A Kitchen Incubator is Coming to Downtown Rochester

The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC) has recently announced The Commissary will be coming to downtown in early 2018. Now, while that may seem quite a ways off still, here's why you'll want to know about it now and what you need to know.

The Commissary - What is it?

the Rochesteriat | 2012

the Rochesteriat | 2012

The Commissary is a kitchen incubator and will be in the basement of The Metropolitan (former Chase Tower) - anyone remember the Concourse Shops? They are looking to tackle one of the biggest obstacles for people looking to start a food business - the cost of setting up a commercial kitchen.

The Rochesteriat | 2012

The Rochesteriat | 2012

This will be the first kitchen incubator in Upstate New York and will be great for startups, food truck owners, bakers, caterers, you name it.

"But I'm not in the Food Industry...", you say

RDDC has announced that The Commissary will also be used for cooking classes, pop-up dining events and even mentoring startup entrepreneurs.

First Thing's First - A Workshop

The Commissary will be holding its first workshop on Tuesday, April 25th from 6-7:30pm at CUE, RIT's Center for Urban Entrepreneurship at 40 Franklin Street.

Workshop Info: 

Details:
How to Set Your Food Business up for Success – and the Permits and Documents You Need to Get There. You’ll have the chance to ask the speakers questions and talk with others looking to grow their food businesses.

Who's Leading it:
Ed Bizari, Launch NY
Caroline McNamara, Monroe County Health Department
Allen Mozek, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Cost:
This event is open to the public at the cost of $15, you can RSVP here. Light refreshments will be served.

Keep up with The Commissary for more news and announcements:

Find them: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Email: info@rochestercommissary.org


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5 Great Places for Slow Coffee in the City

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NOTE: This post was originally written on December 11th, 2015 when Glen Edith was Pour Coffee and Ugly Duck was just a pop-up espresso bar! We've updated the post, pictures and links:


In the age of artisanal beer, craft cocktails, and slow food, Rochester's slow coffee game is on point. Coffee doesn't always have to come from a spout. Sure, when you're on the go and out of time it's convenient, but when you've got time, here are 5 great places in the city for a slow cup of coffee:

1. Fuego Coffee Roasters

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the Rochesteriat

From working with the farmers, to roasting the beans on site, Fuego's passion for great coffee is not hard to miss. Find them downtown in the midtown area at 45 Euclid.

Follow along: website, facebook, twitter, instagram

2. Glen Edith Coffee

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the rochesteriat

Tucked away, just off Park Ave on Somerton Street as well as on Elton Street, is Glen Edith Coffee. New to craft coffee? Just ask about their different brewing methods and menus option or check out their illustrated menu boards. Besides coffee, you'll find great food, beer and wine too at the Somerton location.

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3. Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

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the rochesteriat

"At the core of Joe Bean is a diverse group of people—a combination of family and friends. What brought this diverse group together was a rally call to create a coffee-loving city—a call to bring specialty coffee to Rochester" (via Joe Bean website). And they did just that, Joe Bean was the first to bring third wave coffee to Rochester when they opened. Beans are roasted on site and their extensive menu shows their love of coffee, food and supporting local. Find them on University Ave.

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4. Makers Gallery & Studio - 3rd Floor Cafe

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the rochesteriat

The 3rd Floor Cafe can be found inside Makers Gallery & Studio at 34 Elton Street. Brewing great coffee and curating local art this space will be more than just an art gallery and more than a coffee shop. According to the owners this will be a place for artists to exhibit, collaborate and learn. And of course - drink coffee.

Follow along: website, facebook, twitter, instagram

5. Ugly Duck Coffee

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the Rochesteriat

Ugly Duck was not a traditional coffee shop when it first launched, it was a mobile espresso bar setting up across the city in various locations. Find them now at their permanent home at 89 Charlotte Street.

Follow along: website, facebook, twitter, instagram

BONUS: Meraki Coffee

Meraki Coffee | Facebook Photo: Lily kweon photography

Meraki Coffee | Facebook Photo: Lily kweon photography

Meraki Coffee is a pop-up espresso bar that is currently setup in Cheesy Eddie's Bakery, Tuesday's through Saturday's. Keep an eye on their social media accounts for updates and to see where else you can find Meraki.

Follow along: website, facebook, twitter, instagram

Now, go get caffeinated!


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We're coffee people. Coffee dates, coffee meetings, and plain ol' coffee mornings. We love that we have great LOCAL options in our city. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Deaf Rochester Film Festival 2017

Deaf Roc Film Fest | Facebook

Deaf Roc Film Fest | Facebook

With a mission to promote and showcase deaf and heard of hearing filmmakers (and their films, of course), this year's Deaf Rochester Film Fest kicks off on March 22nd and runs through the 25th.

Films will portray the deaf experience and "encourage analysis and interpretations of Deaf Cinema and Deaf visual aesthetics; develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Deaf gaze in light of the diversity of genres, cultures, and styles of filmmaking; foster film as a medium for historical preservation of Deaf Culture; provide networking opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing filmmakers and others involved in the field; and inspire future generations of Deaf and Hard of Hearing filmmakers."  (via About Us)

To see the schedule of films and locations head to the DRFF website.

Watch the promo for BSL Zone's, SUPERSONIC, one of the films in the festival, showing on Thursday, March 23rd:

Note: most films will be captioned, any films without captions will have voice interpreters.

Deaf Rochester Film Fest: Website, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter


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The Wind Met Our Beloved V.H. Lang Sign

the Rochesteriat | 2014

the Rochesteriat | 2014

As passionate Rochesterian's, downtown residents, and people who LOVE to explore cities - we often take walks around our neighborhood (Washington Square Park Neighborhood). We talk about the buildings, the new and old, the history, the charm, and what life was probably like "back then"...

You know, the heydays of Midtown, Sibley's, Kodak and Xerox....

the Rochesteriat | 2014

the Rochesteriat | 2014

One of our favorite buildings for as long as we've been here has been this one, V.H. Lang Trophies, located at 222 South Avenue (extension). And while the trophy shop closed down a few years ago, we still admire the building for its charm, the old worn signs that remain, and the history it had here in Rochester. We hoped that when the building was renovated the owner would love the vintage signs as much as we did, and we secretly wished they'd decide to keep them.

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the Rochesteriat

But sadly, after our windy Wednesday, the sign jutting off the building just couldn't hold on anymore. Being damaged in the wind (like many other things), it was broken and is now dangling.

The Rochesteriat

The Rochesteriat

While there's always a chance that it will be repaired, we fear that it won't be. It's almost a test to see who you have as the current owner of the building and what they ultimately value. 

Here's to V.H. Lang, to their investment into the community and their commitment to downtown.


Check out our post from January 2015 on another Washington Square Park Neighborhood gem of the past:
Inside the "Little House in the City".


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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She LOVES, LOVES, LOVES the well-worn V.H. Lang signs, they give the neighborhood so much character. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Date Change: Rochester Street Films

"Others often form their first impressions of us by what we drive. Cars thus become part of our identity, whether we choose so or not. Drive a rusty clunker, or arrive by bus, and…" (Facebook event page).

This film series from Reconnect Rochester, produced in partnership with Floating Home Films, looks to shine a light on the transportation infrastructure in Rochester.

When: Wednesday, March 29th (not the 15th), 6:30pm @ The Little Theatre

While admission is free, don't just click "going" on Facebook, head to the website and reserve a seat by making a donation in any amount (suggested $5-$25).

Check out the promo below:

Be on the watch for more events throughout the year.


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