Final Stretch in Saratoga

29 Aug

It seems like just yesterday we were gearing up for the 2014 racing season, and now we’re in the final days! Every summer flies by, but this year was out of control. I was writing for two other publications besides my own ( and The Saratoga Special), with a one-off article coming soon in Simply Saratoga Magazine!

For these reasons, you might have seen Saratoga Food Fanatic become a little quieter, but that’s all over now.

Now I can’t help but think into the future, and what’s on deck come September and October. While I’ve got big plans for October, we’ll talk about that next week.

First and foremost, September brings my favorite season, fall. Let’s skip over the whole pumpkin spice latte obsessions though and instead talk about the awesome fall events that are coming up!

Kicking it off is always a great event to attend during that transition period from summer to fall – the SPAC Wine and Food Festival.


This year, the guest of honor is one of my favorite Chopped judges on Food Network, Chef Marc Murphy. The Wine and Food Festival is a three-day event, beginning on Friday, September 5.

Friday, September 5

  • 12:00 pm - Adirondack Road Tour & Gourmet Luncheon: $75
  • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – BBQ, Brews & Blues: $85

Saturday, September 6

  • 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (VIP Ticket) or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (General Admission) - Grand Tasting & Master Wine Concours d’Elegance & Wine Auction: $85-$175

Sunday, September 7

  • 11:00 am - In The Groove Jazz Brunch: $75

For more information on the SPAC Wine and Food Festival, click here.

Just a couple weeks after that, beginning on Friday September 19th is the Saratoga Showcase of Homes, with the kickoff night being their annual Chefs Event.


The Chefs Event pairs chefs from all over Saratoga to each individual showcase home of that evening from 5pm-10pm.

Here’s a list of who is participating, and what they’ll be serving:

  • The Wishing Well – Chicken Pot Pie
  • Lake Ridge – Pulled Pork Tacos with Chili Slaw
  • Zest – Crab Macaroni and Cheese, Tomato Basil Bisque
  • Jack Dillon’s – NE Style Cod Cakes on Molasses Bread w/ Tarter Sauce
  • 15 Church – Hannah Crudo – Jalapeno Duck w/Ginger Aromatic Emulsion. Dessert – Salted Butter Caramel Crunch
  • Pasta Pane – Braised Short Ribs with Seasonal Vegetables over Creamy Polenta
  • Maestro’s – Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi Baked w/house made Ricotta; Eggplant Roulades w/Arugula
  • Villago – Wood-Fired Pizza and Appetizers from Wood-Fired Oven

Aside from the food, these homes are AMAZING! Like seriously incredible, and you’ll most definitely swoon over the kitchens. I always do! For more information about the Showcase of Homes Chefs Event, click here.

That’s all for now, but you better believe there’s way more coming. Fall is a busy time in Saratoga, so take a week to relax, and we’ll get back into the swing of things starting next weekend at the Wine and Food Festival! See you then! xoxo

Mio Posto Owner/Chef Moving to Maestro’s

25 Aug

Today the big news leaked via Steve Barnes at the Times Union that Danny Petrosino, chef and owner of Mio Posto, will soon be leaving his current business to be the new chef/part-owner at Maestro’s at the Van Dam.

Maestro’s announced earlier this summer that John Laposta, part-owner and long time chef of Maestro’s, would be leaving after track season.

Come September 2, according to Barnes, Mio Posto will close temporarily, but will reopen on September 18th with the same service and kitchen staff, minus Chef Petrosino.

The good news is – Petrosino will be bringing to Maestro’s some of the best selling items from Mio Posto, including my absolute favorite, scallops with blood orange burro. SCORE!

Blood orange scallops

What I’m especially excited about is that Chef Petrosino will be spending a short time getting the kitchen at Harvey’s up to par as well, which is awesome to hear after the mediocre experience I had there earlier this season.

For all the details with regards to this news, visit the full article on Times Union here!

Dock Brown’s at Brown’s Beach

18 Aug

The summer might be beginning to wind down, but that doesn’t mean that a view of the sunset on Saratoga Lake gets any less beautiful as the seasons change.

Dock Brown’s at Brown’s Beach has been open since mid-July, and if nothing else, you should absolutely visit just based on the view it has.

Dock Brown's

Unlike any other restaurant in Saratoga and around Saratoga Lake, Dock Brown’s has a beautiful porch that makes you feel like you’re on an island overlooking the water.

The menu, consisting of mostly quick and easy items such as burgers, sandwiches, and quesadillas, makes this the perfect spot for a relaxing and comfortable dinner.

Dock Brown's at Brown's Beach

I was lucky enough to get a tasting menu earlier in the season, where Chef Michael Swift showed off his talents with dishes that were a bit more upscale than what appears on the menu, but definitely gave me a taste of what he’s capable of. In case you were wondering, he’s great. Very talented chef, and while he might be young, he is a powerhouse when it comes to the craft.

Since then, I’ve revisited Dock Brown’s, getting my hands on the vegetable quesadillas.

Vegetable quesadilla

The vegetable quesadillas were filled with peppers and onions, accompanied by manchego, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. The three cheeses created a tangy and stringy filling, and slightly overwhelmed the peppers and onions. Because the onions were cooked down so much though, they added a nice sweetness to the quesadilla, which complimented the tang of the three cheeses.

The french fries are also worth mentioning, as they’re crispy and crunchy, with probably more breading than actual potato. Some days these are my favorite types of fries, and others I just want that potato. Anyway – these weren’t overly salty, seemed to be just about right as far as sodium goes.

After dinner I was pressured into indulging in dessert, and of course I went for the most chocolatey-peanut buttery thing I could find.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Pie

Motherload. This had it all – candied peanuts, hot fudge, cookie crumble, ice cream, etc. Too sweet? No way. The ice cream and hot fudge were milky and melted in your mouth, and then the candied peanuts added a crunch with a bit a saltiness to round it all out.

I must admit, my eyes have been on the lobster roll from the very beginning, and I’m not sure why I haven’t ordered it yet. Next time I go, that’ll be what I get. If you’re looking to have a lavish dinner, Dock Brown’s isn’t the place for you. If you’re looking for a place to go where you can feel totally comfortable and enjoy good food with a killer view, then you should get over to Dock Brown’s asap!

Have you been to Dock Brown’s yet? If so – what’s your favorite thing on the menu there?!

Travers 1864 Restaurant Week 2014

17 Aug

It’s that time again – Travers 1864 Restaurant Week is here, filling up the busy days before the annual Travers Race takes place this coming Saturday, August 23rd at Saratoga Race Course.

Going on it’s fifth year, this Restaurant Week spans throughout the greater Capital Region, with more than 30 restaurants and eateries participating.

Just in case you’re not sure what this week entails, you’ll be able to enjoy a three-course meal at participating Capital Region restaurants for the prix-fixe cost of $18.64, which is the year of the inaugural running of the Travers, the oldest major stakes race in the country for 3-year-olds.

This year, the Travers 1864 Restaurant Week starts Sunday, August 17th and runs through Thursday, August 21st.

The list of participating restaurants is listed below!

  • Angelo’s Prime Bar and Grill
  • Angelo’s Tavolo
  • Aperitivo Bistro
  • Bangkok Bistro Thai Restaurant
  • Bellini’s Italian Eatery
  • Buca Di Beppo
  • Cafe Nola
  • Cella Bistro
  • Charlton Tavern
  • Cliff’s Country Inn
  • Cornell’s Restaurant
  • D Line Pub
  • Dunham’s Bay Resort
  • Grandma’s Pie & Restaurant
  • Jack’s Oyster House
  • La Serre
  • Marriott
  • More Perreca’s
  • Paolo Lombardi’s Ristorante
  • Pasta Pane
  • Peaches Cafe
  • Ralph’s Tavern
  • Ravenous
  • Ravenswood Pub
  • Tesoro Italian Restaurant
  • The Ripe Tomato
  • The Water’s Edge Lighthouse
  • Tops American Grill
  • Valentino’s
  • Van Dyck
  • Wheatfield’s
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