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Funday: Better Than Raking

October 10, 2014

It still doesn’t quite look like fall foliage is at its peak in the Capital Region. But this is really a great time to be upstate. The trees are so much prettier here than they are in New Jersey. It’s one of the good things about being back home.

There’s also a lot going on. Some restaurants and event organizers send me press releases, and occasionally, I’m even able to post them on the FLB before the events actually happen. Today is one of those times.

Take the event happening on Saturday for example. If you are lucky enough to be holding an All Over Albany Tournament of Pizza Finals party ticket, this event could be a good pregame activity. And if not, it would be a great way to drown your sorrows. But that’s just the beginning.

I’ve also included one press release about a punk band that’s coming to town. Sure, it’s not something you’ll find on other food blogs, but how many other food bloggers had GG Allin’s band play a set in their house? It was an unforgettable experience.

But we’ll still start and end with food.

Saratoga Food Fanatic and Network Saratoga To Host First Annual International Flavorfeast

Saratoga Springs, NY – September 26, 2014 – On Saturday, October 11 from 11am to 4pm, travel the streets of downtown Saratoga Springs while you feast on flavors from various countries in the inaugural Saratoga International Flavorfeast.

Beginning at 9am on October 11, pick up your Flavorfeast passport in front of Fingerpaint Marketing on the corner of Broadway and Division Street and plan your itinerary to travel to the following destinations for $1 food samples from around the world: Alaturco Mediterranean Grill, Capriccio Saratoga, Chez Pierre Restaurant, Henry St. Taproom, The Inn at Saratoga, Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille, The Merry Monk, The Mexican Connection, Mingle on the Avenue, Park Side Eatery, Parting Glass Pub, Phila Fusion, Prime at Saratoga National, Ravenous, Saratoga 5 Points Market & Deli, Savory Pantry, Sperry’s Restaurant, Sushi Thai Garden, T.C. Paris, Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar, and The Wine Bar. AAA Northway will also be on site.

“The Capital Region has become increasingly diverse in culture as a result of Global Foundries and the employees it draws from all over the world,” said Fran Dingeman, owner of Network Saratoga. “The Saratoga International Flavorfeast was created as a celebration to highlight the International food styles that make Saratoga Springs a unique and diverse culinary experience.”

“By offering $1 samples and free admission, the International Flavorfeast will allow attendees the opportunity to taste foods they haven’t tried in the past,” said Ashley Dingeman, owner and writer of “This will also allow for chefs to showcase their talents, providing a food sample that’s specific to the ethnicity they have chosen to represent.”

In addition to food samples, there will be the option of purchasing a $5 wrist band at the Fingerpaint Marketing registration table granting access to 5 International beer samples at various participating restaurants. This option is only available to those 21 years of age or older, and is limited to the first 200 registrants. Souvenir Peroni plastic cups will also be available, while supplies last, courtesy of Decrescente Distributing.

The Saratoga International Flavorfeast will include entertainment and trolley tours during the event from 11am to 2pm. The event is presented by Saratoga Food Fanatic and Network Saratoga with support from the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Decrescente Distributing, Saratoga Convention and Tourism, Adirondack Trust Company, Skidmore College, Social Radiant, Fingerpaint Marketing, The Saratogian and the Downtowner Motel.

For more information, visit or call 518-365-3459.

A Smart Alternative to the Wine & Dine Festivals from a local Restaurant Group

Join us at Forno Bistro on Sunday October 26th from 1:00 – 3:00 for our 3rd Annual Corks, Cuisine & Colors, an Exclusive Wine & Food Tasting event created to thank our guests. The event will feature 60 different wines as well as menu tastings from Forno Bistro, Chianti Ristorante, Pasta Pane and Boca Bistro. All proceeds will be donated to Kaitlin’s Korner, an inclusive playground coming to Saratoga County and a place where children of all abilities can come and play as one.

Corks, Cuisine & Colors is open to the public. Attendees who are not DZ Restaurant Preferred Guest members can sign-up on the day of the event. The $10 donation to support Kaitlin’s Korner is suggested, but not required.

Corks, Cuisine & Colors | October 26 | 1:00 – 3:00 | Forno Bistro | 541 Broadway | Saratoga Springs | 518-581-2401

See the event on Facebook –

Old Dirty British Punk Band Comes to the Low Beat

Original London punk rockers, The Pork Dukes, will be making a very rare appearance in the Capital Region on Monday October 27 at the Low Beat. The band will be joined by local noisemakers Neutron Rats, Bourbon Scum and Rochester NY’s Rotten UK. This performance will mark the first time these long-running tongue and cheek punk rockers have ever ventured north of New York City for a show since their inception. The Pork Dukes will also be performing in Wallingford CT on October 29 with Damn Broads! and on October 30 in Erving MA with cult favorites the Pajama Slave Dancers.

The Pork Dukes combine the musical stylings of the Buzzcocks, The Only Ones and Rezillos with the toilet humor that might even make the late GG Allin blush. Okay, maybe not there’s no denying the songs are catchy even if the subject matter is edgy.

The Pork Dukes will appear at the Low Beat on Monday October 27. The doors are at 7pm with the first band beginning shortly thereafter. The Low Beat is located at 335 Central Avenue in Albany NY. Please call 518-432-6572 for more information.

Speaking of Old Things, Here’s Some Old News You May Have Missed

Latham, N.Y.—After undergoing a series of renovations, the flagship location of Wolf’s 1-11 at 111 Wolf Road recently unveiled their new look along with an improved menu after a three month long renovation.

During the work, Wolf’s 1-11 converted areas of the restaurant to accommodate additional private parties and corporate events, as requests for these services continue to grow. At the same time, the dining room has also been expanded, combining with the bar to create a larger area for regular patrons.

“Our goal is to continue our friendly atmosphere and give guests a more exciting, user friendly option to hold their functions,” says Mike Diraddo, Owner. “The expansion will also allow us to make it possible for us to promote and hold Comedy nights and large scale entertainment events.”

Wolf’s 1-11 plans to use this new space to feature Comedy nights along with large scale Live entertainment events, a new venture for the restaurant and bar. “The remodel will simply allow us to tighten our focus while having the opportunity to try new things,” says Dirrado. In addition to planned live entertainment, the planned comedy shows will be shown in conjunction with the Comedy Works


After opening the flagship location in 2009, Wolf’s 1-11 has become a premier outlet in the Capital Region for sports, food, and fun, opening a second location at the Times Union Center in 2011. Providing a family friendly, work friendly, and sports friendly environment, Wolf’s offers a comfortable atmosphere for your corporate event, dinner with the family, and to come and watch any sporting event. While you are here, our great food and offering of 30 beers on tap will satisfy any diner.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Josh K. permalink
    October 12, 2014 6:43 pm

    What was your opinion of having the general populace do the voting in the final found?

    I thought it was a great idea until two people standing near me mixed up the pizza and voted for the wrong ones. I wonder how many other people messed that up.

    Also, did you think being served the lukewarm pizza hurt the pizza?

    I felt like Marino’s meat pizza really held up because of all the toppings overcomensaiting for the cool temperature while Defazio’s crust suffered. While Marino’s veggie just became a gooey mess that did not cool well, while Defazio’s fared much better there.. It was a beautiful day to be outside, but eating outside definitely hurt the pizza.

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