Posts Tagged ‘grapes’

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!

Canandaigua Wine Trail~Just the Right Size

March 19, 2009
Morning Grapes on Canandaigua Lake hillside

Morning Grapes on Canandaigua Lake hillside

With over 200 wineries located in the Finger Lakes, you’ll find  the Canandaigua Wine Trail is the perfect size for a day of fun.  CWT is a collection of 7 unique wineries and wine centers, some large and some small,  found along the western edge of the world-famous Finger Lakes Wine Region in New York State. The trail features many outstanding wines, a variety of shops attractions and restaurants and some of the region’s most spectacular scenery overlooking beautiful Canandaigua Lake.  You’ll find more than just great wine!

Wine trail touring is only the beginning of your Finger Lakes experience. Make sure while you are here you soak up everything there is to see and do.  Events dot the calendar — year-round; grape pie is our tasty specialty — try a piece yourself!  Local art — reflecting the beauty of our region, our history, our architecture is on display, indoors and out. Make your trip along the Canandaigua Wine Trail something special. Sip our wines, savor our Finger Lakes Country lifestyle — and have fun. We know you’ll come back again and again!

Finger Lakes Food Find~Grape Pie

February 23, 2009
Scrumptious grape pie

Scrumptious grape pie

Yep, grape pie!  Ever had one?  The Finger Lakes is well-known for this great food find and delectable dessert.  Not only are our wines making headlines, but this unique food is too.  So just what is grape pie?  The history of grape pies begins with an excess of concord grapes as white wines became more popular in the Finger Lakes and some very creative culinary minds in Naples.

Today, perhaps the most notable piemaker in the Finger Lakes is Monica Schenk of Monica’s Pies in Naples, NY, featured many times on TV’s Food Network Food Finds.  Monica’s now offers over 25 different kinds of fruit pies (depending on what’s in season), quiches and even more…her chicken pot pies are the best!  What a great winter comfort food.

Grape Pies, tarts and Healthy Purple

Grape Pies, tarts and Healthy Purple

But there are many other local  piemakers proud of their grape pies too. Up on the hill on scenic road County Rd. 12, Jane Gentner of Gentner’s Valley View made grape pies that were served in the White House.  Close by is Arbor Hill Grapery, a unique little winery, which in addition to grape pies and tarts also makes pie fillings, Healthy Purple, gourmet wine sauces, jellies, jams, vinagrettes and more. 


Everything Grape in Naples
Everything Grape in Naples

For a true taste of everything “grape” in the Finger Lakes be sure to come to the Naples Grape Festival held every year in late September.  There are grapes everywhere, from pies, to tarts, to ice cream (yes, grape ice cream), local wines, grape stomping, everything purple you can imagine (the fire hydrants are even painted purple).

Come visit the Finger Lakes and be sure to put “eating grape pie” as a must do on your Finger Lakes itinerary today!