{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION

Maybe its me, but its been hard to find events this time of year…I’m sure there are weekly breakfasts with Santa and Festival of Trees and craft fairssomewhere, but I can’t get my hands on many food-related events. I will focus the last third of the post on Slow Food SCCC’s all-day celebration of Terra Madre Day on Monday, December 13th. – Christina

WINTER MARKETS: SATURDAYS, 9am-1pm unless otherwise noted.

Delmar Farmers Market: Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue. (through December 18th)
Troy Farmers Market: Uncle Sam Atrium, Broadway @ 3rd. (through April)
Saratoga Farmers Market: Division Street Elementary School, 220 Division Street. (through April)
Schenectady Greenmarket: inside Proctors, State Street, (10am-2pm SUNDAY, through April)


Winter WonderLARK is today! Shop, watch men & women in speedos run sprints, ornament making and more at the all day event in Albany’s Lark Street Area. Albany.Com has all the information.

December 16-19th is the Annual Melodies of Christmas at Proctors.

The only completely gluten-free restaurant in the area, Sherry-Lynn’s, is having a Breakfast with Santa on December 18th 8am-11am. Reservations NOT required.

On the same day, December 18th, from 11am-4pm head over to The Saratoga Winery to celebrate the holidays with The Saratoga Santa (we really looks like Santa!!!) Live music from 1-4pm.

January 6-8th, 2011 is Albany’s first annual Wine & Dine for the Arts. From Albany.com “Local Albany chefs show off their skills in this inaugural three-day food and wine festival to raise money for the arts! The Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival will take place Thursday, January 6th through Saturday, January 8th, 2011 to benefit the Art Community of Downtown Albany. This is a great opportunity to support your local downtown businesses, including the local arts and restaurants. Throughout the weekend you will taste top-of-the-line food and wine pairings, as well as learn about the impressive art of food and wine preparation with cooking demonstrations and wine tasting seminars. Don’t walk away empty handed! There will be a wine auction to give you the chance to take home some of the exceptional and distinctive wines you have tasted throughout the weekend.”


This Monday, December 13th, Slow Food SCCC, will be celebrating Terra Madre (Mother Earth) Day with a full-day of events including a panel discussion and film viewing. Below is directly from the SCCC Slow Food Blog, where there is further description of each event.

Terra Madre Day Schedule

Schenectady County Community College
December 13, 2010 – 1:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
Casola Dining Room
Presentation on Terra Madre 2010
Rocco Verrigni
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Casola Dining Room
Panel Discussion:
Farm to Table Movement
Preserving Farms and Farmers
Ed Yowell – NY, NJ, CT Slow Food Regional Governor
Michael Kilpatrick – Kilpatrick Family Farm
Aaren Hatalsky – Wing Road Farm
Jen Small – Flying Pig Farm
Tod Murphy, Farmers Diner, Middlebury & Quechee, VT
Kim Feeney, Farm House Restaurant
Bruce Piasecki

3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Culinary Seminar Room
Student Presentations
Chef and Child School Curriculum – Caitlin Sive – SCCC student
Skidmore School Garden – Gabriella Stern
3:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Casola Dining Room & Culinary Hallway
Trade Show: Local Venders, Farms, College Student Clubs 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p. m.
Culinary Seminar Room
Film Screening – Green Beef
4:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Food Preparation Lab B
Garde Manger Lab
Cooking Demos and Local Products/Food Tasting 

Chef Kevin London, Farmhouse Restaurant at Top of the World
Chef AJ Jayapal, Miss Sydney’s, Normanside Country Culb
Chef Tim Meaney, Beekman Street Bistro
Chef Jim Rose, Skidmore College
Chef Christopher Tanner, Schenectady County Community College
7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Room – Culinary Seminar Room
Film Screening – Green Beef
Schenectady County Community College will join a network of organizations worldwide hosting events as part of Terra Madre (Mother Earth) Day to share information about the Slow Food movement’s philosophy: good, clean and fair food.

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