Razzles, Sky Bars, Zotz, Bull’s Eyes. The sisters who co-own The Village Sweet Shoppe purposely stock a section of nostalgic candies whose names leave most contemporary youths scratching their heads. Nonetheless, visitors of all ages grow wide-eyed over rows and rows of bins filled with colorful gummy bears, sour watermelons, malt balls, nonpareils, espresso beans, and taffies, and many find themselves sneaking a bite the moment their self-served scoops are rung up. Like Proust's madeleine cake or George Washington's boyhood wig, the candies transport visitors back to their childhoods, which was the ultimate goal of proprietors Joie Smith and Kate Mayer. When they're not tracking down hard-to-find sweets, the sisters take their goods on the go, stocking candy buffets or chocolate fountains at local weddings and birthday parties.
Lodged in a centuries-old Albany edifice abutting the Poestenkill Canal, The Irish Mist serves up hearty Celtic-inspired dishes in a restaurant stocked with bar and banquet facilities. House specialties such as duck, lamb, crab cakes, and sea scallops incorporate creamy sauces to showcase the kitchen’s range, and hefty of pub fare such as burgers, fish 'n' chips, thick irish stews, and meaty pies vanquish hunger with more finality than a meatball cannon. The Sunday sunrise brings with it the alluring aromas of made-to-order eggs and candied ham that waft from an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet.
For more than 18 years, Classé Catering's chefs have prepared impressive spreads of hors d'oeuvres and multi-course meals for all sorts of events. Norwegian smoked salmon with rye chips or platters of prosciutto and cheese are just a few of their specialty finger foods, while entrees like herb-encrusted pork loin or shrimp and crab-stuffed sole conquer more substantial appetites. In addition to catering, the company's event specialists can help event hosts to decorate or even find a venue.
The familiar names of dishes on Lily Jack's Sandwich Shack's menu might trigger some smiles: Here Comes the Sun, Love Me Do, Twist and Shout. But the convenience delivered by the mobile operation might make for a wider grin than some Fab Four?inspired sandwiches. The caterers alleviate some of the stress involved in planning events like baby showers, office functions, and birthdays by providing a rich spread of soups, salads, and sandwiches, all of which are served with local, fresh-baked bread. The large menu allows for a truly customizable buffet-style experience. For example, the tuscan chicken-sausage soup with white bean and kale can be paired with caesar salad and a tray of Come Together sandwiches?grilled chicken breast, mozzarella, tomatoes, prosciutto, and pesto aioli. With healthful-minded preparations and vegetarian options, Lily Jack's Sandwich Shack offers something for everyone, just like the Beatles themselves (unless you're a big fan of crewcuts, that is).
The crew of Pig Thyme Catering brings the accoutrements of a Hawaiian-style luau to clients' backyards. A whole pig on a spit slowly turns over an open fire, and the fragrance of spices fills the air, turning evil tikis into friendly family pets. Hawaiian-style side dishes made with pineapple and special spice blends round out meals. Staff members can arrange for add-ons such as games, face painting, and beverage service.
Elegant Affairs elevates the concept of traditional brunch with delicious cuisine from lauded caterers and smooth jazz music. Elegant Affairs has been catering since 1989 and has experience crafting menus for intimate occasions or parties as large as 4,000 attendees. For the jazz brunch, they create a specialty menu that includes breakfast and lunch favorites such as french toast and caesar salad as well as a full cash-only bar stocked with mimosas, bellinis, and other morning cocktails. As guests taste sweet and savory brunch dishes, jazz musicians such as Jon Berman and Eric Bascom supply an ethereal live soundtrack.