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Five One Ate Day

May 18, 2018

Today isn’t a holiday… yet.

Do you follow CulinaryMary7 on Instagram. I’ve known her for a few years now, and she may have been the first person to push the 51Ate hashtag. While there may be some people who are enjoying Troy, spreading Albany love, or preaching that Schenectady does not suck, there seem to be fewer people who are Capital Region proud.

Some people might say we have an inferiority complex. But we could definitely use more regional pride. Whatever is going on, it’s certainly complicated. We don’t need to untangle all of that today.

Today is May 18. Now if April 20 is an unofficial holiday for marijuana smokers, and May 4 is an unofficial holiday for Star Wars fans, I think today should be an unofficial holiday for Capital Region eaters. I’m not entirely sure what we should do to celebrate. However, there are a couple local businesses who have started to capitalize on the date.

Slidin’ Dirty to Shut Down Troy Restaurant in Support of Tipped Workers, Small Business as Part of 5/18 Blackout

“Blackout” to coincide with May 18 Department of Labor hearing regarding the tip worker credit in Albany

TROY, N.Y. (May 18, 2018) — Slidin’ Dirty (SD) will shut down its Troy restaurant on Friday, May 18 until 5:18 p.m. for its staff to participate and rally to reject the proposed elimination of the tip worker credit.

The state has proposed eliminating the sub-minimum wage (otherwise known as the tip worker credit), in which would significantly adversely impact tipped workers, bars, and restaurants together.

“We must hold our elected officials accountable. Tax breaks for our big business competitors and the potential elimination of tip worker credit is a direct assault on small businesses and their employees. It’s high time that small businesses take its rightful place at the forefront of the political conversation,” said Tim Taney, co-founder and managing member at Slidin’ Dirty.

Staff members of Slidin’ Dirty will participate in the public hearing being held by the New York State Department of Labor earlier on Friday at 10 a.m. to make their voices heard. The restaurant will reopen at 5:18 p.m. later on Friday.

Additional company information can be found online at, on Facebook (,and on Twitter (@SlidinDirty).

Shmaltz Brewing Company Celebrates 5.18 Day

In a world full of made up holidays like National Sibling Day and National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, we decided to hop on the bandwagon and celebrate our own special day. Celebrate 518 Day on 5/18 with us in the Shmaltz Tasting Room.

We’ll be having live music from the Brian Dukes Trio as well as delicious food from Esperanto of Saratoga to pair with our 518 Craft beer.

Enjoy 518 Pick Me Up, 518 Foggy Goggles, and *new* 518 Saratoga Sunrise on tap. We’ll be doing a special 518 Saratoga Sunrise and strawberry cask tapping at 5:18 PM as well!

Beer to go will also be 18% off all night so be sure to stock up on some brews for the weekend.

Be sure to check out our 518 Craft Challenge to see how you can win tickets to the Shmaltz Anniversary Beer Fest!

Anybody know of other events? Or is anyone creating their own? Maybe we can get ahead of this for next year, and do something with mini hot dogs, fish fry, and mozz and melba.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. KingOfBeacon permalink
    May 18, 2018 11:31 am

    I’m guessing a 518 day would be about mini hot dogs, pseudo-pan pizzas and blue moon ice cream. It’s the culinary trifecta of the Capital Region and the examples I use when people ask me about what food is like up here.


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