Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall Food and Wine Pairing Experiences

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October and November are filled with harvest and fall-themed multi-course wine dinners. These dinners are a unique way to be immersed in the food and wine culture in the region as farmers, chefs, and winemakers collaborate to showcase their products in a wonderful synergy of flavors.

Aside from these dinners, Finger Lakes Restaurant Week offers a similar dining experience. The week-long celebration kicks off October 28th through November 3rd. Local chefs from

eleven restaurants

in the region - some included below - will team up with neighboring farmers and winemakers to create two and three-course menus at irresisitible price points for visitors and residents to enjoy. Visit the speial


for more details about this delicious week.

Take a peek at the various dinners happening this fall:



Harvest Dinner at Glenora Wine Cellars

Join the culinary team at Veraisons Restaurant for a Harvest Dinner celebrating fall and harvest in the Finger Lakes. Executive Chef Orlando Rodriguez, Executive Sous Chef Michael Wszolek, and Sous Chef Sarah Hassler have collaborated to create a “Nose to Tail” dining experience. The team will strive to utilize a locally sourced, whole pig in five delicious courses featuring fresh produce with perfectly paired wines. A sparkling wine reception with light hors d’oeuvres will begin the evening at 5:00 p.m.followed by the dinner, which will be served outside at a communal harvest table amidst the fall foliage. The cost is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity and reservations are required by calling 1-800-243-5513. Menu


Remembrance Farm Dinner at Hazelnut Kitchen

Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg has teamed up with farmers from Remembrance farm to create a delicious four-course wine pairing dinner us­ing fresh ingredients right from the farm. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 607.387.4433.


Up in Smoke Wine Dinner at Knapp Winery

Chef John McNabb of Knapp Vineyard Restaurant has created a five-course dinner with local ingredients he has smoked himself including meats, fish, vegetables, and even cheese. Each course will be paired with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. The cost is $74.90 per person which includes tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made online


or by calling 800-869-9271. Menu


Fall Demonstration Cooking Class Dinner at Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine

Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine will host a Fall Demonstration Cooking Class from 6:00-9:00 p.m., which includes a three-course dinner with produce harvested from their own on-site garden. They are harvesting peppers, beets, tomatoes, arugula, late summer squash, zucchini, radishes, garlic, onions, rosemary, thyme, chives, basil, dill, cilantro, sage, oregano, tarragon, parsley, eggplant, and more. Other ingredients for the dishes will come from area farmers including, but not limited to, Six Circles Farm, Muddy Fingers Farm, Remembrance Farm, Autumns Harvest Farm, Lively Run Dairy, and Vanillen Dairy. The cost is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Wine pairings are available for an additional $15. Reservations are required by calling 607-582-7545 or emailing



Blind Harvest Dinner at Charlieu0026#39u003Bs Cafe

Charlie’s Café in Elmira hosts its 2nd Annual Blind Harvest Dinner, a truly unique experience that will tantalize your taste buds. The culinary team will serve a gourmet dinner in complete darkness. Cocktail hour starts at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $55 per person including tax and gratuity or $75 per person with wine pairings. Reservations are required by calling 607-733-0440.


Harvest Celebration Winemakeru0026#39u003Bs Dinner at Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars host their annual Harvest Dinner featuring a fabulous five-course menu using fresh and local, seasonal ingredients crafted by Chef Stephanie Holzbaur of Serendipity Catering. The dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 607-582-6011.


Hermann J. Wiemer Wine Dinner at Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine

Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine celebrates their last evening of service for the season by hosting a delectable five-course dinner with fabulous wine pairings from Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards. The dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and costs $95 per person, not including tax and gratuity, and $65 per person without the wine pairings. Reservations can be made by calling 607-582-7545.


Top Five Wine Dinner at Knapp Winery

The Vineyard Restaurant at Knapp Winery will host a Top Five Wine Dinner featuring customer favorites from past wine dinners.  This wine dinner is a most flavorful collection of dishes from Seafood, Garlic, Comfort Food, Completely Sauced and Silk Road wine dinners. Reservations can be made by calling 800.869.9271.


A Taste of Fall Wine Dinner at Americana Vineyards

The culinary team at the Crystal Lake Café at Americana Vineyards will host their first five-course tasting dinner from 6:00 to 9:00 p .m. in the winery’s small barn. Each of the seasonal courses will be paired with one Americana Vineyards wine, spirit, cider or beer from other local producers. Vegetarian and gluten –free options will be available. The cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 888-600-8067.

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