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Cooking School at Market Bistro

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Price Chopper and Certified Angus Beef invited me to a demonstration in the new cooking school at Market Bistro by Price Chopper in Latham.  It was my first experience with a class in the cooking school.  The school itself has three counter-tops with grills on them to accommodate up to 15 students and a seating area for demonstrations with two monitors displaying the chef's actions that are harder to see.  The kitchen itself is state of the art and completely functional for a variety of types of classes.

The class I attended was called 'Two Guys and a Grill' and was put on by the cooking school's own chef John and a guest from Certified Angus Beef, Chef Michael.  Both chefs were incredibly knowledgeable, able to answer some tricky questions from my fellow bloggers as well as offering up some really helpful hints (always wait for the grill to get hot, don't use olive oil ahead of time, as it won't hold up to high temperatures, etc.)  and then of course there was the amazing food they prepared.

Classes at the cooking school range from $20 to $55, which from what I've seen in the area is a great price.  There is also something great about taking a class and having a list of ingredients and a map of where you can get them in the store.  There is a picture of their June calendar below, and you can always go here: to view their current classes.  They also offer classes for particular groups (children's classes, Girls or Guys Night, etc).  Let me know what your experience at their cooking school is like.

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Chef Michael and Chef John Chef John flips some vegetables Chef Michael checks the temperature of a steak
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Chef Michael from Certified Angus Beef slices a steak Handy guide to see where each cut comes from Market Bistro's Chef John prepares a Chimichurri


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Dishes being prepared Cooking School Calendar for June  

Sip and Savor

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Today Adirondack Winery and Gusto Della Vita sponsored a wine and olive oil pairing event.

The event paired 10 different Adirondack Winery wines with ten olive oils or vinegars from Gusto Della Vita as well as 4 cheeses from Adirondack Cheese Company.

The event was held at Adirondack Winery in Lake George.  It was a great event with a small group, so everyone got to know each other.  Keep a look out on Adirondack Winery's web page for future events.


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Olive oil and balsamic vinegar by Gusto Della Vita Wine display at Adirondack Winery
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Taste of Upstate NY Review


Today was the first 'Taste of Upstate NY' event in Saratoga Springs.  There were over 20 wineries, breweries, and distilleries as well as 27 other food vendors.

Being their first year, there were a few kinks that will need to be worked out (cash only with no functioning ATM, long rope lines for no reason and a few timing issues) but overall, it was a successful event.

The wineries and vendors were there in full force with a large selection of wares.  It is an event you should look out for next year.



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Mazzone Food Tour



Just got home from the Mazzone Food Tour.  We visited all 6 Mazzone restaurants and had a small dish at each (and a dessert at the last stop).  Our favorites were the edamame dumplings at Tala and the delmonico steak at Prime Bar and Grill.

The tour was put on by Mazzone Hospitality and the Giddyup Bus.  They are already planning a second tour.


Market Bistro (by Price Chopper)

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Josie and I were lucky enough to get a private tour of the new Market Bistro by Price Chopper.  Market Bistro isn't your standard grocery store, it is a nexus between a grocery store and restaurant.  Besides being a significantly better than average grocery store, there is also a complete selection of prepared foods offered.  Everything from salads and subs, to sushi, to BBQ smoked on site.  There is even a full service restaurant and a cooking school within the Market Bistro

The supermarket itself is larger than a normal store, and has an entire aisle dedicated to organic and gluten free food, an aisle for cultural food, and usually two or three shelves in every aisle dedicated to local products.  So instead of just finding Coke and Pepsi, you can also get a wide selection of Jones sodas, or get locally produced peanut butter instead of just Peter Pan.

It is an impressive store with an exciting new concept; merging the idea of a restaurant with a grocery store.  We tried a variety of different foods from 'Bistro Blvd' and it was all quite impressive.  It is hard to pick a favorite from the food we tried, but the smoked ribs and the lobster roll were among our favorites.

Market Bistro is located in Latham at 873 New Loudon Road.  Whats not to love about a grocery store that has a larger selection than normal and a complete restaurant environment as well?  I'm most excited to see what they do with the cooking school.  It will be nice to take a class and be able to buy everything you need to make a recipe at home at the same place.

There are a ton of pictures below, so be sure to click 'read more' to see them all.


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A 6 foot section of fresh pastas from a local manufacturer Large selection of cheeses Olive bar, with 32 different types of olives
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BBQ - in addition to normal rotisserie, Market Bistro has a smoker in the store using hickory from Tennessee Market Bistro has an entire aisle dedicated to organic and gluten free foods Chef's Prepared Meals - Pick any entree and two sides for $6.  Intended to be brought home and heated up, but they will also heat it up for you if you want to eat there

Hit 'Read More' below to see more pictures