Launching Soon: ROConnoisseur Web Series

If you haven't heard about ROConnoisseur yet, it's a brand new local food and beverage web series hosted by local foodie, Casey Bowker.

Season 1 kicks off with a Launch Party at Jetty at the Port on August 17th and you’re invited! Be one of the 1st to view the first three episodes of the highly anticipated series. Mingle with some of the must-visit destinations featured in Season 1 while enjoying a tasting experience of signature cocktails, craft beer, Finger Lakes wine, food and dessert delights. Also enjoy live music by local Rochester ska band 5Head.

"We’ve been keeping the locations featured in Season 1 a secret. Find out who they are at the party, but don't share yet. The public wont know until the episodes air. At 7pm, we’ll screen the first three episodes on the big screen (each episode is 5 minutes), and again at 8pm", says Casey.

Party Details:

Purchase pre-sale VIP or Tasting Tickets or get on the guest list (it's free). Tasting tickets will be available at the party while supplies last.  To get tickets or RSVP: ROConnoisseur Launch

More about the show:

ROConnoisseur is a local food and beverage show giving viewers an inside look at our exciting and progressive food and beverage scene. Weekly episodes will air on YouTube Thursdays starting Aug. 17th. Subscribe to the Rochester A-List YouTube Channel or get on the A-List VIP Insider Email List to be the first to know when they air.


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Congratulations, ROC's 1st-Ever Parklet a SUCCESS!

A HUGE shout-out and CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Bean Coffee Roasters (Kathy Turiano), Staach Inc (Seth Eshelman), Slow Road Consulting (Ben Woelk), the City of Rochester, and of course, the dedicated and passionate community of Rochester - all who have made possible the opening of Rochester's very first-ever parklet. 

According to the official Press Release, "Located in front of Joe Bean at 1344 University Avenue, a several hundred foot defunct fire lane was transformed into public green space and built-in seating. Additional phases for the parklet are planned that will include more seating, and greenery as well as bicycle parking. This first parklet combined the collaborative efforts of Staach Design, Slow Road Consulting, CCH Landscaping, the City of Rochester, and Joe Bean Coffee Roasters."

It was a rainy parklet party evening on August 4th, but the work that has been done was nonetheless beautiful. Take a look at some pics from the August 4th parklet party evening and of the work:

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Stay tuned for more as this area continues to evolve!


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9 Things You'll Want to Know About Nagle's Observance

pictured: eric Nagle

pictured: eric Nagle

Lots of respect to the visionaries, the business sector, and the City of Rochester for being committed in spite of everyone trying to convince people we are among the worst cities in America.
— Eric Nagle, Entrepreneur and Visionary, Nagle's Observance
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Although they've been open since the Jazz Fest, the official Grand Opening for Nagle's Observance is set for this weekend (August 5th), right in time to take a break from the crowds at the Park Ave Fest. 

You may or may not have heard of Nagle's Observance quite yet, but we're pretty sure you know exactly where they are located. Think Center City, Parcel 5...in the shadows of the former Midtown Plaza...adjacent to Tower280...across the street from the Sibley Building...ok, ok, shares the same space as Fuego Coffee Roasters...there you go, we knew we'd get you there at some point. 

Ralph Ditucci & eric nagle

Ralph Ditucci & eric nagle

And just like Eric and Ralph's understated confidence and knowledge in multiple businesses, positivity and passion for our City, and their down-to-earth personalities - they're establishing a neighborhood bar in downtown for everyone. It's being described as a hybrid culture between Good Luck and Lux: crafty, high-quality, and unassuming.

So who are these guys, what is Nagle's Observance, and what can you expect upon entering the establishment? Here's 9 Things You'll Want to Know About Nagle's Observance

1. The Name

Eric says that the name was "...insisted upon by Ralph who has taken the lead on much of the direction...our name will tell a story of taking risks to extend and bring others into our family and into the community. Observance was intended to add both interest and to embrace our role of being a beacon at the corner of the development." 

2. Come & Meet Eric

Eric purchased the Euclid Street building in 2010 and you may remember it as the old Decibel nightclub which he operated until 2013. He and his wife, Alycia, have known each other since attending high school together at Churchville Chili. They are just finishing building their home together and have three beautiful daughters: Ava (3), Lexi (2), and Riley - born just a few weeks ago.

3. Come & Meet Ralph

Ralph Vincent DiTucci is the Program Director for Nagle's Observance. He grew up in Rochester, lived in Los Angeles for the past 16 years, and worked for the acclaimed 213 Hospitality Group where he honed his skills in the food and beverage industry.

Among many other things up his sleeves (none pictured), Ralph also currently serves as Executive Director of SCN Hospitality here in Rochester (think The Revelry, Branca, and Bitter Honey), he's developing a cocktail bitters tasting room and bar supplies retail shop called Bar Mecca on East Main Street near Charlotte Square, and he provides profitability and culture consulting for a number of other projects around town. Ralph and his wife are currently Corn Hill Neighborhood residents.

4. Even the ice is Premium, yes the ICE! 

Photo credit:  Cristallino premium ice

Photo credit:  Cristallino premium ice

Speaking of Ralph, another one of his businesses is Cristallino Premium Ice. In the back of Bar Mecca will be Ralph's ice production facility. This isn't just any normal beverage ice, this is high quality, crystal clear, large cube cocktail ice. And it takes longer to melt, there for it keeps your drink cold longer without watering it down too drastically.

5. The Decor

More than just a bar owner, Eric Nagle also established a furniture design company and a construction firm, called Standard Concrete Co. and Kreixer Construction. His very first work in concrete design can be seen at the bar in Nagle's Observance, with more works displayed in Fuego. He says he has learned immensely from this first job and now they've developed the business into a completely different model involving steel and concrete furniture. Looks incredible to us!  

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Simple, a touch of the country, and clean. Even the small elephant set among the liquor bottles has a story. Ralph's family has always had an elephant in each of their bars and the tradition continues with this symbol of hospitality.

6. The Door Will Be Open Between Fuego and the Observance

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If you've been to Fuego and peeked around the corner or had to walk through the space to use the restroom - you've passed through Nagle's Observance. These two establishments have such a great friendship and partnership that their doors are always open (during Fuego's open hours). It's even encouraged to travel between the two.

7. Quality, Classic, and Simple

All drinks feature quality ingredients from knowledgeable bartenders who love their craft.

8. Be on the Lookout for...

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Nagle's Observance is already working out more ways to not only be a welcoming, hospitable, neighborhood bar for our city, but also a place for cocktail education. If you've ever walked into a new place with a bunch of friends and wanted to try a few different things without ordering full drinks, this is for you. Nagle's is working on a cocktail platter of sorts - Omakase style service - that can be ordered among friends to enjoy multiple cocktails for a fixed price. If you're new to craft cocktails and aren't sure what you'll like, this is the perfect way to learn and have some fun with a friend or two. Check out this video of Ralph's explanation on what this is below. 

9. Snow Cones?!

All good things must come to an end, and if you happen to still be at Nagle's for last call, you may be lucky enough to treated with a Snow Cone. What better way to end the night than that? But don't worry, it's not really the end, Nagle's is actually open 365 days a year so you can come back anytime.

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5 Things You NEED TO KNOW about the Rochester Twilight Criterium

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For the unfamiliar, you may be asking yourself, what is a Criterium?

"Criteriums are best explained as a uniquely American-style bike race. Courses are designed on city-center streets and staged on spectator-friendly course loops typically about one mile in length. The racing provides incredible lap-after-lap excitement highlighting the athletes’ extraordinary bike-handling skills combined with explosive speed!"

Here are 5 things you need to know about the Rochester Twilight Criterium happening on Saturday, August 19th:

1. It's Downtown

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Spectators and racers alike will get to enjoy DOWNTOWN! The course is in the heart of the city, crossing the Genesee River twice and wrapping around the Powers Building, Legacy Tower, the Central Library and more.

2. It's like NASCAR but for Bikes

Often described as NASCAR on 2 wheels, lap after lap racers wind around a 1-mile course that includes 9 turns with speeds up to 30 miles per hour.

3. Admission is Free

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

This is a professional race, with competitors coming from around the globe, and it's FREE! And the best part? You can watch from anywhere along the course, we recommend walking around during the event to see it from different places. Check out the list of recommendations from the Criterium crew for their list of Best Places to Watch.

4. There's a Beer Garden & Food Truck Rodeo

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

Head to South Ave between Broad St. and Court St. to enjoy food and beverages from our city's favorite food trucks and beverage vendors (details).

5. Running Racers

New this year is the Rochester Mile. What is it, you ask? The Rochester Mile is a race for runners, both men and women, amateurs and elites. These series of races will happen throughout the night so check out the website and schedule to find out more.

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MetroPops Deal at The Playhouse // Swillburger

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You may have seen us mention MetroPops once or twice here and on social media. MetroPops is the new business we are preparing to launch, a local deal site.

We've been working to build the site and get our first deals with local merchants lined up. As we finish the site, we have our first deal to announce with The Playhouse // Swillburger.

On Tuesday, July 18th, MetroPops has a $10 for $18 deal going on with Swillburger! For $10 you will receive your choice of a burger or cheeseburger, fries or classic tots, and a draft beer (selection will be available at the bar).

Note: the deal must be redeemed on the 18th between 3-7pm!

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Swillburger is known for it's burgers, fries, tater tots, milkshakes, and more! Over on the Playhouse side of the business you have a vast selection of beverages from beers to craft cocktails and of course, the arcade.

See you there!

For more details and to purchase your deal head to TicketLeap --> MetroPops Deal

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