Rustic Elegance, Barn Wedding

We made our way through the hilly roads of the Adirondacks  this weekend for another great summer wedding. After miles of forest, eventually the view opened up to show the many old farmhouses and barns scattered throughout the Ticonderoga valley.  It is just a stunningly beautiful area. The wedding location itself did not disappoint. Here are a few of the pics we took from Saturday evening in Crown Point.
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Food for Filmmakers

Alik Tamar is a Writer/Director from Los Angeles and is currently based in New York, where she writes and directs films within the NYU Graduate Film Program. Alik and her crew visited beautiful Bolton Landing on Lake George last fall while on a shoot for her short film, Storgē, a story about an estranged sister who returns home to help her brother scatter their mother’s ashes. We were there to keep the group energized with breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all six days of production.

Learn more about the filmmaker:  http://aliktamar.com

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As DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince once said…

Summer, summer, summertime…..time to sit back and unwind…

Let us add some flavor to your summer fun! We’ve got you covered with delicious ideas for your backyard get-togethers or a day out on the lake.

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FREE Bridal Fashion Show – this Saturday!

RSVP Online! FREE EVENT.

Saturday, May 10th 2-4pm

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & designer fashions from Finders Keepers.

Union Square, 11 Broad Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801

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Would you like to get your groceries here?

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a Farmers Market favorite since 1989…

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We are also pleased to announce that we are  now partnering with Kilpatrick Family Farms as a CSA pick up location! Get your certified organic produce from a trusted, local farm and support a family-run business at the same time. It’s easy to sign up: http://www.kilpatrickfamilyfarm.com/csa

1) Click “Join Our CSA”
2) Choose “2014-15 CSA Season”
3) Select the CSA program that works for you & then “Submit &Continue”
4) Select “Samantha’s Cafe” as your pick up location & then “Submit & Continue”
5) Enter your payment information. For payment plans choose credit card and follow instructions.
6) Enjoy super fresh produce each week May – October (Pick up times: Tuesdays 8am-6pm at Samantha’s Cafe, 11 Broad Street, Glens Falls, NY 792-5839)

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Closed Monday

The cafe will be closed on Monday due to off-site catering.

If you are calling to place your Easter pre-orders, please leave a voicemail (518) 792-5839 or send us an email info@samanthascatering.com

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LUNCH DELIVERY!

Don’t have enough people in the office for a catering order? We will also delivery from the regular cafe menu Monday – Friday 8-2pm!lunch catering

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Make Easter Brunch Easier – Order by April 14th!

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Bas Relief “Fish of the Keys” by Frank Smith – Artist Reception – Thurs April 3rd

Thursday, April 3, 2014 (5-8pm)
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RSVP on Facebook! Free reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres

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Don’t be original, just be you.

We really liked the message in this recent piece by OffbeatBride.com – Everyone else is doing it: A wedding trend perspective. The truth is, not every bride falls into the categories of trendsetter or trend follower and that’s OK. Keep in mind as you are sifting through the mountain of bridal magazines trying to absorb the endless supply of menu trend reports – this party is meant to celebrate you as a couple – your love, your style, your taste. Consider what sounds good to you …beef tenderloin with housemade horseradish cream…vegan peanut noodles with stir fried veggies...If you serve both on the same buffet line and the style mag doesn’t find out, is it still a faux pas? We think not.

But, seriously. Our best advice?

Order yummy food.
Order enough food.
And most importantly, stop stressing over the food.

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Our wedding menus are 100% custom and can include many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. We will travel to your location in Glens Falls, Saratoga, Lake George, Schroon Lake, Queensbury, Diamond Point, Bolton Landing, Chestertown, and the northern Adirondacks.

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Downtown Glens Falls

QUIZ: Where can you find: 1) an art collection including Picasso, Rembrandt, & Degas and an old factory turned artist colony? 2) unique wellness services including an oxygen bar, acupuncture, body airbrushing, tower pilates, Thai bodywork, and a barbershop that does mohawks and side designs? 3) a swanky wine bar, breweries, and a farmers market that sells artisan moonshine? 4) kids activities like fashion runway parties, a children’s museum with a Nigerian marketplace grocery shopping experience, and a video game lounge for kids and adults?

ANSWER: Glens Falls, NY

http://www.glensfallsregion.com/downtown

 

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Place your order by March 11th!

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Soup’r Delicious 2014

Soup’r Delicious is back! Each week in March , our menu will feature original soup recipes by area residents. 50% of the soup sales will benefit the charity chosen by the soup creator. Get ready for a fun and delicious way to help support area charities that do so much for our community.

March 3-7
HoG Heaven New Mexico Chicken & Corn Chowder by Audrey Shaw
Audrey’s Charity: House of Grace of the Adirondacks

Potato Leek by Jessica Jacobson
JJ’s Charity: Family Service Association of Glens Falls

March 10-14
Yummy Sausage by Tamsin MacDonald
Tamsin’s Charity: Cindy’s Comfort Camp at Hole in the Woods

Persian Āsh by Jacqueline Touba, PhD
Jacqueline’s Charity: World Awareness Children’s Museum

March 17-21
Turkey with Stuffing Dumplings by PJ Duell
PJ’s Charity: APE’s Rocky Horror Picture Show

Vegan White Bean with Mushrooms by Gail Infante
Gail’s Charity: CR Wood Cancer Center (screenings for those not covered by insurance) 

March 24-28
Carrot Ginger Soup by Chef Jacob Guay (of Bistro Leroux)
Jacob’s Charity: The Helper’s Fund, Chestertown

Asopao de Pollo by Chef Donnah Digan-Lewis
Donnah’s Charity: Jackson Heights Elementary

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Feb 13th 5-8pm – Christopher Baldwin

Red Ink Drawings and Oil Paintings by Christopher Baldwin
Artist Reception –  Thursday, February 13th 5-8PM

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
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Deadline Extended!

There is still a little time left to submit your soup! The deadline has been extended to Feb 10th. Call 792-5839 with any questions.

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Creativity feeds creativity.

We like to think our commitment to the arts is as strong as our commitment to our food. Creativity feeds creativity in many ways. Sometimes in the restaurant biz, life tends to run on like one long day – always preparing for the next lunch hour or the next big event. We are 20,352 hours into our “day” and figure now is as good of a time as any to slow down and reflect on the many creative people who have fueled us along the way. The count to date is over 60 artists, musicians, & writers who have exhibited or presented at the cafe in the past two years!

Art Organizations
Art in the Public Eye
World Awareness Children’s Museum
The Hyde Collection’s Regional High School Juried Art Show Winners
Lake George Arts Project
Adirondack Theatre Festival
Glens Falls Community Theater  …etc.
Students of Abraham Wing Elementary

Visual Artists 
Jim Denne
Crystal Paul
Jenny Hutchinson
Kate Austin-Avon
Helga Grobel
Janelle Tavormina
Christopher Baldwin
Tom Watkins
Joan Duff Bohrer
Amy Ackerman
Trina Quandt
Olga Quilop-Locke
Carol Law Conklin
Leiko Uchiyama
Paul Chapman
Marjolein Dallinga
Lisa Adamson
Cheryl Gutmaker
Helen Ruddock
DebraAnn Neilsen-Salat
Just for Ewe by Drumlen Designs
Fire Oak Studio
Saratoga Apiary
Mamie’s & Edith’s
Serena Kovalosky
Jamie Perian
Dolores Thomson
Maria Wulf
Courtney Nettleton
Pepi Designs (Linda Friedman)
Kat Griffin
Happy Face FX (PJ Duell)
Reality Dance Studio
PJN Photography
Leif Alexander Bernard

Musicians/Singers 
Frieda Toth
The Wonderbeards
Closer Still
Cabin 3
Liam Irwin
Stephen Gallucci
Summerland Music Society
Patrick Daley
Colorful Tones (Damon Cook)
Cory Austin-Avon
Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip

Writers 
David Blow
Maury Thompson
John Meyer
Larry Dudley
Mike Mender
Amanda Shaffer
Pat Leonard
Mason Smith
Joan A’Hearn

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Get Your Game On!

CALL (518) 792-5839
info@samanthascatering.com

Each pans serves 12-15 people.
25 cookies per platter.
Bundt cake serves 8-12

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Christmas Vacation!

The cafe will be closed through the Christmas holiday (Dec 21 – Jan 3rd). We will be at our homes listening to our favorite Christmas songs and having a little break from the hustle and bustle…and we suggest you do the same. See you all on Friday, January 3, 2014!

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Ladies Night

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Thursday, December 12th is Ladies’ Night in Glens Falls! Now it’s easy to shop local.

We will be at Glens Falls Karate Academy, 196 Glen serving up some yummy bites (all under $5) to keep you energized while you shop downtown. We’ll also have a selection of items from our gift shop including one-of-a-kind hats Just for Ewe by Drumlen Designs, hand blown glass flowers and pumpkins by Jamie Perian, vinyl record bowls by Courtney Nettleton, embroidered ornaments by DebraAnn Nielsen, and more.

BONUS GIVEAWAY!! Be sure to pick up your $25 OFF coupon. Good on any catering order of $75 or more. Big savings for your holiday dinner order!

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ANOTHER UNIQUE GIFT IDEA…Consider women’s self defense classes by our friends at Glens Falls Karate Academy. Sensei Murphy will be at the ready all night for tours of the new studio and will be providing information about the various martial arts classes offered for children and adults. www.glensfallskarate.com

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Let the elves at Samantha’s make your Christmas dinner.

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new look, new flavors

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Cigar Box Guitars

If you have not had the opportunity to check out the cigar box guitars on display at the cafe, it is definitely worth a visit. The first time we saw these unique guitar and amp “sculptures” we thought they were so neat. Then the artist picked one up, plugged into the cigar box amp and starting playing. Much to our surprise,  they’re not just works of art – these are bonafide electric guitars! This is a must-have for any musician with a serious collection and a great conversation piece to display anywhere. In addition to the electric guitars, one piece is an acoustic guitar made from an old metal olive oil can and other found objects. The tone made by the hollow metal is simply beautiful.  Click here to read more about Paul Cardone and his new studio in The Shirt Factory
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Leiko Uchiyama: My Felting Journey

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Lecture & Presentation by Japanese fiber artist, Leiko Uchiyama: My Felting Journey
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Samantha’s Cafe and Catering

$5 Suggested Donation

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Leiko Uchiyama has developed an international following for the exquisite hand felted garments she creates in her signature “Matsuba” or “Pine needles” felt technique; inspired by pine needles spread on snow in her homeland of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan.

Leiko’s fascinating journey has taken her around the globe in a circuitous path as sheep shearer, author, fiber artist and teacher. She writes “The process of creation is central to what I am. … As time passes, my felt creates the path I’ve been passing through.”

She has studied, taught and exhibited extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, South America, the UK and the USA. Leiko currently resides in Carlow, Ireland. Leiko Uchiyama’s work can be seen at www. leikofelt.com

Organized by Luckystone Feltworks Studio
Sponsored by Art in The Public Eye and Lake George Arts Project
With Support of Ray Supply, Inc

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NEW MENU!

Download & Print

 

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THE HATS ARE BACK!

 

Just for Ewe by Drumlen Design

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“Home Spun, Hand Knit and dyed with TLC”  Learn more about the creation process of the very talented Ann Marie…

Step 1, The Meet and Greet
I take a trip to the farm and meet the sheep! I greet the sheep by name, looking for the prettiest color and the best spinning fleece.

Step 2, Washy, washy, washy
With fleece in hand, I head home to wash it, then hang it out to dry.

Step 3, Brushing and Combing and Carding, OH MY!
I have to brush out the hay seed and the grass. (And you thought combing your kid’s hair was bad?!) And then, card it to get the hairs aligned in one direction for spinning.

Step 4, Spin, Spin, Spin!
It takes approximately 10 hours to spin 8ozs of yarn. You take the yarn from the bobbin to the knitty knotty (two heads, one body.)

Step 5, Dying
Choose your color and heat the water and soak the yarn. You can do natural, kool aid, so many choices! Wash and let dry.

Step 6 Last prep til ya knit
Hang yarn on the umbrella swift and from there you spin it onto the ball winder. And now you’re ready for knitting!

To think, all that work for a hank of yarn!

-Ann Marie

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CASH MOB?!

WHAT’S A CASH MOB?? You’ve heard of a flash mob but, instead of spontaneous dancing, participants spontaneously spend money all at once at a local small business.Samantha’s Cafe is hosting the first downtown Glens Falls CASH MOB in partnership with Adirondack Broadcasting, this Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 5:15pm.Bring $20 (tax included) and leave with a delicious pan of Baked Mac ‘n Cheese. Just pop it in the oven when you get home and dinner is covered – TAKE & BAKE, it’s that easy!

(Note: serves a family of four and then some)

You’ll also receive a coupon for $5 off your next family size Take & Bake order.

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Warhol Factory – POP ART Party – Nov 17th

More info at www.artinthepubliceye.com and on Facebook!

WHAT: ART IN THE PUBLIC EYE’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2012 (7-10PM)

WHERE: SAMANTHA’S CAFE, 11 BROAD STREET, GLENS FALLS, NY 12801

WHY: Proceeds benefit Art in the Public Eye and help to fund public art programs: Third Thursday Glens Falls Art Walk, Outdoor Cinema, Chalk Fest, Art Cart, and Gallery 99.

ORDER TICKETS ONLINE  or purchase at the door. Tickets $25
COME AS YOU LIKE, COSTUMES NOT REQUIRED.

$5 Gift Certificate to UnCorked with every ticket purchase!

POP ART Photo Booth by PJN Photography

SILENT AUCTION
-4 Tickets to Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 2013 Season
-Glens Falls Symphony Tickets
-Membership to The Hyde Collection
-VIP Passes to Rock Hill Bakehouse
-Cupcake-A-Day for a Year at Samantha’s Cafe
-One Day Arcade Pass to FUN WORLD & Gift Certificate to Pizza Jerks
-Bread for a Year from Rock Hill Bakehouse
-2 Pairs of Tickets to the Charles R. Wood Theater
-4 Hrs of Private Chef Services by Donnah Digan-Lewis
-Set of Three Vinyltap Record Bowls by Courtney Nettleton
-East End Eatery Gift Certificate
-Fine Art Print by Kate Austin-Avon
-Handmade Bracelet by Kate Austin-Avon
-“Caldrea Aromatherapeutic Homekeeping” Gift Basket by Sterling & Company
-Private Concert by Gisella Montanez-Case (Music to Remember)
-Andy Warhol “Flowers” Series (1964-70), Set of 4 Prints
-Membership to World Awareness Childrens Museum: go! Where Children Discover the World
-$100 Gift Certificate to Ship Shape, for all of your holiday shipping needs
-and lots more!
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Red, Blue, or Purple…you’re welcome here.

F.Y.I. Samantha’s Cafe is a politically neutral business and we do not endorse any candidates this election season. Happy voting, everyone!

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YEAR ONE.

Thank you to Carole for giving us the opportunity to make her dream our own and double thanks to all of the loyal customers who have embraced the changes the we have made along the way.

Celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the new Samantha’s Cafe on Thursday, October 18th from 5-8pm! Live music by “Lean 2″ (Cabin 3 minus one) and reception for our October Third Thursday Glens Falls Art Walk artist, Janelle Tavormina.

 

 

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GG Mama’s Tapas Night!

Our first GG Mama’s Night was so much fun we decided to do it again! It’s tapas night this time around – expect plate after plate of Donnah’s delicious creations. We hope you can join us.

Thursday, November 1st – Tapas Night

$25 per person (beverages additional)

6pm (seating is limited)

Reservations are required 792-5839 or samanthascafeandcatering@gmail.com

Please indicate any food allergies or dietary needs at time of reservation.

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Taste of the North Country – Sept 30th

Look for Samantha’s Cafe at the 20th Annual Taste of the North Country on September 30th in City Park from 11-3pm.  We are serving up some of your favorites – Thai Noodles, Tabouli, and Quinoa…YUM!

AND THAT’S NOT ALL….

Early birds can enjoy complimentary O’Brien Pancakes from 10-11am at the Samantha’s booth! Pick up your free ticket to Taste of the North Country at the cafe anytime this month and also be entered to win $100 gift certificate to the participating restaurant of your choice, courtesy of O’Brien Insurance. Yup, you read that correctly… free entry into the event AND a chance for $100 restaurant gift certificate! John, Kevin, and the rest of the O’Brien team will be there to answer your questions regarding delicious pancakes or about insurance so, make sure to stop by in the morning to say hello!

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Helga Grobel – Sept 20th, Third Thursday

(Photo Credits: Ellen Kenney)

HELGA GROBEL
Hand Made Paper Sculptures

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 20, 2012 
(5-8pm) at Samantha’s Cafe
Third Thursday Glens Falls Art Walk

 

About the Artist

 Helga Grobel began her career as an artist in the 1960s working with clay. She became a proficient potter making bowls, plates, teapots, urns and hand built objects. In the1980s and 1990s she focused on making jewelry using her own one-of-a-kind Raku beads. Her necklaces became multi-media with the addition of woven fiber and by adding beads from around the world along with her own hand forged brass and copper elements. Her interest in fiber art led her to create woven and stitched fiber collages that have been exhibited. In addition to fiber art, she was introduced to hand made paper in the 1990s and has recently returned to this art form making one of kind paper collages.

These collages are products of her free-flowing, creative process using paper products especially soft egg cartons which are recycled into pulp and processed in a manner similar to clay.

Helga had a nomadic life (courtesy of the US State Dept.). She has shared studios in several European countries and in the US, enjoying the interaction with artists of many different cultures. She has also been influenced by beadwork and fiber art of American Indians, Australian Aborigines and the African Masai.

Helga is a resident of the District of Columbia and a part time resident of Stony Creek NY where she maintains her studio.

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WACM & Closer Still – Aug 16th

It’s that time of the month again! Third Thursday Glens Falls Art Walk is August 16th from 5-8pm. Visit the cafe to check out a new exhibition from World Awareness Children’s Museum called “Food – From Seed to Table”, part of ARTex International Youth Art Exchange.

 

 

 

Enjoy live music by Closer Still and complimentary refreshments from Samantha’s Cafe.

(Photo Credit: Jacqueline Lynch Photography)

 

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Take A Bite

Whether you are in the mood for your favorite comfort foods or want to try something new, we’ve got you covered at two locations during Take A Bite every Wednesday night this summer!

Colleen will be on Glen Street with a unique menu that represents both Samantha’s Cafe and Lone Coyote Farm…. General Tsao’s Chicken with White Rice, Squash Blossom Jalapeño Poppers, and Baked Tofu in Asian-Inspired Cucumber Slaw.

If you need your regular Samantha’s fix, find Leena at the Farmers Market in City Park with Raspberry Lemonade, Thai Noodles, Mac ‘n Cheese, Gazpacho, Homemade Bread, and many other delicious treats.


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Chalk Fest 2012

Samantha’s Cafe is a proud sponsor of APE’s upcoming Chalk Fest event on Thursday, August 16th in City Park. It’s free to attend and only $10 for chalk supplies. Live music from 4-8:30pm followed by a movie under the stars at APE’s Outdoor Cinema!

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Going on VACATION!

It’s the week of family vacations! We are all going away to enjoy some time with our families. Jennifer is headed to Europe with 22 of her nearest and dearest and Liz is taking the kids on a camping adventure featuring a butterfly garden, science museum, and the circus.

The cafe will be closed the week of July 21st however, you’ll still find Leena at the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. See you on Monday, July 30th!

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Painter Jim Denne for Third Thursday

Join us this Thursday night during the art walk (5-8pm) at the opening reception for painter, Jim Denne.

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Have a cuppa SensibiliTeas!

We know there are a lot of people who have been waiting to hear these magic words so, here goes…..Samantha’s Cafe is now offering the delicious teas of SensibiliTeas! If you are familiar with Donnalynn and her tea you probably already have your own list of favorites. Let us know which flavors and blends you enjoy and you might just see your suggestions on the cafe menu in the future. Our summer teas include Earl Grey Bravo, Ceylon Labookellie, Herbal Moroccan Mint, Sweet Cherry Rose, and Blackberry Bliss. Available starting this Monday, June 25th.

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If Glens Falls were a burrito…

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The hardest working man in show biz…

If you’ve been following the work of the new Glens Falls Collaborative you may have seen this, the first in a series of profiles on downtown faces. Check out what else is happening downtown at http://www.facebook.com/downtownglensfalls!

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Support APE, Get Fit.

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Tonight!

Join us tonight for an artist reception for the very talented, Jenny Hutchinson! Music by Colorful Tones (Damon Cook)

Visit Facebook for more info

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Jenny Hutchinson & Colorful Tones

Join us this Thursday, May 17th (5-8pm) for the opening reception of Jenny Hutchinson’s fine art show featuring music by Colorful Tones (Damon Cook). Learn more about the artists on their websites:

Jenny Hutchinson – http://www.jennyhutch.com

Damon Cook – http://colorfultones.bandcamp.com

We are very excited for the opportunity to blend our professional and volunteer efforts as Art in the Public Eye‘s newest Third Thursday Glens Falls Art Walk venue!


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Don’t be like the rest of them, darling.

Thanks to the efforts of trendy culinary circles in western Europe, many “forgotten” vegetables and heirloom edibles are now coming back into fashion around the world. However, you don’t have to travel to France or the Netherlands to find these unusual foods. This weekend we only had to go across town to the Glens Falls Farmers Market to fill our bags with rhubarb, sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes), celeriac, and fiddleheads – all of which will find homes on the lunch special board over the coming days.

Dutch trend watchers at HBMEO make annual predictions about food, drink, and lifestyle changes each year. It seems like many of their 2012 theories are on point, not just for Dutch consumers but, right here in our own little city. Check it out….see what trends might apply to Glens Falls.

Source: So HBMEO Trendlist; Foodinspirationmagazine.nl

FOOD & DRINK TRENDS

  • Long, leisurely breakfasts
  • Quality instead of quantity
  • Artisan instead of branded; Authentic craftsmanship
  • Pressure cookers allow us to cook classics like draadjesvlees in half the time
  • Small scale instead of mass market; Industrial crafts
  • New vegetarian
  • Pure and real
  • Homemade granola
  • Ban the microwave; no more prefab dinners
  • Black pudding
  • Old World wines for an honest price
  • Homemade vla (see our recipes for star anise vla with forest fruits and chocolate vla)
  • Forgotten vegetables, e.g. purple carrots, white beets, turnips and forgotten vegetable soup
  • Surinamese sambal
  • Fresh jalapenos
  • Truffle potatoes
  • Thai basil
  • Homemade pickles
  • Chutney (anything but mango)
  • Fenugreek
  • Beer & steaks; Beer with a twist
  • Dumplings
  • Food as medicine
  • Asian persimmons
  • Asian snacks
  • Gin is the new vodka
  • Tonics
  • Ginger beer
  • Cooking without sugar/salt
  • Madeleines are the new cupcakes
  • Pumpkin is in
  • Tea trends: fresh ginger tea; black tea
  • Real products: More quality, fewer additives
  • Real instead of Light
  • Eating out at home
  • Classic cocktails 2.0: Bloody Mary; Bellini
  • Regional pastries
  • Miniature vegetables
  • Using up leftovers
  • New coffees: percolator coffee; herb coffee
  • Homemade cookies (see our speculaas recipe)
  • Hamburger variations
  • Fresh, fresh, fresh ingredients; full of fiber
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Foreign breads: German loaves, Persian flatbreads & Greek pitas

KITCHEN & DINING ROOM TRENDS:

  • Tulips on the table
  • Table linens
  • Personal, unique style and atmosphere
  • Black wood floors
  • Centerpieces
  • Mixed ‘n matched tableware; Eclectic mix of styles
  • Norwegian vintage
  • Old-fashioned stove-top kettles
  • Curtains instead of blinds
  • Natural scents (no chemicals)
  • Wild plants on the table
  • Recycled furniture instead of IKEA
  • The kitchen becomes a culinary workshop
  • Homemade art
  • Inspired by nature; Natural materials like wood and stone
  • Everything becomes (multi)functional; Flexible interior
  • Pastels and sorbet colors
  • 1920’S elegance meets 1950’S happiness
  • Classics with a personal twist
  • Gas cookers


FOODIE LIFESTYLE TRENDS:

  • Food tribes – Food as a lifestyle; Clandestine night markets; You are what you eat
  • Urban Farming is hip
  • Ritualized dining brings people together
  • Culi-crossovers – a marriage or film, food, fashion etc.
  • Ethical eating is in
  • No waste: Top to tail eating; Smaller portions; Recycling
  • Etiquette is in
  • Money is out – living soberly as a statement
  • Singing in your kitchen
  • Social dining: Food sharing; Guerilla dining; Eating with the neighbors
  • Men in the kitchen
  • Hobby catering is hot
  • Antique cookbooks


RESTAURANT & BAR TRENDS:

  • Creativity is king: Creative new concepts; Pop-up restaurants; Originality
  • Affordable luxury
  • Flexible pricing – prices are fluid and adapt continuously, based on availability, weather, group size, etc.
  • Smaller portions
  • Bistros
  • Weinerei (Berlin-style wine bars)
  • Wohnzimmer bars (relaxed ‘living room’ bars)
  • Single purpose bars and restaurants
  • Brunch on Sunday
  • Impersonal restaurants are out
  • Elitist eating is over
  • Restaurants in bars
  • Gin bars

Source: So HBMEO Trendlist; Foodinspirationmagazine.nl

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To market, to market to buy some rhubarb…

We had lots of rain this past Earth Day weekend! That’s good news for our farmer friends. We can’t wait to see all of the beautiful fruit and veggies they will be bringing to opening day of the summer Glens Falls Farmers Market on Saturday, May 5th. It’s also Rhubarb Festival at the market so grab your re-usable grocery bags and take the opportunity to treat yourselves to the many culinary uses of this herbaceous perennial.

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Soup’r Delicious – schedule

Soup’r Delicious: Recipe Contest & Community Cookbook

ALL MONTH   April 9 – May 11
House Soup: Squash Apple Bisque (April) or Gazpacho (May)
Charity: Art in the Public Eye
Created by Samantha’s Café & Catering

Week 1 – April 9-13
Soup: Grandma’s Chicken Soup
Charity: House of Grace
Created by Irene E. Fischer, of Glens Falls

Soup: Mushroom Soup
Charity: Relay for Life “Charlie’s Angels” Team – American Cancer Society
Created by Peg Carter, of Corinth

Week 2, April 16-20
Soup: Harvest Soup
Charity: American Heart Association
Created by Lawrence M. Hart, of Whitehall

Soup: Cream of Ratatouille Soup
Charity: Schuylerville Public Library
Created by Rachel Jagareski, of Gansevoort

Week 3, April 23-27
Soup: Moroccan Carrot Soup
Charity: Freedom to Marry
Created by Doug Gruse, of Glens Falls

Soup: Farmers Market Soup
Charity: Make A Wish
Created by Sharon Stortz, of Chestertown

Week 4, April 30-May 4
Soup: Mom’s Spinach Soup
Charity: SPCA of Upstate NY
Created by Pamela M. Lafontaine, of Fort Edward

Soup: Mushroom Barley Soup
Charity: House of Grace
Created by Irene E Fischer, of Glens Falls

Week 5, May 7-11 (SPONSOR WEEK)
Soup: Tortellini & Spinach
Charity: Youth Ministry Program at Our Lady of Annunciation
Created by Lisa Balschunat, of Queensbury
PR CONSULTANT/FREELANCE WRITER

Soup: Peter’s Tomato Soup
Charity: Open Arms
Created by Nina Mucha, of Queensbury
BALFOUR REALTY

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What’s in the bag?

Wondering what’s in this bag? Well, here are a few clues. It’s organic, farm direct, and fair-trade. The flavor and aroma might remind you of dark berry, vanilla, baking spice, tobacco, and hops.

You guessed it smarty-pants! It’s the very first shipment of a new socially conscious coffee to be featured at Samantha’s Café! This rich blend comes from the Gayo region of Sumatra (largest of the 17,500+ islands that make up the archipelago of Indonesia) and is roasted at the hip Caffé Vita in Seattle, recently named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best places in the world to get coffee.

“Sumatra Gayo River” is the first of many new roasts that will be offered at the café in the future. We hope you enjoy this velvety smooth brew as much as we do. Be sure to tell us what you think!

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Soup’r Delicious!

Well, what are you waiting for? Submit your recipe today and you will automatically be included in our Soup’r Delicious Cookbook! Eight recipes will also be hand selected to be featured on the cafe menu in April. Local chefs will be secretly judging the soups to determine which is worthy of the Giant Soup Spoon Award!

50% of all soup sales will be donated – the participants to pick the charities! Two soups will be featured each week in April.

Don’t know how to make soup? I bet you know how to EAT soup!
Buy a bowl of soup during April and help raise money for one of the eight featured organizations. In addition, Samantha’s will be donating 50% of all sales from their “house” soup to a charity that we have chosen (Yes, you guessed it. We picked Art in the Public Eye as our charity).

Download the ENTRY FORM

Click here for the Official Press Release

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Main Streets Go Blue – March 2012

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