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Week of July 8 – July 14, 2016

THE SOCIETY PAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY CARRIE ROWLANDS JOHNSON & ALICE COREY OF the blogging bar

People’s Choice winner, The Iron Roost! Linnaea DiNallo, Jessica Mayette and Erin Rourke

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Honorary Committee, First Taste of Summer

“Iron” Rules the Roost! Fifth Annual Chef ’s Challenge Benefits Big Brothers, Big Sisters

ARATOGA SPRINGS – The salt on the rim was the perfect compliment to the sweet of the watermelon and bite of tequila. Brad Smith mixed and poured as he gushed about the recent opening of his new restaurant, Blue Agave, now filling the space Leon’s left behind after a move to Ballston Spa. Smith’s restaurant was one of about a dozen that donated their time and fare for this Fifth Annual Chef ’s Challenge and First Taste of Summer held at Excelsior Springs. More than two hundred sipped and nibbled before voting for their favorite cocktail and tapas.

The highlight of the evening was a head-to-head cook-off requiring chefs to incorporate a secret ingredient in an appetizer, entree and dessert before the clock ran out. All monies raised benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. According to Event Coordinator Elena Kyprianou Marosek, the 200 people were in attendance that evening, enabled them to easily reach their $45,000 goal, which will pay for matches between forty young people and their Skidmore big brothers or big sisters.

Tiffany Hogben, Josh Lochner

People’s choice went to The Iron Roost in Ballston Spa for their Lemon Mascarpone. Murmurings about the combination of whipped cream, strawberries, lemon and Iron Roost waffles filled the air with nearly as much sweetness as the dish they referenced. - Carrie Rowlands Johnson Carrie Rowlands Johnson and Alice Corey are co-owners of the blogging bar, a Saratoga-based start-up offering blogging, social media management, and photography services to small to medium-sized businesses. Together they cover the social scene in Saratoga, offering you a sneak peek inside charity galas and fundraising parties. If you’d like your event featured, email us at thebloggingbar@gmail.com.

Blue Agave owner Brad Smith mixes a Watermelon Margarita for thirsty tasters

Heather and Brian Straughter

George Fricke, Scott Peterson, Josh Nemer, Arin Wright, James Caracci

All photos by Alice Corey Photography

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