This Weekend: Wine and Cheese on Seneca Lake

This weekend a friend and I are going to a wine and cheese event over on Seneca Lake.

This weekend the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is hosting their March Preferred Pairings event. These events are always a fun opportunity to sample local wine and local foods. The tasting starts at one winery, and then guests have the option to move on to others in the area. This month is one of my favorite combinations: wine and cheese. I’ll be heading to Lakewood Vineyards with my fellow foodie Caitlin in tow; I’m looking forward to sampling a cheese pairing from a startup that we work with, Tumino Cheese Company. Too bad the weather won’t be as nice as the pictures this time of year…

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The Lakewood Vineyards crew.

Tumino Cheese is a member company at the incubator where Caitlin and I both work, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works. I love their products and I enjoy their dedication to making Italian-style cheeses here in the Finger Lakes. I also love that they’re a woman-owned business, of course! Tumino cheeses have won several regional and state awards, and they are featured at vineyards and restaurants around the Finger Lakes.

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Mariann Fessenden, Elisa Tumino-VanAmburgh, and Sue Prokop of Tumino Cheese. Photo by Sara Jean Conden, from the Auburn Citizen.

Did you know that the Finger Lakes region has over 100 wineries? The region is small, with unique microclimates around the many narrow lakes, and I think the dry whites are worth trying. If you want to learn more, check out the Finger Lakes episode of one of my favorite podcasts: Wine for Normal People. Elizabeth Schneider is a fantastic presenter and she does a great job of explaining what makes our region unique.

Stay tuned next Monday for a post about our trip to Seneca Lake. Who knows which winery we’ll decide to go to after our first stop at Lakewood? If you’ve been to the area and have a favorite we should try, leave me a comment below.

Local Market: Foodtrepreneurs & Dairy-Free Yogurt

A quick round-up of plants, veggies, and local treats from the past weekend – including dairy-free yogurt and a local food startup.

After finally recovering from a nasty winter cold/sinus infection, I ventured out on a bright, warm Saturday with my good friend Caitlin. We went to the Ithaca Farmers Market and our local food co-op, Greenstar. Here’s a quick post to share what we got – and to tell you about one of my favorite local food startups.

Fun fact: I work at a business incubator called Rev: Ithaca Startup Works (my job is for the center at Cornell that built Rev, among other programs). Because Upstate New York is full of food and beverage startups, my job introduces me to a lot of “foodtrepreneurs.” If you’re interested in learning more about our local food innovators, leave a comment below.

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