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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.

Outdoor farmers market set to open

Market's 32nd season kicks off May 3

The Downtown Market location at Schenectady City Hall will be open starting May 3 on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Beginning June 12, the St. Luke’s Farmers’ Market will run every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1241 State St.

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Saratoga Farmers Market one of many in area

Connections to local food becoming more popular

“In New York State the number of markets has risen from 235 in 2000 to 500 in 2010.That’s a 113 percent increase. What’s more New York State ranks second in the nation for the number of markets. The farmers market is a place where farmers can get the best price for their goods by selling directly to the consumer and cutting out the middleman,” Laurie Ten Eyck, New York field representative for American Farmland Trust.

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Scotia Diner hopes to move on

Owners plan to reopen at nearby former Kem Cleaners after recent eviction

The owners of the Scotia Diner were evicted from their longtime restaurant to make way for an apartment complex, but a vacant building just down the street could be the eatery’s new home.

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A flood of support [photo gallery]

Jumpin’ Jack’s opens for season after devastating damage from tropical storms

Jack Burgers made a triumphant return to the Scotia riverside after some feared a summer tradition was washed up.

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Photo Gallery - Time to Make the Bunnies

The annual rite of spring takes place at Uncle Sam’s Homemade Chocolates in Schenectady is the making of Easter Bunnies. Joe Suhrada, owner of Uncle Sam’s, shows the steps in crafting the chocolate treats.

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Forty years of purple

Forty years ago, the Purple Pub in Watervliet was a one-room bar with eight bar stools, some tables and a menu of sandwiches. Now, it has three dining rooms and an extensive menu of Italian and pub fare favorites that have made the family-owned restaurant a community staple.

Eatery looks to head indoors

Casa Mia owner drafts plans to remove deck, add banquet room

The Italian restaurant and pizzeria Casa Mia in Glenmont may soon be expanding.

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Nisky Co-op plans renovations

Market improvements estimated at $200k; fall completion targeted

The Niskayuna Co-op Supermarket is planning to spruce up its store through a round of renovations that should be completed just in time for its 69th anniversary.

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More than BBQ

LT’s Grill in Niskayuna closing to renovate, refine image

If barbecue is the first thing that comes to mind thinking about LT’s Grill, owner L.J. Goldstock is hoping to change your mind.

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Area has no shortage of sweet treats

Valentine’s Day drums up visions of red heart-shaped boxes, tied with a gold ribbon and filled to the brim with decadent chocolate candies. But for some candy shops across the Capital District, there’s another Valentine’s Day treat in higher demand.

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Filling bellies, one pantry at a time

At the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, “consistent” is always the word of the day.

A supermarket mecca

The Capital District’s supermarket scene is heating up.

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A new elegance

Scrimshaw Restaurant at The Desmond gets a new menu

Scrimshaw Restaurant at The Desmond Hotel got a summer make over that was 30 years in the making and, according to new Dining Room Manager Frank Rivera, diners seem to approve.