Must love barbecue – apply within

Posted on March 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm by Chef Shelby

It sure feels like summer out there!  Since we’re in a summer frame of mind, we started thinking about staffing up for the busy season.

We will be looking for crew members to work at the restaurant as well as on-call staff for off-site events.

Potential restaurant crew members, here’s what we are looking for:

At least 16 years old
Friendly, outgoing, and very smiley!  Sour pusses and Debbie Downers need not apply
Customer service champions
Flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays
Be able to provide two references; either prior employers, teachers, counselors, etc.
Reliable, dependable and punctual
Must love barbecue!

Bonus points if you have:

Cash handling experience
Food handling and/or service experience
A pig tattoo

Here’s what we provide:

Mr. P’s t-shirts for a uniform
One free meal for each shift you work
A fun work environment with awesome tunes
25% family discount on food and retail purchases
New hire orientation including our associate handbook, menu training (and sampling!) and customer service training

Looking for on-call work or temporary assignments?  We are building a database of available and experienced food service workers for a variety of events in our area including barbecues, weddings, picnics, parties, trade shows and more.  Positions include cook, bartender, server, busser and buffet attendant; multi-tasking in one or more position likely.  No guarantee for hours and you would be considered an “independant contractor,” responsible for your own withholding and taxes.  This is a perfect opportunity for someone looking for some extra summer work who would enjoy the flexibility of being able to accept or decline jobs as they come up.  Must have reliable transportation and work well with minimal supervision.  Stop by during the job fair and fill out an application if this fits what you are looking for.

So if you think you’d be a good fit for Mr. P’s, come visit us to apply in person on Wednesday, April 11, from 3 pm to 7 pm.  Get a head start and download the Employment Application here.  RSVP to attend by visiting our Facebook event page.

The fine print:  All positions are part-time and seasonal, tentatively from mid-May through Labor Day.  We start everyone at minimum wage with a discretionary increase based on performance after a 60 day probationary period.   We don’t hire “under the table” or pay cash, we do things by the book so please don’t even ask!


Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off Event Recap!

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 2:02 am by Chef Shelby

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who made this event a success!  We were able to raise over $550 for our Schroon Lake EMS Squad. 

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

Many Thanks to….

Our volunteers: 

Mark Piper – for providing his excellent live music
Sharon Piper – ticket sales  
Dejanira Plumstead – beverage sales
Tricia Hood – beverage sales
Amy Wallenwine – ticket sales (with the cutest little assistant ever) 
Sherry Barrera – ticket sales
Val Palmatier – Judges’ server
Ben McInnes – set up, tear down and a little bit of everything!
TJ Ramirez – clean up

To Pastor David Peterson for allowing us to use the gymnasium at Mountainside. 

To the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce for helping me get the word out and letting me borrow the voting buckets. 

To Myriam Friedman, Morningstar Bistro, for her generous donation to help cover our costs. 

To Ruthie, the sauce is wonderful, I’ve had it 3 times in the past two days, thank you. 

To Linda, the gluten-free beer tasted sooooo good, muchas gracias. 

To the members of the Schroon Lake EMS Squad.  We might volunteer a few hours here and there, but these folks do it every day, every weekend, every night and every holiday; and for that we thank you.  To find out how you can volunteer and become a member of the squad, contact Tony Ramirez. 

Our Chili Cooks:

Witherbee’s Carriage House, Bill and Patty Christian  
Paradox General Store and Cafe, Jeannie Taylor-Scalise and your pink-coated chef assistant! 
Mr. P’s Mountain Smokehouse, Chris Palmatier
Ruthie Peterson
Linda Gomes
Beth Buell
Fred Pospisil
George Pospisil
yours truly

Our Judges:

Betty Bang – thanks for spending your birthday with us, we forgot to sing “Happy Birthday” to you!
Anne Gregson, Life Coach and Artist
Anthony Batson,
Henry Tyska, Schroon Lake EMS Squad

As much as it pains me to say this, to David Holland, Health Inspector, for making sure we didn’t get anyone sick! 

To Mr. P, my favorite and 1st place chili cook!  Thanks for picking up the slack at the restaurant so I could work on this event.  And I know you don’t hate my dog.  Love you, xoxo

I sincerely hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, but if I have, please let me know.  I look forward to doing this event again next year, and welcome any suggestions and ideas on how we can make it even bigger and better! 

Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off 2012 – Event Financials


Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm by Chef Shelby

Listen to our on-air interview at 92.1 WVTK, the first of two interviews talking about the chili cook off! 

2/14 Local Spotlight Interview – listen here


Holiday Hikes

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 1:19 am by Mr P

With the official start of the winter I decided to try to bag a few winter peaks hikes over the holidays. With a week off from my day job I thought I might be able to get six peaks. This old body thought otherwise, but I managed to get three peaks in and a first time hike with a friend.

Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge – 26 DEC

Giant Summit Panorama

I left Schroon Lake at 7:30 on a spectacular morning. Crystal clear bluebird day save for a low cloud here and there. I pulled in to the ridge trail parking area behind a group of three. They got out just ahead of me but we were all on the trail by 8:30. There was a dusting to an inch of snow, and a couple nights of single digit temperatures had taken care of any mud. I bare-booted up the switchbacks and made pretty good time.

I hit the first significant ice around 2700 feet and stopped to put on microspikes. Continuing up the views were incredible on the open ridges. There was plenty of ice the rest of the way, but there wasn’t anything that made me uncomfortable with microspikes and poles. I was happy that I’d touched up the points . I saw the group of three on their way back down, just below the Giant summit junction. They tried RPR and said there was a lot of ice and turned back. One of the three had no traction aids.

I had been debating whether to push on to RPR and hit Giant on the way back, but decided to do Giant first. I made the summit of Giant at 12:30, refueled and took some pictures. More spectacular views until another low cloud came in. I packed up and headed for RPR. I met a second group of two just below the summit on their first high peak hike, winter or summer.

I hit the most ice of the day on the back side of Giant and saw the place where the group of three turned around. It wasn’t bad climbing down, but I wouldn’t want to try getting back up it without traction aids. I got into the col and up to the RPR summit by 2:30, my turn around time. I took a few pictures from the summit, where the views were absolutely spectacular.

I headed back down the way I came up, stopping in the col to refuel in a sunny spot out of the wind. I got out my headlamp and got ready for the hike out. I made the Giant summit junction just after sunset and started down. The open ridges that had such fantastic views on the way up were pretty cool in the dark, too. Still crystal clear, now seeing stars and a sliver of a moon, with the occasional car headlights passing on 73 below. The rest of the trip down was uneventful, except for a little tumble about a half mile from the trail head, I was out of the woods by 8:30 and on my way home.

Porter – 02 JAN


My first hike of the new year was also my first hike with a partner since Shelby & I hiked Blue Mountain two summers ago on a trip out from Michigan. I’ve been trying to get out for a hike with Mark & Sharon Piper (of the Schroon Lake Bed & Breakfast) for months, but we just couldn’t get our schedules to mesh until now. This was a much different day, from the Blue Mountain hike with Shelby and the solo hike on Giant & RPR the previous Monday.

We were on the trail from the Garden by 6:30 with headlamps. Just a dusting of snow, the ground was frozen for the most part. We donned traction aids (microspikes for me, yaktrax for Mark) about a half mile in, as it was just slippery enough on the first downhill. Crossed Slide Brook on an ice bridge in the dark, only to find the log bridge on the opposite bank, remnants of Irene damage, I assume.

Continuing up we hit had snow showers on and off, adding to the snow that got deeper as we climbed. By the time we got to Little Porter there was about 4″, and up to almost 8″ on the summit ridge. We heard the wind howling in the trees all along the ridge, and by the time we made the summit it was snowing and blowing up a storm. We took a couple summit pics with the snowman. We had planned to try to get Cascade as well, but Mark had had enough after about 15 minutes on the summit, so we headed back down.

The snow had completely filled in our tracks on our way back down, but we had no problem following the trail for the most part. As we got into the switchbacks below little porter the snow got pretty sticky and started balling up on my microspikes. That’s when I noticed that the front inner chain on one of my microspikes had pulled through the rubber grommet. I’m not sure if it’s related to the balling (I knocked ‘em off before it got bad), but I didn’t have 75 miles on these. Had zip ties in my pack and could have made a repair, but I decided to just hike out on them as is.

I’ll admit that I was a little disappointed when Mark didn’t want to push on to Cascade, but at the end of the day I was pretty happy to be out of the woods with some daylight left and not chilled to the bone. And, besides, this way he might actually hike with me a second time, something not many others have done.