Olney Place in Yates Co. granted license by SLA

Seth Olney will be able to serve beer in the tap room that was added to his Route 54 store, The Olney Place, as long as he prevails in Fourth Judicial Dept. Appeallate Division court. Before granting the license Feb. 6, New York State Liquor Authority Commission Chairman Vincent Bradley cautioned Olney, “This whole thing is conditional on the court... more

Pizza pioneers: Skaneateles family celebrates 30 years of food business

At the turn of the century, Valentine Wellington was making sandwiches for workers on his Skaneateles farm when he accidentally spilled some sauce on the bread. Rather than toss the dough, the young farmer sprinkled some fresh cheese on top, creased the edge and slid it into the oven. Thus, the first local pizza was formed — or so the... more

Tasty winter Ithaca Chili Cook-Off tradition continues in its 20th year

Walking through Ithaca Commons on Saturday would have been enough to make anyone hungry drool a river. The 20th annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off took place between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at locations on and around Ithaca Commons, where the smells of the combinations of tomatoes, seasonings, peppers, onions, meats and other ingredients filled the air. The cook-off... more

del Lago announces wine dinner series at Portico

From the very start, del Lago Resort & Casino has had a focused mission to strengthen the community by supporting local businesses. The resort and casino has prided itself on forging strong partnerships with Finger Lakes wineries, breweries and meat and cheese vendors while sourcing farm fresh local ingredients. On Wednesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m., Portico by Fabio Viviani... more

KEUKA CANDY: A sweet venture expanding beyond Penn Yan

The Keuka Candy Emporium recently moved to a new space in Penn Yan. The candy store was able to expand during the month of December through their move from 17 Main Street to 131 Main Street, where Lowns was located. Keuka Candy offers a variety of candies, from international to retro and handmade. They encourage guests to get nostalgic by... more

Competitive eaters vie for the Golden Pierogi trophy in Auburn

Brian Hooper brought his lucky fork to help him eat 35 pierogies and win the men’s division of the Ukrainian National Club’s eighth-annual pierogi eating contest Saturday afternoon. Hooper powered down the potato-and-onion-filled dumplings in just eight minutes to best Trevor Harmon, a five-time winner of the contest. Harmon ate 22 pierogis at the event that raised $6,713 for the... more

Auburn’s restaurant renaissance fueled by downtown growth

Downtown Auburn has experienced a sort of restaurant renaissance over the past decade, especially within the last five years. But what is driving this trend and will it continue? Jim Daddabbo, owner of Mesa Grande Taqueria, said Auburn's restaurant scene is a "natural evolution" of a general period of growth in downtown Auburn, which started about a decade ago with... more

Progress 2018: Food and drink promotional trails evolve in Cayuga County

On the back of every menu at the Inns of Aurora, printed below a map of the Finger Lakes region, is a message from Executive Chef Patrick Higgins. “Respect for ingredients, for farmers, and for our shared environment is the foundation for a good meal,” it reads. “That’s why … we make everything from scratch whenever possible, and why we... more

After eight years, Bandwagon Brewpub closing in downtown Ithaca

Downtown Ithaca’s Bandwagon Brewpub opened in the basement of historic Clinton Hall in December, 2009, and as they plan to close the eatery in February, the owners are “inviting the Ithaca community to join us down at the brewpub, raise a pint, and help us close it out with a bang.” The restaurant’s last night will be Valentine’s Day —... more

New Geneva coffee shop carries on familiar Monaco’s name

There’s a new coffee shop in Geneva, just north the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The storefront, at the corner of Pulteney and Washington was most recently a hair salon, but for a long time before that it was a local, family market. “My grandfather started Monaco’s in 1917,” say Joan Doeblin. Her father ran Monaco’s Market on Washington... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Chris Ritter of Stan’s Waterloo (podcast)

Meet Chris Ritter, General Manager of Stan’s Waterloo, who was a guest on Weber This Week on Monday afternoon, and learn about the Finger Lakes newest restaurant and gastro pub in downtown Waterloo. See photos of their signature dishes and both levels of their renovated space. . more

Old Erie Restaurant in Weedsport to close

The Old Erie Restaurant announced on its Facebook page Tuesday evening that the Weedsport establishment will be closing the first weekend of February. “It is with heavy hearts we announce we will be closing our doors … Sunday, Feb. 4 will be our last day of service. Thank you for your support through the years,” the social media post announced.... more

OUTDOORS: Food Network’s Nancy Fuller coming to sportsman’s event

The vice president of the company promoting the Great New York Sportsman’s Expo admits he was apprehensive about featuring a food guru at the outdoor sporting show. “At first glance I was not sure how strong of a fit Nancy Fuller would be for the Expo, but after conversations with her it was abundantly clear. It’s a perfect match,” said... more

Mark’s Pizzeria locations in Waterloo, Lyons, Ovid and Ithaca transition to Pat’s Pizzeria

Multiple Mark’s Pizzeria locations in the Finger Lakes have shut down. But, that’s not to say that those locations in Waterloo, Ovid, Lyons, or Ithaca have ceased operating. Instead, a new duo has taken over ownership — effective January 1st, according to signage on the doors of the Waterloo location. Mark’s had shuttered a number of locations between Rochester and... more

Grand opening at Ithaca McDonald’s (photo)

The McDonald’s on Elmira Road in Ithaca held its Grand Opening on Thursday, January 4th, 2018. At the Grand Opening event, local owner Courtney Feehan, center, announced the winners of McDonald’s Community Partner Grants: the American Legion Post 221 and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center. Photo by Michelle McCarthy. more

Geneva Experiment Station helps growers hop on board

New York used to be king of the hop, before diseases put an end to the industry about 100 years ago. The industry eventually moved west to parts of Oregon and Washington, where drier climates were more conducive to hop farming. The days of dominating the industry probably won’t be returning, given those states now produce about 98 percent of... more

Waterloo High students back extra bags for Trevor’s Gift

Members of the Waterloo High Rotary Interact Club took time out from their holiday celebrations to pack extra bags of food for the Trevor’s Gift food backpack program. This is the seventh year the students have provided an extra bag of food for the backpack program, which provides food for their nutritionally needy classmates. The program needed the extra food... more
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