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Saratoga County man
potato chip historian
Mark Mulholland WNYT
Updated: August 1, 2022 - 6:40 PM
Published: July 29, 2022 - 4:44 PM
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I have recently been featured in two
Times Union Articles
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Article 1 - Vanderbilt helped invent the chip in Saratoga?
Likely a salty myth
Article 2 - Toga Chip Guy makes a second showing on History Channel
Article from Saratoga Today
Featuring, your's truly, The Toga Chip Guy!
Watch The History Channel's
The Food That Built America,
"When The Chips Are Down",
season 2, episode 3,
where I am prominently featured.
Read my feature article in
The Saratoga Lake Association News Letter.
History Channel Podcast
After appearing in several episodes of
The History Channel's Series
"The Food That Built America",
I have now been prominently featured
in an associated podcast.
Please visit The ACast Site to listen!
My recent interview with Julia Dunn on CBS 6.
Article About Me In Saratoga Today Entitled
"Who: Alan Richer, The Toga Chip Guy"
April 2nd, It starts on Page 3.
Click here to read!
The History Channel's
"The FoodThat Built America"
that aired on
National Potato Chip Day, March 14.
Featuring the history of Herman Lay
and then rival Fritos!
Click here to watch
Welcome to my own personal chip experience. Here you will see some of my personal involvement in the history of not only the Saratoga Chip, but the Saratoga Chip as well. This section chronicles some pilgrimages I have made to visit key people and sites where the chip industry began!
HAPPY NATIONAL POTATO CHIP DAY!
In honor of National Potato Chip Day - Sunday, March 14th - the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will welcome renowned potato chip historian, Alan Richer, for a virtual program. “Take a Bite Out of History: From Saratoga Chip to Potato Chip” will take place on Thursday, March 25 at 7PM. Join the Foundation on Zoom or Facebook Live to learn about the alternative origins of the chip - including the players, facts, myths, and mystery.
“Alan’s enthusiasm for the history of the potato chip is infectious. I encourage everyone to grab some chips and enjoy this interesting program,” said Samantha Bosshart, Foundation executive director. He will cover the timeline, geographic expansion, company slogans, anthropological changes in clothing, companies that began by selling Saratoga Chips, and non-potato "Saratoga Chip" products.
Alan, also known as “The Toga Chip Guy,” will be featured on the History Channel’s "The Food That Built America” on National Potato Chip Day, check your local listings! He also has been interviewed on CBS, NBC, the Boston Globe, various radio, television stations, newspapers, magazines and podcasts, and he and his collection have been featured in a commercial. In addition, he has been a speaker for various meetings, conventions, educational programs, museums, and historical societies.
This program is open to the public for a suggested contribution of $10 and pre-registration is required to attend on Zoom. Everyone who pre-registers by 6:00PM today for this program will be emailed a Zoom link in advance, otherwise join us on our Facebook Page.
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Zen and the Art of GROCERY SHOPPING
"Zen and the Art of GROCERY SHOPPING" has hit book stores, and The Toga Chip Guy has been mentioned in it several times. John Koralefski, the author, had asked for a quote from me for the book and until just recently I wasn't able to share what it was. So now that it has hit stores, here is the quote!
"Potato chips are more American than apple pie. Compare the shelf space allotted to potato chips and apple pie in your local grocery store"
See the pages below!
Click here to purchase the book on Amazon!
My recent visit and tour of Herr’s Potato Chips in Nottingham, PA
My visit to the Utz Quality Foods Headquarters in Hanover, Pa. thanks to Kevin Brick, Senior Vice President of Marketing, pictures on the left in the first photo.
Here is my interview from LookTV regarding
The Chip Festival 2017.
Me, The Toga Chip Guy, At SNAXPO18 In Atlanta
Taking some time out on our recent family vacation in Italy to sample the local chips!
Taking some time out on our recent family vacation in Cape Cod, to visit
the The Cape Cod Potato Chip Company factory.
Here it is in all of it’s entirety! The Fail Chip Documentary, mentioned below!
Click here to view the video on the web site!
CHIP GUY IN A CHIP COMMERCIAL!
Today my home was converted into a television set as a crew of eight spent four hours shooting me and my Toga Chip memorabilia collection for a commercial of a soon to be launched limited edition new potato chip. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to sharing more details in the future……
Here are the ad and the brochure page from my talk in April at the Saratoga Springs Library about the history of the Saratoga Chip.
Alan Richer "Toga Chip Guy" at the Saratoga History Museum to talk about the history of the potato chip
July 23, 2014
A TRIP TO THE JONES’ & BALLREICH BROS. POTATO CHIP COMPANIES
Here are some photos of me on a trip to visit the folks at The Jones Potato Chip Company & The Ballreich Bros. Potato Chip Company. As a collector of Saratoga Chip and Potato Chip memorabilia, making trips to visit people and companies that helped start the industry is always fun and educational.
On this particular trip I was fortunate to not only meet various members of the Jones family, but was also able to see my friend Don Noss (Son of Harvey Noss and featured in the Building An Industry portion of my site)
Left - Donald Noss with Bob Jones (President of Jones’ Potato Chip Company) Right - Yours truly (Alan Richer, the Toga Chip Guy) with Bob Jones (President of Jones’ Potato Chip Company)
Myself (Alan Richer) in front of the Jones’ Potato Chip Company Plant, Mansfield, OH
Left - Brian Reis (President / CEO of Ballreich Bros. Potato Chip Company) with Elizabeth A. Wells (Snack Food Association) & Donald Noss Right - Brian Reis (President / CEO of Ballreich Bros. Potato Chip Company) with Elizabeth A. Wells (Snack Food Association) & yours truly, Alan Richer (The Toga Chip Guy)
The Toga Chip Guy with Maile Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief of
Food Network Magazine.
Here are some great testimonials from The Chip Festival regarding my exhibit!
Exhibit Shots From The Chiefest 2016
More shots from The Chip Festival
A great time was had by large crowds at the Chip Festival
From the Saratogian article in which the Toga Chip Guy, Alan Richer, was interviewed prior to the 2016
Saratoga Chip Festival Interview 7/5/16
Join Look TV as we sit down with the Toga Chip Guy himself, Alan Richer and Greg Dixon of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club and the chair the of Chip Festival Committee. They’re here to talk about Saratoga’s upcoming first annual Chip Festival.
Click the image below to watch the interview on our site.
THE 2016 CHIP FESTIVAL
Alan in front of the Idaho Potato Country Truck on its spring visit to Saratoga!
Learn more about Chip Festival 2016!
As heard on one of the Empire Broadcasting Network stations