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Food For Thought: Monthly Food Column in Tompkins Weekly

Posted on January 31, 2019 |

Ithaca has more restaurants per capita than New York City – which means even if we wanted to take you to all of our favorite establishments, there wouldn’t be time. We pick a variety to showcase during our tours to give you a sense of what Ithaca has to offer, then hope you’ll adventure further on your own! But that just wasn’t enough, so in December 2018 Owner & Guide Sarah (that’s me!) began writing a monthly food column for local publication Tompkins Weekly. “Food For Thought” explores the hidden culinary gems of Tompkins County – whether a restaurant, bar, farm store, pop-up dinner, or food-focused conference. This column publishes in on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, so pick up a free Tompkins Weekly in newsstands around town, or scroll down to read past articles online.

From Farm to Box to Table

Carriage House Cafe & The Loft

The daily special pancakes often feature a local fruit compote, such as these pecan meal buttermilk pancakes topped with a cranberry and apple compote and NYS maple syrup.

The daily special pancakes often feature a local fruit compote, such as these pecan meal buttermilk pancakes topped with a cranberry and apple compote and NYS maple syrup.

In Tompkins County there is no shortage of farms utilizing the CSA model, with over 20 farms offering an array of options – including both meat and vegetables, in summer and in winter. According to a 2017 survey conducted by Monika Roth, Ag Extension Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, about 10 percent of county residents participate, allowing local farmers a degree of economic freedom not normally seen at their small scale. While a home cook might enjoy the challenge of incorporating these unpredictable crops over the course of a week, it’s hard to imagine a restaurant doing the same – but not only do the chefs at the Carriage House Café in Collegetown and the bartenders at The Loft rise to the challenge, they relish it. Continue reading…

 

The Odyssey ends with a Cosmic Cocktail

Bar Argos & the Argos Warehouse

A bartender at Bar Argos prepares two cocktails: a Saturn (left) and Solar Flame (right).

A bartender at Bar Argos prepares two cocktails: a Saturn (left) and Solar Flame (right).

If you were faced with a choice of cocktails between the Solar Flare – the name an indication of a technique used while making the drink – and the Pale Blue Dot – a rum and pear homage to our home sweet home – which would you choose? This was the question I considered one weekday evening in December while lounging in a chartreuse upholstered turn-of-the-century chair at Bar Argos. Musing over the pearlescent menu I couldn’t help but think that while I love each seasonal cocktail release at Argos, the fall/winter theme – Cosmos – might yet be my favorite. Continue reading…

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