Sunday, June 4, 2017

June Events

I love this time of year!  The weather is warming up, festivals are starting up as well and we have so many upcoming fun events to look forward to.  This past weekend Rochester Greek Festival kicked off the season with greek dancing, music, food and more.   I greek danced all night and got to eat some of my favorite dishes.  I hope you got a chance to get out there, explore our culture and sample some of our favorites, including Kouzini Olive Oil, a favorite also in my house!

Coming up on June 20th is the ultimate food lover's event!  SAVOR! is a gourmet food, wine and craft brew experience in the heart of Rochester.  You can purchase your ticket to sample 50+ vendors, located at the Rochester Regional Health Tent at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Site.  Click here to purchase your tickets.  Two-Michelin starred chef Dominique Crenn will also be featured at the event.  She was named top female chef in the world in 2016.  All proceeds go to women's health and pediatric services in the sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care at Rochester General Hospital.
I also want to share with you that I will be a leader for the upcoming Spring Canal Crawl on June 10. Tickets are available here.  We will be traveling to Lock 32, Label 7, Via Girisole Wine Bar and finishing at Thirsty's for a BBQ and cocktail offering.  Ticket purchasers will get a swag bag that includes discounts at your favorite local Pittsford stores, including a 3 scoop taster AND a cookie from Pittsford Dairy!  *Drool* I hope to see you there and don't forget to sign up to join Sip and Savour Rochester's group!
I'm really excited as well about the upcoming Honey Dipper festival hosted by Kettle Ridge Farm.  I have an exclusive offer for you!  With the code "SipandSavour", you will receive $5 off the purchase of your ticket admission price, just click here to purchase..  There will be 25+ vendors for you to sample local coffee, food, beer, wine and more.  McCann's will be serving up food as well as Chef's Catering.  Kettle Ridge will be also preparing their pancakes along side their famous maple syrup made right on the farm.

I hope to see you at one or more of these events this month!  Enjoy and cheers to the weather warming up and to food events!







Thursday, February 9, 2017

For the Love of Chocolate

I think most of us can agree that people have loved chocolate since the creation of chocolate long ago.  Whether you are a lover of dark, milk, or white chocolate ...with or without added adornments and flavorings, chocolate is love.
Lindsay Tarnoff, chocolatier and owner of Laughing Gull Chocolates has a similar love of chocolate and her love runs deep.  Lindsay's began cooking and baking at a young age.  When she went to college, she dug into the history of chocolate, writing her capstone on this topic.  She learned about the fair trade market and traveled to Mexico.  After these experiences, she knew that she wanted to raise awareness for fair trade and involve chocolate in the process, but she wasn't quite sure how to do this.  People began asking that familiar question "What are you going to do when you graduate?"  Lindsay had started responding by telling people she was going to "Save the World with Chocolate."

Now you are probably asking "How is someone going to save the world with chocolate?  Well, Lindsay's chocolate is crafted with ingredients that are ethically chosen, sourced from local businesses whenever possible.  She is focused on contributing to the Rochester community and making a difference locally and beyond Rochester.  By sourcing ethical ingredients, she is ensuring that she is providing customers with products that have endured rigorous standards that empower communities and help businesses thrive.
Saving the World with Chocolate, Lindsay admits, is a continued work in progress.  She looks forward to expanding her work with local Rochester businesses.  Lindsay originated Laughing Gull Chocolates in Rhode Island.  She utilizes her connections with ethically sourced companies near both Rochester and Rhode Island, such as fair trade coffee from a local shop in Rhode Island, sea salt from Cape Cod, ginger from Stone Crop Farm (Rush Henrietta) and cream from Pittsford Farms Dairy.

Lindsay offers expertly hand crafted truffles in a variety of flavors, including seasonal flavors.  She also has a salted caramel chocolate sauce that you can drizzle on anything you like, but I highly recommend you pick your favorite ice cream and spoon the sauce over the top...while you're at it, you mine as well add a cookie from a favorite local bakery because...why not?  During the colder months, you can also warm up with a cup of hot chocolate that will satisfy both your craving and your mind.  Lindsay also began offering vegan chocolates, so keep your eyes open for these as well during Valentine's Day weekend.  There will be a limited number available.
You can attend Laughing Gull Chocolate's chocolate making workshop.  You will learn a bit of  history about chocolate and how to make chocolate truffles from start to finish, including tempering chocolate and preparing velvety ganache.
You can catch Lindsay every Saturday at the Rochester Public Market and Sundays at the Brighton Farmer's Market.

Laughing Gull Chocolates
2 Rochester Public Market
Rochester, NY 14609

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I have have exciting news! For a short period of time, men's tickets will be half price to the event shown below! This is a great way to get your husband, boyfriend, crush, or male friends involved! Just use code "beer" when purchasing!


On February 11 through Rochester-A-List  is hosting the Valentine's Canal Crawl.  I will be leading a group through Schoen Place, stopping at local businesses to bring you some great deals and discounts.  Label 7, Via Girisole Wine Bar, Lock 32, and Jo Jo's Bistro & Wine Bar will be some of the stops through our tasting journey together.  Bring your spouse, your date, or come with your friends!  The Crawl begins at noon with groups leaving at 1 to explore, taste, and celebrate.  There will be prizes at each location, raffles, and EVERYONE goes home with a swag bag.  The swag will include free items on your future visit to locations in Pittsford as well as Razoesharks tickets!  Raffles will be for local areas in Pittsford as well, including up to $25 to spend. Woot! Woot! You can find tickets here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rochester Events featuring Sip and Savour Rochester

It feels good to be back after a few months since my last blogpost!  I hope everyone has recovered from the holidays and is revved up for the new year!  I know that I sure am looking forward to a year full of delicious food, meeting new people, and learning from local chefs and entrepreneurs.

I have several events to share with you that are coming up over the next 2 months! I am honored and excited to work with such amazing people to bring events to you from all over our beautiful city.


The first event is coming up on February 11 through Rochester-A-List called Valentine's Canal Crawl.  I will be leading a group through Schoen Place, stopping at local businesses to bring you some great deals and discounts.  Label 7, Via Girisole Wine Bar, Lock 32, and Jo Jo's Bistro & Wine Bar will be some of the stops through our tasting journey together.  Bring your spouse, your date, or come with your friends!  The Crawl begins at noon with groups leaving at 1 to explore, taste, and celebrate.  There will be prizes at each location, raffles, and EVERYONE goes home with a swag bag.  Woot! Woot! You can find tickets here

If you love brunchin' then I hope to see you out at Battle of the Brunches presented by the Junior League of Rochester!  15 of our city's best brunch spots are offering up items for you to taste and vote on.  Some of the participants include Black Button Distilling, Misfit Doughnuts, Ox and Stone, and Red Fern.  A general admission ticket will get you tastings from each participant. A VIP admission will get you an early release access, tastings from each vendor and 2 mimosas.  The event will be held at the beautiful Arbor Loft.  For ticket purchases, click here.


Nosh has been a huge success since it's doors opened a little more than half a year ago.  I have been able to partner with Nosh to bring you a killer blogpost, create videos to teach you how to create the Why Nosh cocktail and one of their best dishes, Specked Scallops (click here), and for Dining Out Rochester showcasing Nosh as a must-visit restaurant, also featuring myself, Linh Phillips of Sirrochays, and Breanna Bamford from Yelp Rochester.  Now I present to you the Neighborhood Nosh pairing event with Three Heads Brewing.  We all join forces to bring you the event of a lifetime with tantalizing dishes made by Chef Joe and brews to enhance your experience.  Tickets will go fast, so click here to purchase.

I hope to see you at any of these events!  Rochester is bringing it and I am so excited to be part of this with you!


*Click links above to read previous features and obtain tickets for events listed above