Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Marché serves up another great seasonal menu!

Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn and ripe, red tomatoes. Marché has teamed up with local farmers once again to provide the freshest summer-inspired menu using locally grown sweet corn and tomatoes!

The menu is small, but diners will be sure to get a healthy and robust meal that includes gazpacho with garlic croutons; corn, crab, and scallion pancakes; and a smoked pork chop. Their suggested drink pairings will complete the experience, unless you decide to stay for a dessert.

View the fill menu here.

New Summer Dinner Menu at taste

Today, taste released their new Summer Dinner Menu. Selections include a Chilled Spicy Pear & Edamame Soup, Blue Point Oysters, a number of delicious fish selections, a Sausage Filled Lamb Roulade, and much more.


Their cocktails always please, as was mentioned by a writer who came through Albany in November. From her article: "They serve inventive cocktails, including one I tried in homage to all the Dutch history in the area: Salted Caramel, with Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka, Black Lava sea salt, sugar rim, served up (shaken, strained into a chilled glass). Refreshing and not syrupy at all, since the caramel is all vodka." (You can read the full article here.)

Working lunch with panache: Taste Albany
A selection of cocktails from taste. Photo courtesy of Tamar Fleishman
To view the new Summer Dinner Menu, click here. You better get there before summer is only a memory!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

taste Hosting Fundraiser for the Times Union Hope Fund

On August 14, join taste and the Times Union Hope Fund for a special 'Cinema Under the Stars' fundraising event. Seating for dinner and cocktails begins at 5 p.m. The 1996 film “Big Night” will be screened on our rear terrace around 8 p.m. Former Times Union food editor and dining critic Ruth Fantasia and Times Union Table Hopping Blogger Steve Barnes will be guest bartenders.

When: August 14
Seating: 5 p.m.
Movie: 8 p.m.
Cost: $30/pp, $5 for movie ticket
(does not include tax and gratuity)

The menu for the evening is as follows:

Course 1

Summer Squash Fritters
Sweet & Sour
Seafood Gazpacho - GF
Micro Arugula
Roasted Pear & Crumbled Blue Cheese Salad - GF
Spiced Almonds, Grilled Apple Vinaigrette
Course 2
Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna - GF
Sticky Rice, Wasabi Puree
Jerk Marinated Chicken Breast GF
Roasted Garlic Whipped Gold Potatoes,
Fig & Apple Chutney
Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Warm Garden Herb Vinaigrette
Course 3
Peach Crisp, Sugar Oats
Flourless Chocolate Cake - GF
Fresh Summer Berry Crumble
Granola Cake Crust
GF – Gluten Free

To make reservations call taste at (518) 694-3322 or go online.

Friday, August 10, 2012

TONIGHT: Jazz Night at taste to benefit Albany Barn

It's Friday night, which means you're probably going to head out for a drink tonight. Why not have a fantastic drink in one of Albany's finest restaurants while raising money for a good cause?

Drinks will be served by guest bartenders from the Albany Barn, a non-profit art center "dedicated to developing a permanent, sustainable 21st Century creative arts incubator and community art center in Albany, NY - a place for artists, neighborhood residents and the public alike to create, collaborate, present and explore, particularly those who cannot afford or otherwise access such space and services."

Hot jazz, cool drinks, and warm vibes. What more could you ask for?

The fun begins tonight at 6 p.m. Music by the B3 Combo begins at 7 p.m.

Friday, August 3, 2012

New Brewer at Albany Pump Station

The Business Review reported today that the C.H. Evan's Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station, a staple in downtown Albany's dining scene for thirteen years now, announced its new brewery operations manager.

From the article: "Demler, 28, is the new brewery operations manager at C.H. Evans. He replaces George de Piro, now a partner in the new Druthers Brew Pub in Saratoga Springs."

The Albany Pump Station announced their new brewery operations manager today.
And Ryan hasn't wasted any time: "So far, Demler has brewed an English Mild, English Light and three types of Belgian beer in addition to the brewery’s regular labels."

Read more at the Business Review.

Marché Celebrates 5th Wine Spectator Award

This year Marché won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the 5th year in a row.  To celebrate this achievement by our Food and Beverage Director, Melissa Kane, Marché will be offering 20% off all bottles of wine during the month of August.

To check out their wine list, click here.

The Marché Dining Room

Marché offers farm-to-table meals that satisfy

The temperature today reached a sweltering 90 degrees in downtown Albany. The last thing you want to do is fire up the oven and cook a meal after work, right? The folks at Marché have prepared a menu based on some local, seasonal ingredients that will also keep you cool during these dog days of summer.

So what did the local farmers bring to the table today? Cucumbers and blueberries, it seems. An unlikely combination, but both evoke the essence of cool and comfortable. Check out the new specialty menu on their website by clicking here. (And they didn't forget the drink pairings, either!)