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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
Empire State Development
Sarah E. Bilofsky
Eric Mower and Associates
SOURCE I LOVE NEW YORK