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Funday: Baby Steps

May 27, 2016

How does time move for you? For me it moves quickly. That means a restaurant that I think just opened may already have six months or more under its belt. And I realized that it’s been a while since I tackled a Sell Out Funday post, but when I looked at the archive, I discovered that it has been almost nine months since the last collection of press releases and notifications.

We could have made a baby in that time. Instead, what have we been doing? I’ve got no idea.

Well, I’ve gotten deeper into beer, thrown some kickass Yelp events, and survived winter. Now it’s starting to be the spring and summer season when the social calendar really heats up. It’s unreal. I’m going to be missing things left and right, including some presentation where my son will be awarded a certificate for “Outstanding Academic Achievement.” But dammit, the school shouldn’t have put that on a night that I was already triple booked.

Are you a little less busy? Looking for things to do? Wondering where the cool kids are going to be up to this weekend and beyond? I’m off to Detroit for a dear friend’s wedding. So I’ll be missing a lot of local things. Hopefully you can go and I can live vicariously through your experiences.

Friday Night Cookout:  5/27/16

The Cheese Traveler 2016 cookout season began May 6th and runs through September 30th. This season will be grilled for you by Chef Josh Coletto.

Enjoy your meal with a choice from our heavily curated selection of the best and most interesting craft beers, ciders, and fine wines available. Eat in store, on our patio, or take out.

Any grill item can be made gluten-free and served on gluten-free bread. Vegetarian options are always available.

2016 dinner service will run from 5-9 PM.

Here is a look at Chef Josh’s menu for this week.

monger’s choice cheese plate – $12
monger’s choice charcuterie plate – $12
monger’s choice cheese and charcuterie – $16

#1 – tilldale farm hamburger: bourbon caramelized onions, comte, truffle aioli, greens – $14
add foie gras – $20
#2 – hessian hill farm lamb burger: spruce aioli, jamon serrano, shaved onion, greens – $15
#3 -Gouchujang misty knoll chicken legs and thigh, pickled carrot salad, parsnip purée – $16
#4 – halloumi stack: grilled asparagus, garlic mustard purée, mint, hazelnut oil – $11

grilled asparagus, bresaola (smoked cured beef) and butter – $7
french lentil salad – $5

bake for you cupcakes – $2.50

Rare Form Brewing Company Celebrates Second Anniversary

Troy, NY – – Troy’s Rare Form Brewing Company is celebrating it’s second anniversary on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday May 29th with their first ever can release, food from Peck’s Arcade and The Shop and beer ice cream from the Dutch Udder.

It’s been a busy and successful two years for the new brewery, led by brewer and co-owner Kevin Mullen. Along with its permanent and seasonal offering, Rare Form has already brewed eight beers collaboratively with the likes of The Ruck, Brown’s Brewing, Our Mutual Friend from Denver, Brooklyn Brewery at the CIA, Hudson Valley Brewers and the City Beer Hall.

Rare Form also started a member’s only bottle club that offers special recipe and barrel aged beers to the members of the sold out club. Their first three bottle releases were Dark Tropic (first year anniversary beer), Rye barrel aged Satan’s Gut imperial stout and Spring Creeps saison.

“We want to thank our great customers and our fans in Troy, the Capital District and across the state for embracing our beer and proving the market for craft brewing is alive and well in New York,” said brewer and co-owner Kevin Mullen. “Our beer is now available all across NYS thanks to our distributor Remarkable Liquids,” Mullen added.

Second Anniversary Weekend Schedule:

Saturday, May 28th: Starting at 1:00 P.M.
• First ever can releases of Royal Coconut Cream Ale and Sexy Beats IPA (the first 50 people to purchase cans will receive a free Sexy Beats poster)
• Peck’s Arcade “Alleycart” serving up some gourmet tacos
• The Dutch Udder ice cream cart serving up some of their beer ice cream
• DJ Chill Smith serving up some Sexy Beats in the evening from 8-11 P.M.

Sunday, May 29th: 12:00 P.M.
Brunch pop-up with The Shop serving up some gourmet savory and sweet crepes

“We hope all of our local fans will stop by to help us celebrate our second anniversary and hear about our exiting plans for the future that include more can releases, increased production and visibility, more experimental and “one off” beers, more barrel sours and fruit sours,” Mullen said.

Classic Southern and Louisiana Recipes

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK) – May 25h 2016. Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s™ Restaurant, is coming out with his first cookbook. The Hattie’s Restaurant Cookbook, Classic Southern and Louisiana Recipes, published by Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, is due out summer 2016. The cookbook is filled with recipes of Hattie’s past and present and beautifully photographed by local photographer, Heather Bohm-Tallman.

This book traces the restaurant’s history from the beginning to the present through recipes, anecdotes, and photographs. From downhome jambalaya to good old-fashioned fried chicken, Alexander seamlessly intertwines Hattie’s Southern roots with nostalgic homemade tastes, including:
• Fried Catfish
• Pimento Cheese
• Cajun Coleslaw
• Mississippi Salsa
• Sweet Potato Pie
Enjoy these tasty Southern meals with your family and friends in the comfort of your own sweet home.

The cookbook is available for pre-sale orders at:

Hattie’s™ Restaurant is open for dinner 7 days a week 5pm-10pm. Serving Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9am-2pm.
Hattie’s™ Chicken Shack in Wilton is open 7 days a week 11am-10pm

Hattie’s™ has been a Saratoga institution since 1938. In addition to Hattie’s™ original restaurant on Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, the Alexander’s also operate Hattie’s Track Shack at the Saratoga Race Course and a quick service restaurant; Hattie’s™ Chicken Shack in Wilton New York. The restaurant has achieved national recognition with features in The New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Food and Wine, National Geographic, USA Today and other prominent publications. In 2006, Hattie’s™ Restaurant was featured on the Food Networks’ Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. Hattie’s™ has recently been ranked among the best fried chicken in the U.S. by Food and Wine and One of America’s best fried chicken spots by MSN.

Lucky Strike Social- COMING SOON

Lucky Strike Social is opening on June 10th in Crossgates Mall. Located on the lower level near Verizon.

Lucky Strike Social brings together exceptional chef-driven food, state-of-the-art electronic gaming, craft beverages, the original Lucky Strike lanes, an ‘old school’ rec room and an epic live performance club in one fully immersive venue. With a sophisticated backdrop to unfettered fun, Lucky Strike Social is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience and a new destination for Capital Region residents.

A full entertainment destination including:
Bowling Lanes
3,000 Square Foot Gaming Platform
Jupiter Hall ( 900 person capacity club and function room)
Full Dine in Restaurant with menu created by Celebrity Chef Rodelio Aglibot

For more information, visit


More Than a Dozen Craft Breweries, Vintage Brews, Casks, Barrel Tastings,
Singular Food Vendors, Live Music Performances, and More!

Now brewing exclusively in Clifton Park, NY — Thursday, May 26, 2016 — Three is the Magic Number! Shmaltz Brewing Company celebrates its 3rd Anniversary of opening their very own brewery in Clifton Park, NY. Along with more than a dozen of New York State’s finest breweries, Shmaltz will pour all of their acclaimed year-round offerings, seasonal favorites, vintage brews, casks, plus barrel tastings and plenty of rare finds. Each guest brewery will feature three specialty brews. One of the summer’s most anticipated craft beer events in New York State, Shmaltz’s epic anniversary bash will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 1pm – 5pm.

Guest breweries include Rare Form, Common Roots, Ommegang Brewery, Singlecut Beersmiths, C.H. Evans Brewing, Big Alice Brewing, Bronx Brewing, Brown’s Brewing, Wolf Hollow Brewing Co., and more soon to be announced. Delicious comfort foods will be provided by The Ruck, Esperanto’s of Saratoga, coffee by Superior Merchandise Co., Puckers Pickles and more. Live music performances by Richie Ortiz (solo guitarist), Bohm Dialogue (experimental fusion jam trio), and Super 400 (rock trio). The afternoon will also include fun-filled games and prizes!

Tickets are now available for $25 (includes 10 oz. commemorative snifter, 6 drink tokens, 15% off beer to go); designated driver tickets are $10 (includes general admission, 15% off beer to go). Buy your tickets now at

Proceeds from Shmaltz’s 3rd Anniversary event will directly benefit the New York State Brewers Association.

About Shmaltz Brewing Company
Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco in 1996. The first 100 cases of He’brew Beer® were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area from the back of his Grandmother’s Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells He’brew Beer across 35 states, through 40 wholesalers and in nearly 5,000 retailers.

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Cowan and staff opened their own New York State production brewery in 2013 in Clifton Park, 10 minutes north of Albany. Shmaltz’s home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 30,000 barrels of annual capacity and packages a diverse and tasty variety of core and seasonal favorites in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs. The Shmaltz Tasting Room is open five days a week (Wed-Sun) and offers tours, barrel-aged previews, beer-to-go, and special releases. ranked Shmaltz as one of the “Top 100 Brewers in the World” in 2013, and the brewery brought home 9 gold and 5 silver medals from the World Beer Championships in the past several years.

For more information, please visit:


The Wishing Well Restaurant is Proud to Announce an Advancement in its Wine Offerings and Program

May 10, 2016 – Saratoga Springs, New York: Ganna Fedorova of The Wishing Well restaurant in Wilton, NY became a Certified Sommelier with the ‘Court of Master Sommeliers of the Americas’ chapter after passing a three-part exam this April in Chicago, IL. Areas tested include a knowledge and proficiency in blind tasting, theory and service. The Court of Master Sommeliers was established to encourage improved standards of beverage knowledge and service and is considered the premier international examining body.

“Ganna has taken our wine program to a higher level – doubling the number of options we offer our guests and making the choices more interesting and approachable. Because of her passion and enthusiasm our guests are experiencing great small production wines from some of the world’s lesser known wine regions – wines that truly complement our menu. We are fortunate to have her knowledge and enthusiasm here,” said Bob Lee – Owner at the Wishing Well

Ganna believes that newly obtained title will help her better satisfy ever-growing interest in fine wines and spirits among The Wishing Well’s guests and elevate the wine culture in the region but specifically the Saratoga area. The restaurant’s wine list of 200 wines and rotating selection of 14 wines by the glass reflect the commitment to pairing time honored culinary classics with world class wines.

Regional restauranteur and Sommelier Dominick Purnomo sees an ongoing commitment to service excellence and a growing sophistication in the regional pallet for find food and wines.

“It has been such a pleasure to see the evolution of wine culture in the “518″ grow over the last 15 years due to the education of its’ proponents.” stated Dominick Purnomo – Owner at Yono’s / dp an American Brasserie. “It’s because of people like Ms. Fedorova who continue on a quest for knowledge and are happy to share that with the guests in their restaurants on a nightly basis that makes this possible.”

The Wishing Well is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4 PM to 10 PM and Sunday 4 PM to 9 PM. Reservations are recommended.

745 Saratoga Road, Wilton, NY, 12831

About the Wishing Well
Since 1936 The Wishing Well has been recognized as one of upstate New York’s premier fine dining destinations. Built in 1823 and located three miles from the historic Saratoga Springs Race Course, The Wishing Well attracts a worldly clientele of athletes, horse racing enthusiasts and entertainment personalities.

SPAC & Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association Announce New Partnership

SPAC Members Receive a 10% Discount at Participating DBA Member Businesses
SPAC Ticket Package Sweepstakes – Valued at $2,000

Saratoga Springs, NY – The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) has partnered with the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association in celebration of SPAC’s 2016 50th Anniversary Season, offering SPAC patrons a 10 percent discount at participating DBA member businesses. Participating DBA businesses will show a SPAC 50 logo in their window.

In addition, SPAC and the DBA co-present a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win SPAC amphitheater tickets to all 2016 performances of The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, New York City Ballet, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Offering the ultimate SPAC experience, this sweepstakes package is valued at more than $2,000. Anyone can enter to win by completing an entry form at participating DBA member businesses before June 19. The winning entry will be drawn on June 21st. Participants must be 18 or older to enter.

“We are delighted to announce our exciting 2016 50th Anniversary partnership with the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association,” said Marcia J. White, President and Executive Director of SPAC. “For five decades, community collaborations such as our continued partnership with Saratoga’s DBA member businesses have facilitated SPAC’s growth into an internationally renowned summer home for world-class music and dance. As we celebrate SPAC’s 50th Anniversary, we celebrate this community that has enhanced, enriched, and expanded SPAC for fifty years.”

“We always say that SPAC’s members ‘get more,’” added White. “Our partnership with the Saratoga Springs DBA has made this true now more than ever before, offering continued perks downtown as well as here in our venue in the Spa State Park.”

“The Saratoga Springs DBA is very proud to support SPAC’s 50th Anniversary Season with a 10 percent member discount and a fantastic SPAC 2016 ticket package sweepstakes,” said Tim Holmes, President of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association. “SPAC is a major economic engine in the downtown Saratoga economy, bringing thousands of audiences and performers to stay in our hotels, dine in our restaurants, and shop in our boutiques each summer. We look forward to an incredible 2016 50th Anniversary SPAC Season.”

Complete List of SPAC Enter-to-Win Ticket Sweepstakes DBA Participants:
2 West Bar & Grille
BWP Beer, Wine, Pizza
Celtic Treasures
Children’s Museum at Saratoga
Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness
Crafters Gallery
Cudney’s Cleaners
Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga
G. Willikers
Hair Creations
Impressions of Saratoga
Insurance Agency Group of NY LLC
Lifestyles of Saratoga
N. Fox Jewelers
Saratoga Dance
Saratoga Guitar
Saratoga Olive Oil Co.
Saratoga Saddlery
Spoken Boutique
Stinky Dog
The Savory Pantry
Violet’s of Saratoga
Wheatfields Restaurants

Complete List of SPAC Members’ 10% Discount DBA Participants:
Participating DBA businesses will show a SPAC 50 logo in their window.
(Not to be combined with other offers. Some restrictions may apply. See individual stores for details.)
2 West Bar & Grille
BWP Beer, Wine, Pizza
Celtic Treasures
Children’s Museum at Saratoga
Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness
Crafters Gallery
DB Industrial Supply
Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga
G. Willikers
Hair Creations
Impressions of Saratoga
Insurance Agency Group of NY LLC
Lifestyles of Saratoga
N. Fox Jewelers
Saratoga Dance
Saratoga Guitar
Saratoga Olive Oil Co.
Spoken Boutique
Stinky Dog
The Savory Pantry
Violet’s of Saratoga
Wheatfields Restaurants

JDRF to Hold Seventh Annual “Uncorking the Cure…Tapping into Hope,” a Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting Event

― JDRF’s Northeastern New York Chapter aims to raise $100,000 toward research to progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes ―

May 25, Latham, NY ―JDRF [Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation] Northeastern New York Chapter is excited to welcome back “Uncorking the Cure…Tapping into Hope” Wine, Beer, and Spirits Tasting on Thursday, June 16th, at a new venue this year, the all impressive “Hall Of Springs” in Saratoga Springs. This will be the event’s seventh year to support JDRF’s mission— “Accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.”

The evening features beer tastings from Schmaltz Brewery, Saranac Brewery, Paradox Brewery, and Saratoga Brewing Company. Wine pouring from Adirondack Winery and Kanes Fine Wines. Spirit tastings from Pick Six Vodka and NYS Yankee Distillers. Soul Session will entertain guests as they sip and savor some of the areas finest craft beverages accompanied by delectable food pairings by the always impressive Mazzone Hospitality. There will be variety-filled live and silent auction items to choose from.

“We are so honored to have seen such great support and enthusiasm from friends, and our family and corporate sponsors including, Brand 21, Caponera Law Firm, MM Hayes, Linium, Cudney’s Launderers & Dry Cleaners, The Larkin Family, The Card Family, Dexcom,The Adirondack Trust Company and Novo Nordisk. Without their generous support and dedication to the cause we would not be able to continue our mission to—turn type 1 into type none,” said Executive Board Member and Event Chair, Jaime Butler-Binley.

JDRF’s Northeastern New York Chapter oversees seventeen counties stretching from Franklin and Clinton Counties at the northern New York border down to Sullivan and Ulster Counties. Within the chapter’s reach reside over 10,000 people with T1D. In addition to funding T1D research, JDRF’s Outreach Program offers personalized support to families, adults, and children living with T1D, including educational and networking programs that provides information and resources on how to better manage and cope with T1D during each phase of a T1D’s life.

The event will run from 6-9pm at the Hall of Springs. Last year’s Uncorking the Cure…Tapping Into Hope, raised $82,000 (186% over our initial fundraising goal). This year a goal has been set of $100,000.

About JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit

Mopco Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Schenectady Theater Renovations

The Capital Region’s favorite improv theater, The Mop & Bucket Co. (Mopco), launches an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise $12,000. Mopco has purchased an empty firehouse at 10 North Jay Street in downtown Schenectady’s Little Italy neighborhood. Renovation will begin immediately to turn the derelict firehouse into a performance space and offices for Mopco, and its corporate training wing, Koppett. The project is 99% funded through private capital, traditional funding and a grant from Schenectady’s Metroplex Development Authority. Mopco’s new theater will be a cultural draw to Schenectady. The project serves the community in a number of important ways: New full- and part-time employment opportunities, enhanced walkability, blight transformation, community enrichment, and short-term construction employment.

Find a link to the Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign on:
Follow the Mopco Theater renovation process on:
Mopco website:
Koppett website:

Date for the 8th Annual Taste of Malta Announced

Proceeds to benefit the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund

MALTA, N.Y. (May 18, 2016) — The Malta Business & Professional Association announces their 8th Annual Taste of Malta on Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2016, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART, 345 Hermes Rd., Malta.

Each year, cuisine from local Malta and surrounding area restaurants is offered for tasting and sampling. Past events have featured menu items and specialties from Panza’s Restaurant, Lake Ridge Restaurant, Villago Pizzeria & Ristorante, Pellegrino Imports of Malta, Dock Brown’s Lakeside Tavern, NaNola, Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Lily and the Rose Catering and many more.

Event Chairwoman, Karen McGowan, said “Each year this event seems to get better! In addition to many returning vendors, new establishments join us each year. We also see a large number of attendees return year after year to see what’s new and to continue supporting area students. We are grateful for MBPA and community members, both business and residents, who have the same passion for providing additional support to ensure our students are successful.”

Proceeds from the event support the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund. Through business and individual sponsorships and donations, entrance fees to the event, and funds raised from raffles held at the event, we have been able to give over $13,000 to the fund which supports several Ballston Spa Central School District’s most innovative initiatives, including the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College in High School (Clean Tech ECHS) held at the HVCC’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta.

For the most up-to-date event information visit HVCC’S TEC-SMART campus is located off Exit 12 of the Adirondack Northway.
The Malta Business and Professional Association is the voice for business leaders in the Malta area. We promote and advance the commercial, industrial, civic climate and general interests of the business and professional enterprises in Malta. Our members include retailers, industrial, cultural, non-profit and service organizations.


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