Airstream Catering Launch Party

1 Jul

The food truck phenomenon may have died down a bit in Saratoga (since the city won’t allow them downtown), but that doesn’t mean the craze is over everywhere else.

Food trucks are still all the rage in today’s food scene, and I’m proud to announce we have a new one joining our own community (despite the downtown restrictions)! Well, it’s not exactly a food truck…

Introducing Airstream Catering Co, your coolest mobile kitchen around. Based out of Saratoga Springs, this mobile kitchen is built in a retro Airstream, and is ready to cater your next gathering.

Airstream Catering Company

Airstream Catering Co.

Airstream Catering Company

Airstream Catering Company

So who’s behind this crazy cool concept? Here’s a little look from their website:

“A collaboration between Cantina owners Jeff and Heath Ames, long-time Cantina general manager Ashley Freeman, and talented local chef Nick Cook, Airstream Catering Co. wants to make your next party hipper, tastier, and more memorable than the last. 

Founded in 2014, Airstream Catering Co. strives to stand apart from the catering crowd with our vintage Airstream mobile kitchen, current and creative foods to please a crowd, and our dedication to service learned from many years in the restaurant business.”

That’s right, these brainiacs behind Airstream know what’s up, and I have proof.

The launch party last week left me full and oh so excited for what’s next for them.

Here’s a peek at the launch party, which took place at The Saratoga Winery!

Airstream Catering

Airstream Catering Company Saratoga

Airstream Catering Company

Airstream Catering Company

Airstream Catering Company

Airstream Catering Company

Airstream Catering Company

Airstream Catering Launch Party -

Airstream Catering Launch Party -

Be sure to check out their website or Facebook page for more details, and keep your eyes peeled for this mobile kitchen rolling somewhere near you very soon!

Recap: Adirondack Wine and Food Festival 2015

28 Jun

**Guest post by Susan Garrett of SusanSpouts.com

adirondack wine and food fest

The Adirondack Winery knew that if you pour wine, they will come….and they did!

The first annual Adirondack Wine and Food Festival was bustling with wine enthusiasts but there was so much more. If you like whiskey and distilled spirit tasting, craft beer and cider sampling, gourmet food savoring and artisan shopping, all set in the Adirondacks, next to beautiful Lake George, then we are kindred spirits! Individual tents were spaciously set in the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons (not giving away my age but…..the site of the old Gaslight Village Amusement Park).

The thoughtful arrangement of vendors made the food and beverage pairing easy and it enabled the crowd to flow. Picnic tables were placed here and there for seating for a break or while eating from one of the food trucks. The farmers’ market setting allowed us to purchase directly from the vendors and our finds were held at the reception tent to be pick up on our way out.

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Armed with our wine glasses and Festival Program we started off at the SUNY Adirondack tent where culinary students demonstrated recipes and showed off their culinary skills. It was a full schedule from Tuna Tartar to Lemon and Tarragon Crepes! Here they are preparing smoked house made sausage. All dishes were paired with an Adirondack Winery Wine.

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Don’t worry all you sweet eaters, (uh…that’s me too) there were pastries and cookies provided by the students to give a try… I love a good peanut butter cookie!

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Time to get to some wine….Since there were somewhere around eleven wineries, I’ll let you know some of my favorites tastings. I enjoyed Victory View Vineyard’s, Abigail LaCrescent. It is a semi-sweet white wine that is clean and crisp and would pair really well with spicy food. From the Finger Lakes, The Swedish Hill Winery’s award winning, Dry Riesling is a drier Riesling and would pair really well with cold seafood. Oliva Vineyards, Italydar, is a bold red that would accompany pasta or some wood fired pizza perfectly! (The winemaker, Tony, named the wine after his thoroughbred race horse!)

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I was surprised to find wineries and distilleries so close to home. Ledge Rock Hill Winery and Vineyard is tucked up in Corinth, NY near the Great Sacandaga River and Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery is set on a 200 acre farm in Queensbury, NY. Only a stone’s throw for an afternoon of tastings from anywhere in the region. Check their websites for tasting times and events.

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My husband is a craft beer fan and while I was tasting the wines he snuck off to the Adirondack Brewery tent to try a tangerine, limited edition, seasonal microbrew. A refreshing beer for the Lake George summer. Davidson Brothers Brewing Company featured a shandy made with their Ryley Summer ale topped with a splash of lemonade…where’s my Adirondack chair?!

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We bought homespun, maple sugar cotton candy from Hidden Hollow Maple Farm….I’d show you the picture of me eating it, but it’s not pretty! Take my word for it…delicious! Just for a little more sugar…we sampled the chocolates from Mountain View Confections out of Schuylerville, NY. They have a giant peanut butter cup that is to die for…

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I love sampling new products and there was no shortage of spicy sauces, marinating glazes and salsas. A few favs were Chef William’s Vino Rosso Bruchetta – bought a jar for home…chunky and tangy with Finger Lake’s regional red wine in the ingredients. The Gourmet Gal’s Savory Sauce is a versatile, tangy salad dressing that is great for dipping or marinating….a gluten free product. I grabbed my husband (I wasn’t going in alone!) to sample the Bald Mountain Garlic Farm’s “Big Bear” Habanero Wing Sauce. We found that it wasn’t just all about the heat but a really flavorful sauce.

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Happily satiated, we grabbed our purchases and headed home. If this festival is in its debut year, you would never know it! I can’t wait to see what Adirondack Wine and Food Festival has in store for 2016!

What’s Happening Weekend of June 26

26 Jun

Got plans for this weekend? Drop em, and listen here.

This weekend there’s TWO awesome events happening, one right in downtown Saratoga and the other, a weekend festival in the Adirondacks. Now are you intrigued?

Okay, first on the docket is Putnam Market‘s 20th Anniversary Celebration. Yes, you read that right – Putnam Market has been around for TWO DECADES, and they’re throwing a party to celebrate.

Putnam Market 20th anniversary

The event is today, Friday June 26th, from noon to 5pm and will include all-day demonstrations in The Wine Room, featuring food and wine pairings with artisanal cheese and specialties from the Putnam Market kitchens.

If the food part of the market is more your thing, they’re celebrating in there too.

On the other side of the Market, they’ll have samples of locally produced and sourced foods. The best news? The first 100 customers will receive gift bags featuring some of the staff’s favorite items. Raise your hand if you hope that includes a Catharine Sandwich.

It’s also worth mentioning that BIRTHDAY CUPCAKES will be available to all who attend. Ummmmmm YES PLEASE!

The event is free of charge, and open to the public. Be there or be square.

Once you stuff your face today with delicious treats from Putnam, you can go for a jog tomorrow morning and then get your drinking pants for the next awesome event.

Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th mark this year’s first annual Adirondack Wine and Food Festival in Lake George Village!

Adirondack Wine and Food Festival

From 12-6pm on Saturday, and 12-5pm on Sunday, indulge in the areas greatest foods, wines, and craft beers, with the beautiful Lake George as your backdrop.

Vendors include (but are not limited to):

  • Adirondack Winery
  • Amorici Vineyards
  • Halfmoon Cellars Winery
  • Lakeland Winery
  • Ledge Rock Hill Winery
  • Victory View
  • Adirondack Brewery
  • Davidson Brothers Brewing Company
  • Springbrook Hollow Distillery
  • Nine Pin Ciderworks
  • Slyboro Ciderhouse
  • Bald Mountain Garlic Farm
  • Dutch Desserts
  • Hidden Hollow Maple Farm
  • Lake George Olive Oil Company
  • Mountain View Confections
  • Saratoga Crackers
  • Pies on Wheels
  • The Hungry Traveler

For the full list of vendors, click here.

Tickets are on sale now, and there’s even time left to purchase the advanced sale ticket prices until 8pm tonight!

Advanced ticket prices are $23.57 (with fees)

At the gate prices are $27.00 (with fees)

To purchase your tickets, visit their website.

When I told you this weekend was filled with things to do, was I right or was I right? From this afternoon all the way through Sunday evening, you can indulge in food, wine, beer, or even liquor, if that’s your thing. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that the weather will hold out.

But then again, rain never stopped anyone from having fun, right?!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Birthday Weekend Getaway: Boston, Massachusetts

23 Jun

Ashley Birthday

With my birthday last week, Timmy Jim asked the always tough question of what I wanted as a gift.

As usual, I thought long and hard about it, because, well, you only get one birthday wish a year.

Now that I’m getting older, I find experiences much more exciting than material gifts, and because of that, I decided I wanted to visit Boston for the weekend.

Originally I had chosen NYC, but since I’ve never really explored Boston, I wanted to give it a shot.

So we ventured out on Friday from Saratoga to Boston and by 6pm I found myself on the rooftop bar at the Residence Inn at Fenway overlooking the city.

As my {stylish} poncho was swaying in the wind, I also had my list of destinations written down for dinner that night. Okay, maybe not written down, but they were all on my phone and ready to be put to the test.

We ended up at the Island Creek Oyster Bar in the Back Bay area, where we enjoyed some of the greatest oysters I’ve ever tasted alongside a fantastic piece of halibut. But the way the meal ended was the best part.

Picture this: sweet corn ice cream.

That’s right… We had ice cream made with corn, with actual corn kernels in each bite. It was like taking a bite into the sweetest, buttery corn on the cob and then getting a creamy, soft burst of sugary sweetness.

So creative and SO surprisingly delicious. Someone around here – PLEASE try to make this. I need more of it in my life.

We also visited other restaurants and eateries during our trip (most of them pictured below) for dinner and treats! I got to see my old college roommate and walked around what my legs thought were the entire city, but in reality probably 2/3 of it. I was definitely getting stared down when I was taking my food pictures, so I didn’t take them EVERYWHERE we went, but I tried my hardest to snap some good ones for you guys.

We went to the following places:

  • Island Creek Oyster Bar
  • The Bleacher Bar
  • Boston Beer Works
  • 75 Chesnut
  • Modern Pastry
  • The Green Dragon
  • Mike’s Pastry
  • Carmelina’s
  • Rabia’s

So with that said, here’s a look back to my awesome weekend getaway in New England –
Island Creek Oyster Bar
Island Creek Oyster Bar
Island Creek Oyster Bar

halibut at island creek oyster bar
halibut from island creek oyster bar
Bleacher Bar
75 Chesnut in Boston, Mass
Modern Pastry
Cannoli
Oldest Bar in America
Sight Seeing in Boston, Mass