Local Food Sourced and Served in Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York

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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York pairs award-winning wines from it's over 100 wineries with the freshest of produce, meats, and cheeses. The bountiful harvest of vegetables and fruits, the best in dairy and meat and, of course, wine, culminates in gourmet cuisine at regional restaurants, eagerly showcasing local fare.

Finger Lakes Wine Country pairs award-winning wines from it's over 100 wineries with the freshest of produce, meats, and cheeses. The bountiful harvest of vegetables and fruits, the best in dairy and meat and, of course, wine, culminates in gourmet cuisine at regional restaurants, eagerly showcasing local fare.

Local Support for Local Produce

Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty (FLCB) links the region's farms, wineries, restaurants and small-scale processors. Established in 1999, FLCB is a volunteer organization that includes more than 125 farms, producers and restaurants that take regional pride to a new level by promoting the diverse range of locally grown produce and products to distributors, restaurants and catering companies in New York. The organization's goal is to create an extraordinary culinary experience for tourists and to contribute to the economic well-being of farms, food producers, wineries and the local community.

Gourmet Produce Grown in Finger Lakes Wine Country

From micro-producing cheese makers to organic small family farms, there is a smorgasbord of local produce available across Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Keuka Lake Coffee Roasters offers a wide selection of high quality gourmet coffee blends roasted and processed on the shores of Keuka Lake. Launched in 2004, co-owners Brian Friguliette and Susan Atkisson source small quantities of high-end coffee beans from Africa and Central America. Specialty blends include Harvest Spice Blend with maple and cinnamon, Scandinavian Blend with ginger and almond and Italian Chocolate Raspberry. Specialty food products include 'Java Rubs' and new 'Java Sprinkles' in a line called Java-Gourmet.

Java-Gourmet has received national recognition by the NASFT, the premier organization representing the specialty food trade. The Java Rub Sicilian Citrus was chosen as a Silver Finalist in the Outstanding Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product. The Java Rub is also being featured at the Chicago Fancy Food Show and final judging will occur at the NYC Fancy Food Show in June. Java-Gourmet products can be purchased locally in the Finger Lakes at many of the wineries and locally owned specialty shops as well as outside of the region throughout New York State and are also available online at http://www.keukalakecoffeeroasters.com.

Lively Run Goat Dairy is home to 100 Alpine, Nubian, Saanen and South African Boer goats, Lively Run was one of the first goat dairy producers in New York State, starting production in 1982. The dairy is best known for chevre in a variety of flavors (Fine Herb, Garlic and Pepper, Rose Pepper Corn), the unique Cayuga Blue goat cheese and feta. All cheese produced contains no preservatives, food colors or artificial colors. Lively Run Goad Dairy has been featured in Oprah and Food & Wine magazines.

McDonald Farm is a 220-acre certified organic, pasture-based, multi-species, small family farm is a prime example of Restorative Agriculture practice and follows the 'Clean Food Movement' philosophy -- absence of chemicals and antibiotics and a stress-free environment for animals. The symbiotic relationship between soil organic matter and mineral content coupled with ample sunshine, moisture and natural seed base ensures the most healthy, nourishing table meats, including chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, and pork. Tours are available by appointment to educate travelers about the farm's sustainable practices.

Sunset View Creamery opened in 2004 and has quickly become the place in Finger Lakes Wine Country to source outstanding pressed cheeses and curd. Monterey Jack cheese infused with cranberries or horseradish and cheddar curd mixed with Buffalo Wing sauce are regional favorites. These unique cheeses are now available at local wineries or can be ordered at http://www.sunsetviewcreamery.com.

Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese strives to produce premium quality cheese, handcrafted from locally produced milk, offering great taste and value to the consumer while supporting a family farm. Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese specializes in aged, raw-milk cheeses using milk from the family's 50-cow Holstein dairy. They use a traditional European-style artisanal process. The cheeses are handmade and are carefully aged for a minimum of 60 days. The cows graze during the summer season and are rBGH-free.

Finger Lakes Produce At Local Restaurants

Bully Hill Vineyards was the first small estate winery on Keuka Lake and bas become a cornerstone for the growth of the many estate wineries throughout the region. Bully Hill Restaurant, with its Eastern European style focuses on serving the freshest, seasonal ingredients. As a member of Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty, Bully Hill Restaurant owner and chef, Lillian Taylor, truly sees the value in local foods and prides herself on creating a wholesome, delicious and healthy menu for all to enjoy.

Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro is owned by husband and wife team Dave and Deb Whiting. Dave runs the award-winning Red Newt Cellars Winery, while Deb is the executive chef of the Red Newt Bistro. The bistro provides an ideal locale to pair Finger Lakes wines with regional produce. Deb creates a new menu every three weeks to make the most of fresh, seasonal local products. A late-August example features crepes filled with a garlic herb goat cheese, Swiss chard and blueberries served with a blueberry sauce as an appetizer, and an entree featuring grilled cornhusks filled with polenta, eggplant, roasted red peppers and mushrooms with marinara sauce. The Bistro not only prides itself on local cuisine, but also boasts one of the largest wine lists in the region with only Finger Lakes wines. http://www.rednewt.com

Sheldrake Point Vineyard & Simply Red Lakeside Bistro is under the direction of Executive Chef Samantha Izzo. While visiting Sheldrake Point Vineyards for a tasting of world-class wines, dining at the Simply Red Lakeside Bistro is a must. The Bistro serves savory American cuisine to compliment and accompany the best in New York State wine. In late spring, summer and early autumn, guests can dine on dishes featuring local produce on a covered deck overlooking manicured gardens, vineyards and Cayuga Lake.

Stonecat Café offers organic regional cuisine and deck-side dining overlooking Seneca Lake, in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. Since 1999, chef and owner Scott Signori has been smoking meats and fish to feature in his signature dishes -- smoked pulled pork barbecue and grilled wild Alaskan salmon. The restaurant also boasts tasty vegetarian treats and an extensive New York State wine list.

Veraisons at the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars offers home-grown experience with a high-class twist. Glenora Wine Cellars is one of the largest producers and most renowned wineries in the Finger Lakes Region. With the Inn and Veraisons Restaurant, Glenora is truly a destination all its own. Veraisons offers dining both indoors, surrounded by cathedral ceilings, a beautiful stone fireplace and magnificent views, or outside, on a lake view terrace. Veraisons Executive Chef, Orlando Rodriguez has a background is Classical French Cuisine. At present his focus for Veraisons is Regional Cuisine. Orlando has done excellent research to source many quality local purveyors, creating seasonal menus that reflect Finger Lakes finest. http://www.glenora.com

For more information on Finger Lakes Wine Country including our new travel guide please visit http://www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com or call 800-813-2958.

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