Food

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Food, Business.

Press release:

Looking for “great food and warm hospitality” close to home? Get ready for the second annual Wyoming County Restaurant Week starting April 30 and running through May 6. Hosted by the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism Office and local media, the event is countywide.

Participating restaurants will be offering a unique dish or dishes throughout the week at the special price of $20.17. Each restaurant will create its own restaurant week menu, which could include anything from a single entrée to a multi-course meal.

“We’re very excited to be partnering again on this fun event and thank the restaurants for being involved. What better way for our restaurants to showcase all of the great menu items that they have available,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner.

“We have some of the best restaurants in Western New York right here in our backyard, and this is a great way to celebrate all that they have to offer and encourage diners to try something new. Thanks to all the event partners and everyone who works to makes this event a success.”

More information, weekly specials, and the full list of participating restaurants can be found at www.wyomingcountyrestaurantweek.com or www.gowyomingcountyny.com or by calling the Chamber at (585) 786-0307.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Food, Wyoming.
Event Date and Time: 
March 19, 2017 -
8:00am to 12:30pm
Wyoming Hook & Ladder, 26 Maple St., Wyoming, is hosting an All You Can Eat Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 19.
The menu includes: regular and buckwheat pancakes, French toast, maple syrup from Wyoming County, ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, sausage gravy with biscuits, frittata, orange juice, milk, tea, and a sweet treat. This month's special feature is corned beef hash.
The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children 10 years old and younger.
Monday, August 15, 2016 at 4:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Pike Fair, Pike, Food.

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The sweet smell of cinnamon and powdered sugar hung in the air, wafting through the streets of Pike as if to say “come hither, you know you can’t resist the sweet deliciousness of fried dough.” Mingling with the scent, was the pungent aroma of sizzling sausage and fried peppers and onions. Rolling on top of that...the scent of taffy, pizza and tacos wrapping itself around you like an old comfortable sweatshirt.

Nothing quite beats the taste of fair food and the 173rd Wyoming County Fair is host to a plethora of culinary delights.

G Crew Concessions has been a staple of the fair for close to 75 years...and it’s always been a family affair. 

When Tracey Bush’s grandfather passed away, her father Cliff Schortz continued to operate the confectioner's stand, traveling around the state to sell his sweets. Recently, Schortz became ill. Not wanting the business to see its demise, Tracey, her husband, Chris, and their three children – Gage, Grace and Jarrett – decided to try their hand at making the famous funnel cakes and waffle cones.

“This is the first year we’ve done this,” Tracey said. “So far, we are having a good time. Although we can’t fit all five of us in here at one time so we are on rotating shifts.”

Don Mack, owner of JMT Enterprises Blooming Onions, said he was “born into the business.” The semiretired owner said his uncle got him into it more than 30 years ago.

The stand goes through approximately five 50-pound bags of Vidalia onions a day. That’s about 250 pounds of onions for the week!

The family-run operation travels throughout the state boasting the “biggest onions around.” 

“I enjoy working with my kids, they are always there to help me,” Mack said. “We sell a slice of heaven wrapped up in deep-fried delight.”

The key to his success is his batter, and of course he wouldn’t reveal its ingredients.

“It’s a secret family recipe,” he said with a twinkle in his eyes.

One cannot possibly leave the fair without the tasty treat of Fowlers Taffy as well. With a family recipe that has not changed for almost 100 years, the popular candymaker has been a icon of the fair for close to 70 years.

David Fowler, a third-generation candymaker said the best part of the fair is “the people and meeting new faces.”

The process of making the taffy takes about an hour from start to finish. Prior to becoming its familiar ruler-like shape, the sweetened goo feels like “hot Silly Putty” until its cool enough to handle.

To even out the temperature of the candy – so there are no hot or cold spots – takes a technique of body weight and leverage.

“You definitely know when you are doing it wrong,” he said. “You’ll feel it at the end of the day.”

In addition to the food and games and rides at the fair, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department is holding Operation SAFE CHILD.

Operation SAFE CHILD was created in 2005 to promote child safety. Through a  partnership with the New York State Sheriffs' Association, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, New York State Police and the New York City Police Department, the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse expanded the program into a multi-pronged campaign which provides parents and guardians with three tools to promote child safety:

    • Know your child’s information by obtaining a free SAFE CHILD card;

    • Know your child’s friends by learning about Internet safety; and

    • Know your neighborhood by using the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

Under the program, parents can bring their children to the Sheriff’s Department booth in the People’s Building on the fair grounds, fill out a bit of paperwork, and have their child’s picture and fingerprint taken.

The photo and identifying information is then scanned onto a card – similar in size to a credit card – which the parents can put in their wallet or other safe place. 

“The cards can be used so emergency responders have pertinent information on the child if they become lost, missing or taken,” said Sheriff Gregory Rudolph. “We’ve been doing this for seven or eight years now.”

The fair in now in full swing and continues through Aug. 20. Look for more highlights throughout the week as we continue our coverage of the “Pike Fair." 

See our Facebook page for more photos.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Loosen that belt buckle and pull up a chair, Wyoming County will be serving up a weeklong feast of local dining.

Wyoming County Restaurant Week will be held May 15-21 at more than 20 restaurants throughout the county. Participating restaurants will be offering a unique dish or dishes throughout the week at the special price of $20.16. Each restaurant will create its own Restaurant Week menu, which could include anything from a single entrée to a multi-course meal.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism has partnered with the Warsaw Country Courier, Arcade Herald, and WCJW Radio to host the premiere event.

“We’re very excited to be partnering on this fun event and thank the restaurants for being involved. What better way for our restaurants to showcase all of the great menu items that they have available,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner. “We have some of the best restaurants in Western New York right here in our backyard, and this is a great way to celebrate all that they have to offer and encourage diners to try something new.”

More information, weekly specials, and the full list of participating restaurants can be found by visiting www.wyomingcountyrestaurantweek.com or by calling the Chamber at (585) 786-0307. Restaurants specials can also be found on Facebook by searching Wyoming County Restaurant Week.

Participating restaurants include:

    • Amber Lantern Brewing Company, 44 N. Main St., Warsaw; (585) 786-3559 www.amberlanternbrewingcompany.com;

    • Arcade VFW Post #374, 550 Main St., Arcade; (585) 492-2668; Facebook: Hendershott Manness;

    • Arcade Village Cafe, 223 Liberty St., Arcade; (585) 492-4608; Facebook: Arcade Village Cafe;

    • Attica Hotel, 28 Exchange St., Attica, (585) 591-1697; Facebook: Attica Hotel, LLC;

    • Byrncliff Resort & Conference Center, 2357 Humphrey Road, Varysburg, (585) 535-7300; www.byrncliff.com;

    • End of the Road Inn, 11293 S. Lake St., Pavilion, (585) 584-8070; Facebook: End of the Road Inn

    • Glen Iris Inn, 7 Letchworth State Park, Castile; (585) 493-2622; www.glenirisinn.com;

    • Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg; (585) 535-4100; www.hiddenvalleyadventure.com;

    • Hoffman Central House, 4253 Route 98, North Java; (585) 535-8015; Facebook: Hoffman Central House;

    • Hole in the Wall Restaurant, 7056 Standpipe Road, Perry; (585) 237-3003; www.holeinthewallperry.com;

    • John & Mary’s Restaurant, 496 Main St., Arcade; (585) 492-0880; Facebook: John and Mary’s - Arcade;

    • John & Sarah’s Family Restaurant, 127 N. Center St., Perry; (585) 237-2545; Facebook: John and Sarah’s Family Restaurant;

    • Little Red Caboose, 571 Main St., Arcade; (585) 492-0222; Facebook: Little Red Caboose LLC;

    • Little Sicily Pizzeria & Ristorante, 121 Prospect St., Attica; (585) 708-5093; Facebook: Little Sicily Pizzeria;

    • Lumberyard Restaurant, 18 S. Federal St., Perry; (585) 237-3160; www.lumberyardrestaurant.com;

    • Main Street Grille of Arcade, 246 Main St., Arcade; (585) 492-1483; Facebook: Main Street Grille of Arcade;

    • Nellie’s Restaurant, 572 Main St., Arcade; (585) 492-5531; Facebook: Nellie’s Restaurant

    • Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 425 N. Main St., Warsaw, (585) 228-1050; www.riograndewarsaw.com;

    • Silverlake Family Restaurant, 105 W. Buffalo St., Warsaw; (585) 786-5213; www.silverlakefamilyrestaurant.com;

    • Smokey’s Bar & Grill, 1447 Route 78, Java Center; (585) 457-3276; Facebook: Smokey’s Bar & Grill; and 

    • Theo’s Family Restaurant, 563 Main St., Arcade; (585) 492-0105; Facebook: Theo’s Family Restaurant.

Monday, July 13, 2015 at 10:19 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Food, Taste of Summer, Perry.

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If you took a walk along Main Street in Perry Saturday, you may have had a chance to sample succulent seasonal dishes inspired by local, in-season ingredients at the Taste of Summer. This year’s event featured seven restaurants, two wineries, herbal tea samples and a brewery.

Patrons were able to sample a one- or two-bite meal from a wide variety of appetizers, main dishes, sides and desserts, with each dish showcasing the signature design of its culinary creator. It was an exciting and tasty panoply.

Participating restaurants included: the Hole in the Wall Restaurant and Lounge, Perry; Piffard’s Yard of Ale; Questa Lasagna, of Mount Morris; R&R Lumberyard Restaurant, Perry; the Glen Iris Inn, Castile; The Pantry Mouse Tea House, Mount Morris; and The Amber Lantern Bar & Restaurant, Warsaw, which offered both food samples and tastings of its new in-house brewery.

Perry designer Scott Safford enhanced the tented event with festive elements, and a musical performance by Rochester’s Gordon Munding, tantalized the ears.

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Friday, June 12, 2015 at 4:08 pm
Event Date and Time: 
June 13, 2015 - 2:00pm to June 14, 2015 - 6:00am
RELAY FOR LIFE OF WYOMING COUNTY Perry High School Athletic Field Opening ceremony:  2:00 p.m. Luminaria ceremony:  9:30 p.m. Vendor & craft show:  2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Chicken bbqat noon, scavener hunt, obstacle course, 50/50 raffle, TV raffle, Basket Raffles, Face Painting, Cupcake & Cookie Bar, Psychic Readings, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Henna Tattoos, Baked Food Sale   Come, have fun, walk the track and help us kick cancer's butt!  
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