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Finger Lakes FOUND!

July 19, 2010

Sailing on Canandaigua Lake

On Friday morning, July 16th, 3.7 million readers opened their USA Today morning papers to find a full-page spread on New York’s Finger Lakes!  Extolling the virtues of the Finger Lakes Region, the article talks about its 11 eleven lakes spread like the fingers on two hands, great waterfronts, great wine and great second home market! 

Sunrise over the vineyards in the Finger Lakes

For those of us who have lived here all our lives, it’s tough not to scream, “I told you so”.  With that said, it’s a tribute to the 11 regional tourism promotion agencies who have continued to  work together tirelessly to promote the Finger Lakes as a premiere year-round destination.

Enjoying great food, wine and friends. What fun!

Area journalist, Katharine Dyson, says, “It’s a place that has a firm grasp on what’s important, like fresh air, farmers markets, little traffic, outdoor concerts, and lake water so clear you can see right to the bottom.”  And, according to many, it’s about the people who live here that make the Finger Lakes so welcoming to visitors.

It's a short hike to the waterfalls in Grimes Glen, Naples.

Great Finger Lakes Finds  mentioned in the article included: regional wineries, Watkins Glen Raceway, Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, the New York Wine and Culinary Center, more than 1,000 waterfalls, boating, fishing, golf , ski resorts, and parks.  Others to explore include:

Letchworth State Park is known as “The Grand Canyon of the East”
For thoroughbred racing and casino gaming, visit Tioga Downs
Boating, Great Lakes fishing, and the Erie Canal
Cayuga Lake, the longest Finger Lake, is home to the Cayuga Wine Trail
Visit Mark Twain Country!
Ithaca is overflowing with lively culture, unique shopping waterfalls
Syracuse is home to fantastic sports teams like the NCAA basketball Syracuse Orangemen
A multitude of family-friendly museums and attractions in Rochester
NASCAR fans head to Watkins Glen International
Four seasons of family fun on Keuka Lake
Experience New York’s bounty at The New York Wine & Culinary Center

Start planning your next vacation get away!  Less than a day’s drive, New York’s Finger Lakes are here for you.

Juniper Wins Slice, Dice & Spice NY 2009

October 26, 2009
Kates TEam

Team Juniper Wins!

Congratulations to Chef Kate Elliott of Juniper in Buffalo and her team on winning the 2009 Slice, Dice and Spice NY Championship!  It was an awesome competition at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua.   A great afternoon of frenzy, food, wine and fun as 3 pro chefs and their amateur teams came together vying to become the 2009  Slice, Dice and Spice NY Pro-Am Cook Off Champions.  It doesn’t get much better than this–or taste so good!  Check out the chefs and theFinger Lakes restaurants.  The winning team members included: 

Chef Kate  Elliott, Juniper, Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Laura Kenyon, from SUNY Geneseo and a Farmers Market foodie

Russ Kenyon, attorney, Kenyon and Kenyon, Canandaigua

 Angela Parr, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Canandaigua

 Kathleen Houser , Aunt Hattie’s Tea Party, Victor

Great Finger Lakes Finds!

And The Winners Are!

October 22, 2009

The first round of competition in the 2009 Slice, Dice and Spice NY Culinary Pro-Am was held on Monday, October 19th, at the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua.  Nine Chefs from area restaurants and their amateur teams competed–THREE were selected! 

The Winning Teams chosen by the judges to move forward to Sunday’s final competition are:

Team Warfield's

Team Warfield's

Chef Michael Bommelje – Warfield’s Restaurant,  in Clifton Springs

Team Juniper

Team Juniper

Chef Kate Elliott – Juniper,  in Buffalo

Team Doc's Lakeside

Team Doc's Lakeside

Chef Nick Rada – Doc’s Lakeside Seafood & Steakhouse, in Canandaigua.

The excitement continues as now each of these three teams will compete once again in the finals for the title of the 2009 Slice, Dice, and Spice NY Pro-Am cook-off Champions!  YOU can come and cheer them on.  The competition begins on Sunday, October 25th at  12 noon at the Wine & Culinary Center! In addition to the cook-off (which will be simulcast throughout the center) you can enjoy culinary treats from over 30 tasting booths representing Finger Lakes finest!  And maybe even more important….IT’S FREE!  So bring friends and family and join us for a great afternoon of fun, food and wine. 

Yet another Great Finger Lakes Find!

Slice, Dice & Spice NY~The Teams The Times

October 18, 2009

Great FoodTomorrow is the day…here is the schedule for the first day of competition-October 19th at the New York Wine & Culinary Center located in Canandaigua.  Nine teams lead by the chefs from local restaurants and their “foodies” compete for the ulitmate title of 2009 Slice, Dice and Spice NY Champions! Admission it FREE.  Don’t Miss It!

Slice, Dice & Spice~ The Teams are Ready!

October 17, 2009
Let the Competition Begin!

Let the Competition Begin!

We are only 2 days away from the beginning of the Slice, Dice & Spice NY Pro-Am Cook Off.  On Monday, October 19th, 9 area chefs and their amateur teams will compete to win. There will be only 3 teams to move on to the finals scheduled at the New York Wine & Culinary Center  in Canandaigua next Sunday, October 25th.  Chefs representing restaurants from Ontario County and Buffalo will face off to win a chance to become the 2009 Slice, Dice & Spice NY Champion!  It’s a competition not to miss and both events are FREE to attend!  What could be more fun?  It’s all about the food and wine from the Finger Lakes, come and visit and savor the flavor of the Finger Lakes.  Stay tuned to Great Finger Lakes Finds, or better yet go and cheer your favorite team on to win!

Slice, Dice & Spice NY ~ The Restaurants

October 12, 2009

 

Slice, Dice and Spice NY 2009
Slice, Dice and Spice NY 2009

The competition is about to begin!  Nine Restaurants representing the Finger Lakes and Buffalo are about to face off in the 2009 Slice, Dice & Spice NY Pro-Am Cook Off.  The Finger Lakes restaurants include: The Brown Hound Bistro, The Vines at Naples Hotel, Warfield’s Restaurant, Doc’s Seafood and Steakhouse, Geneva on the Lake, and The Inn on the Lake.  New to this year’s competition are these Buffalo restaurants: Juniper, O’Connell’s American Bistro and Trattoria Aroma .  These participating restaurants focus on using local ingredients and serving New York State Wines! 

2008 SDS Team Cooks with Wines!

2008 SDS Team Cooks with Wines!

These New York State chefs are sharpening their knives and local foodies are honing their culinary skills in anticipation for this year’s Slice, Dice and Spice NY culinary competition!  Get your aprons on and your spatulas ready ~  9 Chefs and their teams are now ready to compete in the 2009 Slice, Dice & Spice NY Cook Off in Canandaigua, NY beginning on Monday, October 19th.   

   
Sample of the Market Basket and Pantry

Sample of the Market Basket and Pantry

Each team will create a meal using common “Market Basket” ingredients and one secret ingredient. All of these ingredients will come from New York and showcase the vast amount of products that can be found in the area. Along with creating a appetizer, main course and dessert – the teams will also have the task of pairing each of their dishes with a wine from one of the wineries along the Canandaigua Wine Trail.

 

 

New York Wine & Culinary Center hosts SDS

New York Wine & Culinary Center hosts SDS

Three winning teams will be selected and then they will prepare for the Final Cook Off on Sunday, October 25th at the New York Wine and Culinary Center located in Canandaigua. It’s a fun afternoon of competition, live music and more than 30 tasting booths.  Mark your calendars for this unique event.  

 Be sure to check Great Finger Lakes Finds often~new information and the winning teams will be featured here!

 

The Ultimate Finger Lakes Burger

October 1, 2009
The Winner!  Best Finger Lakes Burger Challenge

The Winner! Best Finger Lakes Burger Challenge

Now here’s a Great Finger Lakes Find!  The votes are in and the People’s Choice for the Best Finger Lakes Burger is a Peach Cucumber Salsa Veal Burger.  Victoria Johnson of Farmington, NY is the winner of the 2009 Slice, Dice and Spice NY Finger Lakes Burger Challenge.  Mmmm Good!

Slice, Dice & Spice NY ~ The Chefs

September 30, 2009

 

Slice, Dice and Spice NY

Slice, Dice and Spice NY

Slice, Dice & Spice New York is a Progressive Taste Off that is running from May 1 to October 25 highlighting the culinary and agricultural assets of the Finger Lakes.  It’s a showcase of people, foods, farms and restaurants. The final competitions are about to begin and you won’t want to miss it! 

Sample market basketOn October 19th, nine top chefs from Finger Lakes and Buffalo restaurants will each team up with a group of amateur foodies and compete against each other in an Iron Chef-like event to be held at the New York Wine & Culinary Center located in Canandaigua. The ensuing competition will feature many Finger Lakes and New York State culinary assets. The teams will create a meal using common “Market Basket” ingredients and one secret ingredient. All of these ingredients will come from New York and showcase the vast amount of products that can be found in the area.  Along with creating a appetizer, main course and dessert – the chefs will have the task of pairing each of their dishes with a wine from the wineries along the  Canandaigua Wine Trail

2008 Competition Chef and Team

2008 Competition Chef and Team

The competing chefs come from top restaurants located in Naples, Clifton Springs, Geneva, Canandaigua and Buffalo!  Meet the Chefs!   The meals they prepare will then be judged by a panel of food experts and the top three chefs of each heat and their teams will move on to the Slice, Dice and Spice finals on October. 25th.

Just a sample of the great food!

Just a sample of the great food!

Food, Food, and More Food!

  At the final event, there will be more than 30 tasting booths from local and regional restaurants and food producers along with live music.

Stay tuned to Great Finger Lakes Finds and find out who will  be crowned the winner of 2009’s Slice, Dice and Spice NY competition.

Routes 5 & 20–Best of the Best to See and Do

August 7, 2009
Enjoy the fun and see the best!

Enjoy the fun and see the best!

Pack up the family, get in the car and get ready to experience a lot of fun things to see and do along Routes 5 & 20 in New York’s Finger Lakes and more specifically in Ontario County.  We have the Best of the Best for you!  The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection (official tourism bureau of Ontario County) along with four other tourism partners surveyed the locals and found out for you what they recommend is the best of the best to see and do along the Authentic American Road, Routes 5 & 20. 

Alpaca Farms

Alpaca Farms

From A toZ, there’s Alpacas, antiquing, apples, bistros, concerts, drive-ins, eats, fish, a gigglin’ pig, hiking, ice cream, JELL-O, lakes, museums, nature, orchards, pottery, scenery, theme parks, wineries and ZZZZZ.  What’s the “Z” — that’s the great sleep you’ll get in one of our local hotels or B & Bs, after a full day of fun along this historic route. 

Routes 5 & 20 Mini Map

Routes 5 & 20 Mini Map

The locals always know the BEST places to go.  So whether you’re driving, biking, or even hiking you’ll find the top picks along this fun and fascinating trail.  How about the best locally made gift, the best rainy day activity, the best picnic spot or the best scenic spot?  There’s  a  map showing the complete listing of  these and more along this 135 mile road trip–The Best of Routes 5 & 20!  Call today to get your FREE map~877-FUN-IN-NY or 585-394-3915.

Here’s more Great Finger Lakes Finds for upcoming events this month.

August 5-8th  Pageant of Steam in Canandaigua

August 8th – 25th Annual Cheshire Union Antique Show in Cheshire

August 15-16th Riesling Festival Canandaigua Lake

August 15-17th Billsboro Winery Plein Air Festival, Seneca Lake

Slice, Dice & Spice in the Finger Lakes

July 28, 2009

tomato boyAttention all Foodies! We’ve got food, wine and six months of fun for you here in the Finger Lakes. The Slice, Dice and Spice NY farm market Ultimate Burger Challengeis coming to the Finger Lakes.  In August, there will be local chefs paired with amateur “foodies” to create the best Finger Lakes burger and side, using fresh and local ingredients available from local farm markets. There will be three competitions, one at each of these local farm markets, Canandaigua on August 8th, Victor on August 12th and Geneva on August 13th. The best part?  You can enter any one of these competitions.  Complete information on locations and how to enter is available at http://www.slicediceandspiceny.com/

farmers marketThe day of the farmer’s market competition, each pro-am team will be given a budget and a time limit for shopping, preparing and plating a Finger Lakes inspired meal. The team will also have a ‘market basket’ of additional spices, and other ingredients to help with the process; maybe a cheddar out of Waterloo or a BBQ sauce from Rochester—all will be locally made or grown in the Finger Lakes.

 Farmer's Markets in the Finger Lakes

Farmer's Markets in the Finger Lakes

Following all 3 farm market competitions, the recipes will be re-created and posted to the Slice, Dice and Spice website and YOUcan vote online for The Ultimate Finger Lakes Burger! The winning recipe will be posted to the Slice, Dice and Spice website and the winning pro-am team will receive tickets to the Finals Iron-Chef Competition at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in October. Is this a Great Finger Lakes Find or what? 

ILNY_SDS_colorWait, there’s more!  Slice, Dice & Spice New York is a Progressive Taste Off is running from May 1 to October 25 highlighting the culinary and agricultural assets of the Finger Lakes.  It’s a showcase of people, foods, farms and restaurants.  Visitors learn, taste and have fun!  Don’t miss the fun  Call 877-FUN-IN-NY (866-386-3669) for complete listing of all the events featured in Slice, Dice & Spice in the Finger Lakes..

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