Have You Been to all the Farmers Markets in the City?

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Whether you realize it or not, in this city you are never far from a LOCAL farmers market. Fresh produce, flowers and other goods are always close at hand.

Now, we're all quite familiar with our region's most popular market - the Public Market - but there are a few others we want to make sure you are aware of.

City of Rochester Public Market (website):

Tuesday & Thursday: 6am-1pm (open year-round)
Saturday: 5am-3pm
Sundays & Special Events
280 Union St N.

Westside Farmers Market (website):

Tuesday: 4-7pm (open 6/11-10/8)
831 Genesee Street

U of R Farmers Market (website):

Wednesday: 2:30-5:30pm (open 3/6-10/16)
Check Schedule for U of R Location

Monroe Village Farmers Market (website):

Wednesday: 4-7pm (open 6/12-10/16)
730 Monroe Ave

South Wedge Farmers Market (website):

Thursday: 4-7pm (open 6/27-9/26)
151 Mt Hope Ave

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BONUS: Foodlink Curbside Market (website):

Photo Courtesy:  Foodlink

Photo Courtesy: Foodlink

Did you know Foodlink has a mobile Curbside Market truck that pops up throughout the City on different days of the week? Check it out for some great produce pricing! See Schedule.

So if you're hungry or in need of groceries, figure out what day of the week it is and try out one of these!

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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She doesn't get to farmers markets as often as she wants to, but now she has no excuse with this list! Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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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5 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day Besides Brunch

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This Sunday, May 8th, is Mother's Day! And while everyone is making brunch, lunch, or dinner reservations to take their Mom out, we thought we'd offer some other suggestions for things to do and places to shop for your Momma this year. Here are 5 ways to celebrate Mom this weekend (and every other day too):

1. A Day of Art & Culture

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Going out for coffee or food is great, but why not also go somewhere to enjoy a cultural experience together? Our city is full of amazing museums and galleries that should be taken advantage of. We have Artisan Works, the George Eastman Museum (who also has special Mother's Day events), Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), Makers Gallery and Studio, Susan B. Anthony House and many many more.

2. Learn Something New Together

Rochester Brainery |  Facebook

Rochester Brainery | Facebook

The gift of time together is exactly what Mom is looking for, so why not learn something new while you're at it?

Rochester Brainery's classes range from painting, to crochet, cooking, gardening, and even fencing. Check out their current classes and find something fun that you can do together over the next week or two.

You'll also find classes at Little Button Craft & Press ranging from faux calligraphy and screen printing to paper quilling.

3. Immerse Yourself in Flowers

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What's better than the scents and sights of the Lilac Fest? Kicking off this Friday, May 6th and going through Sunday, May 15th, there are plenty of days to enjoy the buds and blooms, food, music and all of the festival fun. Check out Art in the Park both weekends, all of the concerts, events and of course - the blooms (festival map).

Sunday also happens to be first of the Flower City Days at the Market. The Rochester Public Market will be overtaken by over 250 local nurseries and growers selling flowers, plants and all things greenery.

4. That Perfect Gift

More Fire Glass Studio |  Facebook

More Fire Glass Studio | Facebook

Forget department stores, shop local this year and always. Flowers? Head to Stacy K Floral or Arena's. Something sweet? Go to Hedonist Artisan Chocolates or Stever's Candies. Accessories, Scarves or Purses? Shop at Fahsye or Peppermint. Something else unique? The city is full of unique places to shop like Abode, Little Button Craft & Press, More Fire Glass Studio, Parkleigh and Louelle Design Studio.

5. Catch a Show

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Looking for a laid back day? Catch a flick at The Little Theatre or Dryden Theatre. Looking to take in a theatrical production? Take Mom out to one of Rochester's incredible theaters like Geva Theatre or Blackfriars Theatre.

Whether you celebrate over the weekend or on another day, we hope you get to enjoy the city with the ones you love.

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Fiorella: Simple, Southern Italian and 8 Reasons to Go

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Fiorella may be new to Rochester, but the owners are not new to great food. Now you may have noticed we called it "simple" Southern Italian, but don't get us wrong, when we say simple, we don't mean basic or boring. We mean delicious food made from fresh, good, simple, local ingredients.

Here are 8 reasons you should dine at Fiorella:

1. It's like Dining with Family

Take a seat at Fiorella for dinner and you might notice the dishes and napkins on the table - they are not your typical restaurant ware. But that's what we love, you feel like you're dining with family, at a home where the special dishes are pulled out for company.

Fun note: all of the dishes and napkins here were collected when owners Gino and Alison were planning their wedding. These are the same dishes their friends and families dined on during their special day, and they want to share that love with the community.

2. It's Good Home Cookin' Italian

It's all homemade. The bread, the gelato, the pizza dough (we'll get into this more), the pasta and more - are all homemade.

3. The Ingredients are Local

Our server was quite passionate about the food and the owners. She shared that Chef Gino cooks with as many local ingredients as absolutely possible. The produce is local, the meat is local, most of the wines are local, there's local beer, cheese and other things we've probably forgotten to mention too. The sorbet pictured above? Homemade from concord grapes that grew in Naples.

4. The Art is Local

When you first enter it's pretty hard to miss the original St. Monci mural on the wall.

The other framed pieces you'll notice around the restaurant were curated by the market's own Chase The Art. We didn't take a picture, so you'll just have to go in, order lunch or dinner, and see it for yourself.

5. The Furniture is Local

Take a seat. Admire the tables, the chairs and the bar. Recognize the sleek and simple design? Yes, you guessed it - it was all made by our city's own Staach.

6. The Pizza Dough

So, Fiorella makes this thing called naturally leavened pizza dough. It is made from only three ingredients: organic flour, water, and sea salt.

That's it, it's simple and wonderful.

7. They Love What They Do

Owners Alison and Chef Gino Ruggiero, LOVE what they do. This is evident in the food, the decor, the ingredients, the service and every aspect of their farm-to-table Italian restaurant.

8. They Just Started Dinner Service

No picture needed for this one - they're open more! If you haven't been able to make it down to Fiorella over the last few weeks while they were only open for lunch, don't fret. They are now open Wednesday-Saturday for lunch AND dinner. Head to their website for hours.

Find Fiorella:

Pizza, pasta, bread, and changing seasonal menu items - we cannot wait to dine again at Fiorella. Follow along with the Rochesteriat on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

10 Ways This Kid is Killin' It!


Jason-Barrett In the most respectful of ways, by "Kid" we mean "Young Distilling Wizard", because at just 27 years old, Jason Barrett just may be a distilling prodigy. He has already accomplished what many of us dream of doing in our careers - work for ourselves and run a successful business. But it's not Jason alone - he has a dedicated team of experts behind him that support the operation. And it doesn't stop there - Black Button Distilling has allowed Jason & Team to attract a most loyal following, rub elbows with some of New York's most powerful decision makers, develop award winning products, and produce cool, crafty drinks, merchandise, and experiences that benefit the Rochester community - and beyond.

In case you didn't know, haven't heard, or haven't experienced Rochester's first grain-to-glass distillery since Prohibition, here are 10 Ways This Kid is Killin' It in our city.

1. Best Spirit Award 

No, we're not talking about a spirit award in cheerleading, a consolation prize given to the someone for just showing up...this is a top-winning award from "The Oscars" of The Classic for their Citrus Forward Gin. In case you missed it, Citrus Forward was also named "The Official Gin of Summer" by Food & Beverage Magazine and earned a Bronze Medal at the American Crafts Spirits Association ceremony earlier in the year. There are plenty of cocktail recipes that have been shared on Black Button's site and elsewhere...try them before this summer comes to an end because they will self-destruct...just kidding, that's a little over-dramatic.

2, 3, 4. Crafty New Products

These guys are good - I mean, REAL good. With a full line of products that include their signature bourbon, a couple of vodkas, gin, and moonshine (you NEED to try the Apple-Pie Moonshine!), Black Button is keeping it fresh with tasty new libations to keep us all on our toes. 2. On Black Friday 2014, Black Button released a special "little barrel" bourbon that aged 4-months; 3. By May 1st, lilac petals and botanicals were mixed in to make a special, limited-run Gin; 4. And by August 28th, the newest product, Bespoke Bourbon Cream, will be released. Calling it similar in concept to an Irish Cream, this thicker concoction will be perfect for the cooler weather ahead, to be used in coffee, cocktails, or as a stand-alone drink.

5. Rapid Expansion

This past April, two 15-ton grain silos, another still, and a couple of additional fermenters were installed at the production facility on 85 Railroad Street. This was done to meet demand for its products, only 14-months into its existence at the time. Demand has been so strong that the original 1,800 bottles of goods produced each week is projected to reach close to double that by year end - and they have already more than doubled its full-time staff since opening.

6. Meet the Senator


How much pull do you have to have to get a senior United States Senator to come visit your start-up? Well, apparently quite a bit of potential for growth, producing jobs, and aiding in urban revitalization - all under the Black Button roof. Senator Schumer was in town earlier this year to back Jason and Black Button's efforts to request an in increase funding for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), essentially to help them and companies like them grow much quicker. I'd drink to that!

7, 8. Share the Trade Secrets

You know how most businesses want to safely guard all their secrets and don't want you to know a thing? Not so with Black Button. In fact, Jason and Team offer monthly 7. Master Distilling courses and regular 8. 3-day Distilling courses to spread the knowledge. These guys must be confident in themselves and their business to do this. From early on, we've enjoyed how Black Button has operated under a policy of collaboration with local farms, vendors, and other businesses to help build up the Rochester community.

9. And Speaking of Collaboration...


Jason has spearheaded the creation of the Rochester Craft Beverage Trail, a mapping of some of the best local craft beverage makers in and around the Rochester Region. This Beverage Trail serves to raise awareness in our community of craft wines, beers, and of course, liquors made by some very talented makers - right in our own backyard. Want to know more about this Trail? Join Black Button and the Rhinos at the very first Rochester Beverage Trail Tasting Event on September 12th for tastes, live music, and finishing off with a soccer game.

10. For the Public, in the Public

What else can we say about Jason & Team? I mean, they really have done a ton of work to make things happen in their warehouse, in their industry, and as we see it, most importantly, their neighborhood. The Public Market Neighborhood has been boosted by the presence of Black Button Distilling that has drawn thousands of visitors since opening that wouldn't have otherwise seen the area. The coolness factor of Black Button gives people who are not normally used to visiting an old, industrial style area a chance to see a different side of our city....and for that, we thank you.

Jason2Jason loves a good bourbon every now and again. But two standouts from Black Button: Apple Pie Moonshine and the Maple Syrup. They need to have another pancake breakfast soon. Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.