Pop Up Restaurant Night: Mexican

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 12:19 am by Chef Shelby

Get ready for another edition of Pop Up Restaurant Night, this time featuring Mexican Cuisine.

I should be responsible and post a blog entry about how we came up with the menu, where we get the ideas, etc., and I’ll definitely add that to my list of blog posts I will eventually write.  But at the moment, it’s 12:12 am and I’ve been working on the new chili cook off website for the last 7 hours (that’s another blog post) and I’m ready to call it a night.  So here are the details, hope you can make it.  If you want to dine family style, join us around 7:30 and BYOB :-)

January 23, 2013     5 pm – 8 pm

Pre-order deadline Sunday, January 20

Pop Up Restaurant Menu

Pop Up Restaurant Flyer

Table Top – 07 JAN 13

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm by Mr P

IMG_0438IMG_0441Jenny B. and I left Schroon Lake at 5:15 and we were signed in and on the trail by 7. There was a dusting of new snow on a well packed trail, and a few flakes were still falling. The temperature was in the low twenties (F), a little warmer than we were expecting.

We made to Marcy Dam by 8:00, my first time since Irene. The clouds were still low so there was not much to see in the distance, but we had fun with the chickadees while we had a bite to eat. We left the dam following fresh boot tracks. While stopped at the Phelps junction we met a solo hiker on his way up Phelps who had been up TT on Sunday. We chatted briefly and were on our way by 9:00.

As we ascended to the TT junction, the clouds lifted and the snow on the trees thickened. The combination of the thick covering of snow and the contrast against the bluer-than-blue sky made it look magical.

IMG_0446We refueled at the junction and were on our way up. The trees got closer and more snow-laden from here, with a couple I had to crawl under. About half way up we met the two hikers we’d been following since Marcy Dam as they came down from the summit.

IMG_0440 (2)Knowing that there weren’t many views from the summit, we took our time enjoying any views on the way up, as well as marveling at the winter wonderland. The limited views from the summit were amazing. We dropped our packs and soaked up the sun and the views from the lookout. By 12:15 we were headed back down.

We dropped our packs again at the junction, and decided to check out Indian Falls, since we were close and neither of us had been before. The trail was broken through the trees, but it was drifted in where it opened up. We walked out a bit and heard a faint trickle of water, and assumed this was the top of the falls. Guess I’ll have to go back in the summer to understand what I was looking at.

After picking up our packs were on our way out by 2:00. A steady pace had us out by 4:30, right around sunset. After twenty minutes in the bathroom at the HPIC getting the ice out of my beard and a change of outerwear, it was back to Schroon Lake after a great day of hiking.

2nd Annual Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm by Chef Shelby

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off!   What could be better on a cold February day than a warm bowl of chili?  Add a little friendly competition between chili cooks, the worthy cause of providing funds for our own Schroon Lake EMS Squad and voila! We’ll have what will hopefully be a long-standing annual event.  Everything you need to register as a chili cook and attend the cook off should be included here. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Email info@schroonlakechilicookoff.org.

Download the Chili Cook Off flyer here.

Chili Cook Registration Form

Rules and Information

Food Safety

Volunteer Form

Please RSVP to attend the Chili Cook Off on our Facebook page.


Guest admission to the cook off is free.  Please refer to the “Info for Chili Cooks” section for registration details if you’d like to enter your chili.


Guests will be able to purchase chili tasting tickets for $1 each, a bowl of chili for $5, or an unlimited tasting wristband for $15.  Please stop by the registration table upon arrival to purchase your tasting tickets or wristbands.  To-go bowls will be available as well.


Bottled water and coffee will be available for $1.00.  The Fish and Game Club is hosting a cash bar which will include soft drinks.

Voting for People’s Choice Award

Each tasting guest will receive one vote for the People’s Choice Award.  Votes will be tallied and the winner announced at 2:00 pm.


There are four categories for chili:  Best Meaty Chili, Best Veggie Chili, Best Chili by an Ambulance or Rescue Squad and the People’s Choice Award.  The Best Meaty Chili, Best Veggie Chili, Best Chili by an Ambulance/Rescue Squad winners will be chosen by a panel of local judges.  The winner in each category will receive a trophy and of course, bragging rights.

The People’s Choice Award will be decided by everyone attending the cook off; the cook with the most votes wins!    And you don’t have to be from Schroon Lake to enter, attend or win; everyone is welcome.


How you can help

There are several ways you can support your EMS Squad for the cook off.  The best way is to enter your chili and rally your family, friends and co-workers to come vote for you.  You can volunteer at the event and get a free wristband to taste all the chilis.  Your company or organization can sponsor a portion of the event and promote your business at the same time.  Share the event with your network of business contacts and friends, post the flyer in your business, help get the word out!



2012 Winners
Best Meaty Chili
1st Place Trophy – Witherbee’s Carriage House, Witherbee’s Buckboard Chili
2nd Place TIE – Paradox General Store and Cafe, Paradox Beef Chili and Paradox Turkey Chili
3rd Place – Linda Gomes, Nat’cho Grandma’s Chili

Best Veggie Chili
1st Place Trophy – Witherbee’s Carriage House, Carriage House Vegetarian Chili
2nd Place – Fred Pospisil, Winter Trekkin Vegetarian Chili

People’s Choice Award
1st Place Trophy – Ruthie Peterson, Hot Stuff 21
2nd Place – Mr. P’s Mountain Smokehouse, Mr. P’s Award Winning Chili
3rd Place – Beth Buell, Nat’cho Grandpa’s Chili

Time to Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm by Mr P

It’s November already, and that means it’s time to start thinking about turkeys. This year we have fresh birds and previously frozen breasts and whole birds at various sizes, along with sides and desserts, all available for pickup on Thanksgiving morning.

Download the order form and drop it off at Mr. P’s, or stop in and pick one up.