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Influence of farm-to-table movement in Finger Lakes explored

Chefs using locally sourced food to create menu offerings is a growing phenomenon in the Finger Lakes.

It’s also the subject of a day-long program at two locations in Geneva.

The Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the “al fresco” conference that will explore the influence of the farm-to-table movement and agritourism on the local culture and economy. It’s scheduled for June 3.

Canandaigua Chamber members get first dibs on tickets, beginning today and continuing until April 24. After that, tickets will be offered to the general public.

“I am intrigued by the farm-to-table concept, and I hope this program brings people together for a day to explore the potential of farm to table and agritourism, along with craft food and beverages,” said Ethan Fogg, Canandaigua Chamber executive director. “One of the Chamber’s missions is to encourage conversation on topics that relate to business opportunities and tourism in the Finger Lakes.”

The event will take place at the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Geneva Lakefront Resort and the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, buildings at the north end of Seneca Lake separated by a short walk.

Fogg said the Ramada was chosen because its new executive chef, Samantha Buyskes, is a leader in using locally grown food in her menu offerings.

The day will include a morning session focusing on supply and demand in the world of farm to table and agritourism. There will be a panel discussion and a question-and-answer period to follow. Lunch will feature locally sourced food and a keynote address from Buyskes and Ramada general manager and host Terry Sindt.

The afternoon session will explore ways to create an experience that is comfortable for guests and sustainable for business.

The venue will then shift to the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, where those in attendance can socialize and enjoy a special dinner prepared by Buyskes just for the occasion.

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