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
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:
Chef Michael Bommelje – Warfield’s Restaurant, in Clifton Springs
Chef Kate Elliott – Juniper, in Buffalo
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!
Tomorrow 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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
On 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.
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.
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.
Lace up your boots, clip in your shoes and get going! Experience, explore and enjoy four seasons of adventure in New York’s Finger Lakes. Eleven crystal clear lakes along with the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario are resources for family fun, water activities and spectacular views and vistas. The new Finger Lakes Hiking and Biking Trail Kit includes great hiking and biking ideas, maps and directions and even suggestions for places to eat and visit nearby. You can call this numberl (toll-free) 877-386-4669 or email us here to get your Ontario County starter kit. In the meantime, here are some of the most popular trails in Ontario County:
Hiking – Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial Recreation Area, Honeoye High in the hills between Canadice and Honeoye Lakes, you will enjoy spectacular views of Honeoye and the Rochester skyline
Hiking – Ontario Pathways in Phelps and Canandaigua Once an abandoned railroad line, this volunteer maintained countryside trail now has a canopy of trees and is an ideal location for birdwatchers and snowshoeing.
Biking – The Bristol Hills, Canandaigua These steep-sided valleys, wooded hilltops and sprawling vineyards provide a backdrop for some of the most stunning scenery in the Finger Lakes! printable biking cues for this trail
Here’s another Great Finger Lakes Find for you–check out the Footprint Press for a series of trail books on hiking trails, water trails, biking trails, cross country ski trails and even waterfall trails that are located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Order a book here or read their outstanding blog here.
As always, for a complete listing for all the fun things there are to see and do in Ontario County, Finger Lakes go to VisitFingerLakes.com.
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.
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.
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
Attention 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/
The 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.
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?