Bite-Sized: Osteria Danny hosts a wine dinner, job fair draws few seekers

Bite-Sized: Osteria Danny hosts a wine dinner, job fair draws few seekers

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Fort Orange Brewing in Albany is participating in the NYS Shot & a Beer program to promote coronavirus vaccination. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union)

Fort Orange Brewing in Albany is participating in the NYS Shot & a Beer program to promote coronavirus vaccination. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union)

PAUL BUCKOWSKI

Osteria Danny in Saratoga hosting French wine dinner

Osteria Danny in Saratoga Springs will host a dinner featuring wine from Chateau d’Esclans in Provence, with seatings at 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday, June 17.

The price is $99 plus tax and tip for five courses with four paired wines, and reservations are required; call 518-423-7022. Paul Chevalier, a senior vice president for Chateau d’Esclans, will be on hand to discuss the wines.

Osteria Danny is at 26 Henry St.

Job fair draws few seekers

The challenging hiring environment continues to worsen for the hospitality industry. Jason Pierce, who owns Savoy Taproom on Lark Street in Albany and is developing The Copper Crow in the city’s warehouse district, is hiring for multiple front- and back-of-house positions. On June 2, Pierce held a hiring fair that he’d promoted widely on social media and other channels for more than a week. Although he said he spent 400 percent more on advertising than he has on any past hiring event, he saw a total of five applicants, only one of which had kitchen experience.

In a comment on Pierce’s Facebook post about the labor shortage faced by the hospitality industry, Brandon Snooks, owner of the Ballston Spa-based caterer Farm to Fire, wrote, “We are paying $30/hour + gratuity and can’t get people. It’s bad out here with no real end in sight.”

In another example, the owner of a Saratoga Springs restaurant told the Times Union that another eatery in the Spa City poached a dishwasher and prep cook, promising them $22 and $25 an hour, respectively — under the table, with a guaranteed 40 hours per week and a promise of up to 55 hours.

Get vaxxed, get free beer

Four Capital Region breweries are part of the new NYS Shot & a Beer program, running during June and sponsored by the New York State Brewers Association. More breweries are expected to be added.

People age 21 and older who present proof of having received their first coronavirus vaccination from June 1 to 30 will receive a free beer from a list of 15 breweries across the state (so far), including Argyle Brewing in Cambridge, Chatham Brewing in Chatham, Fort Orange Brewing in Albany and SingleCut North in Clifton Park. The style and glass size of the free beer is at the discretion of the brewery.

“New Yorkers are ready to get out and enjoy life again, but the rate of vaccinations has slowed in the last month,” said Paul Leone, executive director of the Brewers Association. “So we thought we’d do our part to motivate people to get their vaccinations and enjoy a free beer from participating New York state breweries.”