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Fri-day! Yes!

It's the end of a busy week, brought to you by peanut butter wings, presidents, the last of the leftover Halloween candy and that looming sense that you need to start getting ready for Thanksgiving. It was also brought to you by the Aids Council of Northeast New York's Beaujolias Nouveau celebration -- this Thursday night at The Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. Chef's from all over the Capital Region will be sampling delicious food, and you can be among the first to taste the Beaujolais Nouveau wine. Tickets are still available for $75 or, at the VIP level, $125.

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Food and Drink

+Classe Catering can cater your holiday party. You can find their holiday catering specials here.

+Capital City Gastropub has some great Sunday through Thursday specials like $9 pizzas and $3 select drafts Sunday through Tuesday, Half-price burgers all night on Wednesday and $9 pizzas and $3 select drafts from 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Friday. Every Friday select microbrews are just $2. They're also serving Sunday Brunch.

+ The fall menu at The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark includes yumminess like grilled short ribs au poivre with balsamic and mushroom confit and mussels in lobster broth with white wine and applewood bacon. Nom.

+ The Schenectady Greenmarket has moved indoors to Proctors for the winter season. Sundays from 10am to 2pm.

+New World Bistro Bar is hosting a benefit for the Red Cross on Tuesday, November 13. 10% of all the proceeds that night go to the American Red Cross. And on Thursday, November 15, executive schef Ric Orlando will be the honorary chair at the Aids Council's 'Beaujolais Nouveau' release party at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.

+The folks at City Beer Hall are now doing Saturday and Sunday brunch starting at 11AM.

+ Our Daily Eats -- serving up fresh basil pesto, roasted nuts and seeds. They also have four granolas. Available at the Delmar Farmers Market, Schenectady Greenmarket and the Empire State Plaza Wednesday Farmers Market. Local retailers are listed on their website.

+ Capital Wine on State and Lark in Albany. They've got tastings every Friday night, so stop by on your way out to dinner. And they've got great tips on wine and food pairings.

+ Honest Weight Food Coop has all the best flavors of the season.

Stuff to do

+The Breathing Room yoga space, classes in yoga, dance, pilates and more 399 Kenwood Ave Delmar.

+ The Mop and Bucket Improv Company -- where making stuff up isn't lying, it's a gift for fiction. Every Friday at 8pm Underground at Proctors. Shows are based on audience suggestions, so every week there's something fresh and fun.

+Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Friday, November 16 at 8p.m.

+ The Hellions of Troy Roller Derby Herculadies will face the Battery Brigade on Saturday, November 10 at Rollarama in Schenectady. Doors open at 7pm. Bout at 8pm.

+ The Albany All Stars start their new roller derby season on January 19th.

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