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Funday: Consortium Sandwich

November 7, 2014

The blog goes through phases. Years ago it seemed like I wrote about Chipotle all. the. time. Then favored status moved on to All Good Bakers. I think The Cheese Traveler had a turn. Recently it seems like I’ve been writing about The Chefs’ Consortium a lot.

Part of the current phase has to do with guilt. I’ve been slow to pick back up where I left off, writing stories for the group’s website. But I’ve also been slow to resume my writing for All Over Albany. And for that matter, the output of my Yelp reviews has slowed to a trickle.

All of these activities should resume once I finish this side project I somehow took on.

I mention the Chefs’ Consortium bit, because today is somehow Friday again. And there are three events coming up I want to share with you. Two of them are related to the consortium. I may even be able to make it to one of them.

Oakwood Soul Cafe (Troy)

When: Monday, November 10
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Where: Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th Street, Troy
Cost: Suggested donation $3 (pay what you can)

I’ve never been to one of these, but I’ve heard good things. The Facebook page says that the event is put on with support from the Chefs’ Consortium. I don’t know what that means, but I do know that chef Ellie Markovitch is involved. And I know that of all the chefs in the group, her ideas on food may be closest to my own. We share an odd kinship for beans.

Anyhow, Monday is going to be Moroccan night. Dinner is going to consist of a vegetarian harira soup, baked chicken tagine, raw carrot salad with almonds and honey, and some kind of dessert. They also promise live music, fun and surprises.

But more importantly, it’s a chance to sit down with strangers friends you haven’t met yet and break bread as part of a Capital Region community.

Schenectady Greenmarket Local Harvest Dinner

When: Wednesday, November 12
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: River Stone Manor, Glenville
Cost: $50

Help support the Schenectady Greenmarket. Your market. Sustained by the community. A place where local foods, artisan goods, music and fellowship come together.

The evening includes a buffet dinner prepared with locally grown products, a silent auction, and live music. Here’s the menu:

Cocktail Hour
-Cheese Display, Palatine Valley Dairy, Danascara Cheese and R&G Cheese, crackers from Saratoga Cracker Co.
– Meat Platter
-Dip and Spread Display, 3 Chicks and a P, Freddy’s Rockin Hummus, Pika’s Farm Table and Pucker’s Gourmet Pickles
-Spinach and Mushroom Pinwheels, Mariaville Mushroom Men
-Roasted Vegetable Flat Bread Pizzas
-Sausage and Pepper Puffs, Highland Farm and Cornell Farm
-Caponata Phyllo Cups, Cornell Farm
-Baked Goat Cheese with Roasted Beet Bruschetta, Our Daily Bread

Dinner Buffet
-Honey Roasted Apple Salad with Candied Pecans, Fresh Greens and Shaved Cheddar Cheese, Maynard Farms and Palatine Valley Dairy cheese
-Vegetable Jambalaya with Rice (vegetarian)*
-Roasted Root Vegetable Medley (vegetarian)*
-Sautéed Beans and Greens (vegetarian)*
-Slider Station, Highland Farm, Mariaville Farm and Sweet Tree Farm
-Roast Pork with Apple Date Chutney and Cider Rum Sauce, Bella Terra Farm

* Please note: most vegetarian dishes will be vegan. All items will be marked vegetarian or vegan the night of the event.

Dessert
-Pumpkin and Apple Pie a la mode

For more than five years, Schenectady Greenmarket has provided a connection to local foods and artisanal goods. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the market works to unite the community with the rich agricultural resources that surround us. Your ticket purchase or outright donation helps support market operations, maintain access to local food, support education initiatives, preserve open space AND create a vibrant downtown.

Purchase your tickets here.

Chefs’ Consortium Fundraiser for Educational Programming

When: November 20
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Where: City Beer Hall, 42 Howard Street, Albany, NY 12207
Cost: $35

On November 20th, the Chefs’ Consortium joins forces with fellow Consortium member and City Beer Hall Executive Chef Dimitrios Menagias to promote local artisanal beer and the work of the Chefs’ Consortium. Artisanal beers will be featured throughout the evening with food pairings that incorporate the local brewery’s products into each chef’s culinary creations.

Featured Breweries:
-Chatham Brewing
-Crossroads Brewing Company
-Nine Pin Cider Works
-Rare Form Brewing Company

Featured Producers:
-Hawthorne Valley Farm
-Honest Weight Food Co-Op
-Hudson Valley Farm Hub
-Northwind Farms
-R & G Cheese Works

Event includes food and beer and cider pairings, locally curated art for purchase and live music by Smoove Groove (feat. members of the Chronicles). Attendees will receive a 20% discount coupon for dinner at the City Beer Hall and $1 off all drinks all night long.

City Beer Hall is a cherished Albany establishment that sells internationally and locally crafted beer with regionally sourced, seasonal gastro-pub fare.

Proceeds will benefit the ongoing efforts of the Chefs’ Consortium, a 501(c) (3) which educates communities about local food. Tickets will cost $35. You’ll find a link on the CC site.

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  1. November 8, 2014 8:22 am

    Here’s a bit more about the Oakwood Soul Café. Oakwood was transitioning from a Church to a community center and during that time we coordinated with Amy Halloran and a few other neighbors to do monthly dinners usually with some kind of theme or cultural basis. Then as the community center worked on a business plan, I researched pay-what-you-can models in other places in the country and decided it was time we tried that here. With the help of many dedicated volunteers such as Ellie M and Chef’s Consortium, we network with HWFC and local farmers of the Troy Farmer’s Market and Placid Bakers to produce our popular dinners every 2nd Monday in Troy. Because of these donations, we find we can be very creative on a limited budget! We have also joyfully assisted Susan Fowler and her volunteers to launch the Albany Soul Cafe at Westminster Presbyterian on the last Monday of the month. Every town needs one of these!!!

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