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Funday Comes Early

March 26, 2015

Last night was All Over Albany’s seventh birthday party. And man am I tired. As always, it was a great time. I had some stimulating conversations with interesting people, but none of them were long enough and like always, I hungered for more.

There were some people who I only got a chance to wave at from across a crowded room. Some people I only saw as they were leaving. It’s why after every AOA party, I wish these were quarterly affairs, and not just annual outings.

This was also my first time in the the Takk House, and it’s a fantastic venue. Now I’m curious how long it will take before the downstairs bowling lanes are refurbished.

Anyhow, now I’m tired. And I got this one press release just this week for an event that’s happening tonight. It’s a bit pricey, but still the money goes to support a worthwhile effort. And I’m sure it will be a night of tasty delights.

Here’s what you need to know (unedited except for the addition of some carriage returns).

For immediate release

2nd Annual TASTES of the World to be Held

Albany – On Thursday, March 26th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM please join the International Center of the Capital Region for TASTES of the World: the 2nd Annual International Food Tasting Festival. The event will be held at the Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Center located at 339 Central Avenue.

This year’s Honorary Chair is Professor/CAV Philip J. DiNovo, President/Director of the American Italian Heritage Association and the Italian Cultural Center and Museum. To help honor Prof./ CAV DiNovo for his nearly forty years of dedication to Italian-American culture, the Hon. Vice Consul Comm. Stefano Acunto will be in attendance on behalf of the Consul General of Italy and representing the Italian Government.

The Emcee for the evening will be Trishna Begam, Anchor & Reporter from News10.

Participating restaurant/producers include: Champy’s Jamaican and American Cuisine, Flavors of India, Grappa ’72, Irie Vybez, Nino’s Deli and Subs, Nut Zez, Pie in the Sky Bakery, R&G Cheesemakers, Sukothai, Terra Albany, Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar, We Do Fondue, and Yono’s. Restaurant.

They will be joined by the Albany Pump Station and NYS vintners, Brotherhood Winery (America’s Oldest Winery) and Capoccia Vineyards and Winery.

Live entertainment will include : acapella singer Rafi Topalian, Henna painting, Bagpiper Connor Munro, and the Veena Chandra & Devesh Chandra Duo. There will also be a Live and a Bucket Auction taking place during the event.

Tickets which are $50 for general admission and $35 for young professional (35 years and younger), are available through WAMC at or by calling ICCR at (518) 708-7608. Proceeds from the event will benefit ICCR’s educational and community initiatives.

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