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Finger Lakes FEAST coming to Geneva

The inaugural FEAST — Feeding Everyone at Shared Tables — in the Heart of the Finger Lakes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 at The Cracker Factory, 35 Lehigh St., Geneva.

Executive Chef Samantha Buyskes, of Three Brothers Wineries and H.J. Stead Co., is organizing the tasting event in hopes of it becoming an annual affair. Proceeds will benefit Foodlink, the food bank serving the Finger Lakes and Genesee Valley regions of New York.

“I really wanted to create something unique and special for Geneva,” Buyskes said. “I’m hoping that celebrating the area’s rich culinary offerings and supporting the great work Foodlink does in our community will be an enticing opportunity for many local foodies.”

Buyskes, who was born in South Africa, opened her first restaurant in Trumansburg — near Ithaca — in 2002. When her career brought her to Geneva, she wanted to find a way to give back to the community, and “everything lined up” when she began discussing ideas with the owners of The Cracker Factory, a stunning event space on Lehigh Street.

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