Drawing: A Movable Feast

HAF Movable Feast 2017 cocktail hour

Cocktail hour at last year's A Movable Feast.

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Historic Albany's A Movable Feast returns April 14.

The event -- a fundraiser for the foundation -- starts with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Opalka Gallery. Then guests head off to randomly-assigned historic homes where a host has prepared a mystery gourmet dinner. After dinner everyone return to the Opalka for dessert and coffee.

This year more than 300 guests are expected. And two of those people could be you and guest -- because we was have two tickets to give away.

To enter the drawing, please answer the following question in the comment section of this post:

What would be your own Capital Region movable feast?

Don't worry about distance or anyone else's version of a perfect day/evening -- just tell us about a group of things you'd like to do that would make a fun day/evening in the Capital Region. We'll draw one winner at random.

The 2018 A Movable Feast is Saturday April 14, starting at 5 pm. Tickets are $125 for the general public and available online.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Thursday, April 5, 2018 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 Friday and must respond by noon on the following Monday.


A picnic in Washington park for tulip fest would be the ideal movable feast, various courses at different beds. Food outside always tastes better and with all the different tulips, colors and shapes it would be ideal for a feast of the eyes and tastes!

Freihofer's Run, and then spending the day in Washington Park - this event always signifies the beginning of summer for me.

A day spent touring Albany's finest corner stores and bodegas to find which one can serve the best beef patty with coco bread.

A great moveable feast would be outdoor lunches at various local historic sites -- not necessarily houses, but places like Saratoga Battlefield, USS Slater, etc.

Appetizers at Mcguires. Dinner at New World. Dessert at Emack and Bolio.

In my imaginary feast where distance is no issue, I'd do drinks in Saratoga, a cheese board at Lucas Confectionary in Troy, dinner at Prime, and dessert at Bumpy's in Schenectady.

Moveable Feast : Hudson Edition

Drop in the kayaks at the Water Street ramp and head across the Hudson to Bonfiglio & Bread in Athens for poached egg & avocado and the mushroom toast.

Paddle back and stop at Ör Gallery & Tavern for a hibiscus margarita on the front patio.

Walk over to Back Bar for ramen and Spotty Dog for a pint.

Long stroll, nap.

Cocktails at Rivertown Lodge
Antipasti at Ca’Mea and pizza at Oak

Drinks at Red Dot.


Nothing says 'Moveable Feast' like fast food.

Picnic lunch at Thacher Park, drinks on the water at Saratoga Lake, dinner at Gastropub in Albany.

I'd start the day with breakfast at Cafe Madison, a beauty treatment at Complexions, dinner at 677 , and a play at Proctor's.

Eggs Benedict and a Peach Bellini at Iron Gate to start, then a walk through Washington Park and lunch at the Moses Fountain, then an after-lunch snooze perhaps? Then finish the day off with some evening patio drinks and tapas at Cafe 217 (or a hike down to the Warehouse District to check out Albany Distilling, Nine Pin, or maybe that new wine bar).

My idea of a perfect day is combining exercise, outdoors, food & drink, and music. I would gather a group and map out a 10-mile walking route in Albany that started with coffee at 8:00 am and ended with dinner and live music at 8:00 pm. In between would be selected dining spots that offer beverages, snacks, sweets, cocktails, and entertainment. Husband and I did it last year and made it to 12 miles and talked about how nice it would be to do this with a small group every weekend. It's quality time with others and you see everything!

I would start with breakfast at my new favorite spot, Baking You Crazy. Lunch might be something yummy from Bowlsome at the Troy Farmers' Market. How about a coffee/snack break at one of our fine local coffee shops. And dinner at Yonos!

My version of a movable feast is loading my smoker and a cooler full of meat & beer into the back of my SUV. I can take it to a friend's backyard, a park, or wherever a fat rack of ribs is needed most!

Starting with drinks at Nine-Pin, Ric Orlando making the group dinner at the Governor's mansion (why not?) and an evening stroll through the plaza.

beer on a bike
hot dog on a bus

A Movable Feast: Delmar Edition -- recommended for any warm Saturday

Coffee and a breakfast sandwich at Perfect Blend
Beer and Mead tasting at Royal Meadery and Real McCoy Brewing
Leisurely lunch on the patio at Swifty's (can't wait for it to open!)
**a long walk around the neighborhood to work off that meal**
A glass of Rose or a flight of beer on the patio of Twisted Vine Wine & Tap
Some live music and a plate of corned beef tacos at O'Slattery's

Riding bikes along the Corning preserve from Albany to Troy to catch the farmer's market and get a lunch downtown. Bike back to Albany stopping at Stack's for an afternoon coffee. Dinner on Lark street into some evening cocktails.

Coffee from Brewtus (c'mon guys, open already). Croissant from Bake for You, although I am tempted to try Baking you Crazy. Sandwiches to go picked up from the Cheese Traveller next door.

Hike. Read poetry at the summit, eat sandwich, consume Other Half's "The Other Day" - had my first one yesterday and it's sublime. Hike down carefully. Play boardgame with kids.

Leave them behind w/ pizza and take my wife to the Chef's counter @ Peck's. If only there were some place to go dancing after that..

I 'd start at Iron Gate, then I would pack up for a little hike and swim at Hanna Croix Creek, and a stop off for waterfront food at Yanni's Too. Back to Albany to rest up before hitting Ama Cocina for dinner and then a show at the Palace. I'd grab cider donuts on my way home at Yonder Farm (the BEST ones! don't let others fool you).

I would start with brunch at Iron Gate Cafe, then go for a stroll around Washington Park to admire the tulips, then dinner and oysters at Jack's and then off to Troy for wine and dessert at Lucas Confectionery.

We like Eggs Benni at either Peaches in Stuyvesant Plaza or Manory's in Troy. A show at Proctor's is always wonderful, we were lucky to score front row seats to Wicked last year, which is something I can only imagine being able to do in the Capital region. If the weather is as it can be, a feast for the eyes at the Museum or History and Art or a tour of the Capitol. The guides have great stories. If good, shopping on Lark, riding the lovely bike paths or sitting by the Falls in Cohoes and listening to them roar. The partner is the best chef and a little wine, surf and turf in by fire pit is our favorite way to end

Breakfast at the Troy Farmers Market, biking to Albany for lunch, then biking back to Troy for outdoor beers at Browns.

The moveable feast that I make a weekly event in the summer: a breakfast sandwich and coffee from The Daily Grind (or maybe Stacks, now that they're doing sandwiches too!) carried to a picnic table in Washington Park to eat while I watch happy dogs running around in the unofficial dog park area.

A picnic atop Bennett hill or in the huyck preserve or by the Hudson or thatcher park.
Dinner at new world.

First, I would get a breakfast sandwich at Daily Grind. Then drive to Thacher Park and walk around and enjoy the view. For lunch and some ice cold brews we would head to Indian Ladder Farms. Then off to Troy for some window shopping and dinner at Peck's Arcade.

a visit to the Troy Farmer's market and lunch on the patio at Brown's!

Brunch at Indian Ladder Farms Cidery and Brewery with a Bacon Bloody Mary followed a bag of cider donuts to go. A walk around Troy to check out the city’s architecture and a glass of Gruner Veltliner outside on the patio at The Hill at Muza. Dinner watching and sampling the fabulous fare of the chefs at Peck’s Arcade. And an Uber ride home!

Having a Cider Belly donut at all of the sites of 17th century bakeries in old Albany.

Brunch at More Perreca's
Lunch at Ambition
Dinner at Malcolm's (give it a try)

Thanks for the tix All Over Albany! A fabulous evening!

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