Sustainable Saratoga invites you to join us on June 17 @ 7 pm for a virtual dinner and dancing fundraiser to celebrate the arrival of summer! We will be sampling wines from Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, enjoying a pasta dinner from Comfort Kitchen, & learning to swing dance with Tango Fusion Dance Company.

The wine and dine portion of the event will feature the award-winning Finger Lakes wines of the Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, paired with Comfort Kitchen’s fresh pasta and a Barkeater chocolate bar for dessert.

We have also teamed up with the Tango Fusion Dance Company to get you moving with a swing dance lesson.

All proceeds from the event go directly to helping fund the sustainability efforts of Sustainable Saratoga.


Our Wine, Dine & Dance with Sustainable Saratoga fundraiser will be held on Thursday, June 17 @ 7:00 pm (on Zoom).

  • Barbara Frank, Consulting Winemaker and Regional Sales Manager of the Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, will take us on a virtual tasting experience of some of the Dr. Konstantin Frank wines and talk about how they grow their grapes.
  • Diane Lachtrupp & Johnny Martinez, co-directors of Tango Fusion Dance Company, will get you moving with a swing dance lesson during the Zoom event.
  • Rory Moran, Chef & Owner of Comfort Kitchen, will provide information about his delectable homemade pastas and the importance of eating local and seasonal foods.


Wine, Dinner & Dance Ticket. For a $75 donation, you will receive:

  • A wine tasting kit (187 ml tasting size bottles of Dr. Frank’s Dry Riesling, Chardonnay, Rosé & Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • A scrumptious dinner (salad and homemade pasta that serves 2)
  • A delicious dark chocolate bar from Barkeater Chocolates
  • A free swing dance lesson from Tango Fusion Dance Company during the Zoom event.

Wine & Dance Ticket. For a $50 donation, you will receive:

  • A wine tasting kit (187 ml tasting size bottles of Dr. Frank’s Dry Riesling, Chardonnay, Rosé & Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • A delicious dark chocolate bar from Barkeater Chocolates
  • A free swing dance lesson from Tango Fusion Dance Company during the Zoom event.

Extra Wine Ticket: For an additional $25, you will receive a second wine tasting kit. These make great gifts!

You can pick up your wine and dinner packages on June 16 from 4-6:30 pm in the Caffe Lena atrium (47 Phila St). If you cannot make that pick up time, please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements.

Please email with any questions.

THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!


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Sustainable Saratoga is a not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainable practices and the protection of natural resources, through education, advocacy and action, for the benefit of current and future generations in the Saratoga Springs area. Since 2008, Sustainable Saratoga has been a leader in promoting awareness of environmental issues and what we as a local community can do to minimize our ecological impact while maintaining a high quality of life.


Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery is a family run winery on the southwestern hills of Keuka Lake. The founder, Dr. Konstantin Frank, immigrated to the United States in 1951. Within 10 years, Dr. Frank founded Vinifera Wine Cellars, a winery that quickly gained a reputation for spectacular Rieslings. His ability to produce European varieties of wine in the cool climate of the Finger Lakes revolutionized the East Coast wine industry. The Frank family has carried the legacy of Dr. Konstantin Frank on through four generations. The winery has generously donated a portion of the wines for this event.


Opened in 2012, by Chef & Owner Rory Moran, Comfort Kitchen has become the premiere destination in Saratoga Springs for hand crafted, farm-to-table comfort food. Comfort Kitchen utilizes the best local produce and focuses on simple classic American dishes that reflect the tradition and history of our diverse country.


Tango Fusion Dance Company is located in Saratoga Springs and offers group and private lessons to adults and children in Salsa, Swing, Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz and all other types of ballroom dance. The educational portion of the company has brought dance to over 20 schools in the Capitol District and Northeast offering students the opportunity to experience the rhythms, culture and history of partner dancing from all over the world.

Co-directors Johnny Martinez and Diane Lachtrupp Martinez are award winning Tango, Salsa and Swing dancers. They are the former owners of Stepping Out Studios in Manhattan that offered 80 classes a week and had a roster of 400 students. They have performed and taught throughout the United States and Internationally bringing their art form to festivals from Argentina to Spain. Both dancers have a strong theater background and have been either the choreographers, directors or performers in numerous venues in the Capitol District including The Egg, Proctors, Capitol Rep, The Charles Wood, Opera Saratoga, Fort Salem Theater, SPAC, HMT and SLOC. They recently created a dance television show for Proctor’s Collaborative Studios which can be viewed on the Proctor’s web site.


2019 Chardonnay. The 2019 Chardonnay offers a sweet spiced oaky richness with an undertone of slate and tea. The flavors – yellow apple, flower blossom, lemon curd and honey – are delivered with a firm structure with a long almond-filled finish. Fermentation: 46% Stainless Steel and 54% Barrel Fermented in French and Hungarian Barrels (23% New Oak) with 9 months aging. (90 pts – Wine Enthusiast)

Food Pairings: lobster, white fish, salmon, scallops, veal (grilled), chicken (fried, roasted), butter sauces, creamy goat or sheep cheese, light cream sauces and caesar salad.

2019 Dry Riesling. The 2019 offers a vibrant and attractive style, harmonizing lime zest, granny smith apples, and minerality from the Keuka vineyards with fresh citrus and tangerine from the Seneca vineyards. Behind the zingy freshness are a rich body and a discreet creaminess which form a well balanced union ideal for long-term aging. Fermentation: Unoaked. (90 pts – Wine Advocate)

Food Pairings: apples, soft cheeses, chicken (poached, lightly prepared), white fish (lightly prepared), salad (green fruits, seafood), green vegetable dishes, sushi and crab cakes.

2020 Dry Rosé. 50/50 blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. A new wine from the famed 2020 vintage, this deep ruby rosé is vibrant and seductive with fresh strawberries, red cherry, hibiscus and plums. This is a rosé for those who like a full-flavored and fuller-bodied rosé that can handle foods that you would normally pair with lighter red wines. Fermentation: Unoaked. (New Release)

Food Pairings: charcuterie, white fish (grilled), pork (grilled), salads, shrimp (grilled), sausage (grilled), other grilled foods like hamburgers and hot dogs.

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. Seductive complexity in black fruit scents, a hint of foresty dried herbs, and a touch of leather and cedar spice. Earthy tannins are grippy and they ground the fruitiness, giving breath of texture, and providing a strong foundation for the fresh, mouthwatering black fruit. Aged 18 months in 2-4 year-old French oak barrels. (New Release)

Food Pairings: cheese (aged or blue), grilled lamb rack, grilled steak, thyme, mint, rosemary, mushrooms, lentils and pasta bolognese.


Chef & Owner of Comfort Kitchen, Rory Moran, makes the pasta from scratch and uses the freshest local ingredients he can find. Dinner options include:

  • Marinara Primavera (vegan): House made macaroni, San Marzano marinara, local kale, peppers, onions, eggplant with local greens & white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Spring Pesto (vegetarian): House made radiatore, spring peas, spinach & parsley pesto with local greens & white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Sausage and Peppers: House made rigatoni, roasted peppers, sweet Italian sausage, San Marzano tomatoes, & pecorino with local greens & white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Ricotta Gnocchi Bolognese: House-made ricotta gnocchi, slow cooked beef and pork bolognese, marinara, pecorino Romano, Parsley and local greens with white balsamic vinaigrette

* To accommodate any gluten-free requirements, we can substitute the fresh pasta with a box of gluten-free pasta (all of the above sauces are gluten-free).