{Weekend} Reading: LOCAL EDITION


Empty Bowls, Sunday October 3rd noon-3pm, Italian American Community Center, 5th Avenue, Troy. Admission $10.

I want to start with this piece because its one of the most creative, and most affordable “everyman” fundraisers I’ve ever encountered. I hate to say “affordable” but sometime you want to attend fundraisers, but they are like $50-250 a person. When you factor in paying a babysitter, sometime you can’t manage it! Well, Empty Bowls is a way to make an impact on hunger in Troy and get yourself lunch. Please consider attending. Sarah & I are taking our husbands on a double date during our kiddo’s naptime; bonus!

From the press release:

TROY NYAttend the 6th Annual Empty Bowls Project fundraiser in Troy NY on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at the Italian American Community Center on 5th Ave. The event raises awareness for the issue of hunger while filling empty bowls and bellies with great soups and stews!

Local potters are donating 1,800 bowls for the benefit. Attendees can choose a bowl and it have filled with soup, stews and chowders from participating area restaurants. After you’ve emptied your bowl, student volunteers from Emma Willard will wash it for you, so you can take it home as a reminder.

The cost of admission also includes bread, drinks and dessert.

Participating Restaurants

  • Ale House
  • Badass Burrito
  • DeFazio’s Imports & Pizzeria
  • Flavour Café & Lounge
  • Francesca’s
  • Italian Community Center
  • Jackie Baldwin
  • Illium Café
  • LoPorto’s
  • Miele’s Café
  • Muza’s Diner
  • Patricelli’s Deli
  • Potters Tavern at Sterup Square
  • The Eatery
  • And more

To Benefit

  • Bethany Center
  • Commission on Economic Opportunity
  • Hope 7 Community Center
  • Joseph’s House
  • St. Mary’s Food Pantry
  • The Rourke Center
  • Troy Damian Center
  • Unity House
  • Italian Community Center
  • Troy Larger Parish Food Pantry
  • Troy Y.W.C.A.
  • And others…


All Good Bakers are successfully guaranteed an industrial kitchen AND pick-up locations in Albany & Delmar for their Community Supported Bakery (CSB). Share sign-up sheets are ready! Contact Britin & Nick through their Facebook page or email address: allgoodbakers@gmail.com. Shares start on November 3rd and run 26 weeks, through April. Don’t miss out! In addition, I interviewed them today AND got to consume some product- AMAZING! Good people making good food. Stay tuned for the post next week!

In better-late-than-never-news: One of our readers, reporter Drew Kerr of the Post Star, has informed us that not only does he like our blog (sweet!) but that he wrote a story about the King Dairy Farm (the topic of Leslie’s What’s New in Your Kitchen“) back in May. In addition,  look out for the October 10th issue of Parade, he wrote another story on the farm!


Last couple of days of Self-Guided Garden of Eating Tour in Columbia County. Ends October 3rd.

For families there is The Hoopla October 2nd 11-4pm, The Saratoga Spa State Park, Victoria Pool area. There will be games, crafts, local food provided by some GREAT local establishments- 50 South, Four Seasons, Harvest & Hearth, Esperanto and Pies-on-Wheels.

According to the website:

“The Hoopla is all about celebrating healthy choices we make for our families and ourselves.   In our desire to embrace technology and never-ending innovation, sometimes it feels like we have lost some of the joys and benefits of simpler times.  However, it is possible to reconnect with these values in a modern, balanced way.  The Hoopla provides us the chance to meet people, groups and businesses doing just that–bringing health, balance and happiness to our families’ everyday experience.

The day will be full of activities, games, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, food and fun. There is no admission charge, but we appreciate any donations to help offset our costs.  Any revenue will go to improving the event in the future or donated to non-profits which promote balanced choices and options for families. ”

Williams College’s Museum of Art will be hosting an all-day (FREE) conference on The Place of Taste: A Symposium of Taste: A Symposium on Food, Culture and Community on October 2nd.

From the website:This delectable daylong event features chefs, writers, scholars, and artists. Organized by the Williams College Museum of Art and Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture in celebration of the journal’s 10th anniversary.”

October 2nd: Vegetarian Expo , 10am-5pm, Empire State Plaza. Free Admission. From the website: “The NY Vegetarian Expo Brings together the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, and compassion for animals and all beings.”

In Hudson, famous food writer and former Editor of the now-defunct Gourmet, Ruth Reichl, will be giving a talk on October 9th. The information can be found on Steven Barnes’ Table Hopping blog for the Times Union.

Saratoga County Tour of Farms is October 9th from 10-5pm.

The biggest fiber fair all year is just a few weeks away! NYS Sheep & Wool Festival, October 16th & 17th, Saturday 9AM-5PM Sunday 10AM-5PM. The huge fair will be at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck.

October 16th: Troy Chowderfest, around 30 vendors, samples for $1.

Don’t forget it’s U-Pick apple season– get out and join the fun!


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