Thursday, September 27, 2012

Culinary with a Cause: Fusion announces Signature Chefs

Two More Signature Chefs for FUSION revealed!

Chefs Ric Orlando & Mark Graham will join Yono Purnomo & AJ Jayapal
Ric Orlando, Chef/Restaurateur and 2x Food Network Chopped™ Champion, has been preparing and promoting both global and local food for over 20 years.  Orlando’s New World Home Cooking Co. is a Hudson Valley landmark and the New World Bistro Bar in Albany, which he designed and manages, is a repeat local ‘BEST OF’ winner.  Orlando has cooked in the kitchens of respected chefs Bob Kinkead, Jake Jabobus, and Emmett Fox, and developed his unique culinary style at groundbreaking restaurants such as the Elm City Diner in New Haven, (the original) Harvest in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Wild Goose in Boston, and Sugar Reef in Manhattan.

Executive Chef Mark Graham began his culinary development nearly three decades ago in the greater Boston area as executive chef for the Seven Hills Egremont Inn but refined his craft in Northern California, where he worked for well know culinarians Bradley Ogden, Gary Danko and Wolfgang Puck.  Chef Graham has manned the kitchens at notable Capital Region eateries Chez Sophie, The Wine Bar, and MezzaNotte. He was also an invited chef for the James Beard House dinner.  Graham is currently Executive Sous Chef at Max London’s in Saratoga.

So... what is Fusion??

FUSION is one of this Fall's most exciting arts and artisanal events!

FUSION will feature:
  • FUSION-inspired dishes by some of the Capital Region's top chefs*
  • Wine and beer pairings
  • Pocket performances
  • Live art installations
  • Silent Auction
  • Soundbed by: Space, Time & Spacetime
  • Lighting by: Nicky Lights
Sound interesting to you? Buy tickets here.

Marché serves up Autumn Menu

Using locally sourced ingredients means cooking with whatever fruit and vegetables are in season, and Marché at 74 State does this with talent. Earlier this year, Marché created seasonal menus based on cucumbers, tomatoes, and blueberries.

Now, it's apples and brussels sprouts. An unlikely pairing, indeed. Tell us what you think!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Taste launches new fall menu

... and it looks incredible!

Choose from a variety of autumn-inspired dishes, including Spiced Squash Salad, Braised Pork Belly Buns, Pan Seared Apple Brulee Scallops, Cranberry & Apple Stuffed Pork Loin, or even the 16 oz Cider Braised Veal Osso Bucco!

They're even offering an especially mouth-watering dish: a Deep Fried Whole Young Chicken, prepared Southern or Eastern style. Tell your husband about this and he'll be begging to take you out to dinner. Or, guys: tell your wives about their signature cocktails and, ... just tell her you want to take her out to dinner. She won't say no.

Welcome autumn with an incredible dinner at Taste! Take a look at their full fall menu by clicking here. Taste is located at 45 Beaver Street in downtown Albany. Valet parking is available.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Big week ahead at taste

On Tuesday, September 18 help raise money for The Legal Project, with guest bartenders Susan Arbetter of WCNY, Lydia Kulbida of WTEN, Mary Darcy of All Over Albany and Colleen Campoli, The Legal Project Board President. Time: 5:30-7:30pm; NO Cover Charge!

On Wednesday, September 19 The New York Players will be on the patio. $5 at the door; weather permitting

 On Thursday, September 20 come out for their new series called
tastelogo 2...fully unplugged. Folding Sky will be performing in our lounge starting at 6pm. NO cover charge!

And Friday, September 21, please join us in support of a great cause! Best Buddies’ ‘Evening Under the Stars’ raises money for a great organization. For more on this event or to purchase tickets please visit 

taste is open 11:30am to 10pm Tuesday-Saturday.
To make reservations call us at (518) 694-3322 or go online

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Elvis is in the Building" at La Serre

La Serre Restaurant presents
"Elvis is in the Building"
Wine Tasting Dinner

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7PM
$80.00 per person
(includes tax and gratuity)
Don Romines as ELVIS
Reserve Early 463-6056
Dress "Viva Las Vegas"
"Thank you!.......Thank you very much"

Hors D’oeuvres
“King Creole” Calamari
“Hound Dog” Wraps
Riesling, “Saint M” Chateau
St. Michele, Germany

“Jailhouse Rock” Risotto
Malbec, Dona Paula “sustainably farmed”, Argentina

“Kentucky Rain” Buttermilk Chicken
Sauvignon Blanc, Montes Alpha, Chile

Graceland Greens

“Love Me Tender” Loin of Beef
Cabernet “Josh”, Joseph Carr, California

Priscilla’s Pecan Pie

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Culinary with a Cause: taste hosts benefit for Best Buddies

On Friday, September 21, head to taste for the 5th annual 'Evening Under the Stars' to benefit Best Buddies of New York. For more information on this event, visit the taste website.

And don't forget, the New York Players will be playing on the patio every Wednesday in September at taste. Cost is $5 at the door. Soak in the last bit of summer before it's too late!