Carmen’s Weekly Newsletter

newsletterJust about every week Jim Lewis puts his heart and soul into this weekly newsletter. He includes updates about happenings at Carmen’s Cafe. He’ll keep you informed about the weekend specials or what Carmen is serving at the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market.

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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

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

Art Reception Today 5—8pm Meet Francelise Dawkins: Textile Collagist

Francelise Dawkins—Meet the Artist, discuss her work

Since she was a young girl, Francelise has collected fabrics. As an artist, she snips and sews collages— sometimes figural, sometimes abstract. Meet her this Thursday, Aug. 7, from 5-8 pm and discuss her work over Tapas and Sangria.

Yes, we’ve done it again, Carmen’s has scored another amazing artist and is showing some of her best and prettiest work. It’s the perfect time to take some home with you— at Carmen’s we don’t charge the artist a commission, so all proceeds go directly to Francelise.

First Time! Besides serving Tapas Samples, we’ll be serving Tapas Dinners! Limited selection, but if someone should, say, ask for an authentic Cubano Sandwich we’d be happy to oblige!

Francelise Dawkins

Collages, whether made of words, paper, objects or cloth, have always been my means of expression. In 1988, I first coined the term “Silkollages” to introduce my meditative concept in textile collages to interior designs. Then in 1992, I added “Ethnikollages” to re-activate cultural interests. My collages are either embroidered into miniature quilts, or framed into window boxes. When large and three-dimensional, they become hanging art quilts or soft installation pieces. Abstract or representational life forms as dancing shapes seem to multiply in my work. I draw them out of colorful cloth from Asia, Africa and Europe to visually create a blurring of boundaries between such cultures. As a collage maze is formed, the viewers are invited to enter it. If my playing on fabric brings the viewers to rethink the multiplicity expressed, an expansion of their own true awareness might occur. What I seek is an element of uncensored, emotional surprise, beyond multicultural reality. I am on a spiritual exploration, deepening my sense of what it really means to belong to the human race. It is about exploring that sense of oneness, born out of welcoming the difference we are.

Francelise Dawkins is a Parisian “textile collagist”, living in the U.S. for over two decades. She first studied Fiber Arts at the Art League School of Indianapolis before moving to NY, where she developed her meditative concept for interior designs in textile collages. She has since exhibited or taught at the American Craft Museum in NYC, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the NY State Museum in Albany, NY, and other renowned venues. One of her installations was part of the “Putt-Modernism” show at the Hyde Collection Museum in Glens Falls, NY. Writing about her art, she had essays published, such as the one on intuition in Margaret Blanchard’s book: “From the Listening Place”. She designed the art cover for Gisele Pineau’s French novel: “L’Espérance-Macadam”. Many of her pieces have been shown in magazines, on cable network TV and books, such as Carolyn Mazloomi’s contemporary art quilt book: “Spirit of the Cloth”. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah, KY.


Robert Gullie Reception Wed. Mar. 5 from 5-7

Bob GullieRobert Gullie Reception—Wed. Mar. 5 from 5-7

If you’ve been in Carmen’s during the past month, you’ve seen the work— striking images, interesting juxtapositions, sharp colors with interesting contrasts. That’s what makes Bob one of my favorite artists.

Meet the man himself, this Wednesday from 5-7. Ask questions as he discusses his work. I’m sure you’ll be impressed too.

At Carmen’s, we don’t take a percentage, so all proceeds go directly to the artist.

Dinner Available

When Carmen throws a party for an artist, she sets out a spread for all to enjoy. Sample our tapas and our red and white sangria.

We are open weekdays for lunches and light dinners from 11-6. You can order dinner until then as well. Wine, beer and cocktails available at our cash bar.


Specials for the Weekend— January 25 & 26

Cranberry Walnut Pancakes
Photo of our new special: Cranberry Walnut Pancakes
Deliciously multigrain, from our own recipe.

Beef & Chorizo Sliders
w/ Swiss dijon sauce

Photo of our new special Beef & Chorizo Sliders w/ Swiss dijon sauce

New! Cranberry Cosmo

Get ready for our expanded hours. Starting February 5th we’ll be open
for weekday lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday plus our usual Friday Nights and Weekends.

Raspberry Cosmo

Saki, Raspberries and more, plus that good ol' Carmen's goodness!

Raspberry Cosmo at Carmen’s!

As long as we can get these delightfully fresh, grown-in-America Red Raspberries, we are happy to serve delightful drinks like the Raspberry Cosmopolitan. Made with Saki so it’s light and treats your head right. NA version available.

Beef & Chorizo Sliders

Photo of our new special: Beef & Chorizo Sliders
You can tell we took our time with the picture, there’s only one left on the plate. Sure, we are happy to sell you just one, in this case there’s a side of Yucca Fries with it. But most people order two. They just seem to go down better that way.

Spend Troy Night Out at Carmen’s Cafe w/ Mundo Nuevo—Cuban Beat / Tapas for Friday March 29th / Easter Dinner

Mundo Nuevo Troy Night Out Friday March 29th @ 6 & 8 PM

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.

Mundo Nuevo



Roasted Ham w/braised cabbage and roasted potatoes

Seafood Bouillabaisse w/lobster, shrimp, scallops and mussels in a tomato-herb broth, served over saffron rice

Braised Leg of Lamb w/a cilantro-lime gremolata, served with potato pancakes and veggie

Vegetarian Tumbet, stewed in a tomato broth w/chickpeas, eggplant, and potato and topped with baked phyllo


Yellow Sponge Cake, drizzled w/Grand Marnier, topped with a mango froth, and served with fresh fruit

~ Full Tapas Menu Here ~

~ Full Breakfast Menu Here ~

~ Full Lunch Menu Here ~

MasterCard — Discover — Visa — American Express accepted.

Easter Dinner

Join us at Carmen’s! We are having the traditionals— Ham, Lamb, and Veggie! Plus chicken, and we’ll have them all through the weekend.


Easter Bunnies, engaged in their annual practice of hiding eggs

Greg Guba & Carolyn Brown at Carmen’s Cafe on Fri Apr 08, 2011

Come to “Greg Guba & Carolyn Brown at Carmen’s Cafe on Fri Apr 08, 2011” Friday, April 8 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Greg & Carolyn play the Blues/folk & county — acoustic style. Music starts at 6. Full Tapas menu, with wine, beer & sangria.!/gregguba!/carolynbrown

…Greg Guba is an experienced artist playing guitar, dobro, mandolin and keyboards. Folk/blues/Pop and originals served up with humor and storytelling. Look at life a diffent way – with humor~

Carolyn Brown is 26 years old and lives in Rotterdam, New York. Her music is a combination of Country/Folk and Singer/Songwriter. Some have compared her voice to that of Jewel who is her musical influence. Carolyn is currently working on her Debut album “Through the Mud” with producer/musician Marcus Larabee at Marcoustic Productions in Verona, New York. The album is a story that takes listeners through heart break, life’s confusions, to finding new love and happiness. Carolyn Brown’s music is down to earth and can relate to anyone’s situation. She also has a music page on myspace at Join her fanlist and you will be automatically entered to win a Free Autographed copy of her Debut Album!!