Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Winter has arrived at Creo

Creo is bringing in the colder weather with a brand new menu for lunch and dinner. The available dishes have a French flare and are inspired by Chef Sell's experience and affection for longer cooking processes.

The result? Warm and satisfying favorites like House Made Cavatelli with bolognese and herb ricotta mousse, Rotisserie Half Chicken with a cinnamon chipotle rub, mashed potatoes, broccolini, and apricot jus, and Grilled Salmon with cheese roasted cauliflower, lemon yogurt, and a salad of frisee and grapefruit segments with a chive vinaigrette. 

Click here to see the whole menu or take my word for it and just make a reservation for tonight. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Pastries with Joan Dembinski

Prepare to amaze friends and family this holiday season with delicious Italian pastries! The International Center for the Capital Region is sponsoring a baking class on Saturday, December 5th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm entitled Holiday Pastries

This hands-on cooking class will be lead by celebrated local Chef, Joan Dembinski. Whether you're new to baking or simply looking to shake up your recipe book, the pastries featured in the class are sure to be a hit.

The class will take place in the kitchen at the Celtic Hall, 430 New Karner Road in Colonie. The cost is $20 for ICCR members and $25 for not-yet members. To make a reservation, please call ICCR at (518) 708-7608. Click here for more information. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Eight Epic Entrees to Satisfy Your Fall Cravings

The weather is colder, the days are shorter, and our taste buds are craving fall favorites! Here are eight dishes that are guaranteed to please when you're in the mood for classic fall food:
234 Western Avenue, Albany
Fall cravings satisfied by:  Sweet Potato Gnocchi with maple brown butter, goat cheese, and toasted walnuts

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

79 N. Pearl Street, Albany
Fall cravings satisfied by: Butternut Squash Bisque with Nine Pin Cider, apple, and onion

New World Bistro Bar

300 Delaware Avenue, Albany
Fall cravings satisfied by: Pecan Bourbon Braised Pork Belly with roasted garlic caramel, shaved kale, and smoked Old Bay pecans
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1053 Broadway, Albany
Fall cravings satisfied by: Smoked Chicken Panini with American cheese, kimchee aioli, upstate apples, mortadella, spiced pumpkin seeds

1475 Western Avenue, Albany
Fall cravings satisfied by: Caramel Apple Cheesecake
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14 Green Street, Albany
Fall cravings satisfied by: Stuffed Portabella Mushroom with spinach, roasted red peppers and fontina

42 Howard Street, Albany
Fall cravings satisfied by: Beet Salad with roasted golden beets, bulls blood beet, fresh burrata, aged balsamic, watercress, and bitters candied quinoa

1273 Central Avenue, Albany
Fall cravings satisfied by: Roasted Half Chicken with apple walnut stuffing and cranberry sauce garnish

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

2016 Albany Wine Fest Line-Up Announced

The Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival Wine & Dine for the Arts will be back again in January and this year’s program is bigger and better than ever before! With 14 events over the course of 3days, this festival is not only the largest food and wine festival in Upstate New York, but it’s the most exciting. 

This year’s line-up has something for everyone and will benefit Albany’s best art organizations. The downside? Tickets will sell quickly, so don’t wait to get yours. And if you’re looking to stay in Albany for the weekend, The Hilton Albany has a room for you.

Here’s a peek at the events:

Thursday, January 15, 2015 | City Hall | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Mayor's Opening Celebration 
Friday, January 16, 2015 | Hilton Albany | 4 - 8 PM
  • Battle of the Bartenders: Manhattan Edition
  • Culinary Demos on the Bluestar Culinary Stage
  • Educational Seminars
  • NYS Craft Beer Pavilion
  • Rising Star Chef Pavilion
  • VIP Fire & Ice Lounge
Friday, January 16, 2015 | 90 State Events | 8 - 11 PM
  • 2016 Slider Slam, 15 Chefs competing for best sliders in People's and Judges' Choice Awards! Craft beer pairings by Brewery Ommegang.
Saturday, January 17, 2015 | Hilton Albany | 11 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Chemex Cup 2016, pour over coffee paired with artisanal donuts.
Saturday, January 17, 2015 | Hilton Albany | 12 - 4 PM
  • Educational Seminars 
  • NYS Craft Beer Pavilion
  • Rising Star Chef Pavilion
  • Adirondack Appliance Signature Chef Invitational
  • Battle of the Bartenders: Blood Mary Edition
  • VIP Fire & Ice Lounge
Saturday, January 17, 2015 | Hilton Albany | 6 PM
  • Grand Gala Reception & 6 Course Dinner