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SOS: One Day, Three Bridges

May 19, 2013

George Washington to the Throgs Neck going down. Whitestone on the way back up the Taconic.

There are no food stories from Great Neck this time around. The trip was too short with too many children and too much of a focus on family. There wasn’t even time to pick up a braided everything bagel bread from the Bagel Hut to bring back to Mike at Albany Bagel Co. in honor of the venture’s first day at The Crossings farmers market.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t been stockpiling a bunch of press releases and other local clippings for upcoming events of interest. Speaking of stockpiles, I also have a box of three different Gatherer’s granolas and a bottle of Grade A maple by Tap House Syrup of Feura Bush, NY that I’ve been meaning to sample and potentially write about.

The comestibles can wait. They are good for a while. But lets move on to these stories of note, most of which are presented with little interruption from yours truly.

HATTIE’S™ Annual Crawfish Festival

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK) – May 14, 2013. Hattie’s™ Restaurant located at 45 Phila Street will be holding its annual Crawfish Festival on Monday, May 27th 2013.

This year, the offerings will include, Fresh crawfish by the pound, Hattie’s famous fried chicken, sausage and okra gumbo and peel and eat shrimp.  Hattie’s™  has the Capital district’s largest selection of Louisiana beers to choose from and will be launching their new summer drink menu which includes new drinks such as the Fresh Mint Margarita, Island Lime-aide and Firewater punch which is made with cherry moonshine.  The Garland Nelson Ensemble will once again provide entertainment.

“ We look forward to this day every year,” says Hattie’s™ chef and owner Jasper Alexander.  Alexander has the crawfish flown in fresh from a Louisiana company he has been doing business with for years.  “They have the freshest product and are wonderful to work with.  They love that we do this event “up North.”

Hattie’s Crawfish Festival takes place on
Monday May 27th
No reservations. Call 584.4790 for more details

Hattie’s™ Restaurant is open for dinner 7 days a week 5pm-10pm. Serving Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9am-2pm.

Hattie’s™ Chicken Shack in Wilton is open 7 days a week 11am-10pm

Hattie’s™ has been a Saratoga institution since 1938. This year marks Hattie’s™ 75th Anniversary.  In addition to Hattie’s™ original restaurant on Phila Street in Saratoga `Springs, the Alexander’s also operate Hattie’s™ Track Shack at the Saratoga Race Course and a quick service restaurant in Wilton New York.  The restaurant has achieved national recognition with features in The New York Times,Gourmet Magazine, Food and Wine and other prominent publications. In 2006, Hattie’s™ Restaurant was featured on the Food Network’s Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. and

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Slow Food Olive Oil and Food Sampling at Saratoga Olive Oil Company

We’re excited to partner with the Saratoga Olive Oil Company for a Slow Food Saratoga taste education event on Thursday, May 30th. Extra virgin olive oil has been part of life’s necessities since the beginning of time. The oldest olive trees alive are 4,000 years old and provided medicine, beauty aids and were important elements of religious rituals. This remarkable tree’s fruit provides us life-giving antioxidants and vitamins to help us live healthier, longer lives. Each extra virgin is unique; the oil’s aromatic properties are a reflection of terroir, varietal, and processing. These unique characteristics in each oil can be showcased by the food we pair them with and enjoyed with every course of the meal.

Come learn about the health benefits of olive oil and learn how to incorporate them into our every day lives.

Slow Food Menu

Melgarejo Arbequina
Oro Bailen Picual
Organic Sicilian Cerasuola
Portuguese Cobrancosa
Greek Koroneiki

Shrimp with Avocado Oro Bailen
Ricotta crostini with Local Honey and Portuguese Cobrancosa, Sea Salt
Anchovies with Peperonata and Sicilian Cerasuola
Asparagus, Shaved pecorino with Greek Koroneiki
Ice Cream with Melgarejo Arbequina

When: Thursday May 30th at 6pm
Where: Saratoga Olive Oil Company (Click here for a map)
How Much: $20
Slow Food Members: $18 (discount code: extravirgin)
Buy Tickets: 

Visit our website at and follow us on Facebook to learn about the latest events from Slow Food Saratoga.

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Official Grand Opening of Shmaltz Brewery in Clifton Park – July 7

For 16 years, Shmaltz championed contract brewing and developed a dedicated cult following around the award-winning HE’BREW – The Chosen Beer® and Coney Island Craft Lagers®. In breaking with tradition, Shmaltz opens its own New York State production brewery just 10 minutes north of Albany’s capital district. Shmaltz’s new home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 20,000 barrels of annual capacity. With a $3.25 million dollar budget and countless hours of planning and preparation, what began as an improbable fantasy only one year ago, has blossomed into a nearly 20,000 square foot brewing reality.

The new Shmaltz brewery will package 12 and 22 ounce bottles and kegs of their diverse core and seasonal favorites. Several new releases and collaborations are on tap for 2013, and Shmaltz will continue their acclaimed exploration of barrel-aging with a current inventory of more than 300 bourbon, rye whiskey, and tequila barrels. The brewery projects hiring upwards of 10 full time staff for the new operation in addition to the dozen staffers currently handling sales, marketing and contract brewing operations.

Even with this new beginning, Shmaltz will be piloted under the watchful and experienced eyes of the same dynamic team that’s brought the craft beer world many years of delicious beer and delicious shtick, including Jeremy Cowan (Proprietor), Bob Craven (General Manager), Matt Polacheck (Art Director), Zak Davis (National Sales Manager), Jesse P. Cutler (PR Director), and Paul McErlean (Consulting Brewmaster who created every recipe in Shmaltz’s family of beers).

Brewing production will begin in May 2013, and the official, public grand opening bash will take place on Sunday, July 7, 2013. Following the opening, craft beer enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the nectar of the new brewery gods at Shmaltz’s tasting room throughout the year. Brewery tours will be available to the public – times will be announced this summer.

What began in 1996 as a sincere experiment of 100 cases of beer delivered out of the back of founder Jeremy Cowan’s grandmother’s Volvo, has grown into a 200,000 case per year operation (over 12,000 barrels), grossing $3.9 million in sales in 2012, a 42% increase over 2011. The Shmaltz Tribe honors their contract brewing roots while embracing the miracle of new life in Clifton Park, NY, with its exciting expansion as a 50-barrel playground for brewing exceptional specialty beers and hosting a growing family of enthusiastic consumers at its new home. L’Chaim!

About Shmaltz Brewing Company
Ranked in 2013 as one of the “Top 100 Brewers in the World” by, Shmaltz won 9 Gold and 5 Silver Medals in the Word Beer Championships in 2012. A recipient of the “Distinguished Business Award” by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Shmaltz was also included in the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies” by San Francisco Business Times.

Established in San Francisco in 1996 with the first batch of 100 cases of HE’BREW Beer® bottled, labeled, and delivered by hand, Shmaltz has sold more than ten million bottles of beer to date. Along with their acclaimed line of HE’BREW Beers®, Shmaltz introduced its sideshow-inspired Coney Island Craft Lagers® which celebrate the spirit of “America’s Playground”. Shmaltz offerings are available in more than 30 states through 35 wholesalers at more than 3,500 retail specialty shops across the U.S.

In 2010/11, Shmaltz proprietor Jeremy Cowan published his small business memoir, Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How It Took 13 Years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to Make Shmaltz Brewing Company an International Success. A free sampling of Chapter One and suggested beer pairings, can be viewed at

With the opening of the “World’s Smallest Brewery” in Coney Island, NY (1-gallon at a time, since 2011), Cowan spearheaded the creation of the non-profit New York City Brewers Guild in 2012 and serves as its President.

Cowan recently appeared at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference to speak about the transition from contract brewing to in house production as well as small batch brand strategies. He has also presented at the Great American Beer Festival, BevNet’s Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.

Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, The Onion, Fox Business News, Beer Advocate Magazine, Celebrator Beer News, Ale Street News, NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” New York Magazine, Men’s Health, Playboy, Associated Press, Reuters, MSNBC, San Francisco Magazine, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, Washington Post, MAXIM,,,, and

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 19, 2013 12:15 pm

    Gatherers’ granola is great (we like the Squirrel Bait best) though pricy, bu you can get it in bulk at Healthy Living.

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