October 28, 2013

Home Briefs: Oct. 28, 2013


---- — Event combines chocolate and spritzers with crafting

PLATTSBURGH – The Battle of Plattsburgh Association is offering an event called “Chocolate, Crafting and Spritzers” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the War of 1812 Museum.

Tammy Brown, museum manager, will teach participants how to make four different holiday projects that can be used during the holiday season. While crafting, attendees will have the opportunity to dine on delicious chocolate desserts while enjoying a bubbly spritzer.

The cost of the class is $20 per person, and includes all the supplies to complete four different projects as well as the desserts and a spritzer. 

To reserve a seat or for more information, call the museum at 566-1814 or email

Jr. Iron Chef competition opens Friday 

POTSDAM – Registration for the second-annual North Country Jr. Iron Chef competition opens Friday, Nov. 1.

The regional event is a competition for teams of middle- and high-school students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Teams develop healthy recipes using a combination of local and USDA/commodity foods that could be realistically prepared in a school cafeteria. 

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, teams will gather at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam to prepare their recipes. Teams will then present their creation to a panel of distinguished judges who will select the 2014 North Country Jr. Iron Chefs. Recipes are posted on the event website and shared with school cafeteria staff throughout the region.

Teams can be formed within schools, youth clubs, churches, after-school programs or just friends. One middle- and one high-school team is accepted per school district/organization until Dec. 2, after which any remaining spots will be filled. The competition is limited to 18 teams in each section.

For more information, to register or to sponsor the event, visit or contact the Health Initiative at (315) 261-4760.