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Thursday Dine Around

Participating Albany Restaurants Offer 3-Course Meals on January 6th

wine bottle and glass displayed with fish dishKick off the Albany Chefs' Food and Wine Festival by "Dining Around" at the Capital city's top restaurants! January 6th, from 5:30pm to 10:00pm, enjoy a 3-course dinner paired with wines and spirits at thirteen participating restaurants in downtown Albany.

Prices will range from $50 - $100 per person, plus tax and tip. Seating is limited. Please call and make reservations before hand as tables will be in high demand.

Participating Restaurants

Angelo's 677 Prime: $67.70 per person
677 Broadway, Albany - (518) 427-7463

  • Seared diver scallop, braised veal cheek canneloni, sweet corn shiitake cream; St. Francis chardonnay.
  • Seared filet mignon, lobster spring roll, baby vegetables, celeriac potato puree, sweet sherry onions, bone marrow veal jus; Sequoia Grove cabernet.
  • Chocolate-pistachio financier, warm berries, salty caramel ice cream; Fonseca Bin 27.

The Brown Derby: $75 per person
22 Clinton Avenue, Albany - (518) 463-1945

  • Lobster bisque, tarragon pistou, lobster coral, wilted snow-pea shoots; Casa Lapostelle sauvignon blanc.
  • Roquefort-encrusted filet mignon, Alaskan king crab cake, habanera-mango aioli, seasonal vegetables, wild mushroom-cipollini pommes duchess; Green
  • Point cabernet-shiraz and Termes by Numanthia.
  • Warm chocolate ganache tartlet, pistachio short-dough crust, pistachio gelato, apricot crème Anglaise; Chandon Riche.

Café Capriccio: $75 per person
49 Grand Street, Albany - (518) 465-0439

  • House-cured sopressata, capocollo and finocchiona, with fruit and Tuscan cheeses; Banfi Centine bianco and rosso.
  • Galantine of pheasant in pastry shell; Banfi Centine Bianco and Rosso.
  • Pappardelle with mushroom ragu; Masi Campofiorin (ripasso).
  • Tuscan braised beef shanks, polenta, Tuscan kale; Tenuta Ornellaia le Volte (super tuscan).
  • Dessert TBD.

Creo: $75 per person
1475 Western Avenue, Guilderland - (518) 482-8000

  • Crab Napoleon, white peach beurre blanc, crispy prosciutto; 2009 Etude pinot gris.
  • Hudson Valley chicken coq au vin, braised apples; 2008 Etude chardonnay.
  • Thai-marinated prime culotte, soy-ginger demiglace, shiitake potatoes; 2008 Etude pinot noir.

Dale Miller: $50 per person
30 South Pearl Street, Albany - (518) 694-3322

  • Hors d'oeuvres; Joseph Carr Dijon clone chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2008, Joseph Carr pinot noir Central Coast 2008.
  • Citrus-crusted scallops, asparagus ribbons, confit shallots, squash nectar purée; Joseph Carr sauvignon blanc Napa Valley 2009.
  • Grilled hamachi, grilled pineapple salad, parsnip sauce, tobiko caviar; Joseph Carr chardonnay reserve Sonoma Coast 200.
  • Thai-braised bison short ribs, grilled salsify, wild mushroom ragout; Joseph Carr Ancienne Cuvée meritage Howell Mountain 2004.

Jack's Oyster House: $49.99 per person
42 State Street, Albany - (518) 465-8854

  • Amuse bouche selection; Cragganmore whiskey.
  • Gold Band oyster Rockefeller, Blue Point oyster on the half shell, dried apricot-Talisker pearl; Talisker whiskey.
  • Local Ocean sea bream, vanilla beurre blanc, ostrich filet mignon medallion, mushroom and white truffle oil, green peppercorn sauce, winter vegetables, potato gratin; Oban whiskey.
  • Molten chocolate ganache, raspberry coulis; Johnnie Walker Gold whiskey.

Kelsey's at the Crowne Plaza: $65 per person
State & Lodge Streets, Albany - (518) 462-6611

  • Halibut, parsnip-apple purée, red wine beurre rouge, microgreen salad; Laetitia chardonnay.
  • Loin of venison, garlic-honey flan, roasted Brussels sprouts, black pepper-Beaujolais sauce; Nadia Bordeaux blend.
  • Dark chocolate soufflé, raspberry crème Anglaise.

Lombardo's: $49.99 per person
121 Madison Avenue, Albany - (518) 462-9180

  • Green salad or eggplant with roasted red peppers, prosciutto, mozzarella, marinara.
  • Pollo francese (egg-battered boneless breast of chicken, sautéed in butter, lemon and garlic) or pesce posillipo (white fish, marinara, clams, mussels); both served with pasta.
  • Tiramisu or a cannoli with coffee or tea.
  • Wine: Choice of two glasses of Fontana Candida Frascati, Fontana Candida Pinot Grigio, Bolla Amarone or Banfi "Centine" Baby Super Tuscan.

Marché: $40 per person
74 State Street, Albany - (518) 434-7410

  • Belgian endive, apples, Berkshire blue cheese, candied walnuts, champagne-walnut vinaigrette; Arctic Fox, Fox Run Vineyards, Seneca Lake.
  • Roasted black cod, butter-roasted fingerling potatoes, celery-root purée, roasted beets chardonnay reserve, Fox Run Vineyards, Seneca Lake 2007.
  • Chocolate cheesecake, pecan praline crust, caramel ice cream; ruby port, Fox Run Vineyards, Seneca Lake NV.

McGuire's: $150 per person
353 State Street, Albany - (518) 463-2100

  • Lobster bisque with jumbo lump crabmeat, or fried oysters with spicy Asian dipping sauce; Sonoma Cutrer Russian River chardonnay.
  • Lamb chop with risotto and blueberry-pork demi, or pan-seared foie gras with roasted pecans, kalamata figs, greens; Sanctuary zinfandel.
  • 16-ounce grilled prime New York strip steak grilled with golden chanterelle demi, or 26-ounce grilled rib-eye grilled with toasted-garlic demi, or 8-ounce pan-seared filet mignon with Danish blue cheese and Madeira demi; Sanctuary cabernet.
  • Artisan chocolates with Remy Martin cognacs - V.S.O.P., XO, Louis XIII - presented by Remy Martin's world brand ambassador, Remi Brabrant.

MezzaNotte Ristorante: $50 per person
2026 Western Avenue, Guilderland - (518) 689-4433

  • Salmon carpaccio, roasted beets, radish and Bibb lettuce; Marques Casa Concha chardonnay.
  • Pumpkin-stuffed agnolotti, caramelized cipollini onion, prosciutto, apple -sage broth; Marques Casa Concha chardonnay.
  • Slow-roasted boneless lamb loin, braised tomato, fennel bulb fondue, honey-garlic demiglace; Barbera D'Asti, Le Orme, Michele Chiarlo.
  • Fig-pine nut tart, Bershire blue cheese, honey gelato; Nivole Moscato D'Asti, Michele Chiarlo.

Panza's on the Green: $60 per person
Normanside Country Club, 150 Salisbury Road, Delmar - (518) 584-6882

  • Warm potato salad, Gentleman Jack's cider vinaigrette; Earthquake Eddie's Hot Stuff Caesar salad; cast iron skillet-seared wild mushrooms, crispy pancetta, garden spinach and shredded asiago.
  • Old No. 7 drunken meatloaf with Indu's chutney jus; sour mashed turkey and biscuits with barrel-cured onions; Miss Sydney's-marinated salmon filet; creamed corn, mashed green beans almandine.
  • Apple dumplings, tipsy sauce, fried dough, pickled cranberry relish.

Yono's: $85 per person
25 Chapel Street, Albany - (518) 436-7747

  • Hors d'oeuvres; sauvignon blanc, Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley 2008.
  • Crispy skin Local Ocean black bass á la plancha, kabocha squash purée, truffle yogurt, toasted granola; chardonnay, Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley 2008.
  • Roasted rougie magret duck breast, duck sausage, roasted winter vegetables, pomegranate gastrique, foie gras, pinot noir demiglace; pinot noir, Cakebread Cellars, Anderson Valley 2007.
  • Oscar's Smokehouse bacon-wrapped lamb loin, braised lamb neck agnolotti, melted baby fennel and celeriac, gremolata; cabernet cauvignon, Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley 2007.
  • Praline bread pudding, sticky caramel and toffee crème Anglais.
  • Mignardises.

For more information please contact the restuarant of your choice at the phone number listed.