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Free dinner for veterans Nov. 11 at Applebee's

If you’re a veteran or an active member of the U.S. military, you can eat for free on Veterans Day at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants throughout the Capital Region.

The offer is good all day on Sunday, Nov. 11. Current and former servicemen and women need only present proof of their military service or active status to choose a free entree from Applebee’s Veterans Day menu.

Here’s what will be available:

• 7-oz. House Sirloin
• Bacon Cheeseburger
• Three-Cheese Chicken Penne
• Chicken Tenders Platter
• Oriental Chicken Salad
• Fiesta Lime Chicken
• Double Crunch Shrimp

The first 500 military personnel to visit their neighborhood Applebee’s restaurant will receive a commemorative “thank you” lapel pin, available on a first-come basis.

“We’re honored to serve these brave men and women and hope to continue this tradition for years to come,” Stephanie Griffin, Applebee’s director of marketing and public relations, said in the announcement.

‘Tasting Notes’ wine dinner a benefit for Schenectady Symphony

“Tasting Notes,” an evening of select wines and food with music will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Van Curler Room of Schenectady County Community College.

The event is a fundraiser for the Schenectady Symphony. Cost for the four-course dinner, which will include six different wines, is $100 per person, part of which is a tax-deductible donation to the SSO.

Corporate sponsors for this event are University Wine and Liquor; KeyBank; Homestead Funding Corp.; Executive Computing, LLC; Slocum, DeAngelus & Associates, P.C., CPAs; and Price Chopper. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will benefit the SSO’s 2012-13 season of classical music concerts.

Reservations for Tasting Notes may be made online at or by calling the Schenectady Symphony office at 372-2500 or by sending an email to For more information, visit the SSO website at

The musical program will be provided by symphony members. Food will be presented by the SCCC Culinary Department.

Cornell’s Wine-Pairing Dinner Menu

Here’s the full menu for the Cornell’s Restaurant Italian wine-pairing dinner scheduled for Oct. 29, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and dinner beginning at 7 p.m.

We told you something about the dinner on Oct. 15 in a blog you can find HERE.

Dan Dobek will play Italian songs and jazz standards on the accordion from 6-7pm.

Here’s the menu lineup:

First course: the Alpine regions (Piedmont) — antipasti is Carpaccio and wine is Coppos L’Avoccata Barbera D’Asti.

Second course: the Po Basin (Emilia-romagna) — pasta dish is Tagliatelle Carbonara and the wine, Salviano Orvietto Classico

Third course: Liguria and Coastal Tuscany (Genoa) — Zuppa alla Genovese and the wine is Cecchi Litorale Vermentino

Fourth course: Abruzzi (Abruzzi/Molise) — Meat is Agnello al forno con patate funghi (Roasted Lamb with Mushroom Potato) and the wine is Feudo Maccari “Saia”

Fifth course: Sicily — Dessert is Pesca e Budino di Ricotta and the wine is Michele Chiarlo “Nivole” Moscato D’Asti

Reservations are required and may be made by telephoning 370-3825. Cost is $65 per person plus tax and tip.

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