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Slim pickings for orchards

Growers try to make the best of a devastating apple season

Although a late frost in the spring has damaged a large portion of the area’s apple crops, local growers are still urging families to keep their annual tradition of visiting an apple farm this fall.

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A new chef joins family business

More Perreca’s hires SCCC grad, young chefs beef up downtown offerings

As one family business expands its restaurant and refines it fare, the reins are in the hands of someone outside the family for the first time.

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A new twist in Rotterdam

Guilderland woman with soft serving past opens ice cream shop

One woman started twisting out soft serve ice cream as a teenager and recently purchased her own store in Rotterdam, with hopes her family will continue the business.

New regs mean new food at BC

Schools required to offer healthier menus this coming year

Students in the Bethlehem Central School District and those across the country will be seeing some culinary changes in the new school year under new federal food service regulations implemented in July.

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Power of persuasion opens doors

Trader Joe’s cuts the lei on first Upstate store in Colonie

New Trader Joe's location on Wolf Road in Colonie finally opens to the delight of area foodies.

Taste buds to get local workout

The Pruyn House will become a miniature version of the Capital District on Thursday, Aug. 23, when local food, art and music is spread across the grounds for “A Taste of Local: An Evening of Food, Wine and Talents.”

Eatery grades out in the open

New law requires Albany County restaurants to post health inspection results

Picture this. It’s 6 p.m. on a Friday night and you’re starving. You walk through the door of your favorite restaurant, expecting to eat a hygienically prepared meal in a clean dining room. But do you know how the restaurant scored on its most recent health inspection? Are you about to dine in an “excellent” restaurant or a “fair” restaurant?

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Movement started From Scratch

The club is a network of growing knowledge about local food and its members are willing to share what they learn, offering food swaps (open to the public and free, donations accepted) and do-it-yourself classes held at various locations throughout the Capital District.

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Summer job? Try summer business

Stephen Bliven, 19, of Latham, knew he needed a summer job. But the Southern Vermont college student didn’t just find one, he created it.

Trader Joe's gets summer opening date

Getting approval for a sign reading “Trader Joe’s Plaza” was one of the last procedural hurdles for the grocery chain to clear before its Colonie doors swing open on Friday, Aug. 3, and on Tuesday, June 5, the Sign Review Board approved the proposed sign.

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To market, to market to buy ...

Almost anything is available at area farmers' markets, now in full swing

As warmer weather settles in, farmers markets are starting to set up shop around the region. Each offers something a little different but they all have one thing in common: fresh, local food.

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Spanish snacking in the Spa City

Saratoga Springs’s culinary corridor is about to grow again. Boca Bistro, a Spanish Bistro and Tapas Bar, is expected to open in its Broadway location on Friday, June 1, thanks in part to sharks on the west coast and some thin mountain air.

Bethlehem Restaurant Week returns

More than a dozen eateries to offer $20.12 meals

For the second time, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce will be partnering with local eateries to present Bethlehem Restaurant week.

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Top chefs to face off for benefit

Albany and Saratoga are well known as area hotspots fine dining. Soon, one city will reign supreme after a friendly competition in the First Annual Chef Challenge. Proceeds from the event will support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

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ShopRite opens in Albany

Company's second Capital District location has roaring start

ShopRite in Albany opened on Thursday, April 26, and according to spokesperson Tom Urtz, the Central Avenue location is greater than the sum of its parts.