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Taste of Troy food tours a culinary foray

Explore the city’s culinary ties with Taste of Troy Food Tours on Saturdays, 

9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, May through October. Tours are not held on three-day weekends. Private tours are available. Meet at 275 River St. in downtown Troy by the Troy, N.Y. sign.

Tickets for a Central Troy Historic District Food Tour are $49, general admission; $29, ages 3 to 12. An Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour has been added; tickets are $59, adults, $39, child. Tastings are included in ticket price. 

For information, visit http://www.tasteoftroyfoodtours.com or https://www.facebook.com/tasteoftroyfoodtoursllc/ or call 303-5034.

Some history of the Collar City, which once upon a time was farm land:  In the 1780s, Troy was developed as a commercial riverfront village. Along with the demand for food in New York City, Troy’s growing population encouraged a thriving agricultural footprint in the surrounding area, producing grains, dairy products, poultry, seasonal produce, apples, and hops for a brisk and popular brewing trade.
The eateries featured on the Taste of Troy Food Tours include: The Whistling Kettle, Best Lunch Spot in 2016 from Capital Region Living; The Illium Café, whose chef won  $18,000 on “Guy’s Grocery Games” on the Food Network; Nibble inc, winner of second  place on “Sugar Showdown” on the Cooking Channel; Psychedelicatessen, winner of  multiple “Best Bagel” awards; and Brown’s Brewing Co., whose Pale Ale was a Culinary Institute of America  gold medal winner.

Amy Koren-Roth, proprietor and tour guide,   presents the Taste of Troy food tours which tie the past with the present through food and fascinating sights. on a  1½ mile walk with seven stops. The tour includes five local eateries in the heart of Troy’s Central Historic District and St. Paul’s church with its Tiffany-designed interior. Each stop is approximately 15 minutes. The tour ends at the Troy Farmers Market, where participants will have up to an hour to shop the more than 80 food growers, cooks, bakers and artisans. Each of the stops in the tour is spaced with sights and insights on Troy’s architecture, culture, and history.
Koren-Roth,  a history major at Mount Holyoke College, a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in community nutrition as well as an avid traveler,  spent three years developing the tours, 
including research  in the archives of the Rensselaer County Historical Society for menus of the dinners that used to be held by the Troy Victorian Society and the food favorites of the immigrant groups who settled in Troy.  “Tastes” offered on the tour are  a smaller serving of a regular item: mini-bagel, half-cup, flight (small glass), bites and small plate.
The eateries where the tastes are served are independently and locally owned,  three  having women as chefs.  Special dietary needs can be honored — when possible — so let Koren-Roth know if you are a vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-, alcohol- or caffeine-free.
Plans are in the works for a second Troy tour in 2018 that will focus on the variety of ethnic restaurants in the city. 

Gloria Mazure

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