Founded in 2018 in honor of Jennifer Myers who was taken from us in September 2017 by breast cancer. Today is a gift that we will embrace and honor her memory in creating one meal at a time to satisfy your hunger!
Our chef/owner is an award-winning chef and multiple time winner of the various chowder festivals who is dedicated to making every customer part of the Ribbon Cafe family by making the restaurant a place to eat, hang out and make new memories.
Stop in, enjoy a meal and share your story!
After all, life is all about the memories we share with each other.
RIBBON CAFE IN THE NEWS
RIBBON CAFE PROVIDES SUPPORT TO PEOPLE WITH CANCER
By Cassie Hudson
May 20, 2019 – News10 ABC
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After losing his wife, Jennifer, to breast cancer, Chef Kevin Myers opened the Ribbon Cafe in Ballston Spa to provide support to "true warriors."
On the menu, you’ll find his wife’s favorite item – and the 2019 Chowderfest award-winning – Southwest Shrimp Corn Chowder.
In addition to providing a welcoming environment for all people, Kevin prepares meals for homebound cancer patients, and monthly proceeds from the restaurant go to support the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center where his wife was treated.
RIBBON CAFE BIG WINNER AT SARATOGA CHOWDERFEST
By Lauren Halligan
February 8, 2019 – The Saratogian
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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — Local business Ribbon Cafe won big in this year’s Saratoga Chowderfest competition, taking home three titles for its Southwest shrimp corn chowder topped with tequila bacon and a crab popper.
This unique chowder won Best Newcomer, Best Non-Downtown, and the coveted People’s Choice award.
While dozens of chefs were competing on Broadway, Caroline Street and throughout downtown Saratoga Springs that Saturday, Ribbon Cafe chose to participate six miles south at its 11 Prospect St. location in Ballston Spa, where it opened last November.
Owner and chef Kevin Myers prepared about 30 gallons of the chowder for the event, and attendees who made it to the outskirts of Saratoga County for the festival to try his chowder overwhelmingly voted for Ribbon Cafe.
Though this was Ribbon Cafe’s first time competing, Myers is no stranger to the Chowderfest game. Prior to this entrepreneurial endeavor, he was the longtime chef at downtown restaurant Gaffney’s, which has won several Chowderfest awards over the years. Myers also holds a 2016 New England Chowdafest trophy, which is proudly displayed at the restaurant alongside the three new local awards.
While it’s the same general recipe, “I’ve tweaked it over the years,” Myers said.
Winning the 2019 Chowderfest has brought great exposure for this small, new restaurant. The day after Saratoga Chowderfest, Ribbon Cafe was packed with people who wanted to get a taste of the award-winning chowder.
“Sunday morning you couldn’t get in this door,” Myers said. “People wanted gallons of chowder,” So, in addition to serving bowls of it at the restaurant every day, Ribbon Cafe is offering pints and quarts to go.
While chowder is certainly a big focus at Ribbon Cafe, there’s a larger meaning for it all. The business was founded in honor of the owner’s wife Jennifer Myers, who died of breast cancer in September of 2017.
On the one-year anniversary since her death, Kevin signed the lease for the Ballston Spa space, and opened about a month later.
Kevin’s goal in opening Ribbon Cafe is to make a difference. The eatery hosts regular fundraising events for the Radiation Oncology Center in Saratoga Springs, where Jennifer received her treatment. The next is a Valentine’s Dinner, from which 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the center.
Ultimately, Kevin would like Ribbon Cafe to start providing takeout meals for homebound cancer patients in the area.
“Our goal is to help us help others,” said Christine Pyle, Kevin’s sister. “We’re small, but we’re really working hard at trying to help people.”
With Jennifer’s memory always at the forefront, Kevin is happy to be running a hometown cafe that lends a helping hand.
Ribbon Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
In addition to the famous chowder, which is always on the menu, customers enjoy Kevin’s breakfast fries, cheeseburger eggrolls, and the popular Dogwood Club.
RIBBON CAFE WINS PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD AT 21ST CHOWDERFEST ATTENDED BY 40,000 PEOPLE
February 6, 2019 – Saratoga Business Journal
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Ribbon Cafe in Ballston Spa was the big winner at the 21st annual Chowderfest held on Saturda in and around Saratoga Springs.
Event-goers sampled a variety of chowder from participating vendors for $1 and voted for their favorite. Winners were chosen in seven categories.
The winners are as follows:
• People’s Choice: Ribbon Cafe
• Best on Broadway: Thirsty Owl Bistro
• Best Off Broadway: Dizzy Chicken
• Best Non-Downtown: Ribbon Cafe
• Best Newcomer: Ribbon Cafe
• Best Dessert Chowder: Sweet Mimi’s
• Saranac Cup: Bookmakers at the Holiday Inn
Organizers said 96 vendor, including 14 first-time Chowderfest contestants, participated. They produced 138,000-plus servings of chowder. Some 40,000 people attended the event.