Bits and Bites: Empty your bowl for a good cause


Fill your bowl

Help stock a local food pantry while eating tasty soups in beautiful, hand-made bowls that you get to take home Saturday night at the third annual Empty Bowls event at the Hoosick Falls High School cafeteria.

From 6 to 8 p.m., you may choose one bowl from hundreds of beautiful bowls, hand-crafted for the event by students in the Hoosick community, and fill it up with soup for $10. The soup choices will include, tortellini, minestrone, lemon chicken and dill, and beef and barley. There will also be a clear broth soup, a cream-based soup and a vegetarian soup.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hoosick Area Church Association (HACA) Food Pantry.

Tickets are available at the door — 1187 NY-22, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. — and soup and bowls are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Get your fill of pancakes

Stop by the West Hoosick Fire Department from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday for an all-you-can-eat breakfast and a free photo opportunity with the fire chief.

The menu includes pancakes, french toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

The firehouse is on Pine Valley Road near the intersection of county routes 109 and 103. For more information, call the firehouse at 518-686-1814.

The Battenkill Grange 487 will also hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road in Arlington.

The menu includes pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits with coffee, milk and juice. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. For more information, call 802-375-2518.

Local produce

Get your weekly fresh produce at the Bennington Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St.

In addition to produce, prepared food and craft vendors, the market will host a special event focusing on the coming growing season through crafts, displays and informational material. For more information, call Audrey Pietrucha at 733-6981.

Cheers to vinyl

Join Whetstone Brewery and The Moment Records on Saturday to celebrate Record Store Day 2016.

To celebrate the day, the local record store — which will have more than 150 exclusive Record Store Day titles on order, along with its regular stock of "thousands upon thousands" of vinyl LP's, 45's and 78's — and the brewery have created "Hop Fidelity." The beer is a double IPA brewed up just this once for the celebration.

Stop by the shop at 143 Main St., Brattleboro, starting at 3 p.m. for a free tasting. Want more? You can also purchase 12-ounce pours. Local chocolatiers Tavernier Chocolates will also be on hand with some mendiants to be handed out during the tasting.

For more information, call (802) 257-8171.

Grand opening

Grab a bite to eat at the new W Bar and Grill in Williamstown, Mass. — located at Waubeeka Golf Links on New Ashford Road — Friday night during its official grand opening.

The restaurant promises New American cuisine that taps into French and Italian influences, resulting in dishes like steak frites, Osso buco, deep-fried Oreos, lobster and smoked gouda mac and cheese, and duck confit — all with a killer view of the golf course.

It has been opened for lunch and prix fixed dinner menus since April 1.

For reservations, visit or call 413-458-6000.


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