Thursday, October 31, 2013

FLX Restaurant Week: Ginny Lee Café at Wagner Vineyards

The Ginny Lee Café

is located at Wagner Vineyards on Seneca Lake. Wagner Vineyards is an ideal spot for diners along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail for the well-rounded experience it offers. The property offers visitors the option to taste wines and beers made on-site, enjoy a relaxing lunch in the Café, or marvel at the view of vineyards and Seneca Lake.

Ginny LeeThe Ginny Lee Café opened in 1983 under the idea that the addition of a restaurant would introduce guests to the affinity of wines and food. The Café offers a variety of fresh menu items that complement and enhance the award-winning estate wines of Wagner Vineyards and craft-brewed beers of Wagner Valley Brewing Company. The restaurant is also a popular place for weddings, receptions, and tour groups each year.

Heading the kitchen at the Ginny Lee is Chef Vachel Mitchell, known as “Chef Mitch” by many. He has been the Executive Chef since 2004 and has an extensive background in the culinary industry.  Chef Mitch learned to cook from his father and followed in his footsteps by becoming a chef. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park and has worked as Executive Chef at seven different restaurants.

describe the imageChef Mitch and his team have participated in Finger Lakes Restaurant Week since its inception and have expressed excitement in the fact that the variety of produce available has steadily increased over the years, making Restaurant Week menu building more exciting.

Since the Café only serves lunch, Chef Mitch likes to create his menus in a style that allows visitors to relax and enjoy a leisure lunch of many fresh options. For Restaurant Week, his menu features daily specials featuring 100% Finger Lakes ingredients. The specials change depending upon the demand and availability of ingredients.

A few options that can be expected this fall are French Tomato Soup made from local tomatoes with a rich herb broth, croutons and a local cheese or a Mixed Finger Lakes Green Salad topped with local pulled chicken and Wagner Vineyards red wine vinaigrette. More than likely, an American Wagyu Burger will appear on the menu. High quality, Kobe style Wagyu ground beef is cooked to order and served on a locally baked roll with mixed greens as a garnish. 

The Ginny Lee is the perfect place to stop and enjoy a fresh midday lunch while out cruising the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, especially during Restaurant Week.

Menu | Call 607-582-6450 for reservations

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