Restaurant weeks, localized "taste of" events ... . In the Capital Region we're inundated with such things year-round. Some are great, some mediocre, some shouldn't be repeated. Thus, it takes something very different to stand out in the crowd. Here's one that decidedly is different -- a clever riff on a progressive meal.
The Saratoga Showcase of Homes, an annual event that promotes the works of the Saratoga Builders Association over a series of weekends, this year will combine open houses for each of eight member builders with local chefs preparing different comfort foods for each venue from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 19.
A limited number of tickets, priced at $40, will go on sale later this month. Proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties and Rebuilding Saratoga Together. Go here for an online guide to the homes involved and other aspects of the showcase. The venues and chefs involved, plus the menu where available:
Classic Homes: Ridgeview Estates, 6 Ridgeview Road, Gansevoort -- The Wishing Well, chef Pat Longton.
Bella Home Builders: Rolling Greens, 7 Rolling Green Drive, Wilton -- Lakeridge, chef Scott Ringwood.
Trokanski Custom Builders: Pine Brook Landing, 18 Rose Terrace, Saratoga Springs -- Prime at Saratoga National, chef Jason Saunders.
Belmonte Builders: The Mill at Smith's Bridge, 2 Saw Mill Court, Saratoga Springs -- Zest Cooks, chef Carla Kuchar.
BCI Construction: The Elms at Saratoga, 28 Joseph Street, Saratoga Springs -- Jack Dillon's, chef Tom Dillon.
Polito Homes: Park Grove, 21 Joshua Road, Saratoga Springs -- 15 Church, chef Brady Duhame.
Witt Construction: Skyfall, 106 Southard Road, Saratoga Springs -- Pasta Pane, chef James Frese.
Traditional Builders: Stonebridge Estates, 6 Stonebridge Drive, Ballston Lake -- Village Pizzeria & Ristorante, chef Sandra Foster