Welcome to Carmen's Cafe!

Annual Christmas Eve Potluck

Yes, Carmen will host her annual Dec. 24 potluck from 5-10 on Christmas Eve

We put out rice & beans, picadillo, plantains, salad, flan and goodness knows what else, topped with sangria and iced tea. You bring a dish to share and all the friends you can find.

We all go home with a lot more friends than we had before.

Holiday Potluck at Carmen's Cafe

Friday is Tapas and Mundo Nuevo!

Friday December 19th at Carmen’s: Shows @ 6 & 8, $5 cover each

Mundo Nuevo at the Guilderland Public Library: Mundo Nuevo is a musical quartet that is dedicated to preserving the classic repertoire of the Spanish speaking Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Lush vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars, bongo and flute deliver the music of Rafael Hernandez, Miguel Matamoros, Armando Manzanero, Antonio Carlos Jobim and many more of the composers that make up the Latin American Songbook.

The Nellies at Carmen’s Cafe – Troy Victorian Stroll

The NelliesThe Nellies at Carmen’s Cafe – Troy Victorian Stroll:
When: Sun, Dec 7, 2014 | 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: Carmen’s Cafe, Troy, NY
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

The Nellies will be playing as part of Troy’s fabulous Victorian Stroll at Carmens Cafe in Troy, NY. The Nellies will feature Karen Ann on guitar, Peggy Lecuyer on mandolin, Kevin Maul on dobro and the amazing Gene Lemme on the bass.

Carmen’s Cafe serves wine, beer and delicious eclectic small plates and is located at 198 First Street, Troy, NY 12180 – phone – (518) 326-2064. Note that First Street runs one-way heading south.

For More Information Call: (518) 326-2064

Kasius & Heard bring World Beat Jazz to Carmen’s

herdElizabeth Woodbury Kasius and Heard will play Carmen’s, Friday night, Nov. 21 at 6 & 8 moving us with their wonderful music. Two sets, reservations suggested. $5 cover.

1-518-326-2064

Check out their website to get a listen.  Every time they visit, they make amazing tunes.

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius – composer-pianist

HEARD New World Jazz The original repertoire of HEARD is the work of composer-arranger-pianist ELIZABETH WOODBURY KASIUS who brings a wide array of styles –jazz, classical and world music– into her captivating soundscape.

Jonathan Greene – woodwinds. Woodwinds player Jonathan is an active freelance musician in the New York Capital Region’s jazz, world and classical scenes.

Bobby Kendall – Bass. Bobby Kendall, bass, brings his great experience as a jazz, rock, and post-rock stand-up and electric bass player to HEARD.

Brian Melick – drums/percussion. Brian Melick is a percussive treasure who is known for his unique “hybrid” sound, built from his incredible collection of world music instruments.

Zorkie Nelson – drums/percussion/vocal. West African drummer Zorkie Nelson comes from a long line of Ghanaian master drummers and brings an exciting and deep richness to the music of Heard.

Art Night / Street Painting / Prix Fixe Menu / Faces and Places

Week of Thurs. Oct. 30 to Sun. Nov. 2

Art Night at Carmen’s!


Prix Fixe Dinners

Thursday and Friday this week, 10/30 & 31 Served 5-9

Braised Oxtail fontina grits, apple gastrique, fried leeks, cilantro

Smoked Baby Pork Loin whipped plantains w coconut, butternut squash hay, pineapple rosemary demiglace

Butter Poached Monkfish fried green tomatoes, pine nut couscous, pink lemon pearls, white wine syrup

Includes Choice of Dessert:

  • Flan
  • Chocolate Satin Cake
  • Pear-Apple Tart

30, or w/ red or white sangria 35

Full Tapas Menu Also Available as is wine, beer, and Jim-Gerale

Gary Masline’s Artist’s Reception 

Faces and Places

a show of fairly recent work
5-9 Thursday 10/30 
Meet the Artist, See the Work!
tapas hors d’oeuvres and sangria will be served

Intersection Art

Alley Action leads all-volunteer fun
First and Adams has no crosswalks, so we’ll be painting them in for Halloween
Bees, Hives and Flowers theme in honor of Adams Street Apiary

Painting starts at 4—  Be there or be square!

Art Night Thursday 10/30

Carmen’s Cafe will host an “Art Night” this Thursday, Oct. 30 featuring: a honeybee themed intersection artwork project, an art opening with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a special dinner menu.

While community members create the chalk murals outside, Carmen’s Cafe will also host a tapas and sangria reception from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. for artist Gary Masline. The restaurant will be open until 9 p.m.

Masline’s exhibit of 12 oil paintings is titled “Faces & Places.”

Based in East Greenbush, Masline’s paintings of oils on canvas have received awards from the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Exhibition, Albany Center Gallery, and the Arts Center of the Capital Region. In 2010, the Albany Institute of Art and History named him one of “Tomorrow’s Masters Today,” and in 2001 he won the Metroland readers’ poll for “Best Visual Artist.”

The paintings, on display at Carmen’s from Oct. 30 through the end of the year, use the colors and light of the American southwest, combining people and landscape images to create “stories on the walls.”

(Note: Contact Jim Lewis for publicity images of Masline’s artwork.)

SPECIAL MENU

Carmen’s guest chef, Ross Tuskey, will be preparing the following special menu for Thursday and Friday nights:

  • Braised Oxtail; Fontina Grits, Apple Gastrique, Fried Leeks, Cilantro
  • Butter Poached Monk Fish Medallions; Fried Green Tomatoes, Pine Nut Couscous, Pink lemon pearls, White Wine Syrup
  • Smoked Baby Pork-loin; Whipped Plantains with Coconut, Butternut Squash Hay, Pineapple Rosemary Demi
  • Grilled Halibut; Jicama Slaw or Yuka Fries, Pea Puree, Chorizo Cream (optional, depending on market)

Tuskey is a culinary trained chef who prepares food for Carmen’s Cafe on music nights.

Photo courtesy by Kathleen Lisson

Mundo Nuevo Returns! 2 Shows Friday 10/24

Bringing you Specials and Events from Carmen’s Cafe, a Cuban-American Bistro in the Heart of South Troy

Week of Fri. Oct. 24 to Sun. Oct. 26
(Sorry, Closed Thursday–
See you Friday for Mundo Nuevo

What Ya Got Besides Cubanos¡Lunch!

By which we mean, breakfast any time, PLUS our lunchtime menu! Which is why we are showing you a picture of French Toast with Fresh Fruit and Real Whipped Cream

Cubano Sandwich by popular demand—  pork, ham & swiss w/ mustard & pickle on Cuban bread

Picadillo

Check out our full menu! Though for a real treat, come in and see what’s on our Specials Board

Tapas Menu

Beef Stew slow cooked in a tomato herb broth

Costillitas de Cerdo baby back spareribs, dry rubbed and s-l-o-w roasted

Pan Seared Tilapia w/ garlic-wine-cilantro sauce

Grilled Lamb Chops w/ rosemary glaze

Flamenco Stew

Craft BeerCraft Beer

Check out this list and help us grow it over time. Tell us what you love and we’ll keep adding!

Nine Pin Cider by Nine Pin Cider Works, Albany, NY

Leisure Time and Hoponius Union by Jack’s Abbey

Raspberry Ale by Dark Horse

Scotch Ale by Black Isle

Check out all the Libations

Desserts: expanded offerings

Chocolate Satin Cake

Pear Apple Tart

New York Cheesecake

Flan

Upcoming Events Calendar

Mundo Nuevo Returns! Two shows, Friday, 10/24starting @ 6 & 8, cover 5

Mundo Nuevo 10/24
Elizabeth Kasius & Heard 11/21
The Nellies Victorian Stroll 12/7
Mundo Nuevo 12/19

Art Night at Carmen’s Next Thurs, 10/30

Gary Masline Faces & PlacesGary Masline Artist’s Reception 5 till 9

Open for Dinner! 5 to 9 Chef Ross is whipping up a special menu, we’ll pass out Tapas hors d’oeuvres and Sangria, and we’ll be serving dinner till 9!

Artist’s Reception—Gary Masline: Faces & Places October 30th 5–9

Gary Masline Faces & PlacesNew Art Exhibit: Faces & Places, works by Gary Masline Showing Thru 2014

Reception—Gary Masline: Faces & Places

Thursday, October 30th 5PM till 9PM

Dinner is Served!

Chef Ross is whipping up a special menu, we’ll pass out Tapas hors d’oeuvres and Sangria, and we’ll be serving dinner till 9!

Gary Masline is a painter who works exclusively with oils on canvas. A resident since 1979 of the Capital District, his paintings have been included in juried exhibitions across New York State, receiving awards at the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Exhibition, the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s “Fence Select Exhibition”, and from Albany Center Gallery. In 2010, the Albany Institute of History and Art, America’s oldest art museum, named Gary one of “Tomorrow’s Masters Today”, and in 2001 he won the readers’ poll for “Best Visual Artist” in “Metroland”, the Capital Region’s weekly arts and entertainment newspaper.

Gary paints with the understanding that art is meant to provoke a response, and his hope is to stimulate a dialogue with viewers responding to his use of color, light, and even body language, to establish image, illusion, or icon. The vibrant palette and intense light of the American Southwest have affected his work, and Gary believes the Southwest is one of the earth’s centers of spiritual energy, which animates artistic awareness. Realizing that a painting can feign a reality which the viewer may never have experienced or seen, Gary asserts that people can nonetheless be profoundly affected by southwestern images serving as emblems or totems, with the symbols or gestures in paintings generating highly individual “stories.”

Gary Masline’s previous creative incarnation was as a screenwriter, and he reasons that painting is a consistent development stemming from that history. If one thinks of Gary’s paintings as consisting of line/drawing, pigment/color, and story/narrative, his work reveals him still “making films”…now just one frame at a time.

Gary currently is a member of the board of directors of the Upstate Artists Guild, and formerly served on the board of Troy’s Fulton Street Gallery. His studio is in Troy. Trained as a lawyer, Gary in 2010 retired from a longtime position as assistant counsel and press spokesman for a governor’s investigatory commission. He lives in East Greenbush with his wife Sharon.

Tapas / Win Lunch / Artist Reception / Mundo Nuevo

Week of Thurs. Oct. 16 to Sun. Oct. 19

Paradise on EarthParadise on Earth

This is what our chickens wake up to every day. See? Already we are getting possessive. But if this is the first thing those hens see in the morning, no wonder their eggs taste so good.

Get Your Leaf Peeping In this week, or you will miss it!

And here’s the weekly hoop-de-raw from Carmen’s:

Friday Tapas Specials

Beef Stew slow cooked in a tomato herb broth

Costillitas de Cerdo baby back spareribs, dry rubbed and s-l-o-w roasted

Pan Seared Salmon over herbed couscous

~Full Tapas Menu Here~

Troy-FlowersTell Me Where–Win A Prize

A Cubano and a Cortado
That’s a Cuban Sandwich with Cuban Coffee, to you Anglos

Walking the streets of downtown Troy today, and I happened to look down. I saw these beauties: someone planted them to make the City look good, to bring a smile to a passerby’s face. And it worked!

Relax, slow down, enjoy life while you can.

So tell me where the flowers are, and be precise.  The winner gets to RELAX over a tasty lunch with us—  on us.

¡Lunch!

By which we mean, breakfast any time, PLUS our lunchtime menu!

Cubano Sandwich by popular demand—  pork, ham & swiss w/ mustard & pickle on Cuban bread

Picadillo

Check out our full menu!

Though for a real treat, come in and see what’s on our Specials Board

Gary Masline Faces & PlacesReception—Gary Masline: Faces & Places

Showing Thru 2014

Artist’s Reception Thursday, October 30 5 till 9

Dinner is Served!

Chef Ross is whipping up a special menu, we’ll pass out Tapas hors d’oeuvres and Sangria, and we’ll be serving dinner till 9!

Mundo-NuevoMundo Nuevo Next Week

Shows @ 6 & 8, $5 cover each

Music This Fall:

Mundo Nuevo – 10/24
Elizabeth Kasius & Heard– 11/21
The Nellies – Victorian Stroll
Mundo Nuevo – 12/19

Kitty CatPreview: Coming in November!

The Kitty Cat carving adorns the headboard of this king size bed. Springwood Studios, the former Icarus Furniture, will host a reception soon to show off Jim’s new gallery-showroom.

Rock Hill Bakery / Empty Bowls / Faces & Places / Specials

Rock Hill Bakehouse comes to Carmen’s

after a visit to the mostest fantasticest bakery in the area, Carmen’s is carrying Rock Hill Breads. One taste won us over!

Try a Basket o’ Breads with our own whipped Strawberry Butter and a Cortado!

Empty Bowls Benefit for the Homeless

Oct 5th 2014 ~ 12-3pm Italian Community Center Troy NY 12180

Featuring many Troy restaurants, including your favorite, Carmen’s
What wonderful blend of savory and spicy will we bring this year? You’ll have to come and see! It’s all good, all for the homeless, AND you walk home with a handmade bowl, courtesy of area potters and volunteers.

A unique event to support the growing fight against the issue of hunger.

OCTOBER 5, 2014 ~ 12-3pm~ Italian Community Center ~1450 5th Avenue, Troy NY 12180

Gary Masline Faces & PlacesNew Art Exhibit: Faces & Places, works by Gary Masline

Showing Thru 2014

Gary loves Santa Fe, and it shows.

You may have seen Gary’s work around the area, he’s widely known. We like the way his paintings start to tell a story, then leave the rest for you to figure out.

Look for an artist’s reception toward the end of the month.

Gary Masline is a post-modern realist working exclusively in oils. His paintings utilize the colors and light of the American Southwest, where he spent time as a youth, and often incorporate figurative images to create narrative.

Masline believes the Southwest is one of the Earth’s centers of spiritual energy, an energy which animates artistic awareness. Realizing that a painting can feign a reality neither the artist nor viewer has seen, he concludes that people can be profoundly affected by images of western landscapes which they may never have experienced, or by events which are alien to their actual experience, but which through imagination or memory reverberate nonetheless in the viewer’s unconscious.

In this regard, Masline expresses images that are emblematic or totemic, their symbols and gestures generating “stories” in the minds of viewers. He paints with the understanding that art is meant to be provocative, and his hope is to provoke a conversation with the viewer responding to his use of color, light and body language to establish image, illusion or icon.

Masline’s previous creative incarnation was as a screenwriter. He reasons that, if one thinks of painting as consisting of line or drawing, color, and story or narrative, his paintings reveal him making films…just one frame at a time, illuminating a moment of truth, whatever that may be for the viewer.

In conceiving a work, Masline frequently is influenced by the poses and postures of newspaper and magazine advertising, whose defined reality and bland presentation collides with his personal interpretations of body language and locale. He concurs with artist Gerhard Richter, who has worked from photographs and said “I am fascinated by the human, temporary, real, logical side of an occurrence which is simultaneously so unreal, so incomprehensible, and so atemporal. And I would like to represent it in such a way that this contradiction is preserved.” Masline’s other influences are painters Edward Hopper, Balthus, and Lucien Freud.

This Week’s Specials:

¡Lunch!

French TaostBy which we mean, breakfast any time, PLUS our lunchtime menu!

—Which is why we are showing you a picture of French Toast with Fresh Fruit and Real Whipped Cream

Cubano Sandwich by popular demand— pork, ham & swiss w/ mustard & pickle on Cuban bread

Picadillo

Check out our full menu!

Though for a real treat, come in and see what’s on our Specials Board.

Friday Tapas Specials 10/3

TapasBraised Beef Short Ribs w/ herbed garlic mashed potatoes

Pan Seared Salmon in garlic cream sauce over saffron rice

Pernil slow roasted pork shoulder over saffron rice w/ chimichurri sauce

~Full Tapas Menu Here~

FlanDesserts: expanded offerings:

Flan

Raspberry Chocolate Cake