Archive for July, 2009

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

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..

Great Places to Eat Outdoors!

July 20, 2009
Picnic with Friends in the Finger Lakes

Picnic with Friends in the Finger Lakes

Summer has arrived in the Finger Lakes and what is more fun than eating outdoors and enjoying your favorite wine and food.  The Finger Lakes  has many great places to dine outside. Whether you prefer dining lakeside with  spectacular views or something a little more secluded away from the hustle and bustle of the summer season, come and experience the great local cuisine in the Finger Lakes.

There are three different ways to enjoy dining outside in the Finger Lakes:  lakeside dining, dining on an outdoor deck or dining in a garden. Here are a few suggestions:


The Sandbar at The Inn on the Lake

The Sandbar at The Inn on the Lake

The Inn on the Lake located on the north end of Canandaigua Lake, has a covered outdoor patio for dining, as well as the Sandbar for more casual and leisure dining.  Come by car or on your boat.  On Seneca Lake in Geneva, you’ll find the Pier House Restaurant at the Ramada Inn, you’ll dine  under umbrella covered tables on an outdoor patio and enjoy the spectacular view of Seneca Lake.  At Belhurst, also located on Seneca lake, the Stonecutters Lounge provides a a unique, relaxing dining experience, with outdoor tables overlooking Seneca Lake, and there’s even an outdoor fire-pit. The perfect place to relax for the afternoon and evening. There are also docking spaces if you come by boat to Belhurst.


Dining on the Deck at Brown Hound Bistro

Dining on the Deck at Brown Hound Bistro

If your preference is more for those little hideaways that serve great food, don’t miss the Brown Hound Bistro . Brown Hound is located in a 100-year-old house nestled in the Bristol hills. The deck provides a European countryside ambiance with fresh flowers, evening candlelight, local artwork, and both rustic and colorful accents.  Nearby is  The Lodge at Bristol Harbour Resort with a spectacular view from its covered outdoor patio. Not only good food, but many claim this to be the best lake view in the Finger Lakes.  Other Finger Lakes outdoor deck/patio dining can be found at Simply Crepes in Canandaigua; Doc’s Lakeside Restaurant and also Rheinblick German Restaurant  located in historic downtown Canandaigua.  


The English Garden at Warfield's Restaurant

The English Garden at Warfield's Restaurant

You will  thoroughly enjoy dining in this park-like setting at the Warfield’s Garden in Clifton Springs. The English garden has a brick walkway which surrounds a pond, filled with oriental goldfish and water fountain. Gas lamps illuminate the gardens as well as the stone benches.  You can also enjoy a quiet lunch in the gardens at the High Noon Cafe located on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park.  A perfect day to tour the beautiful gardens at the mansion and then relax and enjoy a bite to eat at the cafe. 

From picnics to patios there are many fine restaurants in Ontario County in the Finger Lakes. Here’s a listing of  where you and your friends  can  eat outdoors!

Need a reason to come to the Finger Lakes besides the great food? Here’s fun and entertainment for the whole family.


July 25& 26Native American Dance and Music Festival at Ganondagan in Victor.

July 25 & 26  Waterfront Art Festival, Kershaw Park in Canandaigua

July 30-August 2  Phelps Sauerkraut Festival at Fireman’s Field