, located on Market Street in the heart of downtown Corning, opened its doors in 2007 as a wine and tapas bar and has since grown to a full service dining establishment known for innovative cuisine, an impressive wine list as well as a unique list of custom cocktails and a sultry vibe.
In the kitchen, Owner/Executive Chef, Michael Lanahan, creates modern fusion cuisine with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Michael has created relationships with over ten farms that provide produce and other ingredients for his menus. He and his team have thoughtfully crafted a wine list that features forty wines by the glass and over 100 by the bottle from all over the world, including many award-winning wines from the Finger Lakes.
For the past two years, The Cellar has received an “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator which awards restaurants with wine lists that offer a “well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.”
The cocktail list is equally impressive. The talented bartenders constantly mix up new and interesting martinis and cocktails using house-made infusions, herbs and spirits.
For Restaurant Week, Michael has created a delectable fall dinner menu. For appetizers, choose from a hearty Corn Chowder or a fresh mixed green salad with roasted beets, chevre, pumpkin seeds, and a Himrod grape vinaigrette. Dinner offers meat and vegetarian options – both of which include McKenzie Bourbon from Finger Lakes Distilling.
First up is Slow Roasted Pork Belly from Blue Heron Acres. It is served with smoked apple cheddar grits, garlic dinosaur kale, and a bourbon pan sauce. For the vegetarian option, Chef Michael has fancied up a mouth-watering combination of fall veggies including caramelized smoked carrots and McKenzie Bourbon glazed cipollini onions with a husk cherry chutney, Kubota squash puree, garlic dinosaur kale, and roasted pumpkin seeds.
Last, and certainly not least, is dessert – a decadent poached pear served alongside a scoop of homemade ginger ice cream.
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Located at the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars,
boasts a spectacular view of Seneca Lake and its vineyards. The setting is serene, warm and inviting. Architecturally, the dining room is a work of art with its cherry trim, cathedral ceilings, and stone fireplace – not to mention the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Aside from the natural beauty of the surroundings and the dining room itself, the cuisine offered at Veraisons is what makes it such a sought offer dining establishment in the region. Executive Chef Orlando Rodriguez creates innovative dishes incorporating fresh, local ingredients from farmers he has formed relationships over the years, some just right down the road. He even works with some farmers to grow specific produce exclusive to his menus.
Working alongside Orlando is Executive Sous Chef, Michael Wszolek, and Sous Chef, Sarah Hassler, both of whom have extensive knowledge and experience in the culinary world. They collaborate and share ideas for new menus and wine pairing dinners, each bringing their own style of cooking into the mix.
For Finger Lakes Restaurant Week, the team has come up with a three-course dinner menu that offers options for each course with ingredients from ten farms. For beet lovers, the Roasted Beet Soup must sound incredibly enticing for an appetizer. It is finished with a dollop of house made crème fraiche and a bit of celeriac slaw.
Out of the three entrée choices, one to note is the “Cassoulet,” composed of duck confit and local heirloom beans. A cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked classic dish from France’s Languedoc region consisting of white beans and various meats such as sausages, pork, duck, goose, or mutton. The combination of ingredients varies according to region. The dish is named after its original cooking vessel, the cassole, a deep, round earthenware pot. Judging by the nature of the dish and Veraisons spin on it, it sounds absolutely perfect for a crisp fall day.
To finish the evening, there are two desserts to choose from; a classic Carrot Cake with Morning Glory Cream Cheese icing, and Pear Tarte Tatin. Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart in which the fruit – traditionally apples – is caramelized in butter and sugar, layered in a shallow baking dish, covered with pastry dough placed on top and finally baked in the oven.
Prepare for some tough decisions as you peruse the dinner menu at Veraisons!
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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
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:
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October in Finger Lakes Wine Country is the perfect time to leaf peep. The most brilliant reds and oranges start to fill the landscapes adding to the already present yellow hues. Similar to September, October in the region means harvest and fall themed events, open houses, festivals and of course, endless Finger Lakes wine and local foods to enjoy.
Here are some events taking place this month to help you plan a weekend getaway:
Oct 5-6 | Hunt Country Vineyards
Annual Harvest Festival
Hunt Country’s Harvest Festival returns for the 24th year, October 5th and 6th. The festival is chock full of activities for the whole family to enjoy and the admission is free. Some highlights include cooking demonstrations and a full menu of delicious food prepared by culinary arts students, grape stomping, horse-drawn wagon rides, special cellar tastings with the winemaker, winery tours, new wine releases, live music, fine food purveyors and art vendors.
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Oct 12-13 | Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Columbus Day Weekend Two-Day Open House
The twelve farms of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail open up their doors to visitors to sample their cheeses, meet their animals and learn about the cheese making process. Admission is free. The Trail provides an interactive driving map to aid in planning routes. For more details,
Oct 12-14 | Glass Farmers Market at The Corning Museum of Glass
To celebrate fall, The Corning Museum of Glass hosts “Glass Harvest” annually, starting September and ending mid-November. The celebration includes a display of the world’s largest glass pumpkin, opportunities for visitors to make their own glass pumpkins at The Studio, Harvest Hunts throughout the museum to find fall-themed objects in the galleries as well as a Glass Farmers Market, October 12-14. The market offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to browse and choose from thousands of handmade glass pumpkins, apples and more at appealing price points. For more details,
Oct 25 | Monster Bash 2013 at the Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview
The Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview and Pembrook Pines Media Group are proud to present Monster Bash in 2013. This Halloween bash features live DJs and a costume contest with cash and prizes up to $1,000 in value. Attendees must be 21. Tickets are $10. For more details,
Oct 26 | Glentoberfest at The Glen
Watkins Glen International excitedly adds an inaugural “Glentoberfest” celebration to their events calendar this year. This Oktoberfest celebration features authentic German music, some of the finest regional and international beers and festival style cuisine. It will take place inside the heated NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage. Live music will be provided by Fritz’s Polka Band, out of Verona, NY. The band has been featured on “The Manchurian Candidate” as well as on the hit TV show “Breaking Bad.” Attendees must be 21. Tickets are $35.00 for adults and $20.00 for designated drivers. For more details,
Oct 28 - Nov 3 | Finger Lakes Restaurant Week
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Finger Lakes Wine Country presents Finger Lakes Restaurant Week, a one week celebration of the finest and freshest cuisine in the region at eleven participating restaurants. Chefs team up with neighboring farmers and winemakers to create locally sourced two-course prix fixe lunch menus and three-course prix fixe dinner menus at irrestible price points. Enjoy lunch for as low as $10 and dinner for as low as $25. Visit
for the latest updates, menus, locations, and hours for each restaurant.
The month of September in Finger Lakes Wine Country marks the start of harvest and the most popular time of year to visit the region. It is a wonderful and exciting time filled with fall-inspired festivals and events.
Here are some noteworthy weekend events taking place throughout September:
Sept. 6-8 | Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at The Glen
This Sportscar Vintage Racing Association event has been held at Watkins Glen International for the last 27 years. The Glen concludes its race season with this event each year, honoring the heritage of American Road Racing in Watkins Glen. There will be two “feature” races. On Saturday at 11 a.m., MGs compete for the 29th annual Collier Cup and Historic Trans-Am competes in the Governor’s Cup at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Gates open at 7 a.m. each day. Tickets are available for purchase at the gate or at the ticket office. Admission is $50 for the weekend or $35 for Sunday-only tickets. Kids and teens 19 and under are FREE. Reserved camping is also available for the weekend.
The races takes place in conjunction with the annual and ever popular reenactment of the original 6.6 mile race during the Grand Prix Festival in downtown Watkins Glen. More information→
Sept. 14-15 | Harvest Celebration of Food and Wine along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail
Experience the scents and sights of this exciting season. Enjoy the exquisite wines of Keuka Lake while sampling delicious dishes highlighting the region’s seasonal produce. It’s a fun time to learn from tasting room staff and to enjoy a first sip of recently released wines. Tickets range in price from $14-$25.
Sept. 14-15 | Leaves & Lobsters on the Lawn at Glenora Wine Cellars
Enjoy live music, a lobster bake, and autumn views on the lawn at Glenora Wine Cellars from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day. Lobster dinner ticket holders ($52.00) receive a whole Maine Lobster, steamed clams, salt potatoes, freshly picked sweet corn, cole slaw, rolls, homemade brownies, and iced tea. General Admission ticket holders ($15.00) may purchase food items a la carte. Bob’s Brothers Band will play each day from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the Vineyard Stage.
Sept. 15 | German Festival at Lucas Vineyards
Lucas Vineyards hosts the 16th Annual German Festival on Sunday the 15th from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy live music by The Enzia Bavarian Band and Dancers and other activities including grape stomping, grape pies, German food, alphorn and polka contest, balloon art and costumes throughout the day. Lucas Vineyard’s award winning Rieslings and Gewurztraminer will be highlighted at the festival. There is a cover charge of $5 and parking is free. Kids 12 and under are free.
Sept. 20-21 | Corning’s Gaffer District Harvest Music Festival
Corning’s Gaffer District and Elmira Savings Bank present the 18th annual Harvest Music Festival. Enjoy Finger Lakes wine and beer tastings, live music, food and fun for the whole family each day. On Friday, enjoy Finger Lakes wine and craft beer tastings from 5-8 p.m., a free concert in Centerway Square starting at 8 p.m. by Los Angeles-based jazz saxophonist Michael Lington, and a Scarecrow Contest. On Saturday, the Corning Farmers Market and a Carnival will take place from 11-5 p.m. in Riverfront Centennial Park. Starting at 5 p.m., Nashville recording artist and country music star, Billy Dean, will hit the stage in Centerway Square.
With only a handful of ingredients, each one delivers in this vibrant Tuscan Kale salad. The ingredients are simple, but certainly special. The dressing includes olive oil, garlic, pecorino cheese, lemon juice and zest, and roasted red pepper flakes. Combine it with the deep and earthy, almost nutty sweetness of tuscan kale (also known as lacinato or dinosaur kale) and you are in for a treat. Once it's prepared, all you need to do is grab your friends and a bottle of your favorite Finger Lakes Riesling and enjoy the delightful pairing.
1 bunch Tuscan Kale
1-2 garlic cloves – If you are a garlic lover, add more!
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus a pinch
1/4 cup grated pecorino cheese, plus additional for garnish
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly squeezed juice and zest of one lemon
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes – Add more at your discretion!
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Remove the kale leaves from the stems. Slice or tear the kale into small pieces. Place the kale in a large bowl. Using a mortar and pestle or a knife, pound or mince the garlic and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into a paste. Transfer the garlic to a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup pecorino cheese, 3 tablespoons oil, lemon juice and zest, pinch of salt, pepper flakes, and black pepper and whisk to combine. Pour the dressing over the kale and toss very well to coat the greens. Let the salad sit for 5 minutes, then serve with additional cheese and, of course, your favorite Finger Lakes Riesling.
Take a trip to your local farmers market and see what you can find. They make it easy to shop local and obtain the freshest produce of the season. You’re sure to find some of these lovely greens!
for an interactive map of regional farmers markets!
continues its annual celebration of garlic in 2013 during the first weekend in August. The festival dates this year are August 3rd and 4th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. This trademark event never disappoints and always draws immense crowds of garlic and wine enthusiasts because truly, who doesn’t love garlic? And secondly, who doesn’t love garlic and wine? Combine them with the magnificent location of Fox Run Vineyards overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake and the result is a joyous and delicious experience that cannot be beat.
The two-day festival includes a multitude of components from cooking demonstrations and garlic tastings to live music and entertainment and even a live flameworking demonstration by a flameworker from the Corning Museum of the Glass. The Fox Run Beverage Barn offers Fox Run estate wines by the glass as well as water and soft drinks. Admission and parking are free for the event. Many of the area’s top artisan garlic growers and chefs will be in attendance to offer garlic growing, storing, and cooking advice to festival goers. Tents filled with vendors from across the region are a staple at the festival. You can find anything from baked goods, local cheeses, flowers, vegetables, and coffee to art, pottery, jewelry, and more.
To ensure that you have your fill of garlic, acclaimed Chef Tony Gullace of Max Rochester will serve a menu of garlic-inspired foods that pair perfectly with Fox Run wines. The Tasting Room and the Café & Market will be open each day as well.
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Each summer, Glenora Wine Cellars welcomes reputable jazz musicians to their Vineyard Stage for the “
” summer concert series. The Vineyard Stage overlooks the lush vineyards and Seneca Lake – a perfect setting for an outdoor concert.
This year, the first concert of the series falls on Sunday, July 21st featuring the acclaimed acoustic guitarist, Peter White. This is his second appearance on the Vineyard Stage. Hailing from the UK, Peter maintains a reputation of one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists in the contemporary jazz scene. With great energy and lyricism, he combines elements of jazz, pop, and classical guitar to create a singular, yet accessible sound pleasing to all.
On August 18th, the Vineyard Stage excitedly welcomes “Jazz Funk Soul” featuring guitarist Chuck Loeb, keyboard giant Jeff Lorber, and Everette Harp on the saxophone. Well established in the contemporary jazz world, these three “greats” on the stage at once will make for a truly unbelievable afternoon. Jeff, a pioneer of the jazz fusion movement, combines traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk, and other electrified sounds. On guitar, Chuck champions contemporary jazz while Everette’s talents on the saxophone combine jazz, blues and gospel. It will be an amazing union of styles and talents.
For these events, the gates open at 12:00 p.m. with the concerts starting at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $28.00 and will go on rain or shine. There is plenty of lawn seating available for concert attendees and it is recommended to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic items although food and beverages including Glenora wines will be available for purchase all day.
Celebrate America’s birthday with not one, but four exciting days of fireworks displays!
Thursday, July 4
Corning Memorial Stadium,
: Fireworks follow a concert that begins at 8:30 p.m.
Clute Park, Watkins Glen: Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, July 5
Dunn Field, Elmira: Fireworks follow the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game, which starts at 7:05 p.m. The
host the Cooperstown Hawks. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.
Saturday, July 6
Champlin Beach, Hammondsport: The
fireworks start at 10 p.m.
, Interlaken: Annual BBQ Birthday Bash with fireworks at 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 7
Stewart Park, Ithaca: (Rescheduled from Monday.) Pre-show events start at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk.
July is a busy month in Finger Lakes Wine Country with various events, live music, and festivals happening each week – and of course, an endless supply of wine, food, and breathtaking views to go with. We have compiled a list of the must-attend events perfect for enjoying sweet summertime!
July 5 - Fulkerson Winery 24th Anniversary Party
July 5-7 - Sports Car Club of America Double Nationals at The Glen
July 6 - 2011 Tierce Riesling Release Party at Fox Run Vineyards
July 12-14 - Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen International
July 13-14 - Annual Elmira Street Painting Festival
July 21 - Glenora Jazz Greats at Glenora Wine Cellars
July 24 - Music, Margaritas & Sunsets with the Caribe Jazz Allstars on the Terrace at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art
July 27-28 - Alta B Weekend at Wagner Vineyards
July 27 - From Bach to Broadway Among the Barrels at Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard
July 28 - The Grapehound Wine Tour at Fulkerson Winery
Live music series are abundant at wineries during the summer months offering opportunities to enjoy the best regional musicians while taking in the gorgeous views of the vineyards and lakes. Here are some great options for live music throughout the region in July:
Café Happy Hour Series at Heron Hill Winery – Wednesdays 5-7
Music on the Blue Heron Café Terrace at Heron Hill Winery – Sundays 12:30-4:30
Pub Night at Wagner Vineyards – Fridays 8-11
Acoustic Newt at Red Newt Bistro – Thursdays 6:30-9
Tunes on the Terrace at Rooster Hill Winery – Sunday 7/7 2-4, Wednesday 7/24 7-9
for more live music and events!