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FARM TO TABLE: Geneva shines as restaurants embrace local ingredients

Serious question: Have you ever been to Burlington, Vermont? Well, if you’re reading this you probably have been to Linden Street in Geneva. Why do I ask? Well, they could be confused for being the same place given the recent farm to table trend in the Finger Lakes. Burlington man have a few more blocks of restaurants and stores, but... more

del Lago donates 55 turkeys to Seneca County Community Thanksgiving Dinner

As a staunch community steward, del Lago Resort & Casino focuses its mission on strengthening the community by supporting local organizations and nonprofits that improve the quality of life in the Finger Lakes region. To mark the Thanksgiving holiday, del Lago Resort & Casino donated food to local Seneca County charities that provide nourishment to those in need. On Friday,... more

V-F Food Cupboard putting Thanksgiving dinner on Ontario tables

Not everybody can afford turkey with all the fixings when the Thanksgiving holiday rolls around on the fourth Thursday of every November. That’s where communities step in to make sure nobody is left out. More than 600 Ontario County families in need can have a festive dinner this week, courtesy of hundreds of volunteers through the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard, including... more

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FINGER LAKES! (holiday guide)

Grocery stores are stocking up. Roadways are getting busier. However, there’s still plenty of time to get ready for Thanksgiving – even if you haven’t gotten to the store to pick up all the trimmings. We found that several grocery stores will be open on Thanksgiving this year. Allowing for a little extra time to get ready for the feast.... more

Thanksgiving dinner will be cheaper this year in New York

Thanksgiving dinner this week is going to cost New Yorkers slightly less to cook. The New York Farm Bureau's annual survey found the average cost for a Thanksgiving meal for 10 this year in New York will cost about $44.74, which is down $1.89 from last year’s $46.63. “The dinner price has dropped for a second consecutive year which means... more

Cayuga County restaurant inspections: Nov. 20, 2017

• Auburn Movieplex, 360 Grant Ave., Auburn: satisfactory. • Ichiban, 181 Grant Ave., Auburn: satisfactory. Lack hot water at hand wash sinks in kitchen, at wait station, at sushi bar and in restrooms. Floors under storage shelving in dry storage rooms at back of kitchen observed to have some food debris buildup from spillage (e.g. rice grains, flour, etc., spillage... more

Good eats at the north and south ends of Keuka Lake

My measure of a good restaurant is whether it can offer me options that taste better than my own cooking – or even better – something that I do not know how to make myself. My other standard is real food made from real ingredients. With this in mind, the Keuka Restaurant in Penn Yan has proven its self to... more

Maitre D’ at Trombino’s brings new age American bistro fare to Lyons

Lyons’ residents have a new fine dining establishment found in an old classic. Maitre D’ at Trombino’s opened its doors in September, bringing American bistro fare made from some of New York’s finest and freshest ingredients. Christopher VanEpps, General Manager, quickly fell in love with Lyons – the people, the community, the pride – and wanted to give the town... more

Dahlia’s Curios in Penn Yan receives local recognition

About 15 years ago, western New York native Wendy Warren was looking to return somewhere near home after living in Colorado for close to 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, wanted to open a small business and consider other ventures. Wendy began contacting Chamber of Commerce organizations in a number of upstate communities. “We made a list of little... more

Wild for everything: Downtown Auburn restaurant moves, expands menu

After Mathew Wild added pizza and chicken wings to the menu of his family’s Genesee Center frozen yogurt shop, Wildforyogurt, his business quadrupled. That’s when he knew Wildforyogurt had to change. Almost two years later, that change is complete: Wild’s Eats & Sweets, now located down the hall of Genesee Center toward the corner of South and Genesee streets. The... more

New Auburn OTB sports bar offers ‘good food, cheap beer’

“Good food, cheap beer.” That’s the motto Toby More holds for his new restaurant, Tailgaters Sports Bar and Grill, located in the Auburn Off-Track Betting building. The former maintenance supervisor said he always wanted to open his own bar, and when the spot’s former occupant Ozzy’s closed its doors at the end of May, More decided that was his chance.   “I’ve... more

New Asian restaurant Man Yuan takes over venerable Geneva site

Wing Tai Oriental Restaurant was the place where many people learned that Chinese food didn’t have to come from a LaChoy can. The restaurant dated back to the 1970s when Asian restaurants were still a bit of a novelty. Now, they are ubiquitous, popping up in small towns across America. Sadly, the sit-down variety, like Wing Tai, has faded away.... more

Peppermint Parlor marks 50 years with open house

The Peppermint Parlor snack bar and gift shop at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house and a week of activities. The open house event – open to all – will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16. The shop is located just inside the main entrance at the hospital, 418 North Main... more

Chili cook off taking place at Windmill Farm & Craft Market on Oct. 21

The Windmill Farm & Craft Market is hosting its first ever Chili Cook Off Saturday October 21. Cooking begins at 8 am with judging taking place at 12 pm. Cash Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall, Best Tasting and Most Unusual. The contestants must be registered by calling the Windmill office at 315-536-3032 prior to the contest. Taking place... more

Cider maker looks to branch out under Start-Up NY program

An Ontario County cider maker is taking advantage of a state economic program that provides companies the ability to operate tax-free for 10 years. Star Cider has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, Empire State Development announced. The family-owned company plans to build a new production facility and create at least five new jobs as part of its expansion.... more

Town of Geneva launches waste diversion program

The town of Geneva is starting several projects with a goal of reducing the solid waste impact of its residents. “The Ontario County Board of Supervisors is committed to closing the county landfill when the operating contract expires at the end of 2028,” Supervisor Mark Venuti said. “Our goal is to substantially reduce what we throw away so we won’t... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Magee Diner owner Gary Schlegel in-studio (podcast)

The Magee Country Diner has been serving patrons off of New York State Thruway Exit 41 on Route 414 for over 20 years. Owner Gary Schlegel joins Harold Weber in-studio to talk about the history of the restaurant, the impact del Lago Resort & Casino has had on his business, and plans for the future. . more

Two casual Finger Lakes restaurants bring the charm: restaurant review

The Finger Lakes culinary scene has its own personality. Whereas many of Rochester's newer restaurants lean toward urban industrial looks, those in the Finger Lakes often are more warm, artsy and sometimes a little quirky. Two examples worth visiting: Roots Cafe in Naples and The Elf in the Oak in Burdett. They are about an hour away from each other.... more
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