Calling All Culinary Connoisseurs!

Grand Opening of New York Wine & Culinary Center Offers Finger Lakes

Destination for Classes, Tastings and More

May 31, 2006, 01:00 ET from I LOVE NEW YORK

    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
     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 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.
     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
 (585) 394-7070.
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     Jill DeAnzeris
     Empire State Development
     Sarah E. Bilofsky
     Eric Mower and Associates