3 Reasons You Need to Go to the Kodak Visitor Center

Whether you’re new to Rochester or a long time Rochesterian, get the Kodak Center on you MUST-DO list, now. Formerly known as the Kodak Theater on the Ridge and then Kodak Center for Performing Arts, the Kodak Center features touring productions, musicians, comedy, kids shows and more.

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While you should definitely check out their list of shows, we want to make sure the Kodak Visitor Center, which opened in December and is FREE, is on your radar. Here are 3 things you don’t want to miss:

1. Over 130 Years of Kodak History

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Kodak has a very deep and rich history here that extends beyond Rochester and now there’s a place to learn about it in person.

Learn about the start of Kodak, the way it impacted the world we live in, the Kodak cameras that went to the moon with Apollo 11, see the first digital camera, learn why film has perforations on the outside and so much more.

Check out this quick intro video on the Visitor Center:

2. The Lost Coloramas

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The very first temporary exhibit featured at the Visitor Center is The Lost Coloramas, highlighting the work of photographer Neil Montanus. Neil traveled the world with his photography, he’s known for taking “the best portrait ever” of Walt Disney as well as shooting 55 of the 565 Kodak Coloramas that hung in Grand Central Station from 1950-1990.

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See a number of the “Lost Coloramas” that were never featured in Grand Central and haven’t been viewed in more than 4 0 years.

3. Ugly Duck & The Retail Shop

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The best way to start your tour of the Visitor Center may be first to grab a coffee at Ugly Duck Coffee and then peruse the exhibitions….

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Well, whether you do before or after your tour, you won’t want to miss this space housing Ugly Duck Coffee (grab coffee, a latte, tea, chai or maybe some pastries from Scratch Bakeshop) and the Kodak Retail Shop featuring mugs, bags, shirts, and more.

Not only will you have a great beverage from Ugly Duck, but the shop is also full of great gift ideas for someone who once worked at Kodak, someone who moved away from Rochester, a Rochester history buff (or fanatic), or maybe even a little something for yourself!

Kodak Visitor Center Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Ugly Duck Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Website: Kodak Center
Location:
200 West Ridge Road
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15 Places You Should Be Thinking of for Brunch

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Rochester's brunch game is strong.

There are a lot of the great diners and restaurants for breakfast, like neighbors, Jine's and The Frog Pond, but do you know about these 15 great places? If not, you should be thinking about them for brunch (p.s. we revised our post from 10 to 15, because ROC is so great).


1. Blu Wolf Bistro

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While you may think of stopping here for a burger and drink after work, don't miss out on Blu Wolf's brunch offerings like their Hangover Bowls and Chicken n'Waffles.

Find it: Website, Map


2. Brown Hound Downtown

Brown Hound has been located in the Memorial Art Gallery for a year now. With the bakery and the restaurant you'll find many offerings including lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekend.

Find it: Website, Map


3. ButaPub

This Asian-inspired pub may serve some roc'in ramen and Banh mi, but don't forget to check it out on the weekend for their ButaPub Benedict and Chicken & Donuts.

Find it: Website, Map


4. Cure

Cure, located at the Public Market, focuses on seasonal menus from locally sourced products. And in case you didn't know it, Sunday is brunch day. Check it out.

Find it: Website, Map


5. The Frog Pond

Another longtime breakfast staple in the city is The Frog Pond. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, they offer a menu full of omelets, eggs benedict and more.

Find it: Website, Map


6. Glen Edith Coffee

Glen Edith Coffee on Somerton St. off Park Ave. has been serving up waffles, breakfast sandwiches and more since the beginning. Who doesn't love breakfast all day, everyday?

Find it: Website, Map


7. Lento

Lento does not offer brunch every week, so you have to keep your eyes on their social media accounts. Future brunch dates that have been announced are March 26th, April 16th and May 14th.

Find it: Website, Map


8. Marty's on Park

From food truck, to brick and mortor, to brunch! Marty's is a new addition to our list, just launching brunch on February 18th.

Find it: Website, Map


9. McCann's Local Meats

Breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and so much goodness from one of our favorite local meat establishments. And now, thanks to their new espresso machine, you can get a latte, cappuccino, cortado and more.

Find it: Website, Map


10. Nosh

The newest of all of these restaurants, Nosh, has recently announced on Instagram that brunch is finally here. Need we say more?

Find it: Website, Map


11. The Owl House

The Owl House has great options for not only the meat-eaters, but also vegans, vegetarians and people who are dining gluten free. Enjoy the Chicken N Waffles or even the Tofu N Waffles (and don't miss the brunch cocktails).

Find it: Website, Map


12. Radio Social

With their Middle Eastern cuisine, Radio Social’s brunch runs from 11am-3pm on Sundays. Their menu changes seasonally so follow along on social media or check out their website for the latest menu.

Find it: Website, Map


13. The Revelry

While The Revelry is open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner, they also feature a great Sunday brunch. Check out specialties like The Sangwich or the Short Rib Pastrami Hash.

Find it: Website, Map


14. ROUX

The kitchen at Roux is putting out classic French cuisine and the brunch is top-notch from the Waffle Sammy and Smoked Salmon to the simpler Brûléed Grapefruit.

Find it: Website, Map


15. TRATA

In case you didn't know, not only does TRATA have great lunch and dinner options (plus all the cocktails, beer & wine), but brunch ALL DAY on Sundays.

Find it: Website, Map

This post was originally written January 2017 and was updated on 1/25/19!


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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She is a big fan of all breakfast foods from the sweet to the savory and can't pass up a great brunch. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Bloody Mary Fest: 11/18/18

If you missed the 2017 Bloody Mary Fest, don’t worry... it’s back and even bigger. This year, the Bloody Mary Fest is on Sunday, November 18th at the Main Street Armory. Here’s why we think you should go:

14 Bloody Mary Samples

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Each ticket includes samples from 10 restaurants and new this year: 3 popular Bloody Mary mixes. Not only are you getting to try 13 completely different Bloody Mary’s, each restaurant has a garnish that is equally as great as their drink… yum!

It’s a Competition

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Not only is this a fun event, it’s a competition. The constant for each Bloody Mary is that they’ll be made with Tommyrotter Distillery Vodka. After that it’s up to each restaurant (and mix) to impress YOU. Every attendee will be able to vote after they’ve sampled from each vendor.

Vote for categories like "Rochester's Best Bloody Mary", and "Best Garnished Bloody Mary", and the "Best Bloody Mary Mix".

The Lineup

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Other Vendors

Besides the restaurants and mixes, there will also be other local vendors, a DJ, a "make & take" craft station, a photo booth by Hype Booth, as well as a cash bar, $5 Mimosas and Screwdrivers, and food for purchase from the Main Street Armory.

What are you waiting for, go snag your ticket!

Date/Time: Sunday, November 18th, 1-4pm
Location: Rochester Main Street Armory, 900 East Main Street
More Details: Website - Facebook - Ticket Page


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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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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
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