Amore: Classic Cocktails with an “Italian Twist”

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On September 4th, Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar launched a brand Cocktail menu to their already extensive Wine & Beer menu. Amore is calling the new line up: classic cocktails with an “Italian twist”.

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You’ll find favorites like a Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Negroni Sour and more, all with Amore’s unique touch. The “Black Manhattan” contains chocolate bitters, the “Italian Old Fashioned” features blood orange liquor and orange bitters, and the “Margarita Speziata” includes blood orange liquor and spicy honey.

They are almost too pretty to drink!

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Along with the launch of the cocktails came a brand new (almost daily) Happy Hour. Running from 4-7pm Monday through Saturday, the Happy Hour bar menu includes $6 cocktails, draft beer and house wine specials as well as $10 pizzas and other featured menu items.

Speaking of menu items, don’t miss the house-made pastas, mouth-watering pizzas and everything else that comes out of the kitchen from the Chef Pasquale Sorrentino.

For more information and to see the menu: Amore’s Website.
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The Last MWADV of the Season - Here's What YOU Need to Know

 Photo Credit:  IMDB

Photo Credit: IMDB

Tonight, Friday September 7th is going to be a magical evening. With great weather in the forecast, clear skies, and the popular The Greatest Showman movie playing, get ready for an exciting evening with hundreds of your fellow neighbors in downtown Rochester. Because this is our first-ever showing in Parcel 5 downtown, we thought we'd give some quick pointers so you can be prepared to enjoy the evening.

1. Find Parcel 5!

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If you know where Tower280 is, the Democrat & Chronicle, Fuego Coffee, the Liberty Pole, or Sibley's, you'll find Parcel 5. This is what you're looking for! Need a map? Use this one: Parcel 5 (285 E. Main Street)

2. Bring your own seating

Parcel 5, to say the least, is mostly a square of gravel, rocks, and dirt. But that won't stop us from enjoying this area right in the heart of downtown tonight. You'll want to be prepared and bring your own seating with possibly a blanket to put the seating on. Get creative - just because the moon is a bunch of dust and rocks, doesn't mean it's any less important or useful to us. 

Got a yoga mat, couch cushion, pool floatie or something else that will work? Bring it!

3. Bring a blanket and/or some warm clothing

The good thing is that the storms came through already and cleared the skies. That means the warm weather is behind us now, and we'll be enjoying a cool evening under the stars with 65-ish degree weather. Bring a blanket, hoodie, or whatever else is going to keep you cozy during the movie as it'll be playing from 8p-10pm (estimate). 

4. Parking is abundant all around Parcel 5


There is metered parking that is FREE (after 6pm) on ALL sides of Parcel 5. Plus, our Title Sponsor Buckingham Properties is opening the Midtown Garage (underground parking!) for FREE tonight from 6-11pm. That's over a thousand spaces of FREE parking....need we say more? OK, we'll also have bike racks available...YES, we did say more! 

5. FREE Jetblue Terra Blues Chips, Water, Popcorn and Giveaways

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Make sure to stop by the Washington Square Park Community Association, Buckingham Properties, and 88 on Elm tables tonight for some FREE giveaways and sign up for the FREE raffles. Yes, FREE. The Official Airline of the MWADV, Jetblue, will be giving away its signature Terra Blues potato chips (those same ones that you can enjoy on any Jetblue flight!), 88 on Elm will be popping and handing out free popcorn and Buckingham Properties will have complimentary water for attendees. 

Make sure to sign up for our FREE raffles tonight at the WSPCA table, because, as always, we'll have local giveaways to great spots like The Little Theatre, Rochester Brainery, ROC Brewing, Upstate Social Sessions and more. And get this - tonight we'll be picking our Grand-Prize winner for 2-Round-Trip tickets on Jetblue anywhere Jetblue flies. Pretty cool, right!? 

6. Dine With Us!


In addition to some free snacks, joining us tonight is Eat Me Ice Cream, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, Ludwig's Center Stage Cafe and Taste the Roc. You'll definitely have plenty of options for dinner and dessert! See you tonight?

Event Details:

Event Start: 6:30pm
Movie Start: 8pm
Facebook Event Page: Movies With a Downtown View: The Greatest Showman
Location: Parcel 5 (285 E. Main Street)

Note! The movie will be captioned and we will have ASL interpreters with us for all announcement and raffle drawings.


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5 Steps to Enjoy the Foodlink Festival of Food!

If you've been in Rochester for any length of time you've probably heard about the Foodlink Festival of Food! This year they are celebrating their 15th year on Monday, September 17th from 6-9pm at the City of Rochester Public Market.

Here are 5 steps you need to take to have the best experience:

1. Buy Your Ticket!

This one might be a given, but it’s coming up quickly and you don't want to wait. This is a big event every year and a great celebration of our region's agriculture and culinary talents. To purchase your ticket head to: Foodlink's Website

Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door, VIP is $75 in advance only. Each attendee receives a wine glass, tasting plate and unlimited free samples!

2. Invite Your Friends

Sure, this event could be a blast on your own, trying whatever foods you want and meeting new people, but why not have your crew there with you?!

3. Go!

Once you're set and your friends are set, clear your schedule, you're going to the Festival of Food! It's Monday, September 17th from 6-9pm at the City of Rochester Public Market.

4. Eat, Drink & Be Merry

The Foodlink Festival of Food is said to be Upstate New York's largest tasting event with tastings from 120 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and farms. Sample from new restaurants like Native Eatery and Bar, Steadfast and Swan Dive, right along side the Rochester staples like Lento, James Brown Place and Salena's. Maybe skip lunch this day...

5. Feel Great about Supporting Foodlink

Foodlink's mission is "to leverage the power of food to end hunger and build healthier communities"  and their history in Rochester reaches back to 1978. They are fighting hunger through nutrition education, food access programs, food banks, mobile pantries and so much more. All proceeds benefit Foodlink, who has been serving Central and Western New York for almost 40 years.

Festival Details: Tickets, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Find out more about Foodlink: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

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FRINGE: Everything You Need to Know

 Fringe 2014

Fringe 2014

Did you know that the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival is celebrating its 7th year? For 11 days (September 12th-20th), Fringe will offer more than 500 performances at over 20 venues across downtown Rochester and over 150 of those shows are FREE!

Not sure what to do or where to start? It can be overwhelming if you don't have a good plan. Let us help! Here's everything you need to know to get the best Fringe experience.

There's an App & Guide

This one's a no-brainer, you can't Fringe if you don't know what's happening! Check out the extensive guide and mobile app for all of the events, schedules, venues, and details you'll need to get the full Fringe experience. With the mobile app you can even buy tickets and receive notifications on event changes or weather rescheduling!

For all of the details on where to get the guide and app check out this Fringe Newsletter.

Friday & Saturday on the Fringe

If you want to see our city packed with thousands of spectators at one time, these will certainly be the days. What is Friday & Saturday on the Fringe you ask? A FREE grand spectacular performance and celebration downtown at Parcel 5 (next to One East Ave), with food and drink vendors and amazing entertainment both days.

This year's headliner is Massaoke. "This is not karaoke. This is MASSAOKE. Where we sing and dance our collective hearts out in a unique live-gig setting that no one will ever forget. It. Is. Euphoric. A celebration of some of the best-loved songs ever written and Rochester’s best night out at the Fringe."

If you do nothing else Fringe, you'll want to be a part of this!

Spiegelgarden & Spiegeltent

Located at the aptly named "One Fringe Place" on the corner of Main & Gibbs Streets, the Spiegelgarden marks the Fringe center. Every day of Fringe, this outdoor area transforms into a urban lounge that includes food and drink vendors, urban greenery, modern lounge furniture, outdoor art, and a firepit for the more fall-like nights ahead.

You'll definitely want to make this your home-base to relax with friends, play some games, watch pop-up performances, and check out the ever-so-popular Pedestrian Drive-In with FREE movies every night.

Also located at One Fringe Place is the Spiegeltent. This European "Mirror Tent" is a rare find worldwide (at best, a few in the world still circulating), and boasts some of the best Headliner shows that Fringe has to offer.

There is nothing like it here in Rochester and the Spiegeltent is great place to see what Fringe is all about. Here you'll find the always popular: Cirque du Fringe, Silent Disco, and more!

Gibbs Street


Both Fringe weekends Gibbs Street will be closed to traffic and open for Fringe. Here you'll find a variety of outdoor free concerts each day.

One thing you WON'T WANT TO MISS on Gibbs is Street Beat. On Saturday, September 22nd watch 3-on-3 dance teams face off on the dance floor for a chance at winning the title of Fringe Street Beat Champions and a cash prize of $1500! This event has become more and more popular every year (tip: get there early to snag a seat!). Preliminary rounds run from 12-2pm with the finals from 3-4:30pm.

You Can Volunteer!

If you can't get enough Fringe, or really want to get the inside scoop, there's no better way to do so than to volunteer. Not only would you be helping to make Fringe possible, Volunteers receive the official snazzy Fringe t-shirt and qualify for one free ticket to a Spiegeltent show for every 8 hours worked. To get all of the details and to sign up, check out the Volunteer page.



If you're still not sure what Fringe is, it's 11 days of comedy, music, dance, spoken word, theatre, visual arts and FUN! And it's something you don't want to miss.

There are so many different types of shows each day, take a chance & try something new!

Join the #rocfringe18 pARTy: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

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Black Button Does it AGAIN!



We've written about them several times before since opening - see our Introduction , Sneak Peek, and Killin' it posts - and for good reason - Black Button Distilling is a local start-up with a great story in our own city of Rochester who has taken on a massive industry and risen to national - and international - prominence.

Now they've done it again... Inc. Magazine recently named Black Button Distilling to their Inc. 5000 list at #2020, and this also comes with the distinction of currently being the Fastest Growing Distillery in the Northeast

Way to go guys, keep up the great work. We know the industry you're in brings success to only those who are in it for the long-haul, and we know you sure are! 

More Information:
Black Button's Website
85 Railroad Street
Rochester, NY 14609

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