It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving! Although the season definitely looks different, this year perhaps more than ever it’s important to support the array of remarkable eateries, farms, and small businesses the region has to offer, while keeping COIVD-19 precautions in mind. We hope this list can help you find gratitude for the region’s food shed and resilient community while giving back to help it through this difficult time. Have a great weekend!
Get Christmas-Crafty and Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Embrace the coming Christmas season this Saturday with this online event hosted by Dining Inside Out, which presents online experiences featuring chefs and cooking tutorials. This weekend’s event will immerse attendees of all ages in the world of the Polar Express as they enjoy a live broadcast with activities such as cookie decorating, hot cocoa, and other family Christmas traditions. Attendees can also learn how to make a beautiful ornament! Although tickets are sold out to purchase the meal that will be discussed during the event, tickets for the live broadcast are available here.
Inside Out is a new Auburn, N.Y. based business. Chefs Sarah Hassler and Luke Houghton co-founded Dining Inside Out to help other chefs and local farmers deal with the impacts of COVID-19. You can learn more about it by visiting dininginsideout.com.
For another experience to unleash your inner artist, CelVan & Stella home decor has teamed up with Bagley’s Winery to offer a crafting and wine kit that can be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 21 from Bagley’s Winery located at 9782 State Route 414 in Valois from 12 to 1 p.m. It includes one bottle of Bagley’s wine, a wineglass, and a holiday wood flower board craft kit. To learn more click here.
Bagley’s is also offering a macaron and wine pairing flight that is definitely worthy of every foodie’s Instagram. P’s Macarons based in Horseheads is providing the light and colorful macarons in a variety of flavors. The pairings are Bagley’s Vidal Blanc with pistachio macarons, Bagley’s Dry Rosé with dark chocolate raspberry macarons, Bagley’s Cabernet Franc with chocolate hazelnut macarons, Bagley’s Busty Blanc with strawberry lemonade macarons, and Bagley’s One Eyed Cat with apple cider macarons. The pairing is offered at Bagley’s tasting room from Friday until Sunday.
Get Turkey Day Ingredients from a Farmer’s Market
Although there may not be as many attendees at your table this Thanksgiving, you can still make it a meal to remember—especially if you source many of the ingredients from local farms and food producers! One place you can find ingredients: the Central New York Regional Farmers Market, which is set for Thursday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2100 Park Street in Syracuse from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Saturday market, you can find vendors offering fresh and local produce from the Syracuse area and surrounding counties. To learn more visit www.cnyregionalmarket.com/our-market.
And to plan ahead, on Tuesday, if you are looking for last minute Thanksgiving ingredients, you can check out a Thanksgiving pop-up farmer’s market that Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County is hosting on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 2 to 7 p.m. in Watkins Glen at 906 Decatur Street (in the old middle school auditorium).
Grab Some Brunch and Sign Up for a CSA
Brown Hound Downtown Bistro at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester prides itself on offering locally-sourced and sustainable meals with an artistic atmosphere. While it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a meal in person, for those who prefer the more COVID-19 safe option of getting food to go, Brown Hound Downtown is offering 20% off delivery on the weekends when you use the Promo Code DELIVERY20. Mouth-water brunch menu items include the family-style “Brunch Adventure” which serves four with pumpkin pancakes, country benedict, stuffed French toast, bacon, sausage, home fries, and fresh fruit.
You can also find a delicious farm-to-table brunch at Kindred Fare on Hamilton Street in Geneva New York on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu items include buckwheat waffle “a la mode” with New York State maple syrup and a mushroom, bacon, and Swiss omelet.
This weekend, Nickel’s BBQ Pit will be offering a special treat at their Watkins Glen location: brunch with all the fixings! Usually brunch is only offered at their Corning, New York location, but this Sunday is a chance to savor brunch at both locations that features hearty-barbecue with farm-to-table ingredients. Nickel’s specifically sources many of its menu items from Lowery Family Farms in Campbell, New York.
You can also support Nickel’s farm-to-table mission and Lowery Farms by signing up for Nickel’s new winter CSA share. This is also a great way to give back to the community, as with each share purchased, Nickel’s will donate four meals to essential workers.
This share features farm-fresh produce, barbecue, sides, and baked goods. The options include one or two deliveries per month. To learn more check out this post: https://www.facebook.com/NickelsPitBBQ/posts/4937914352887116.