Taste buds to get local workout

— “A Taste of Local” is the perfect way to introduce people to Dali Mamma and mirrors her own approach to business, said Haldeman.

“I think it’s fantastic when businesses and companies work together,” said Haldeman. “It’s a further extension of community, which is central to what I’m doing and is important to me.”

R&G Cheesemakers is the definition of “community” and will have an array of homemade cheeses to nibble on. Sold mostly wholesale and at farmers markets, the cheeses created at a creamery in Cohoes (if you’re “in the know” you can knock on the back door and buy some right there) are as local as you can get, made with milk from area cows, sheep and goats.

“The approach we take is all small batch artisanal cheeses … and we’re hand making all our products,” said owner Sean O’Connor.

O’Connor said each batch of cheese starts off with “traditional” cheese making methods but toward the end, they get an R&G Cheesemakers twist.

“We’re just trying something different so whether they be cow’s milk or goat’s milk we do a variety of different flavored cheeses,” said O’Connor. “For example, we’ve got a hard Italian bleu, a semi-soft goat cheese that we brine in espresso, fennel pollen in one.”

There are about 30 different varieties and O’Connor said he’ll have samples from across the board on hand at the Pruyn House.

“Hopefully some eyes get opened to our products,” said O’Connor.

Conroy-Lacivita said the event is good promotion for the Pruyn House and local small businesses.

“The response from all these entities has been really overwhelming. I think it’ll be a wonderful event to show a good representation of what we’re doing locally culinary wise, art and music,” said Conroy-Lacivita.

Admission is $20 for Pruyn House members and $25 for non-members. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. and reservations can be made online at pruynhouse.org or by calling 783-1435. The Pruyn House is located at 207 Old Niskayuna Road in

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