Category Archives: Food Heroes

Inspired and inspiring cooks, bakers, producers and purveyors of food.

Life imitates art at Soup Man

Does this strike anybody else as weird? A character modeled after Ali “Al” Yeganeh, the crotchety proprietor of the International Soup Kitchen in midtown Manhattan, was featured in the famous “Soup Nazi” episode of Seinfeld. In order to be served … Continue reading

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Cory Nelson’s dream is alive in Troy, NY

Cory Nelson wanted to have some kind of food business after graduating from Howard University, because “I am passionate about eating.” D.C. and New York City were already priced out of reach, so he did a search for smaller cities … Continue reading

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“Brewers Wanted” in New York craft beer industry

Craft beer is thriving in New York state, and somebody has to staff all those breweries not to mention the malt houses, hop farms and other suppliers that feed them. So Schenectady County Community College is piloting a brewer training … Continue reading

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Ribbon cutting day at Chester’s Smokehouse in Albany

Chester’s Smokehouse is a throwback to the days when refrigeration was spotty and every town had a smokehouse to preserve meat. It recently opened in an ungentrified district of Albany, taking over a building that allegedly housed a pretty rough … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Chef Jacques La Merde unmasked!

We have previously heaped praise on Chef Jacques La Merde, a wise guy who makes beautiful compositions out of junk food. Now it turns out the culprit/heroine is Toronto chef Christine Flynn. This interview on Eater explains how and why … Continue reading

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How Cheese Traveler sells artisanal cheese in the land of mild provolone

Eric Paul was one of the first food people I met when I moved to upstate New York in 2008. He’d been depicted by Daniel B of FUSSYlittleBLOG as an iconic figure who roamed the land in an overcoat filled … Continue reading

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15 Church brings big-city ramen to Saratoga

Your weekend plans have just changed. You are headed to 15 Church in Saratoga Springs, where chef Brady has whipped up some world-class ramen to celebrate the seasonal closing of the patio. This is not poser ramen broth but deep, … Continue reading

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The Italian Trade Commission comes to Price Chopper, and that’s a good thing

Why are Italian delis filled with shelves of enticing jarred and canned foods, but not American or Jewish delis? Why is your supermarket stocked with box after box of Italian pasta in shapes you could never imagine? Because the Italians, … Continue reading

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Farm-to-table pizza from Nine Miles East Farm

I first tasted pizza from Nine Miles East Farm of Schuylerville, NY (which is 9 miles east of Saratoga where I live) at the home of a health-conscious friend. She raved about its natural goodness and how the two-day fermentation … Continue reading

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Battle Mandram: A family history

Judy Cromwell is a longtime friend who frequently comments on my recipes. She agreed to share her Mandram recipe and contributed this bonus description of her family’s tussles with this dish through the decades. Chef Otis’ interest in recreating southern … Continue reading

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