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Funday: Grilling, Chalking, Chefing & Giving

May 8, 2015

This may be the most Funday yet. In case you’ve forgotten, I like to hold on to press releases and share them with you in one big batch.

Your feelings on press releases may vary. I like them. Right now I’m a bit too tired to go into that in detail. But if you want to press me on the matter, we can talk about it more later. For now, there’s a lot of news to share.

The first one is actually, truly a game changer. The next has to do with Tulip Fest and something to look at should you get sick of gazing at photographers taking pictures of tulips. Third is an open invitation to a party celebrating the arrival of a new chef. Finally, there are three separate crowd sourcing fundraising campaigns.

There were supposed to be four, but Scott Brooks must be behind in his schedule to get the kickstarter campaign going. He has a vision to bring downtown Albany “its first whole food eatery.” But the kickstarter was supposed to launch on 5/7 or 5/8. I can’t find it.

Well, we’ll just have to do this without him

Award-winning specialty food shop acquires tavern license; begins season of Friday Night Cookouts on May 8

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 6, 2015) — The Cheese Traveler, the award winning cheese and specialty food shop located on Delaware Avenue in Albany, announced it will now serve craft beverages by the bottle, in addition to the kickoff of their now-annual Friday Night Cookouts series on Friday, May 8.

The Cheese Traveler’s new tavern license will allow the shop to serve wine, beer, and hard cider along with prepared food, as well as for off-premise consumption. The shop will focus on sourcing products from smaller estate wineries, and craft beer and cider producers. With the license, customers can now enjoy select alcoholic beverages creatively paired with in-house cheese and charcuterie plates, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and popular seasonal cookouts.

“We are excited about the addition of wines, beers, and ciders along with what we have to offer here at the shop. We understand that small wine, beer, and cider producers pay the same great attention to detail as we do with the cheeses and specialty food items we stock in our store,” says Eric Paul, proprietor of The Cheese Traveler. “We saw an opportunity here with limited beer, cider, and wine options on Delaware Avenue, and we took it. The Cheese Traveler is thrilled to be able to bring it together in one place.”

On Friday, May 8, the Cheese Traveler will begin their Friday Night Cookouts series. The menu will rotate every few weeks and feature locally raised meat, seafood, and seasonal vegetables. The Cheese Traveler sells organic beef and pork from Tilldale Farm, fish from Fin, and has developed many relationships with great producers when they sold their cheeses at farmers markets over the last three years.

“With our new license, the Friday Night Cookout series only looks to improve from last year’s success. The reception we had so far has been outstanding and we look forward to some innovative pairings with local craft producer brands,” Paul continued.

The Cheese Traveler will also have a bottle program which will stock singles and packs for customers to pair and purchase with available cheeses, cured meats, and specialty items. Additionally, The Cheese Traveler will announce their schedule for guided tastings that will be held at the shop.

For more information, visit

Drawing Up Central: 3rd Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2015 10am-2pm
WHERE: 283 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206

Equinox Inc. and the Central Avenue Business Improvement District have partnered with the City of Albany to present “Drawing Up Central,” a sidewalk chalk art contest on Central Avenue. This community-wide event, which is part of The City of Albany’s 67th Annual Tulip Fest, will feature artists from all over the region competing for cash and prizes in a sidewalk chalk art contest.

Families, students, and organizations are invited to watch these talented individuals create their masterpieces right on Central Avenue’s sidewalks.

“Events like this happen around the country and go a long way toward providing youth and families with a sense of ownership and a connection to local businesses,” says Anthony Capece, Executive Director of the Central Avenue Business Improvement District in Albany. “They also build a sense of place, and contribute to Central Avenue’s reputation as a destination for visitors.”

“We’re so excited about this event, and its potential to give the youth we serve a positive outlet for creativity,” says Dorothy Cucinelli, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer for Equinox, Inc.

Drawing Up Central is sponsored by the Central Avenue Business Improvement District, Equinox, Inc., Capitalize Albany Corporation, Honest Weight Food Co-op, Historic Albany Foundation, Arlene’s Artist Materials, and All Over Albany.

“With events like this we can build stronger connections to our local businesses,” says Sarah Reginelli, President of Capitalize Albany Corporation. “It gives visitors a unique experience. If you’ve never taken a walk down Central Ave before, this is one of the most exciting ways to see it and it’s a great excuse to get out of the house, go shopping or enjoy a new restaurant.”

“Honest Weight is delighted to help support this year’s “Drawing Up Central,” with its emphasis on local businesses, the value of community involvement, and of course the fun of creativity!” says Lily Bartels, Communications Leader for Honest Weight Food Co-op.

“Events like this remind people that they are members of a creative, bright, and colorful community,” says Susan Holland, Executive Director for the Historic Albany Foundation. “Historic Albany Foundation is proud to be a part of it.”

High Peaks Resort Introduces New Executive Chef, Cory Rohrbach
-Adirondack Inspired Cuisine Informed By International Experience-

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – LAKE PLACID, NY – MAY 6, 2015) – High Peaks Resort is excited to announce the arrival of their new Executive Chef, Cory Rohrbach. Chef Rohrbach’s experience in Germany and Brazil with classical and local cuisines will create a unique marriage of food and flavors inspired by the Adirondacks and interpreted through his international experiences.

Chef Rohrbach is joining High Peaks Resort at an exciting time as summer approaches. Later this month, the resort’s outdoor restaurant, formerly known as Outdoors at Dancing Bears, will open under its new name – “The Deck”. The Deck will offer a market driven menu that will change weekly and allow Chef Rohrbach to introduce his unique culinary perspective to the community, while maximizing the use of locally sourced products.

“I am thrilled to be joining the High Peaks Resort team,” said Chef Rohrbach. “I am excited by the history of Adirondack cooking and the interesting ways I can infuse that with my experience in international cuisines.”

“Chef Cory’s passion not only for cooking, but for sharing and exchanging experiences with young cooks and chefs made him the ideal choice for the resort,” said Chris Mihalvi, Food & Beverage Director. “We can’t wait to see how his varied experience impacts all of the resort’s food & beverage offerings from Dancing Bears, to The Deck to our weddings and catered events.”

The Deck officially opens on Saturday, May 23 with a party from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Local band Double Axel will provide the entertainment along with raffles and a silent auction to benefit The Joshua Fund. The event is free and open to the public.

About High Peaks Resort
High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, New York overlooks Mirror Lake for an outstanding mountain getaway experience. Surrounded by the six-million-acre Adirondack wilderness park with thousands of miles of trails for hiking and biking, and hundreds of lakes for fishing, High Peak Resort’s beautiful accommodations offer direct waterfront access. Lake House at High Peaks Resort, a modern Adirondack retreat, offers rooms with breathtaking lake and mountain views. The resort offers three restaurants; two indoor and two outdoor swimming pools; fitness center; Aveda Spa & Salon, and complimentary waterfront activities. You can follow High Peaks Resort on Facebook and Twitter; and Lake House at High Peaks Resort on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Go Fund Me: Support Farm Fresh to Market

Farm Fresh To Market is an online food magazine with a farmers market directory, food videos and content about local businesses.

This August will be our third anniversary. We have flourished by way of volunteers who have been willing to write content and produce videos for this worthwhile project: promoting fresh, local food.

I would like to pay our videographers and writers – even if the amount is a token of appreciation. It will be impossible to keep producing the magazine without funds to support it.

Honest Weight Co-op has been a major financial supporter from the beginning. Others are: El Loco Restaurant Mio Vino, Nine Pin Cider, Deanna Fox, Daniel Berman,Ric Orlando, Golden Lamb Productions, Mel eMedia,Jose Filameno,Jamie Ortiz, Different Drummer’s Kitchen, KitchenAid and countless local farms and farmer’s markets.

A small contribution will go a long way to making this collaborative wonderful magazine thrive and grow!

Check out a video and our website!

Go Fund Me: The Sentinel Butchery

My name is Emily Petersen, I am a whole animal butcher. I want to put a butcher shop in Troy NY called “The Sentinel Butchery” using local farms and slaughter houses. My goal is to source from ethical, sustainable, humane farms that pasture raise animals without the use of growth promotants and preventative antibiotics. I believe an animal should have a life worth living before it’s slaughtered for consumption. We will be breaking down whole carcasses using the time honored, traditional hoof to horn techniques that have almost been lost in our modern food systems. We want to contribute to the already thriving community in Troy, a product, resource, and service that will be unparalleled in the surrounding area. We will be offering fresh, hand crafted cuts of pork, beef and chicken as well as a rotational menu of hot, meaty sandwiches, charcuterie and a multitude of other incredible local retail items. Classes, meat shares, catering and restaurant consultation are all on deck to round out our list of services. All of this will be happening in a wonderful location on River Street in historic downtown Troy, right where the farmers market sets up in the summer. It really is a perfect fit! Please check out our rewards! Thanks for your support and I look forward to seeing you at the shop!


Indie GoGo: Upstate Diary

Hi, My name is Kate Orne. I’m a photographer and former editor at Interview magazine. I moved to upstate New York more than 5 years ago after living in NYC for 20+ years. I was tired of the noise and concrete and I longed to be close to nature in a way similar to how I had grown up in Sweden.

As a creator I have often felt isolated in my work ( perhaps even more so when I lived in the city ) but I’ve always loved talking with fellow creators, learning what keeps them up at night and what gets them up in the morning, learning about things that I had perhaps not thought about or about those things or ideas to which I had not been previously exposed.

So I started to reach out to artists and creators whom I admired, whom lived upstate, to discover what was going on in their minds & lives.

In the process, I created photo essays and engaged in powerful, insightful and intimate one-on-one conversations with some amazing talent including:

– Melissa Auf der Maur, formerly of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins.
– David Ross, former Director of the Whitney Museum & SFMOMA.
– Roger Ross William, the first African American to receive an Academy Award for Directing & Producing a Short or Feature.
– Woody Pirtle the legendary Graphic Designer.
– And many more…

And thus, Upstate Diary was born; Set in the sanctuaries, homes and work spaces of these creators and presenting the reader with their most private thoughts. I have learned that we all need to be inspired, whether we are creatively inclined or not, and that on this earth we all share passion, conflicts, dreams, struggle and insecurities – this is life itself.

The online version of Upstate Diary was launched November 1st, 2014 and was very well received. It is currently read in over 15 countries.

Now I want to create the first Print Edition; something for the reader to hold, to touch – I want to achieve a more intimate feeling.

And your contribution will make this happen!

The first print edition will be a released this summer. It will be a beautifully made collector’s item and will be available upstate, in the NYC and via Upstate Diary.

You will definitely learn something new, find something new, become inspired by these stories and be inspired to explore further.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 8, 2015 11:08 am

    I like curated press releases. Thanks!

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