Saturday, June 3, 2017

Quintessence to live for another day via cooking class

The iconic Quintessence dinner
As I drove through the Albany Medical Center complex this week, that city within the city, I took note of the skeleton for yet another AMC parking garage that now is in place where the diner Quintessence once stood.

Those with some years in this area remember Quintessence primarily for its Art Deco design, and its green fettucine and chicken teriyaki dinners. Those who are new to the area may have heard of the spot, but truth be told those dishes were OK and inexpensive, but nothing special. I know I'll get pushback on that opinion, but so be it. Nostalgia often adds flavor to things.

But, for former Quintessence customers and newbies alike, you'll have a chance to recreate the signature food if you sign up for a class at Price Chopper's Cooking School @ Market Bistro in Latham.

From time to time, the Quintessence class is held, which shows the enduring memory of the diner that closed in October of 2012. (The same ownership briefly ran a Quintessence on Route 9 in Malta, but that, too, is gone.) This class is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. June 30, and students will be making the chicken teriyaki, spinach fettucine, salad, and crepes (wine or beer will be served). Registration is $60 per person, and can be done online.

Market Bistro is located at 873 New Loudon Road (Route 9) opposite the entrance to Latham Farms.

Quintessence in its final Albany incarnation. (file photo)

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