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Last night was the 2nd annual Slider Slam as part of 'Wine and Dine for the Arts' an event created to give money to local art establishments (primarily theaters). I went to the first Slider Slam last year courtesy of a table hopping give away, and I was hooked. The event featured about 10 different local restaurants serving up a slider of their choosing. There were also wineries, breweries, a rum company and a whiskey company giving out complimentary drinks. The sliders were excellent again this year, with my two favorites being Valentes and Biergarten. (my date's favorites were Valentes and 677 Prime).
And the Bacardi dragon-fruit mojito was great :)
The event is so popular, I feel it has outgrown the room it is in, it is very tight, and incredibly hard to navigate, but there is plenty of time to hit every table, so it is just a mild inconvenience, not a limiting factor. This year the room was also quite smokey at times, an issue I'm sure they will address for future years.
At $35 / per person, it is a little pricey, but it is good food, lots of drinks, and most importantly, the money goes to a good cause.
(Sorry for the poor quality photos, the smoke really messed with my camera)
Edit: per Times Union, the people's choice winner was Valentes (offical judge winner was Slidin' Dirty)