Archive for October, 2009

The Wonder of the Leaves~ Finger Lakes

October 28, 2009
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The Leaves and Colors in the Finger Lakes

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in the Finger Lakes.  We all enjoy the colors of autumn leaves. Did you ever wonder how and why a fall leaf changes color? Why a maple leaf turns bright red? Where do the yellows and oranges come from?

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Japanese Maple Leaf

Here is a quick review of what you may already know.  Leaves are nature’s food factories. The plants use sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and glucose. Oxygen is a gas in the air that we breathe. Glucose is a kind of sugar. Plants use glucose as food for energy and for growing. The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar is called photosynthesis–putting together with light. A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen. Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color.

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The Colors of Yellow and Orange

But as the summer ends and autumn comes, the days get shorter and shorter and the trees begin to get ready for winter. The trees will rest, and begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves. As the bright green fades away, then we begin to see the yellow and orange colors that have been in the leaves all along just covered up by the green chlorophyll.

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The Red Maple Leaf

The bright reds and purples we see in leaves are made mostly in the fall. In some trees, like maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops. Sunlight and the cool nights of autumn cause the leaves turn this glucose into a red color.

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The Oak Leaf Changes

The brown color of trees like oaks is made from wastes left in the leaves.

The leaves create the beauty of fall foliage in our region, but they are also the subject of many works of local art, agriculture and culinary delights.  

It is the combination of all these things that make the beautiful colors we enjoy in the fall and the experience of being in the Finger Lakes.  Plan a Finger Lakes Get Away now,  pack your bags, your camera and come drive  the Finger Lakes.

Another Great Finger Lakes Find!


Juniper Wins Slice, Dice & Spice NY 2009

October 26, 2009
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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!

Slice Dice and Spice NY Finals

October 22, 2009
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Did you realize that the Slice Dice and Spice NY finals will be held this Sunday at the New York Wine & Culinary Center? And that it is FREE and open to the public. 1 – 4 on Sunday October 25th. Questions? 585-394-7070

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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!