Drawing: Capital District Community Gardens' Autumn Evening in the Garden

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Capital District's Community Gardens' annual Autumn Evening in the Garden culinary event returns September 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. We have two tickets and we're giving them away. To you? Maybe so.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

Fall is just ahead, so what local thing about autumn are you most looking forward to?

Could be an event, could be a certain fruit or vegetable that's coming into season, could be whatever. We'll draw one winner random. That person gets the pair of tickets.

Here's the blurbage for Autumn Evening in the Garden:

Join CDCG for a chef extravaganza where you can sample the work of more than a dozen of our region's top chefs all in one night! Culinary samples are prepared from fresh meat, cheese and produce donated by local farmers. Guests enjoy live music and local wine, spirits and beer while mingling with chefs, farmers and friends. Proceeds benefit CDCG's programs, including 50 Community Gardens, The Veggie Mobile, The Produce Project, Squash Hunger and more.

A list of participating chefs is after the jump.

The event starts at 6 pm on Thursday, September 11. Tickets are $250 for couples, $150 for individuals, and $75 for attendees 35 years and younger -- and they're available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon on Thursday and must respond by noon on Friday, August 29.

Chef Jackie Baldwin, Hospitality Services at Rensselaer
Chef James Gavin, Nicole's
Chef Mark Graham, Taste
Chef Un Hui, Mingle
Chef Ryan Huneau, Treviso
Chef Jeremy Kane, Hilton Garden Inn
Chef Linda Kindlon, Bake for You
Chef Dale Miller, Master Chef Consulting
Chef Mike Niccoli, Century House
Chef Ian O'Leary, Gingerman
Chef Ric Orlando, New World Bistro Bar
Chef Marla Ortega, Illium Café
Chef Jaime Ortiz, Angelo's 677 Prime (Mazzone Hospitality)
Chef Michael Pallozzi, Carney's Tavern
Chef Kenneth Ruud, One Six Five
Chef Dan Smith, Jake Moon
Chef Terra Stratton, The Chocolate Gecko
Chef Libby Thomas, 333 Café
Chef Adryana Washock, Jose Malones

photo: Capital District Community Gardens


What a great giveaway! I love everything about Fall! My favorite local thing is of course the apples!

Apple Cider Donuts

Looking forward to visiting Indian Ladder Farms!

Changing colors, brisk air, and crunchy apples - yum.

Apple Cider Donuts!

Hiking ADK

Buying local cider and making hot spiced cider in my crock pot. Also, buying pumpkins!!

Leaf peeping at the Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher! This will be my first Autumn back in New York after a few years in the season-less tropics. Needless to say, I'm very excited!

So much to love but my favorite is simply enjoying the smells in the air and colors on the trees during my evening walks with the dog through the neighborhood.

My favorite FALL-bany activity is when the leaves fall off the trees and my apartment has an unobstructed view of the Capitol again!

Also, still wondering what the stickers are for-- waiting with bated breath.

Fall is just ahead, so what local thing about autumn are you most looking forward to?

I'm a very big fan of fall foliage - looking out across mountains covered in red, yellow, orange and green is a delight that is fleeting but wonderful. The apples aren't bad, either!

I just moved into an apartment on Washington Park in Troy in April. The neighborhood and the park are both beautiful all the time, but I am especially looking forward to seeing the leaves change from the big window in my apartment!

Apple picking, apple baking, and apple eating and drinking...all the apples.

I chose to stay in the capital region after college because of how it comes to life in the fall. Afternoons spent apple picking at Indian Ladder Farms, live music at Pearl Palooza, pumpkins dotting stoops in downtown Troy; I love it all.

Apple picking and those perfect sunny fall days where you can be out in the sun, but not bake. The leaves, the smell, and obviously the donuts.


I'm looking forward to apple picking!

The crispness in the air, the beautiful colors of the mums and the leaves, and the fresh apples.

I love hiking in the ADKs and the Catskills year round but Fall in Upstate NY is the MOST beautiful!

Enjoying the last few days when you can still seat outside around Lark establishments.

Fall Foliage in the ADK's and Oktoberfest at Wolff's

Good outdoor running/hiking weather, although this summer hasn't been too bad!

Fresh Apple Cider Donuts!

Pumpkin ales on tap, apple picking, and Catskill hiking.

Looking forward to fall foliage road trips around the region, the Farmers Museum's Fall Festival in Cooperstown, not having a go-go-go summer schedule so I have more time to do things (like finally see Grant's Cottage before it closes) and going to friends' Halloween parties.

All pumpkin everything!!! Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin dessert, pumpkin candles, I can go on and on :)

Cool nights, warm blankets, red wine and Halloween movies on ABC family :) and also apples in all forms - cider, doughnuts, pies, etc. Best time to be in Upstate NY!

Long pants, hair cuts and a little puppy.

Apples! and Soups! Crisp air, bright colored leaves

Apple picking and apple cider donuts at Indian Ladder Farm

Apple picking and leaves changing are the obvious ones so I'll say... Primus coming to the Palace

cool weather hiking and camping.
and cider donuts of course.

Apple picking! It will be my daughter's first year experiencing apple picking and cider donuts...can't wait!

Picking Apples!

hiking through the green and white mountains

Turning off the window fan!

Apple-picking and leaves changing beautiful colors

Apple picking!

Apple Crumb pie from Smith's Orchard Bake Shop in Charlton!

Apple picking! Empires and honeycrisps are our family's favorites.

The drive to Thacher looking at the fiery leaves. Apple picking, cider donuts, farm animals, and hayrides at ILF. Pumpkin picking at Engle farm. Baking + Scary movies + Sweaters!!!

colorful leaves which then leads to us making and drinking pumpkin beer

Breakfast at Indian Ladder Farm with my husband to celebrate fall!

Leave changing color makes Fall my most favorite time of the year. Well, that and apple cider donuts!

Oh the apples, the apples are amazing. And camp fires on chilly nights.

cider donuts, cider making, and pdf

Hiking in the Adirondacks without bugs! Fall is my favorite time to hike

Come Fall we go to the Alpaca farm in old Chatham to choose our warm winter socks. We buy extra socks for Babushka and Sistra back in Siberia, though they don't appreciate them. They say, ah our socks here are warm! That's because they are radioactive. I look forward to new warm and furry, non-radioactive, Alapaca socks made in New York.

Apple picking and apple crisp!

most certainly cider donuts

Apple Picking

EMPAC & open-to-public events hosted on campuses, with people back from summer break

Leaves changing, and the Jewish High Holidays

Fall is my absolute favorite season!

I am looking forward to going apple picking and eating some amazing cider donuts.

I'm also excited to drink fall beers (yummmmm, Oktoberfests), particularly at Wolff's.

I can't wait for pumpkin pie and Halloween!

Apple cider donuts for sure!

hiking season

I'm excited to go into my garden and pick pumpkins. Raking leaves, while something's baking in the house made with food from MY garden!

A trip to Golden Harvest Farms.

I'm really looking to most of the same things as the people above, cider donuts, hiking, Pearl Palooza and the foliage! Seems like we have a lot to be thankful for in our region. I'm also excited to help Capital District Community Gardens with gleanings this fall! For anyone who's unfamiliar with the term, it's essentially harvesting a field (or orchard) of the surplus crop and giving it to those in need. CDCG's Squash Hunger program gleans apples from local orchards, like Indian Ladder Farms, and distributes thousands of them to our region's food pantries and shelters. It's an awesome thing, you're basically picking apples for the hungry, and they're always looking for volunteers!

The pumpkin flavored frenzy

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies at the Confectionary, they are to die for!

All things squash...particularly soups!

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