Calling All Culinary Connoisseurs!
Grand Opening of New York Wine & Culinary Center Offers Finger Lakes
Destination for Classes, Tastings and More
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- It is a foodie's dream! The grand opening of the New York Wine & Culinary Center will bring together food and wine from across New York, with hand-on classes and expert demonstrations -- in one beautiful lakeside location. Scheduled to open June 17 in Canandaigua, NY, the Center will welcome and introduce travelers to the state's cuisine scene. Whether you prefer learning how to make a gourmet meal or would rather just sample one, the Center is a first-stop "gateway destination" with something to tempt every palette. TASTE OF NEW YORK At the New York Wine & Culinary Center, visitors will have the chance to sample food and wine from across the state. From culinary connoisseurs to kitchen novices, the wide range of programs and classes encourage visitors to smell, touch and taste New York food and wines. Classes on topics such as nutrition and wine & food pairing will be held in a hands-on training kitchen, where up to 36 visitors can participate in the food fun. Guest chefs will also entertain a live audience in the 44-seat demonstration theater. Classes and demonstrations will require pre-event registration; log onto http://www.NYWCC.com for more information. After class, visitors can retreat to the tasting room where a rotating selection of New York State wines will be poured. Upstairs at the Taste of New York Lounge, experiment with different wine and food pairings, sample flights of wine and beer or enjoy a light meal. LAKESIDE RETREAT Situated on Canandaigua Lake, this brand-new center, with more than 19,000 square feet of space, is a breathtaking addition to the Finger Lakes landscape. Stroll through the orchard and grape vineyard or rest on the lakeside wrap-around porch with a glass of New York State wine. It is the perfect place to figure out which of the more than 90 nearby Finger Lakes wineries to visit or which local restaurant to try for dinner. Based on the belief that good food should be a vital part of everyone's life, the Center has been designed as a family destination. Programs targeting children and teenagers are planned and youth can participate alongside adults in these classes. TAPPING INTO TRAVELERS' TASTEBUDS With the explosive growth of culinary tourism across the country, the Center will serve as a "gateway destination," teaching visitors about New York's agriculture heritage and rich abundance of food and wine products, while also guiding them to other culinary tourism opportunities across the state. Agriculture is one of New York's most vital industries, encompassing 25% of the state's landscape. Home to more than 36,000 farms, dairy is the state's leading commodity but New York is also a national leader in the production of apples, cherries, sweet corn, cabbage, beans, onions and maple syrup. With the recent growth of New York State wineries, especially in the Finger Lakes and on Long Island, the state is also one of top wine producers in the nation. The not-for-profit New York Wine & Culinary Center is expected to draw 76,000 visitors each year and infuse more than $11 million into the local economy. The New York Wine & Culinary Center includes the following: -- Tasting Room: featuring a rotating selection of New York wines -- Taste of New York Lounge: offering light fare, flights of beer and wine and wine & food pairings -- Demonstration Theatre: This 44-seat space will host guest chefs, preparing culinary masterpieces in front of live audiences, as well as presentations from special groups and corporate events. -- Hands-On Training Kitchen: Up to 36 guests will participate in hands-on cooking classes in a state-of-the-art kitchen -- Outdoor Garden: Visitors can stroll through orchard trees, grape vines and other native New York agricultural products. -- Exhibit Hall: This area will include interactive exhibits showcasing New York agriculture and its importance to the state. -- Retail Center: Visitors will be able to purchase culinary and wine-related items and products. -- Private Dining Room: A private dining area will be available for small personal and corporate events and parties. For more information about NYWCC's Grand Opening on June 17, 2006, call (585) 394-7070. ABOUT I LOVE NEW YORK I LOVE NEW YORK is a campaign administered by Empire State Development's Division of Tourism. First launched in 1977, I LOVE NEW YORK remains one of the most successful international tourism campaigns ever created and continues to promote the beauty and attractions of New York State's eleven geographic regions: Adirondacks, Capital-Saratoga, Catskills, Central Leatherstocking, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Finger Lakes, Greater Niagara, Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City and Thousand Islands Seaway. With 168 state parks, 35 state historic sites, major metropolitan centers and quaint small towns, New York State offers exciting year-round travel possibilities for visitors of all ages. To learn more, or for details on upcoming events and lodging, dial (800) CALL-NYS or visit the I LOVE NEW YORK Web site at http://www.iloveny.com . FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jill DeAnzeris Empire State Development firstname.lastname@example.org Sarah E. Bilofsky Eric Mower and Associates email@example.com
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