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Funday: Cooking and Snacking

September 12, 2014

Believe it or not, but it’s been three weeks since the last Sell Out Funday. What’s Sell Out Funday you ask? Fair question. Well, it’s when I post the collected press releases of the week and share them on the blog. It used to be Sell Out Saturday, then it migrated to Sell Out Sunday. But when I stopped posting anything over the weekends, I renamed the feature Sell Out Funday.

Some weeks there are a ton. But there has been a dry spell lately.

These days I’ve been getting more sleazy solicitations for sponsored content. Everyone wants to write stories with embedded links to their clients, it would seem.

Actually, the two releases the follow have been sitting in my inbox for a while. But the first one is for an event scheduled for next week. The second one is for a series of cooking classes that run through the month of September, including a modestly compelling one scheduled for later today.

Hope you are sitting down, because we’re starting out in the Mediterranean.

The Cheese Traveler To Host Traditional, Artisanal Spanish Tapas Class
Where: The Cheese Traveler, 540, Delaware Ave, Albany
When: September 18, 2014, 7-9 PM
Cost: $40, Go to or call or visit the shop to purchase tickets.

The Cheese Traveler, Delaware Avenue’s European-style cheese shop, will host a Traditional, Artisanal Spanish Tapas Tasting class with Maestro Español at its shop at 540 Delaware Avenue in Albany on September 18, 2014.

Spaniards have a very active social life. The weather, the infrastructure of cities, tight social networks, and the large number of bars and restaurants contribute to a bustling life in the street. Food and drink are at the center of daily activity during regular meetings amongst friends, relatives and colleagues. Tapas play an important role in these encounters and have a rich and complex history. They vary region by region and bars often have specific tapas that are their claim to fame.

In this tasting class, team taught taught by Maestro Español — Yuri Morejón from Bilbao, Spain and Dr. Marcela Garcés, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Siena College — and Eric Paul of The Cheese Traveler, attendees will taste some popular artisanal tapas and cheeses and talk about the cultural connotations of cuisines in Spain: culinary customs, the history of tapas, and Spanish expressions related to food.

“The culinary traditions of Spain have grown in popularity as Americans have traveled abroad and begun to enjoy the tradition of small plates typified by the Spanish tapas,” said Eric Paul, proprietor of The Cheese Traveler. “We are very excited to offer this class and enjoy these authentic traditions with the talents of Maestro Español.”

For ticket information go to or call The Cheese Traveler at 518-443-0440.


(Latham, N.Y.) – Beginning September 4, the Cooking School @ Market Bistro by Price Chopper will be offering a variety of classes that range from basic cooking to more advanced recipes and skill levels, including; ethnic foods, quick meals, appetizers, baking and pastry classes. The registration fee for each class ranges from $20 to $60.

Friday, September 12; 6 to 9 pm
Italian Favorites
Participants will create and enjoy some favorite “cibo di conforto” meals including penne á la vodka, braciole and beans and greens. (Registration: $55 per person (wine served))

Saturday, September 13; 11am to 1pm OR 3 to 5pm
Junior Chef: Kids Cook Italian
Culinary students ages 9-14 (ages 15-17 are welcome) will learn how to make how to make a family favorite and you can give mom the night off. Dishes include spaghetti and meatballs; homemade marinara sauce; garlic bread and chocolate-dipped cannoli (Registration: $30 per person)

Sunday, September 14; 11am to 2pm (demonstrations begin every half hour)
School Tour and Demonstration
Stop in to see The Cooking School’s own Chef John demonstrate potato pancakes with sour cream and cranberry apple butter. Grab a sample, a brochure and talk with our Culinary Team to see what classes are coming this fall. (FREE/No registration required)

Tuesday, September 16; 6 to 9pm
Popular Restaurant Sauces
We’ll take the mystery out of sauces featured in many restaurants with simple one-pan sauces for chicken, pork, and seafood. Recipes include chicken Française, a lemon and white wine sauce; pork Marsala, a hearty brown sauce with Marsala wine and mushrooms and poached salmon Beurre Blanc, a creamy herb and butter sauce.
(Registration: $55 per person (wine served))

Thursday, September 18; 12 to 1 pm
Lunch and Learn: Cheeseburger in Paradise
Chef John gives the all-American classic burger a makeover with a tropical twist. Participants will enjoy a Caribbean-Style Burger (a blend of pork and beef) served with mango ketchup, plantain chips, and key lime pie. (Registration: $20 per person)

Friday, September 19; 6 to 9 pm
Girls Night Out: Chocolate Decadence
Can’t go a day without chocolate? We’ve got you covered with delicious desserts to satisfy any chocolate craving. Recipes include: chocolate truffles; chocolate mousse and lava cake. (Registration: $55 per person (light fare and wine served))

Saturday, September 20; 1 to 4 pm
Canning Workshop
Capture the flavors of the harvest to enjoy year round. You’ll try them all and take home a jar of each sauce to show off your newly found canning skills. Participants will make tomato basil sauce served with fresh pasta; apple-cranberry relish; and fresh fruit jams served with assorted crackers. (Registration: $55 per person)

Tuesday, September 23; 6 to 9 pm
Gluten-Free Fall Baking
Guest Instructor and author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking and How to Cook Gluten-FreeElizabeth Barbone welcomes fall with wonderful gluten-free treats. Recipes include rustic apple pie, spicy pumpkin bread, layered
trifle; grilled pumpkin bread with pear compote and molasses cookies. Recipes shown and sampled during class will contain dairy, with dairy-free substitutions discussed in class. (Registration: $55 per person)

Wednesday, September 24; 6 to 9 pm
Create some great tailgating recipes to go along with the big game, whether you’re watching from the stands or from the couch. Recipes include: Buffalo chicken wing dip; Commissioner’s crab dip; Philly cheesesteak pinwheels; Cowboy chili; and game day BBQ kabobs. (Registration: $55 per person (beer served))

Thursday, September 25; 6 to 9 pm
The Art of Risotto
In Italy, risotto is served as the “primo” (first course), but has become popular as a side or entrée. Participants will make wild mushroom risotto; butternut squash and farro risotto; and seafood risotto. (Registration: $55 per person (wine served))

Saturday, September 27; 12 to 1 pm
Lunch and Learn: Guest Chef Momma Jean Marotta
Guest Chef and author of Momma Jean’s Kitchen Cookbook Momma Jean Marotta will demonstrate and participants will enjoy a lunch of her fan favorite recipe, spaghetti and meatballs. (Registration: $20 per person)

Tuesday, September 30; 6 to 9 pm
Baking Breakfast
Participants will bake items that will have everyone to the breakfast table on time. Recipes include: strata; seasonal muffins; sour cream coffee cake; and Rachael Ray’s oven home fries. (Registration: $55 per person)

Register online at or by visiting The Cooking School @ Market Bistro.

Located in the Latham Price Chopper (873 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110), the Cooking School @ Market Bistro by Price Chopper is a state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with hands-on cooking stations where attendees can learn to cook or expand cooking expertise. Each station is fully stocked with appliances, knives, and cooking equipment designed to resemble a home kitchen. Both hands-on and demonstration cooking classes are offered, including classes for children. With a wide variety of themes, classes will be taught by a member of Price Chopper’s Cooking School Culinary Team, as well as guests such as local chefs, nutrition experts, and cookbook authors.

About Price Chopper: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 134 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 51% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit

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