BIG LITTLE CHANGES: Bee’s in Seneca Falls moves to larger, former-Zuzu’s space on Fall St.

Bee’s Cookies & Cakes has taken their talents to Fall St. in downtown Seneca Falls. The move to a larger space, significantly so, in fact, was one that customers felt was long-overdue. For Chris and Debbie Boulter, the move happened quickly, who only began considering a relocation from their State St. storefront a few months ago. “We started looking at... more

Stan’s Waterloo opens downtown

Another part of Lee Bieber’s ambitious plan to revitalize the downtown in this Seneca County community is now in place. A two-year labor of love, this one is personal for the Brooklyn native. Stan’s Waterloo restaurant opened Aug. 17 at 7 E. Main St. Bieber, a Brooklyn plumbing and heating supply owner from Brooklyn, named it after his late father,... more

‘I was shocked’: Auburn chef celebrates win in NYS Fair food truck competition

Michael Tonzi almost missed the awards ceremony. His business, Tonzi's Catering Company of Auburn, was one of 17 entrants in the New York State Fair's Taste NY Food Truck Competition Saturday. The awards were scheduled to be announced at 7:30 p.m. at Chevy Court, the fair's main concert venue. Ten minutes prior to the start of the ceremony, Tonzi unsuccessfully... more

FOOD IN THE FLX: Mesa Grande Taqueria brings burritos to the Finger Lakes

With locations spread on both sides of the Finger Lakes — Jim Daddabbo relies on his energy, staff, and strong branding to drive his business forward. The burrito business has gotten challenging — but not for Daddabbo, who is constantly working to keep his day job, role in the community, and life in perspective. “I’m just here to sell burritos,”... more

Six-year-old reaches goal of working at Mesa Grande Taqueria in Auburn

When graduating kindergartners at Casey Park Elementary School ceremony held up signs saying what they want to do when they grow up, Kaiden Zmarthie’s sign said he wanted to work at Mesa Grande Taqueria. Fast forward a couple months and Kaiden, 6, worked for a short time Friday afternoon at the restaurant’s Auburn location with his big brother, Tyler Wilkinson,... more

Winery digs into Linden Street food scene

When the small Linden Street restaurant Cebo closed earlier this year, it gave skeptics the opportunity to suggest that the success of the emerging city dining and drinking hub had been overstated. They didn’t have much of a chance to spout off. The spot at 34 Linden St. got gobbled up in no time by the folks who own Three... more

Sauerkraut Weekend continues with fireworks tonight in Phelps

Despite less than perfect weather, the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend kicked off its 47th year August 4th with an afternoon of activities for the entire family. The cabbage head decorating contest brought in several creative entries with first place going to Lily Westcott in the 6 to 8 age range with her Minnie Mouse creation. The day also included food and... more

Beyond Riesling: New name, new focus for this year’s wine festival

The New York State Wine Festival is a celebration of wine — and for the first time this year, the festival will be showcasing all state-produced wines, not just a particular type and not from a single region. Formerly known as the Finger Lakes Riesling & Craft Beer Festival, the New York State Wine Festival will take place August 12-13... more

Canal Jam 2017 announced for Waterloo over Labor Day Weekend

The Second Annual Canal Jam has been announced by organizers for Waterloo this Labor Day Weekend. Last year’s event was an overwhelming success as hundreds came out to support local musicians and much more. Festival producer Lee Bieber reiterated his commitment to Waterloo by working to create a family-friendly, music-centered event over Labor Day Weekend that the entire community can... more

Food, fresh produce and music at Newark’s Food Truck Rodeo

This past Thursday, July 27th another crowd gathered on Church Street next to Central Park in Newark for the Food Truck Rodeo at the Newark Farmers’ Market. Regular market vendors were joined by a variety of food trucks offering up a variety of food and refreshments from barbecue ribs to coffee. Food trucks included Riblicious, El Morro, the Buffalonian, Lickety... more

‘Everybody comes together’ for Owasco church’s annual chicken barbecue, fundraiser

The day started at 6 a.m. for Ron Podolak and the rest of the crew in charge of cooking the 850 barbecue chickens for St. Ann’s Annual Barbecue and Bazaar. Podolak, a parishioner at the Catholic Church in Owasco, said they cook the chicken “low and slow” for two to three hours and then slather it with the church’s secret... more

Rumors of Ling Ling closed by DOH prove untrue

Rumors that the state Department of Health closed Ling Ling Chinese Buffet in Geneva are untrue. According to a Department of Health representative, the restaurant, located at 481 Hamilton Street in Geneva was inspected on June 5th. Rumors around town reported the restaurant was closed due to suspicious meat types found at the site. Department of Health representatives said that... more

Three Brothers Wineries plans restaurant on Geneva’s Linden Street

The H.J. Stead Company on Linden Street in Geneva was once an innovative optical manufacturer that held patents for advances on bifocal lenses. A century later, the creative people behind Three Brothers Wineries plan to open a restaurant that pays homage to its predecessor in the company’s former home. Since June, they have been transforming the cozy space at 34 Linden Street,... more

Taste of Wayne County, VoteTilla draws over 800 to Newark

Organizers are still counting, but it’s anticipated that over 800 people attended the first ever Taste of Wayne County event as Newark welcomed the VoteTilla to the village yesterday afternoon, July 18th. “It was successful beyond our imagination,” Mayor Jonathan Taylor said, adding, “Absolutely!” when asked if they will hold the event again next year. The event brought vendors from... more

Real Eats is first tenant in Geneva’s new Innovation Kitchen

The city is celebrating the first tenant in its Innovation Kitchen, with a goal of making the food-preparation facility at the Geneva Enterprise Development Center available for entrepreneurs and community groups 24/7. Real Eats, which calls itself the first-ever sous-vide-style vacuum-packed meal delivery service, hopes to begin operations in the recently completed kitchen within a couple weeks. City Manager Matt... more

Ice cream flavor created to capture region’s flair

Anyone wanting to celebrate National Ice Cream Month will surely want to pay a visit to Cheshire Farms Creamery at 10 Parrish St. in Canandaigua. More than an ordinary ice cream parlor, the large, spacious area with comfy chairs, hardwood floors, fireplace and plenty of tables offers an inviting atmosphere that encourages relaxation and fellowship, as well as the enjoyment... more

Real Eats chooses Geneva for its food-prep operations

If any company were to fit perfectly into the city’s efforts to cultivate its food and beverage industry, it might be Real Eats. The fledgling company, based in New York City, offers prepared gourmet-style food delivered to the home that can be ready to eat in less than 10 minutes and has chosen Geneva as its production base. Founder and... more
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