Empty nesters embrace their newfound freedom in different ways. Some take up golf.
Get the details on the new bakery in Village Gate, Get Caked. Plus: a new permanent home for popular food cart Lettuce B. Frank, the Edible Book Festival, openings, and closings.
If you ever happen to embark on a label-studying spree like the one I've been on, you'll no doubt find yourself impressed with the creativity and gumption of some of your proverbial neighbors, fellow Western New Yorkers who are making a go of it in the world of edible goods. And, the smart practice of locavorism notwithstanding, all of these homegrown products can be quite inspiring to anyone who has batted around the idea of a little food business of their own.
If you've ever tried to corral your nearest and dearest for a restaurant meal, then you already know that factors like dietary restrictions, moral choices, and personal tastes can make deciding on someplace a total chore. Paula Catalano comes from a huge family that enjoys going out to eat, and she found that more often than not they'd wind up at one of the chains in an effort to make everyone happy.
Well, it's the elephant in the dining room, so let's acknowledge it. The building at 2833 Monroe Avenue has not had the greatest luck; recent history is littered with the names of restaurants — think Mundo Grill, PaRe, and the Monroe Diner — that have tried to make a go of it at that address.
Every January they strike, maybe in your neighborhood, too: roving troublemakers who break into my house, wash my clothes in scalding water, then throw them into the dryer on its hottest setting. How else to explain the increased snugness of my jeans?
"We worked really hard to make sure that when somebody walks in, they're like, 'Wow,'" Cameron Phelps said, perhaps unnecessarily, as I swooned over The Daily Refresher. The new entry into Alexander Street's Restaurant Row is utterly unrecognizable from its former incarnation as The Blue Room.
Thanks to our local grocery giant, we Rochester kids grew up understanding that cheese was something special. Where the rest of the supermarket felt utilitarian, with lighting more suited to an operating room, the international cheese section was hushed and moody, a posh little grotto in the middle of freaking Wegmans.
Is your holiday shopping list filled with hard-to-shop for food fans? Our Chow Hound profiles some local stores packed with gifts for the gourmand, griller, snacker, or aspiring chef in your life.
Meat and sleep
Throughout time, weary travelers have been able to procure meals and lodging at the same establishment, though the food can sometimes taste mostly of convenience. Ideally, the in-house restaurant should enhance a hotel's reputation; think Escoffier at London's Savoy, Ducasse at Monte Carlo's Louis XV, or Robuchon at Manhattan's Four Seasons.
The emerging food-truck scene tries to find its place in Rochester
After the phenomenal success of this year’s two Food Truck Rodeos at the Rochester Public Market, at this point it’s fair to say Rochester officially has a scene. The problem now is that, due to licensing and zoning issues, very few opportunities exist for the food trucks to operate downtown.
In this day and age, an online presence should be a priority for any business, especially a new restaurant hoping to persuade curious customers to spend their hard-earned money at an as-yet-unfamiliar place. Opa!
Banzai, Darn Good Cookie Co., and more
It seems as though a mere year is all that was necessary for the intersection of South Avenue and Gregory Street to establish itself as a potential hotbed of gastronomy. "I wanted to be part of that neighborhood," says Piranha Sushi Bar chef and co-owner Nic Grammatico, who recently debuted his latest venture just doors down from young spots like Zeppa, Cheshire, and Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream.
I stopped mid-sentence, absorbed by one of those across-a-crowded-room moments. My friend Jen saw where my attention was now directed, and she was a little intrigued as well.
Veritas Wine Bar, "Short Courses," Festival of Food, openings & more
You know, wine might be the original form of conscious eating. With a label full of details about things like vintage and varietals, few packaged products throughout history have been so transparent with regard to their origins.