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Authors, farmers, entrepreneurs ‘The Fabulous Beekman Boys’ eager to visit Cazenovia

There has been a slow, steady and excited buzz permeating Cazenovia in recent weeks that can all be boiled down to the fact that the nationally-known “Fabulous Beekman Boys” — bestselling authors, farmers, entrepreneurs and recent winners of television’s “The Amazing Race” — are coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 26. The two-hour event, sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District committee of the chamber of commerce, will feature Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge giving a special book signing of their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, “The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentleman farmers: An unconventional memoir,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.

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Pizza Man of Liverpool celebrates grand opening

Pizza Man was established more than 29 years ago in June of 1983 in Baldwinsville. Since the beginning owner Jim Delia has been dedicated to serving a high quality product using fresh ingredients, making their dough and sauce on the premises daily. Their pizza and wings have won numerous awards at the annual Taste of Baldwinsville competition.

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B.G. Buda’s: Cazenovia’s newest restaurant showing strong business

Things are looking up for Cazenovia’s newest restaurant, B.G. Buda’s Cucina Italiana and its owner Bob Enigk. Enigk reports that business has been very good since the restaurant quietly opened in May. In fact, he said, “most weekends you would need a reservation.”

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Olive on Brooklea presents olive oil in a whole new way

Michelle Watts puts a twist on traditional cuisine

You may use olive oil as your salad dressing, or to cook with, or to dip your bread in. Michelle Watts, the owner of Olive on Brooklea, is pushing the envelope with her discovery of olive oil topping over ice cream- something she has lined up waiting to be sampled at her store.

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Skaneateles Winterfest begins Jan. 25, offers new events

Once again, Skaneateles Sunrise spearheads Skaneateles WinterFest, the community celebration of the snowy season. The project combines entertainment, food, community service and fundraising in an event which has become an annual fixture on the village calendar, encouraging families, friends and visitors to come out and celebrate winter.

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New book highlights Finger Lakes food and recipes

Skaneateles restaurants Mirbeau, Rosalie’s Cucina included

The Finger Lakes region boasts 4 million food and wine tourists a year. With an awareness and appreciation of this local gourmet success, Central New York natives Karl Zinsmeister and his children, Kate Harvey and Noah Zinsmeister, have compiled a new storytelling cookbook to share the stories and secrets of this regional flavor — including some recipes from Skaneateles.

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Smith wins year-worth of groceries

Cazenovia resident wins Tops Supermarket giveaway

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Tops Friendly Markets announced Patricia Smith, of Cazenovia, was the fifth winner of free groceries for a year — as part of Tops’ 50th Anniversary Free For All Grocery Giveaway.

Columbian Presbyterian in LaFayette invites all to Christmas Cookie Cafe

The Columbian Presbyterian Church has a suggestion for how to thank someone for hosting a holiday party: a tray of delicious cookies.

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Paul de Lima coffee: A hometown product to be proud of

When we first moved to the Syracuse area two years ago, one of the many questions I asked myself was whether I would ever find a cup of coffee in my new hometown that I liked as much as in my old hometown, namely the coffee I would purchase on my way to work each morning at a gas station-convenience store. A trivial dilemma, yes, but not for a coffee lover who needs one small cup o' Joe to get going in the early morning hours. Their coffee was always fresh, and, to me, absolutely perfect. So, as we started to get used to our new home, I began sampling the different coffees available in this area and soon noticed that many diners and restaurants were serving something called Paul de Lima coffee, and I really liked it. When we just happened to stumble upon their outlet store and museum, located in Cicero, I liked it even more; here was a hometown product to be proud of, a great coffee at a great price, plus a store and little museum to boot!

Gray Matters: In praise of church suppers

The aroma's in the air! The signs are everywhere! Ah, one of my favorite seasons of the year has begun yet again. No, I'm not referring to the holiday season, Thanksgiving, Christmas or even football. I'm talking “church supper season,” that autumnal odyssey of comfort food and good company. Today's column features these very successful fundraisers, which are also wonderful gatherings for socializing and sampling homemade specialties at very fair prices.

Plowshares crafts fair celebrates peace, justice this weekend at Nottingham High

For thousands of years, this special season has promised peace, and for the past four decades the Syracuse Peace Council has risen to the occasion by hosting the annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival.

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New Dickens Christmas Ale now on tap

Seasonal beer by Empire Brewing Co. exclusively at Sherwood Inn

Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles is famous throughout Central New York for its holiday revels and interesting shopping, and starting this year it will be known for another unique offering – beer. The Sherwood Inn has teamed with the Syracuse-based Empire Brewing Company to create the new Dickens’ Christmas Ale: a strong, dark Scottish-style ale, with flavors of cardamom and allspice, reminiscent of the beers drunk in the time of Dickens himself.

East Syracuse man’s light show to help feed hungry

Jeff Koehler, of 6514 Kermit Lane, East Syracuse, has created elaborate and entertaining light displays on his family home for several seasons, and this year he has decided to add a charitable aspect to the production.

Laker Limo now offers food delivery from Wegmans

Laker Limo, the non-profit service that offers transportation to Skaneateles senior citizens and people with disabilities, is expanding its services to include a food delivery program two days a week with prepared foods from Wegmans in Auburn.

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Jamesville first grader Melissa Crossett collects goods for food pantry

Melissa Crossett is a first grade student who attends Jamesville Elementary School who had an idea to help people in her community.