The Half Moon Bakery & Bistro graciously hosted the second annual Jamesville-DeWitt Ecumenical Food Pantry’s volunteer recognition event on Sunday, Feb. 16. Pantry volunteers and their guests enjoyed a variety of delicious desserts and each other’s company.
The Nelson Town Board has been actively trying to entice new businesses to open in Nelson with varying success, but at the board’s latest meeting last week they announced that a new local investor is preparing a proposal to open both a nanobrewery and coffee roaster business right in the Nelson four corners. While the idea is only in the earliest of stages, town officials are excited by the possibility and entrepreneur Nancy Demyttenaere is optimistic she could open for business by mid-summer.
Starting this summer, residents of the eastern suburbs will have to travel no farther than the Fayetteville Towne Center to get locally-grown and produced goods straight from the farm.
The seventh annual Chili Cookoff has been planned and promoted to take place on Feb. 16 at the Cedar House Bowling Center in Skaneateles. This year, the Laker Transportation Project (Laker Limo) has been selected to receive all proceeds.
With the Winter Olympics now underway in Russia, it is a time for medal counting — and Cazenovia’s own Owera Vineyards, the first and only winery in Madison County, now boasts 12 medals (and 25 total awards) for its wines, two of which were recently received at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
The half-dozen or so neighbors of Eric Burrell’s building at 4 Chenango St. — and an attorney that was representing one of them — all agreed that the know and like Burrell, Alicyn Hart and Hart’s local restaurant Circa. And yet they all still have serious concerns about the possibility of Burrell expanding his Chenango Street building to house Circa’s new location.
More than 1,000 runners, walkers and their families and friends will be gathering on the streets of Cazenovia for the Chilly Chili 5K on Sunday, Jan. 26. Participants come from all over Upstate New York, neighboring states and Canada. The race has grown in popularity from the first year when 354 hearty runners started in front of the fire station and finished on Lincklaen Street.
On any given day during the planting season, a person driving down East Lake Road in Cazenovia may see Matt Volz, or his partner Gillian Goldberg, out in the fields driving a horse-drawn plow. Occasionally, Volz, dressed for the weather and dirty from work, may be standing on the stopped plow, while the horses patiently wait, as he talks or texts on his iPhone. This juxtaposition of tradition and technology, of old and new, is the essence of Greyrock Farm’s Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) program: a year-round offering to members of not just seasonal vegetables, but also grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork and chicken — all of which are raised, slaughtered and processed on-site — as well as eggs from pastured laying hens and raw milk.
All are invited to St. James’ʼHaiti lasagna dinner, Saturday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Church Hall. The dinner includes lasagna, salad, Italian bread, dessert and beverages, including wine. Macaroni and cheese is an option. The prices are: $8 for adults (13+), $4 for children, and/or $25 for a family.
A local restaurant owner and local building owner last week pitched their proposal to the village board to build either an addition onto or a freestanding structure next to the current building at 4 Chenango St. for the purpose of moving the Cazenovia restaurant Circa to the new location. The move would allow Circa owner Alicyn Hart to provide her customers with a bigger restaurant space, outdoor seating with a river view and more parking
The Lincklaen House will be hosting a beer pairing dinner with Empire Brewing Company, the Syracuse-based microbrewery that is soon to break ground on a new brewing facility in Cazenovia. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, and Empire's founder David Katleski and Brewmaster Tim Butler will be on hand to meet with guests prior to dinner at 7 p.m.
Though most of the characters in Dickens Christmas have sung “now bring us some figgy pudding” from “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” many of them had never tried the dessert, until this year. New this year, festival goers have the chance to sample some authentic figgy pudding made by Michele Chandler of Puddings Matter.
Seasonal beer offered exclusively at Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles – Cazenovia-exclusive beer coming next year
Empire Brewing Company’s holiday seasonal beer, Dickens Christmas Ale, made exclusively to be sold in Skaneateles during its “Dickens Christmas” celebrations, was so popular in its inaugural year in 2012 that Empire is offering it again this year — and the beer-maker is already planning to create a Cazenovia-exclusive holiday beer in 2014 once the new Farmstead Brewery is built on Rippleton Road.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County has announced its 2013 winter farmers’ markets locations and dates:
The Cazenovia Beverage Trail has a new, although unofficial, location at which patrons can stop and get a homemade drink — but this drink is non-alcoholic. It is, in fact, milk. Fresh, raw milk is an up-and-coming commodity in terms of local production and local consumption in this age of “buy local,” and Ju-Vindale Holsteins, located at 2074 Ballina Road, recently became the second dairy in Cazenovia and one of the few in Madison County to become licensed by the state to sell directly to the public the fresh, raw milk its cows produce.