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How to win a food festival

This year I attended the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival as a guest of my friends at Yelp, so was able to skip my usual blogger duties. I took the opportunity to think about how to make the most of … Continue reading

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How to win a cookoff contest

Last Saturday I was a judge in the Trial By Combat cookoff, part of the Enchanted City steampunk festival in Troy, NY. The contest was sponsored by Yelp and organized by Daniel B of FUSSYlittleBLOG. We went shopping in the … Continue reading

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Memories of the 2016 Kneading Conference

On July 28 and 29 I spent a highly entertaining and educational couple of days at the 2016 Kneading Conference in Skowhegan, ME in the company of 250 folks, most of whom were professional bakers or food educators. Skowhegan is … Continue reading

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Judging BBQ at Troy Pig Out

Last Saturday I judged the team barbecue competition at Troy Pig Out in upstate New York, for the second year in a row. One of the seasoned judges shared some tips he learned from his KCBS mentor, and they’re good … Continue reading

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Register now for 2016 Kneading Conference

It’s just a couple of weeks till the 2016 Kneading Conference, a full schedule for which is available here. From what I understand from past participants, it’s like the best of spending time with the great bakers and teachers at … Continue reading

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Curd Nerd Utopia at NYC Cheesemonger Invitational

Ryan Skrabalak is a cheesemonger at Cheese Traveler, a wonderful shop in the DelSo district of Albany, NY. In this guest post, he shares an insider’s look at the Cheesemonger Invitational, an event held in tandem with the New York Fancy … Continue reading

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On the floor at the New York Fancy Food Show 2016

This year I saw the Summer Fancy Food Show from a different perspective compared to previous visits. I was a guest of the team from Putnam Market, an excellent source of gourmet takeout and boutique food specialties in my home … Continue reading

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Corned Beef is on sale! Here’s what to do with it.

The best thing about St. Patrick’s Day is not the green beer, but the ridiculous loss-leader prices on corned beef. I like to stock up on a few points and flats for future experimentation. Here are a couple that have … Continue reading

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Talking with the trade at Craft New York Brewers Festival

Last weekend’s beer fest at the Desmond was a fabulous event. Regular, VIP and designated driver tickets all sold out and I will be sure and remind you well in advance so you aren’t disappointed in 2017. (Timing hasn’t been … Continue reading

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Craft New York Brewers Festival is the real deal

I love beer, especially hoppy double IPAs brewed in small batches by lovable brewers from small artisanal breweries. However, I’m not in love with all the beer festivals that are sprouting up like hop bines in April. Many are road … Continue reading

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