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Library director ‘takes the cake’ in culinary competitions

Meg Van Patten makes a mean cake. She has proven so time and time again, not just with family and friends, but by winning year after year in culinary competitions at the Great New York State Fair. The Baldwinsville Public Library director boasts more than 50 ribbons ranging from Honorable Mention to First Place.

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You are what you eat?

Fayetteville woman raising awareness about food allergy walk; proceeds will go to research

From the time she was 11 months old, Lindsey Stoppacher’s oldest daughter, Harper, did not like the taste of peanuts.

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Local five-year-old offers lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer this Saturday

Five-year-old Morrisville resident Jeremiah Rutkowski was in the grocery store recently when he saw a little girl with no hair. Wondering why she decided to be hairless, he asked his mother, Brandy Rutkowski, about it. Brandy explained that the girl probably had cancer and that the medicine she has to take for the cancer makes her body weak and her hair fall out. When Jeremiah heard this, he wanted to help. The Rutkowskis decided to open a lemonade stand at their house on Route 20 in Morrisville this Saturday, Aug 16, in hopes that people who go to the Madison Bouckville Antique Show will stop by for a cup of lemonade and a snack of zucchini bread and/or lemon cupcake, and help Jeremiah in his quest to raise $300 for childhood cancer research.

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Cazenovia wine continues to receive accolades

Owera wins three medals at state fair, Wine Spectator magazine recognizes local restaurants

Wine producers and wine purveyors in Cazenovia have a history of receiving recognition and awards for their high quality products — and the trend shows no signs of stopping. In recent weeks, Cazenovia’s only winery received three medals at the 2014 New York State Fair and two village restaurants were recognized by Wine Spectator magazine for the quality of their wine lists.

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Taste of Cazenovia to be held at Willow Bank Yacht Club

More sponsors, increased participants scheduled for this year’s annual event

The gourmand, the oenophile, the epicurean, the zymurgist — whatever the label for people who love good food and drink, they all will be happy on Sept. 9, when the annual Taste of Cazenovia event returns. This year, for the first time ever, the event will be held at the Willow Bank Yacht Club.

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Meadowood Farms wins two awards at 2014 American Cheese Society

Meadowood Farms has two new additions to its awards collection, after its “Ledyard” and “Strawbridge” sheep’s milk cheeses last week received honors at the 2014 America Cheese Society annual competition in Sacramento, Calif.

Empire Brewing Company to make official New York State Fair beer

"State Fair Showstopper Ale" to premiere at state fair on Aug. 21

The Great New York State Fair will launch its own fair-branded line of New York-brewed craft beer, known as “State Fair Showstopper Ale,” in time for the fair's kickoff on Aug. 21 — and the ale will be made in part from New York hops and barley products and brewed by Empire Brewing Company of Syracuse.

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Local ingredients, old world flavors: Tartine Bake Shop selling out at Cazenovia Farmers Market

She listens to opera at full volume when she cooks with chocolate, country music when she bakes pies and Adam Levine, the lead singer of pop-rock band Maroon 5, when she has a big order. Regardless of the music or what she’s baking, however, Sherri Miller always bakes barefoot at her 1830s cottage in the village. Although Miller is accustomed to baking pies, cakes and dinners through her two Cazenovia businesses, Profiteroles and Bon Appetite Kitchens, she has now started baking shortbread for her third and newest Cazenovia business — the Tartine Bake Shop.

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Yogurt Gone Wild presents a healthier version of frozen yogurt

When the Underwood siblings were growing up in the DeWitt area, one of their favorite things to do as a family was to visit the local TCBY frozen yogurt shop, located in the plaza across from Tops.

First annual ‘Taste of Manlius’ to benefit Manlius Historical Society

Proceeds will pay for renovations to the museum

Since 1976, the Manlius Historical Society has documented history happening in within the town of Manlius and villages of Fayetteville, Manlius and Minoa.

Side Hill Farmers expand and innovate

Larger retail location opens with more local products and interactive space

The 2014 culinary forecast is in: according to more than 1,000 chefs surveyed by the National Restaurant Association, locally sourced meats are the most sought-after food item in the country. The farm-to-table movement has energized chefs and consumers alike to demand more local, quality foods. Indeed, the most recent census shows farms selling directly to consumers increased sales by more than 300 percent since 1992, and are growing twice as fast as the country’s total agricultural sales.

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Brewster Inn offers new, farm-fresh menu

The Brewster Inn on Ledyard Avenue is known for its elegant cuisine and farm-fresh menu items, but owner Richard Hubbard has been taking actions in recent months that he hopes will enhance his restaurant’s already impressive reputation. To do this, he has recently unveiled a brand new menu, one that includes 20 new items, offered in half-size as well as full-size portions, and all farm fresh from Cazenovia as well as from some of the highest quality farms and purveyors around the world.

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Wellwood’s character education program serves up support

As part of Wellwood Middle School’s “Project: Pass It On” character education program, the school plans to donate about $2,100 to a local nonprofit organization.

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New Canastota brewery mixes local ingredients with local history

Erie Canal Brewing Company is the only local brewery to use 100 percent Madison County ingredients

In the 19th century, hops were the staple crop of Central New York; and Madison County was actually known as the “Hops Capital of the United States.” Prohibition, plus a killer hops fungus, decimated the county’s agricultural pride — but in recent years beer-making has made a comeback in CNY in general, and in Madison County in particular. Under state law, for a brewery to be deemed made in New York 20 percent of the hops and 20 percent of all other ingredients must be grown or produced within the state. There is a new brewery in Canastota, however, that not only gets most of its ingredients from a farm in Chittenango, but is the only brewery around that boasts a beer made from ingredients 100 percent grown in Madison County — Erie Canal Brewing Company.

Correction -- Taste of Cazenovia is scheduled for September, not June

CORRECTION -- In the Datebook section of the June 4 issue of the Cazenovia Republican, we erroneously stated that the 2014 Taste of Cazenovia was scheduled to be held Thursday, June 12, at Owera Vineyards. The event is actually scheduled to be held in early September. More details on the event will be forthcoming as the date draws closer.

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