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Saratoga Showcase of Homes Kicks Off for 2012

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SARATOGA COUNTY – The 2012 Showcase of Homes has begun – an annual tradition that ushers in the fall season while celebrating the area’s finest builders during the last three weekends of September.


Presented by the Saratoga Builder’s Association (SBA), the 17th annual Showcase of Homes tour includes 19 exceptional homes in Saratoga County from 16 award-winning builders. Each home will feature the latest building techniques and products, along with high-quality furnishings and fixtures from the area’s top suppliers and designers.

The event begins Friday, September 14, with the first of two Chefs – Saratoga Style events, followed by three weekends of home tours: September 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. A second Chefs – Saratoga Style event will be held Friday, September 21. Both chef events will be held from 6 – 10 p.m.

The SBA Showcase of Homes tickets are $20 per person, and can be bought at any of the 19 home locations during tour hours, or online at www.saratogashowcaseofhomes.com. Tickets are good at all locations over the entire six-day event. Every ticket purchased comes with a free Showcase of Homes tote bag. Children under 12 are free.

Chefs – Saratoga Style tickets are $35 each and grant admittance to both the September 14 and 21 events, and include a Showcase of Homes ticket for the remaining three weekends.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to two local organizations that work to help those in need: Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. Last year, SBA donated $75,000 to the local charities. Over the past 16 years, approximately $725,000 has been donated to charitable organizations from this event.

This year, 10 chefs will take part in the Chefs – Saratoga Style event. The Southern Chef Home Tour begins Friday, September 14, featuring six homes and some of the best chefs from the area’s finest restaurants.

“These events are very exciting for the chef, for one, because they get to interact face-to-face with potential clientele,” said Michele Ahl, the Showcase of Homes Chef Committee chair. “And it’s the same for our guests. As a patron, you don’t always get to ask questions of the chef or see him or her in action. So I think the whole experience is a lot of fun for both parties, and allows them to make a personal connection to the chef and the restaurant they represent.”

Those who attend the Chefs – Saratoga Style events will also have a chance to enter a drawing to win a gift certificate to each of the 10 restaurants. There will be one winner per restaurant.

For those interested in learning more about the showcase, a 30-minute television spot by Donna Pennell Productions and hosted by Yvonne Perry will run on three major network affiliates and feature exclusive interviews with all 16 builders. The Saratoga Showcase of Homes “Special TV Edition” will air on News Channel 13 September 16 at 11:30 a.m. (following the Today Show and Meet the Press); on News Channel 10 September 15 and 22 at 6:30 a.m., as well as September 16 and 23 at 10 a.m.; and on CBS Channel 6 September 15 and 22 at 5:30 a.m.

To learn more or to buy tickets, you may also visit the Showcase of Homes website at www.saratogashowcaseofhomes.com.


Chefs – Saratoga Style Events*

Southern Chef Home Tour – Friday, September 14, 6 – 10 pm

Bella Home Builders: Angelina Estates, 6 Sophia Marie Lane Malta; Lake Ridge – Chef Scott Ringwood – Carribean shrimp and avocado with black bean salsa

Belmonte Builders: Harvest Bend, 21 Hidden Farm Lane Halfmoon; Zest Cooks – Chef Carla Kuchar – Grilled rosemary and roasted garlic shrimp over seared Parmesean polenta rounds

Blitman Development Corp.: St. Ledger’s Woods, 1 Callaghan Boulevard Malta; Max Londons – Chef Mark D. Graham – Rock shrimp with minted pea arroncini and sushi grade opah

Camelot Associates: Revolutionary Heights, 44 Gurba Drive Stillwater; Panza’s Restaurant – Chef Jose K. Arteche III – Pan seared trout with ginger infused butter with summer Thai mango slaw

Heritage Custom Builders: Timber Creek Preserve, 34 Sycamore St. Ballston Spa; Lily and the Rose – Chef Kim Klopstock – Bolgenaise

John A. Paige Jr. Contracting: Adams Point, 1 Julia Circle Halfmoon; Golden Krust Bagels – Chef Jay Wynn – Cheesecake, eclairs, cream puffs, carrot cake and pastries

Northern Chef Home Tour, Friday, September 21, 6 – 10 pm

Saratoga Builders: Schuyler Pointe, 24 Ashleigh Lane Saratoga Springs; Yono’s – Chef P. Yono Purnomo – Marinated chicken with curry coconut milk sauce

Terrace Home Builders: 48 Nelson Ave. Ext. Saratoga Springs; Café Capriccio – Chef Franco Rua – Pizza Margherita Napolitano

Waldron Builders: Ridge View Estates, 21 Ridge View Road Wilton; Russo’s Restaurant & Bar – Chef Joseph Russo – Bruchetta

Witt Construction: Park Alley, 61 Granite Street Saratoga Springs; Sperry’s Restaurant – Chef Dale Miller – Wasabi shrimp

* Menu items subject to change based on current market conditions

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