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Food and Wine- Well-Crafted

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

PHOTO/ Carole Topalian

According to Elbert Hubbard “Art is not a thing, it is a way,” and during the upcoming Roycroft Arts and Crafts Conference that will be exemplified through two food and wine events.  Both the “Well Crafted” Wine Tasting and Dinner will highlight unique ingredients from their origins and creation to preparation and how we indulge.

Opening the weekend events on Thursday October 18th will be “A Well Crafted Wine Tasting.” It will be held at The Roycroft Power House and will feature a variety of wines that are not your typical pinot grigio or cabernet.    The wines highlighted will include uncommon varietals and blends and countries of origin from Africa to New Zealand. Accompanying the wines will be a tasting of olive oils from around the world.  The cost per person is $30.

On Saturday October 20th, the “Well Crafted Dinner” will highlight the ideas of self-sustainable, environmentally-friendly and organic food sources.  The evening will include special presentations by Robin Ross of Arrowhead Spring Vineyards who will discuss their  environmental philosophy on grape growing to produce a world class wine. Trystan Sandvoss, Founder of First Light Farm, will explain their approach and philosophy in making their artisanal cheese and dairy products.  Completing the conversation will by Mary Jo Graham, Environmentalist and Naturalist, who will share the concepts of self-sustainable, environmentally-friendly and organic food sources.  The meal will be specially prepared from locally harvested fruits and vegetables, and free range chicken. It will surely be a relaxing and informative evening while enjoying a meal the way food was meant to be made, the well-crafted way. The cost person is $45.

As part of East Aurora’s “Well Crafted Weekend” there will be many food and wines events through the village including the East Aurora Farmers market on Saturday 9am-1 pm, fresh baked artisan breads at the Elm St. bakery and at the East Aurora Food Cooperative Market you can learn more about co-op markets and how to support our local producers.  And, let’s not forget, it’s Local Restaurant Week with EA restaurants offering specials at $20.12.

For more information on the “Well Crafted” Wine Tasting and Dinner and the Roycroft Campus Arts and Crafts Conference or to make a reservation, visit their RCC website at www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com  or call The Copper Shop Gallery at 716.655.0261.

The Conference is sponsored by Style 1900, Boston Valley Terra Cotta and Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel.  The Roycroft Conference events can be purchased separately or as a package.  Accommodations for overnight guest are available at The Roycroft Inn.

Post courtesy of the Roycroft Campus Corporation

9th Annual World On Your Plate Forum To Be Held Saturday, October 13

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The 9th Annual World on Your Plate food forum kicks off Friday, October 12 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and continues Saturday, October 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Daemen College’s Charles J. Wick center, 4380 Main Street, Amherst.

Friday night begins with a screening of, “Farmageddon,” the documentary that highlights the plight of the American family farm, the urgency for food freedom, the importance of taking action to preserve individuals’ rights to access safe food of and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely. Viewers will enjoy movie treats provided by local bakeries, vendors and caterers. A moderated discussion will follow the film.

Saturday’s program includes two exciting guest presenters. At 9 am, Brendan Brazier, will begin the day with his keynote address. Brazier is one of only a few professional athletes in the world whose diet is 100 percent plant-based. He’s a professional Ironman triathlete, bestselling author of The Thrive Diet and creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition, Brazier is a guest lecturer at Cornell University and teaches an eCornell course called The Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism.

Following the first workshop session of the day, and a delicious, healthy, locally-grown organic lunch, Mark Kastel, Co-director of the Cornucopia Institute will present. The Cornicopia Institute is dedicated to supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture and provides research and information to consumers, family farmers, and the media. Mr. Kastel has played a key role in a number of cooperative ventures designed to empower farmers in the marketplace and his development work has focused on creating sustainable farmer-owned businesses with an emphasis on dairy production and marketing.

World On Your Plate offers participants their choice of three workshop sessions on Saturday including Cooking demos; What you need to know about GMO’s; Raw Chocolate; Superfoods; Japanese Gardens as Event Spaces; The Yoga of Food, Dirty, Sexy Greens; Homepathy; Hydrofracking in NYS; Sprouting; Natural Pet Wellness and more!

In addition, WOYP offers a Saturday Youth Conference: World In Your Backyard, a full-day of interactive, informative, and inspiring workshops for youth, ages 10 to 16.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable and healthy living practices and will be encouraged to go local, think global and be healthy. The Youth Program will also include attending the World on Your Plate conference to hear keynote speaker Brendan Brazier, as well as attending cooking classes and workshops with Dave Bauer, president of Sustainable Earth Solutions, Inc. and Mary Hughes, Naturalist with the Tifft Nature Preserve, who will present, “Wild Edibles.”

 World on Your Plate concludes with a social hour for people to network, discuss the day and enjoy the entertaining music of the popular AW Jazz Quartet as well as more tasty, local food, cider and snacks.

 Cost is $25 for adults who pre-register and $30 at the door. Youth are admitted free with a paying adult. Students with ID are admitted free but must pre-register. Registration includes Friday night film and food and Saturday programs, organic lunch, and ongoing access to local vendors and information tables.

This is an event that will appeal to people who are passionate about locally grown and raised food, health, sustainability and other food and farming issues.

For more information or to register, visit www.worldonyourplate.org or contact Jordana Halpern at WOYPinfo@gmail.com.

Post courtesy of Jordana Halpern

New York Farms & Artisan Producers Showcased in Capitol Hill

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Senator Gillebrand with Upstate Farms.

For the last 11 years, New York State Senator’s have hosted a NY Farm Day in DC as an opportunity to show off our state’s breadth of agriculture. This year Senator Kirsten Gillebrand hosted the event and as the first NY Senator to sit on the Senate Ag Committee in more than 40 years, it was apropos.

We had the lucky opportunity to attend the event and take part in all of the delicious fun! We got to sample everything from NYS wine ice cream and cheese to Long Island oysters and vodka (distilled from NYS potatoes!). Western New York was represented with both Upstate Farms and Welch’s Grape Cooperative each having very large displays. We were very excited to finally meet the folks from Tuthilltown Spirits, one of NY State’s most successful artisan distillers and the folks from Local Ocean, a sustainable fish farming project in the Hudson Valley.

Farm educators were also in attendance with Cornell Cooperative Extension showing off their latest raspberry and blackberry varieties.

The reception wasn’t the only thing happening in the Capitol that day. On our flight down we ran into Tony Andolina from Andolina Farms in Brant. Tony was in DC representing Erie County Farm Bureau at the Farm Bill rally happening later that morning. Hosted by the American Farm Bureau, several hundred farmers and farm advocates rallied on the Capitol to show their frustration with Congress not acting on the farm bill. Unfortunately the rally was a little too late as Congress has since neglected to pass the bill, leaving it to expire on September 30 with serious implications for farmers and consumers. More on that here.

While at the NY Farm Day reception, we met Jo Anne Cloughly, Department Chair for the Agriculture and Food Management Department and Associate Professor Culinary Arts at SUNY Cobleskill who was kind enough to share her recipe for Rustic Applecake with Honey Lemon Yogurt Sauce. YUM!

 

The cake, on display.

Rustic Apple Cake with Lemon Honey Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • juice and zest of half lemon and one half orange
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and cored- one diced, one sliced- kept separate
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  •  ¼ cup warm honey

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan with removable bottom. Add the apple pieces and slices into separate small bowls and squeeze the lemon and orange juices over them; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Toss in the lemon zest and  mix it into the flour mixture. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until creamy (about 5 minutes). Slowly fold in the olive oil and the yogurt.

Mix well. Add flour mixture into the yogurt mixture a half up at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix well after every addition. Mix the diced apple pieces into the batter. Pour the batter into prepared pan. Arrange the apple slices over the batter. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar and thin pats of butter on top of the cake. Bake for about 45-55 minutes, or until skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for about 20 minutes before removing from cake pan. Brush with honey.

Best served warm or room temperature.

Yogurt Honey Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup honey (lemon honey works well)
  • ½ t lemon zest

Directions:

Blend together and serve over top of cake.

Colors of Chautauqua Learning Festival Explores the Natural and Cultural Landscape of Southwestern New York

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Along a road in Amish Country. Photo/CCVB

The new Colors of Chautauqua fall learning festival, October 5-21, 2012, in Chautauqua County, NY celebrates both the brilliant colors of the season as well as the culture of lifelong and leisure learning in southwestern New York State. Many of the workshops offered explore the natural and cultural nuances of this southwestern New York region.

Several workshops study the landscape through the perspective of canvas or lens. Participants will learn about color theory, composition, how to identify good landscapes as well as create movement through painting with instructors Audrey Dowling on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution and Thomas Annear overlooking the vineyards at Johnson Estate Winery. The grounds of Chautauqua include a beautiful lake, charming Victorian houses, landmark buildings, a small bubbly creek in a picturesque ravine, boats stacked on the shore, trees in full fall glory, fall gardens and many other choices as subjects. Along Lake Erie, the escarpment provides grand views and a spectacular lake backdrop, while the vineyards overlay a grid work across the rolling lake plane. The basics of photography will be taught using vineyards and landscapes as inspiration with James Hoggard, or the ancient, 12,000 year-old Allenburg Bog with nature photographer Gary Cuckler.

Beneath the landscape lies soil rich in both history and nutrients. Rainbows End Herb Farm and Green Heron Growers will offer workshops using herbs grown in the region, teaching about the plants, how to harvest and use them to their fullest potential with preparation of foods and herbal medicines. At Jamestown Community College, educators from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy will offer instruction on using free software to improve habitat for birds and wildlife. Participants will plan a garden while learning about their own property and about becoming stewards for the watershed. The workshop, “Creating Habitat”, will introduce participants to a new social media tool called YardMap, designed to allow users to map their yards while sharing their interests in gardening, landscaping and wildlife watching with others.

Many of the workshops will be presented as tours and or talks. The Lifelong Learning Center at SUNY Fredonia will offer the chance to take a tour of Amish country and meet members of the region’s Old Order Amish community with stopovers at a blacksmith, quilt shop, toy factory and bake stand. At Johnson Estate Winery, Wholesale Manager Bob Dahl will lead a bicycle tour with lake vistas inAmerica’s Grape Country, visiting three of the region’s wineries along the way. In Jamestown and Fredonia, the Fenton History Center and Festivals Fredonia both offer tours through historic cemeteries where costumed and knowledgeable guides will tell stories of the residents buried within. Well-known authors and divers, Mike and Georgann Wachter will present a talk about the pristine and perfectly preserved shipwrecks that occurred on Lake Erie where a sunken treasure of history lies along the bottom. There is even a whiskey seminar at Webb’s Captain’s Table featuring five whiskeys from New York State.

Descriptions of all the workshops offered during the Colors of Chautauqua can be found on the Chautauqua County Visitors’ Bureau website calendar as well as in a downloadable version of the program guide. Both are available at http://www.tourchautauqua.com. Registration information is also available online or by calling 866-908-4569.

Colors of Chautauqua is a learning festival promoted by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and held in collaboration with Chautauqua Institution, Jamestown Community College’s Center for Continuing Education, SUNY Fredonia’s Center for Lifelong Learning, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Economic Planning and Economic Development, as well as area businesses including Webb’s Resort, Johnson Estate Winery, Portage Hill Gallery, and Camp Chautauqua. ChautauquaCounty is located in the southwestern corner of New York State with New York’s largest grape growing region, five lakes, Victorian and Amish communities, and Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown. For more information and a schedule of vacation learning events during the Colors of Chautauqua as well as throughout the year, call 1-866-908-4569 or visit the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureauwebsite at http://www.tourchautauqua.com.

 

Post courtesy of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau.

 

Pigs, Peaches, Garlic…And Photos!

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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Check out our photos from the Singer Farm Naturals summer cookout, which was held this past Saturday. The cookout sent those who came out for the festivities home with bellies full of pulled pork, peaches and garlic- as well as heads full of knowledge from free informative talks.

Proceeds from the event benefitted Field & Fork Network, a local non-profit organization dedicated to building a thriving local food system in WNY.

A Midsummer’s Night Picnic To Introduce Neil E. Garvey Foundation

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

From the Neil E. Garvey Foundation:

The friends and family of Neil Garvey are proud to introduce the Neil E. Garvey Foundation for the Arts. During his life, Neil Garvey fought tirelessly to help the theaters of Buffalo and Western New York, knowing that a strong community depends on a strong cultural component. The Neil E. Garvey Foundation for the Arts intends to continue that mission, to foster local theaters through fundraising initiatives, to build awareness for the many artistic endeavors throughout Western New York, and in turn to make Western New York a better place to live.

To properly introduce the Neil E. Garvey Foundation for the Arts, we are proud to announce our first fundraising initiative, the Midsummer Night’s Picnic! This event will take place at The Marcy Casino in Delaware Park on July 26, 2012, starting at 5pm. Join us for plenty of food, drinks and a celebration of the arts in Western New York. More information can be found at www.neilegarveyfoundation.com and tickets may be purchased by calling the Shakespeare in Delaware Park offices at (716) 856-4533.

Taste of Summer at Perry Chalk Art Festival

In Uncategorized on July 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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Visitors to the 2012 Perry Chalk Art Festival can rest assured that both their fine art and their fine foods requirements will be fully met with the return of “Taste of Summer” to this year’s event. Taste of Summer takes place in downtown Perry from noon to 3pm on July 14th. Festival-goers can sample succulent seasonal dishes inspired by local, in-season ingredients simply by purchasing “Taste” tickets at participating restaurants and other outlets.

Jacquie Billings Barlow of the Hole in the Wall Restaurant and Lounge is the event coordinator. “This year’s Taste of Summer features seven restaurants, two wineries, and an herbal tea maker,” states Billings Barlow. “We’ve also expanded our event by an hour to better accommodate our guests and chalk artists.”

According to Barlow, a $1 Taste ticket purchases a sample of each dish. “For your ticket, you will get a one or two bite meal from each chef. We’ll have appetizers, main dishes, sides and desserts, with each dish showcasing the signature design of its culinary creator. It’s an exciting opportunity for diners to experience the work of our region’s most talented chefs in one beautiful and festive outdoor setting.”

Participating restaurants include the Hole in the Wall Restaurant and Lounge, Piffard’s Yard of Ale, Natural Oasis of Rochester, Questa Lasagna and Rainy Days Café and Bakery in Mount Morris, The Club at Silver Lake, and the Glen Iris Inn of Castile. Samples of locally made beverages will be available from Lakewood Vineyards, Standing Stone Vineyards and from Garden Faerie Creations, an herbal tea maker.

Perry designer Scott Safford will return to enhance the tented event with festive elements, and the elegant setting will be complete with a musical performance by Derek Rechberger.

“I have personally experienced the culinary talents of these chefs,” states Billings Barlow, “and know that you will enjoy what they create for the Taste of Summer!”

Pre-sale tickets are available at $15 for 20 Taste tickets at participating restaurants, at the Perry Town Hall, and on-line via PayPal at www.perrychalkfestival.com ($.75 surcharge per ticket applies). Tickets can also be purchased at $20 for 20 tickets on the day of the event.

The Perry Chalk Art Festival will be held from 8:30am to 4:00pm in downtown Perry, New York on July 14th. Festival-goers can enjoy the temporary outdoor works of an estimated 35 professional artists, cheer on teen artists competing for prizes, marvel over the creations of the featured chalk artist or chalk their own square in the Festival’s Chalk Quilt.

There will be music from Kelly’s Old Timers, Creek Bend and Emerald Isle, demonstrations, projects and activities for kids and delicious homegrown produce and unique gifts at the extended Farmers’ Market and Perry Public Market. Other dining options, including the Perry United Methodist Church Chicken Barbecue and many food vendors will also be available.

For more information about all the events taking place at the festival, please visit www.perrychalkfestival.com, contact Meghan Hauser at 585-237-5375 or email celebrate@lastnightperry.com.

This special event is made possible through generous contributions from the Village and Town of Perry, from the Perry Chamber of Commerce and from local businesses, volunteers and organizations. The event was also was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Post, photos courtesy of Meghan Hauser.

First Earth Bowl Festival To Take Place Saturday, June 30 In Grand Island, NY

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

The first Earth Bowl Festival will take place Saturday, June 30, 4-7 pm, overlooking the scenic Niagara River, at the Riverside Salem United Church of Christ Environmental Cottage on Grand Island, NY. The afternoon features music by local singers Nan Hoffman, Joe Tumino and the Bloodthirsty Vegans. There will be food demos, film screenings, plant sale, games, family activities and more. People will be invited to walk the unique Labyrinth that is marked by rocks from around the world, enjoy woodland trails, and visit the only Straw Bale building on Grand Island, constructed with green materials such as earth, straw, sand, bamboo, wood and recycled glass.

A delicious, vegetarian dinner including entrees, salads, breads and desserts, with vegan, wheat free and dairy free options will be served in beautifully designed, hand-thrown artisan bowls, created by potter George Schaeffer and six local potters. Once the meal has ended, the bowls will be sent home with diners who can continue to enjoy using them.

Earth Bowl Festival is a fundraiser to help support the 9th annual World on Your Plate, a community food forum that seeks to restore the earth by promoting sustainability for farmers, farm workers, and consumers alike; advance education and action on issues of food safety, security, and sovereignty; and create a table where all are welcome. World on Your Plate takes place October 12 and 13 at Daemen College in Amherst, NY and will feature keynote speakers Mark Kastel, Co-Director of the Cornucopia Institute, the country’s premier industry watchdog, as well as Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathalete and creator of Vega nutritional foods.

Tickets for the event are $40/adult, and includes dinner, concert, all activities and games, and a unique bowl. Children under 12 may attend for $10, but no bowl is included. The concert begins at 4 p.m., and dinner will be served around 5:00 p.m. The church is located at 3449 West River Road and parking is available along the road.

For more information, contact June Licence at 716-773-1426 or jlicence@acsu.buffalo.edu or Eveline Hartz at 716-741-8815 or aehartz@roadrunner.com.

To reserve your space, send payment by check to RSUCC and indicate WOYP – Earth  Bowl on the memo line. Please send payment to RSUCC, PO Box 207, Grand Island, 14072-0207.

Post courtesy of  Jordana Halpern Geist

Western New York Land Conservancy to host 21st Annual Meeting at McCollum Orchards

In Uncategorized on April 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy will hold their 21st annual meeting and reception at McCollum Orchards & Home in Lockport on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 6 p.m to 9 p.m.

McCollum Orchards & Home is a historic 100-acre property nestled in the City of Lockport NY. Established in 1832 by brothers Hiram and Joel McCollum, two of Lockport’s founding fathers, the farm has provided apples, pears, vegetables and even ice to WWI soldiers, historic dignitaries and generations of New Yorkers. In 2011, the sixth generation, Rich & Bree Woodbridge, returned to revitalize this unique place with new crops and renovations. The farm will re-open for business in summer 2012 and will offer vegetables and fruits, including heirloom apples and pears. Seven varieties of hops will also be offered, a crop new for the farm and Niagara region. Rich & Bree were recently selected for the Northeast Organic Farming Association-NY Journeyperson Program, a two-year program offering educational support and mentorship for farmers in their first two years of independent farming. To register, or for more information please call (716) 687-1225 or visit www.wnylc.org.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is a regional, not-for-profit land trust that permanently protects landwith significant conservation value in Western New York,  for the benefit of future generations. We envision a future in which natural areas, working farm lands, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty are cherished and protected as part of the landscape and character of Western New York. The organization is one of 1,700 land trusts nationwide, including 90 in New York State, which have protected 40 million acres over the last 20 years.

Yelp’s All-Local Wine & Cheese Tasting at City Wine Merchant

In Uncategorized on March 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Despite the chillier temperatures, the community came out in great spirits for Yelp’s All-Local Wine & Cheese Tasting at City Wine Merchant in downtown Buffalo last Thursday. Yelp, a popular website for localized business and restaurant reviews, gathered together several purveyors for a fun, informal evening.

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, located on the Niagara Wine Trail, brought out a selection of their great locally-made wines. I sampled the 2009 Red Meritage, which I found to be quite intense- but in a good way. I could see it pairing well with a pork dish. Edible Buffalo’s editor, Michelle Blackley, sampled both the 2009 Chardonnay and the 2008 Vidal Ice Wine. The Vidal was a dessert wine which she noted was quite “citrusy.”

The wines from Arrowhead Spring paired well with the sweet and savory selections offered up by the other businesses in attendance. Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile, which just opened on Elmwood Avenue this week, provided a preview of their cheeses. We sampled a three-cream brie as well as a goat’s milk gouda cheese, and both were delicious. The three-cream brie especially, when paired with Five Points Bakery’s rye bread offering.

Tuscany on Main, who also just opened up a location on Elmwood Avenue, offered up a selection of different olive oils and vinegars. The selections were unique- lime olive oil, raspberry balsamic vinegar and feta-stuffed olives, which went well with several of the different Arrowhead wine selections.

The tasting was a great event with a special focus on Western New York businesses. City Wine Merchant hosts tastings, wine classes and private parties often- for more on the store, and to check out their calendar of events visit them at citywinemerchant.com.

Contributed by Katelynn Padowski

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