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Former Gould Hotel manager buys Abigail’s Restaurant

Former Gould Hotel manager buys Abigail’s Restaurant
Abigails was a popular restaurant for 34 years and its June 2018 closing saddened many. But the Routes 5&20 restaurant between Waterloo and Seneca Falls will reopen under new ownership, with a new name and with different food offerings — including a small craft beer brewery. Billy Weston of Seneca Falls bought the restaurant from the Legott family in late... more

Pickering Pub project may get grant help

Pickering Pub project may get grant help
No one on City Council seems to have an issue with the plan to redevelop the Pickering Pub. But councilmembers are divided on whether federal funding should be used to help transform the longtime South Main Street establishment into an upscale bar focused on specialty and craft cocktails and higher-end wines. City Council voted 6-3 on Thursday night to act... more

A perfect pairing: Young Lion Brewing and senior golfers

A perfect pairing: Young Lion Brewing and senior golfers
Young Lion Brewing Co. is hoping it scores a hole-in-one with its limited-edition Hill of Fame Light IPA beer. The microbrewery on Lakeshore Drive and the PGA of America partnered on the session beer, which is meant to celebrate the local golf and beer community and to highlight the upcoming Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. Wright... more

What’s happening in the food, beverage and tourism scenes?

What’s happening in the food, beverage and tourism scenes?
Local food and local drink are huge in the Finger Lakes region, which the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce has long recognized. Inspired by ongoing developments in the region’s travel and tourism marketplace, the Chamber is hosting an event June 3 called “al fresco flx” to talk more about and experience what is happening on the agritourism, food and craft beverage... more

Fabio Viviani will return to del Lago for two events on May 8

Fabio Viviani will return to del Lago for two events on May 8
Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani will return to his del Lago Resort & Casino restaurant, Portico by Fabio Viviani for two events on May 8. Viviani will be bringing his culinary expertise to food lovers with an interactive cooking class and a local wine pairing dinner at Portico. Guests will watch his dishes come to life as he skillfully prepares some... more

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

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... more

Chef Isaac Davis serves flavorful food to those in need at the Gleaners Community Kitchen

Chef Isaac Davis serves flavorful food to those in need at the Gleaners Community Kitchen
Professionally trained executive sous chef Isaac Davis spends most of his time in the expansive kitchen of Ferris Hills at West Lake, where residents dine on the likes of pork osso bucco, grilled sirloin filets and Mediterranean shrimp pasta. Last month, the pan-seared citrus scallops and risotto that Davis and fellow Ferris Hills chef Bonnie Potter created took top honors... more

Elephant and the Dove: Inside the new Mexican restaurant in Skaneateles

Elephant and the Dove: Inside the new Mexican restaurant in Skaneateles
The decor at Elephant and the Dove is as enticing as anything on its menu. The new Skaneateles restaurant, opening Thursday, takes its visual inspiration from the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. It also takes its name from the husband and wife, who were described as “an elephant and a dove” due to the contrast between their statures:... more

TV time for Simply Crepes in Canandaigua

TV time for Simply Crepes in Canandaigua
Let the countdown to America’s discovery of the Rugby crepe begin. Simply Crepes will be among the eateries featured on a new episode of the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” show, which airs at 9 p.m. Monday, April 8. Although just two days away, the fact that the restaurant will be in the TV spotlight still hasn’t... more

Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen, relaunches restaurant

Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen, relaunches restaurant
The Inns of Aurora has recently launched its newest food attraction, and relaunched its oldest. Open as of January inside the former Dorie’s Bakery is Aurora Cooks! A demonstration kitchen, it doesn’t just serve food. Instead, chef Patrick Higgins and taste curator Grace Mattingly combine eating with education. At the demonstrations, Higgins may show the guests gathered at his countertops... more

‘Catch 407’ restaurant closes in Canandaigua

‘Catch 407’ restaurant closes in Canandaigua
By now, many have already heard the news that Catch 407 has closed, although it still comes as a shock to those who had eaten there as recently as last weekend. The steak, seafood and raw bar restaurant opened a little over a year ago at the former Schooners Restaurant and Lounge site at Lakeshore Drive and East Lake Road.... more

The Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen & relaunches award-winning restaurant

The Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen & relaunches award-winning restaurant
The Inns of Aurora is delighted to announce the addition of two new culinary venues to their collection of experiences for visitors to the east side of Cayuga Lake: Aurora Cooks! demonstration kitchen and 1833 Kitchen & Bar. These additions support the region’s growing culinary reputation and increased desire for engaging experiences for travelers and local visitors. The Aurora Cooks!... more

Addressing Geneva ‘food desert’ a challenge in post-Tops community

Local grad leads effort of stakeholders to address ‘food desert’ in Geneva after closure of Tops
After the closure of Tops Friendly Markets on Hamilton Street and Mother Earth on Exchange Street, concerns have been heightened around food access and security in Geneva. Fortunately, Food Access AmeriCorps VISTA Kevin Collado says possible solutions are on the horizon as local research continues, as part of a joint-effort between the City of Geneva and Hobart and William Smith... more

LOCAL GUIDE: St. Patrick’s Day weekend picks in the Finger Lakes

LOCAL GUIDE: St. Patrick’s Day weekend picks in the Finger Lakes
It’s everybody’s favorite time to wear green. St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is here and we have a ton of great options for you to plan where you’ll be eating, drinking, and being Irish in the FLX! As far as food goes… the best Irish lunch around is available for a very limited window so set a reminder to head to... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Kaitlyn & Sal Franzone of Ciccino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in-studio (podcast)

WEBER THIS WEEK: Kaitlyn & Sal Franzone of Ciccino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in-studio (podcast)
Ciccino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant has become a staple of the Seneca County and Geneva area dining and delivery scene. On this week’s edition of Weber This Week, meet the founding owner, Sal Franzone and his daughter Kaitlyn Franzone, who were in-studio to talk about their business past, present & future. . more

Bread and water and a whole lot more at Ontario County Jail

Bread and water and a whole lot more at Ontario County Jail
You might never see them on the job — and nothing against them, you’d better hope you don’t see them while they’re working because you’d be in a whole lot of trouble. But what the kitchen staff at the Ontario County Jail — which as of last April includes the kitchen staff at the Ontario County Office for the Aging... more

State Sen.Cathy Young to lead Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture in Geneva

State Sen.Cathy Young to lead Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture in Geneva
A veteran Republican state senator is set to lead the new center of excellence designed to grow the state’s food, beverage and agricultural industry. Cornell University announced Thursday that Cathy Young, 58, has been named director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva. Young, R-57 of Olean, begins her new... more
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