Posh at the State Fair – 4/28/24

Scarlet Knife, Latham, NY

Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse

Photos by William Harris, Bailli and Holly Katz, Vice Chancelier Argentier

Despite the absence of livestock and a tractor pull, the Albany Chaîne’s Induction Dinner on April 28th was a black-tie jaunt down the midway.  It was the bailliage’s second trip to Scarlet Knife, this time with whimsy by Executive Chef Paul Dimm who framed haut cuisine in that enduring American pageant, the State Fair.

As the crowd arrived for the reception ...

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Dancing with Roosevelt – 2/25/24

The Roosevelt Room, Troy, NY

Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse

Photos by William Harris, Bailli.

What do two dead U.S. Presidents, an impromptu late night dance spot, and the fertile imagination of Chef Noah Frese have in common? The Roosevelt Room, a splashy new restaurant in North Greenbush, New York just a hop from Albany proper where Chaîne members reveled in the chapter’s latest evening to remember. Yes, Teddy the Roughrider and fifth cousin Franklin Delano were a dynasty.  Apart ...

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A Sparkling Yellow Brick Road at Pastina – 12/3/23

Pastina, Delmar, NY

Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse

Photos by William Harris, Bailli

A yellow brick road in the Capital Region leads not to The Emerald City, but to a jewel of an eatery—Chef/Owner Mike Pietrocola’s popular Italian restaurant Pastina, the scene of the Albany bailliage’s Mondiale on December 3rd.  With a name that recalls tiny star-shaped pasta, Pastina stands in Delmar’s Four Corners, a stone’s throw from yellow pavers laid down in the late nineteenth century to ease travel ...

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Of Seafood and TroyBot at Sea Smoke Waterfront Grill – 10/1/23

Sea Smoke Waterfront Grill, Troy, NY
Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse
Photos by William Harris, Bailli

Ask Maître Rôtisseur Jamie Ortiz why he named his stylish new restaurant Sea Smoke, and he’ll tell you he was transfixed by mists rising from the Hudson River at dawn. Once the head corporate chef with Mazzone Hospitality, Ortiz has since taken over all but the catering business from his former employer.  Ortiz’s latest project—Sea Smoke Waterfront Grill in Troy, New York—is ...

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A Night Near the Races at Siro’s Restaurant – 8/29/23

Siro’s Restaurantt, Saratoga Springs, NY
Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse
Photos by William Harris, Bailli

When Saratoga Racecourse opened in 1864 it was a scene of gentility. Women wore hats with ribbon streamers, dresses with pagoda sleeves, hoops and crinolines swayed beneath wide skirts. Menswear featured plaid trousers sometimes in garish colors owing to the invention of aniline dyes ten years before, and frock coats had given way to the new, less fitted sack jacket. Straw boaters and ...

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Professionals Dinner at PDT Market – 6/25/23 

Professionals Dinner at PDT Market, Saratoga Springs, NY
Article by Ilona Weisman, Chargée de Presse
Photos by William Harris, Bailli

PDT Market in Saratoga Springs is Disneyland for devotees of the culinary arts. No wonder then that on Sunday, June 25th Albany Bailli William Harris gathered the chapter’s professional members at PDT to show his appreciation for their unique contributions to the bailliage.

From its gelato pod machine (read it and weep, Nespresso) to a machine that vends champagne splits (when fed ...

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Beardslee Castle – 5/21/23 

Ghosts and Gourmets at Beardslee Castle
Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse
Photos by William Harris, Bailli

Beardslee Castle in Little Falls, New York is the most haunted place in the state. Ever the intrepid band, the Albany Chaîne bussed 70 miles to the restaurant on May 21st for dinner with a theme—Forage, Funghi & Fire—hosted by professional member and chef/owner Randall Brown.  Armed with a degree in Computer Science, Chef Brown marched off to join the fine dining ...

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Le Quai Bistrot Française – 4/17/23 

Albany Chaîne Dine-Around at Le Quai Bistrot Française
April 17, 2023
Article by Vice Chargée de Presse Ilona Weisman
Photos by Bailli William Harris

Hélas!  The lament echoes through the Albany Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Where have all the traditional French restaurants gone?  No more Provence, no more L’Auberge. Closed are the Chez’s, both René and Nous.  But 10 miles north of Albany in the sleepy village of Waterford, New York, a jaunty newcomer serves up what Capital Region gastronomes have longed ...

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The Scarlet Knife – 3/26/23 

Mondiale Dinner at the Scarlet Knife
March 26, 2023
Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse
Photos by William M. Harris, Bailli

When the Albany Chaîne met in March for the first Mondiale since Covid, the subject was Priorat—those berry-rich Spanish wines from the stony, terraced vineyards of Catalonia. The site was Scarlet Knife, an exciting new restaurant in Latham, New York, the magnum opus of brothers-in-law James Warren and Executive Chef Paul Dimm. With the debut of Scarlet Knife ...

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Tighe’s Bistro – 3/5/23

March 5, 2023
“Gastronomic Mastery on Glass Lake”
Tighe’s Bistro Americain, Averill Park
Article by Ilona Weisman, Vice Chargée de Presse
Photos by Bailli William Harris

Once upon a time there was a chef and a bartender. For 11 years the chef demonstrated a passion for global flavors at his gastropub, New World Bistro, while the bartender was a popular fixture behind the New World bar. But the bartender loved French cuisine and dreamed of having his own restaurant. That long ...

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