Thursday, September 17, 2015

Must Try: JonJohn's Bakery

As you head into the Brighton Farmer's Market, there is a lot to take in: the food trucks, organic and local produce, and nestled in between is JonJohn's Bakery.  The name comes from the owners- Jon and John.  Jonathan's (Jon) grandmother is the inspiration for many of the delicious desserts.  The carrot cake is made from a long time home recipe from Jon's family.  Oh and by the way, the carrot cake is made with local, organic carrots, right from the market!

 John is a local Special Education teacher.  He has been teaching for 19 years.  With Beth and I both being teachers, and myself as a special educator, we need to give some local love and support to local teachers doing great things.  John also does all the photography for the website!

About 15 years ago, Jon and John had a small storefront location on Winton.  At the market, I met their first customer, Robert, who walked in that first day upon opening the storefront.  He continues to choose JonJohn's Bakery, 15 years later, for his desserts!  Currently JonJohn's Bakery operates out of home.  See below for contact information!

JonJohn's Bakery offers a variety of baked goods that include cakes, cookies, and other specialty items.  They are famous for their peanut butter balls which are a combination of peanut butter and crisped rice coated in a 60% dark chocolate.  Their brownies are to die for- rich and chocolatey, oh how I wish there was one here right now!  Think it can't get better?  John also let us sample another dessert that included the same brownie, but was topped with cheesecake and coated in OREOs!  Yeah, you heard me right!

Fudgy brownie with Cheesecake swirled in and covered in OREOs

The many varieties of muffins offered.
If you love the brownie, then you will love their chocolate muffin, which uses the same batter!  

During our Brighton Farmer's Market visit, JonJohn's also offered roast pork sandwiches and baked mac and cheese.  BONUS!

Whether you head down to Brighton Farmer's Market or contact these guys through Facebook or their website, make sure you try some of their desserts.  You can order desserts for events or custom desserts, just make sure you contact them with a few days in advance.  They also offer a home delivery.  Trust us on this won't regret it.  In fact, you will be going back, wanting more!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

F. Oliver's

This week's post is another favorite of ours:  F. Oliver's. Their variety of olive oils and vinegars are a staple in both of our houses. We are all about supporting local, so it's great to know that F. Oliver's is a local, family owned and operated business.

Access to local and fresh flavor, combined with the influence of social media is growing the awareness of consumers interested in quality and healthful products. F. Oliver's knows their customers appreciate that their infusions are all natural, their olive oils are the freshest available and their balsamics are old-world traditionally aged, without added sugars. The team at F. Oliver's is very knowledgable to help you determine pairings and recommend recipes that you can feel good about eating.

Whether your tastes buds are enticed by the hints of fruit in the strawberry, raspberry, and pomegranate balsamics, or you lean more towards the herby olive oils, such as bright basil or herbs de Provence, there is something for you.  Can't choose? Try a sampler pack!  Our personal favorites at F. Oliver's include the 18 year balsamic, the fig balsamic, and the white balsamic vinegar.  We also love the varietal olive oils!  F. Oliver's works with a family owned importer out of California that sources some of the best olive growers worldwide. 

Why else do we love F. Oliver's?  You can host a party there! This is a fun way to gather some friends and enjoy each other's company while sampling food with F. Oliver's oils and vinegars.  F. Oliver's will provide a list of  easy, small dishes for each guest to bring that can be enhanced with their products. Then, you and your guests spend the rest of your party sipping some wine and enjoying all the flavorful pairings!

If you are looking for local restaurants that F. Oliver's sources to, check out Rio Tomatian in Canandaigua, where they also use their products in their cocktails, and the Aurora Inn on Cayuga Lake.
Or, take a day trip out to Ithaca where several restaurants use F. Oliver's products. F. Oliver's is working to partner with more local businesses in the near future!

Next time you are in, say hello to Leah! She is very knowledgeable and has a passion for F. Oliver's, cooking, and supporting the Rochester area.  Think about hosting a party or just drop by to grab some great additions to take your meal to the next level!


747 Park Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

129 South Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

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