GoodBye To Mr. P's Smokehouse: Beloved Restaurant to Close For Good

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The fire is out at Mr. P's Smokehouse. After much thought and deep soul searching, Chefs Shelby Davis and Chris Palmatier, will not re-open for the season.

In a moving missive to Mr. P's Facebook fans, Chefs Shelby and Chris explains how they came to their decision. We, like many of our readers will be, are saddened  -- and a little freaked out -- by this news, but totally understand. You can read all about it in our Food and Drink Section.

 

Fishing Derby Countdown

The local economy is about to get another boost with the influx of a couple of hundred fishermen and women for the Annual Ice Fishing Derby next weekend. (March 7th & 8th).

The big winners are area eateries, bars, and local lodging facilities. The event, staged by the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club, attracts entrants from all over. Tickets are $15 each and are on sale now at the Fish & Game Club, Flanagan’s Pub, The Timberwolf, The Black Bear in Pottersville, the Sunoco on Route 9 and Crossroads in Chestertown.

Cash prizes are awarded for five species of fish: Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Salmon, Perch and Pickerel. For more information call 518-532-7953.

Fun At The Chili Fest

Photo by Joe Steiniger: Anne Gregson and Myriam Friedman: The Too Bean Or Not To Bean Chili Team.

Photo by Joe Steiniger: Anne Gregson and Myriam Friedman: The Too Bean Or Not To Bean Chili Team.

The smile on the face of Shelby Davis Saturday afternoon said it all: another successful Schroon Chili Cook-off. Dozens of folks got the chance to taste 11 different chilis, created by area restaurants, awesome home chefs and fire and rescue squads. Many of those tasting yesterday were sledders, on the Annual Schroon North Hudson Snow mobile Club’s Poker Run.

“I’m really happy, but I always want more chilis,” Shelby told Schroon Laker.

“My plan is to grow this and attract restaurants from all over the North Country.”

1st Place Trophy Veggie Chili - Grandma's Chili, Bo and Melissa Moses

1st Place Trophy Meaty Chili  - Schroon Lake EMS Life Saving Chili, Fran Ramirez, Schroon Lake EMS

1st Place Trophy Fire House/EMS Squad: - Schroon Lake EMS Life Saving Chili, Fran Ramirez, Schroon Lake EMS

People's Choice Trophy: 1st Place Trophy - After Burner, Tom Beach, EMS Instructor

The big winner  -- Fran Ramirez -- who picked up two awards, was stunned when she heard her name called twice.

From Fran: “Had an amazing time at the Schroon Lake Chili Cook Off with an awesome group of people! So many delicious chilis, with their own unique flavors! That's why I am so surprised, no floored, that I took home 2 trophies, Best Meaty Chili and Best Fire/Rescue Squad Chili, representing Schroon Lake EMS! And not to mention 2nd place for People's Choice! Thank you all who came out to support our squad! and Thank you to Mr.Ps Mr. P's Mountain Smokehouse and Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce! — feeling fantastic”.

All of the profits from the event, which Shelby started four years ago,  go to the Schroon EMS Squad. For the full official list, check out our Food and Drink Section.