new legislation that would expand markets for farmers and increase the availability of nutritious locally-grown food for consumers. The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act would help New York farmers by addressing production, aggregation, marketing and distribution needs while helping consumers access and afford fresh, nutritious food.

“By investing in local and regional agriculture, we are investing in healthy economies and healthy communities,” said Senator Gillibrand, the first New Yorker to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly four decades. “This legislation would promote sustainable agriculture, expands access to credit and markets for Capital Region and New York farmers, and increases access to local, affordable fresh produce for our communities.”

“Working with local farmers and producers is something Healthy Living is famous for,” said Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, Owner and General Manger of Healthy Living Market. “We started almost 30 years ago buying a few cucumbers and tomatoes at a time from tiny farms with no outlets to sell to, and have grown to be one of the largest buyers and sellers of local products. We are so thrilled that Senator Gillibrand has made this bill a priority, because the more support and love we can give to local farmers and producers, the better.”

“I appreciate the dedicated work and on-going support Senator Gillibrand demonstrates for local farms in the Capital Region,” said Justine Denison of Denison Farm in Schaghticoke. “We, consumers and farmers, all benefit from programs and assistance that create multiple means to produce and make accessible healthy food for all. This legislation sets us on the path to do just that.”

Aimed at helping more farmers sell their products directly to consumers, the legislation would create jobs by assisting farmers engaged in local and regional agriculture by addressing production, aggregation, processing, marketing, and distribution needs. It would also ensure that consumers – particularly low-income families and seniors – have better access to nutritious, locally-grown food. Direct-to-consumer agriculture sales produce $1.2 billion in annual revenues.

Local and regional agriculture is a major economic driver in the farm economy. While in 1970 farmers markets were few and far between, there are now almost 8,000 farmers markets throughout the United States. There has been an increase in the number of farmers markets of more than 150 percent since 2000. On the heels of that expansion, we are witnessing the rapid growth of local food markets that have scaled up beyond direct marketing and a renewal of mid-tier regional food system enterprises. According to USDA, local food sales now account for $5 billion annually. Together these markets represent important new job growth and economic development opportunities.

The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act will support job creation by improving federal farm bill programs that support local and regional farm and food systems. This legislation will help farmers engaged in local and regional agriculture by addressing production, aggregation, processing, marketing, and distribution needs. This legislation will also assist consumers by improving access to healthy food and direct and retail markets. This legislation will provide more secure funding for critically important programs that support family farms, expand new farming opportunities, and invest in the local agriculture economy.

Moms Like Breakfast
The following was kind of like a press releases, but more like an email. Anyway, they asked me to pass along the following information, so that’s what I’m doing. As far as buffet brunches go, I’m sure the one at NWBB will be great.

Coming Sunday, May 12th & Sunday May 19th- NWBB’s Buffet Brunches!

Celebrate your special days with family at NWBB! We’ll be offering up our wildly popular Brunch Buffet on Mother’s Day as well as for Graduation weekend this year. Menu’s to be posted on our website soon, but for now-pricing and times are as follows;

MOTHER’S DAY: Sunday, May 12th. Brunch from 11-3PM, $28 adults & $15 children twelve and under.
GRADUATION WEEKEND: Sunday, May 19th. Brunch from 11-4PM, $28 adults & $15 children twelve and under.

Call to make reservations; 518.694.0520

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2013 10:57 am

    Firestone Brewery obscure? (that was a question.) Their Union Jack is undeniably one of America’s finest Stone-style IPAs.


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