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Cans + Crayons at SMCo.

SMCo. has a neat event set for tomorrow.

Here’s how it works: YOU buy one of our many delicious craft beers, WE provide you with limited edition coloring pages designed by local artists + lots of crayons to color them with!

Coloring pages have been designed by Michael Conlin, Caroline Corrigan, Ira Marcks, Erik Savage, Zach Higgins, Felicity Jones, and (possibly) more. Very cool idea and some really awesome artists involved.

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Little Pecks Opening Thursday

little pecks will be officially opening Thursday. For the past week or so they were soft-open; serving coffee and without official hours.

From the press release:

Little pecks is an all-day café from the culinary team behind Peck’s Arcade, serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks, including wine and beer. Joining the team as lead barista is Katryn Malen, formerly of Stacks Espresso Bar in Albany.

At the helm of the kitchen will be the duo of executive chef Nick Ruscitto and executive pastry chef Greg Kern, who describes little pecks as “many ideas coming together in one space, which is one of the great things about working with this team. I’ve been able to experiment with some new food ideas and be more involved with the opening of a business – it’s been interesting having a role beyond that of making food.”

The cafe will be open seven days a week from 6:00am Monday-Friday, and 8:00am on Saturday and Sunday, for breakfast and lunch with closing times based on customer demand, and at minimum 9:00pm. In addition to seating in little pecks, diners will also have access to a four-season garden area with retractable roof, to be shared with Lucas Confectionery, as well as the Library at Peck’s Arcade. The team expects to do equal parts orders to stay and take-away, and will also focus on outside catering. Coffee will be provided exclusively by Tandem Coffee Roasters of Portland, Maine.

Can’t wait to swing by.

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“little pecks is a little open”

little pecks had previously announced their opening day was to be Friday, but it seems like enough things are in place that the team will be getting the ball rolling, starting today.

little pecks is an all-day cafe by those behind Peck’s Arcade in the former space of The Grocery, at 217 Broadway.

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Heather LaVine and Vic Christopher win Eater’s 2016 Young Gun Award

From Eater:

Each year, Eater puts on its search for the most inspiring young talent in the industry. We issue a public call for nominations, run selections by trusted industry experts, and then congratulate a new team of extraordinarily talented restaurant industry trailblazers. The winners are leading the charge for development and progress while making a mark in their respective fields. Eater Young Guns recognizes these individuals for their hard work and toasts their future plans.

Eater has also posted a wonderful vignette on Heather and Vic which goes deep into their history, the beginning of the Lucas Confectionery, how we still don’t have Uber somehow, and the reason behind the things they’re doing.

It’s wonderful to have these two recognized for the boundary pushing they’re doing in Troy, and the impact they’ve had on the culinary and wine scene in the area. These are the people who are actively making it better to live here, and it’s great to know that it’s not just the locals noticing.

The featured photos is The Lucas Confectionery, 2012

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Drop Coffee Takeover at Superior Merchandise

Starting July 2, Drop Coffee will be taking over all things coffee at Superior Merchandise. Similar to a tap-takeover, SMCo. will be serving Drop Coffee’s entire line by pour over, batch brew, iced coffee, and espresso until they run out.

Some background from Kinfolk’s excellent interview with Drop co-owner Joanna Alm:

What do you take into consideration while roasting your coffee?

We strive to bring out all the good natural flavors of the coffee in the roasting process without adding any roast tones. It’s crucial for us to keep all the natural flavor of the coffee throughout each step of the production chain, from the cherry to the final cup, regardless of the brew method. This is a bit controversial on the coffee market, but it’s the only way to achieve our aim to get most out of the product.

Drop Coffee is has ranked top four in the world the past three years at the World Coffee Roasting Championship. Coffee from Drop is generally difficult procure in America, and even more rare to see their entire line being offered in multiple brew methods, as well as retail bags you can bring home (which are gorgeous boxes).

SMCo. will have the Roaster Takeover as a recurring series, and I’m extremely excited to have these hard to find coffees being offered so close to home. This commitment to raising the bar and pushing the boundaries of what cafes do and offer is one of the reasons why SMCo. is the best coffee shop in our area.