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Grand Event - Friday Night Dinner Experiences
The women for WineSense coordinators have been working hard to offer an extra activity for you at the 2017 Grand Event in the Finger Lakes. Join us on Friday evening for one of the many dining experiences we've created for you! We have options that will take you throughout all corners of the Finger Lakes.  The Grand Event agenda leaves Friday night wide open; this is a time where you can branch out & leisurely explore the FLX on your own!  Choose from Food & Wine Pairings, Farm to Table Dinners, Cellar Dinners and more!  Whether you are looking for a casual, intimate, formal, educational or just plain, fun-filled true FLX experience, we have you covered!  One thing is for sure, there will always be a lake in sight!

Attendees will need register separately for the dinner experiences - this is an add-on to your Grand Event Registration.



Dinner Experiences

Belhurst Castle

Friday - July 28 - 7:00 PM to 9:00PM
Located on a cliff on the northwest side overlooking Seneca Lake.
4069 W Lake Rd
Geneva, NY  14456

A must see location in the Finger Lakes! Dine in an original 1800's Castle overlooking Seneca Lake. Each course is scientifically paired with an award winning Belhurst Estate Winery wine. Come to historic Belhurst Castle and take part in a truly unique dining experience. Relax and enjoy views of Seneca Lake as our staff guides your taste buds through a six-course food and wine pairing dinner. With a locally sourced mentality, our Chef will create unique, seasonally inspired dishes that will leave you wanting more. Each course will also feature a perfectly paired Belhurst Castle Winery wine. Your host will educate you on the history of wines from the Finger Lakes area including specific tasting notes for each dish you taste. This is a small group event with exclusive and limited seating where you will be dining with other food and wine lovers.


Fox Run Dinner on the Vineyards

Friday - July 28 - 6:30 PM to 8:30PM
Overlooking Seneca Lake, this vineyard features tastings & a locally sourced market & cafe.
670 NY-14
Penn Yan, NY  14527


Dine with owners Scott & Ruth Osborn in there back yard under the magnificent walnut tree with fantastic lake views! Ruth will be doing the cooking & Scott will be on the grill. If you are looking for an intimate one on one experience with one of the most leading wineries in the area, this is it!

Fox Run Vineyards sits high on Torrey Ridge, overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake. With fifty acres of east facing vineyards on glacial soils, the winery produces a remarkable range of limited-production, site-expressive estate wines. Native grape varieties put the Finger Lakes on the map a century and half ago, and French-American hybrids, bred for cold resistance, still have an important niche in the region. But owner Scott Osborn is convinced that non-hybrid European Vinifera grapes can yield wine excellent enough to put the Finger Lakes in the ranks of the world’s top fine wine producers.

Heron Hill Winery Cellar Dinner

Friday - July 28 - 6:00 PM to 8:00PM
Nestled on high peak overlooking Keuka Lake
9301 Co Rd 76
Hammondsport, NY  14840

Dedicated to excellence in winemaking in the Finger Lakes region since 1977. Heron Hill Winery was chosen as one of the ten most spectacular tasting rooms in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine! Enjoy local farm to table wine pairings, with a cellar experience featuring Library wines, Barrel and Tank samples that will give a unique history of the age-ability of the wines in our collection. Appetizers & refreshments will start in the Tower and then we will continue to the cellar for a gourmet “Locavore” dinner with featured wine pairings. Each dish has been especially created and sequenced to take the guest through a range of sensory experiences, taking a special meal and elevating into an unforgettable evening. Library wines will be available for purchase at the end of the evening.


Ravines Wine Cellars & The Ravinous Table Dinner Experience

Friday - July 28 - 7:00 PM to 9:00PM
Ravines Wine Cellars rests on a hillside overlooking glacier-carved Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes
400 Barracks Rd
Geneva, NY  14456


The Ravinous Table: A Finger Lakes Food & Wine Experience Join Winemaker Morten Hallgren and Ravinous Kitchen Chef Scott Riesenberger for an exciting communal dining experience in the historic Slate Barn at Ravines Wine Cellars. French-trained Chef Scott will prepare a seasonal menu of six beautiful courses each perfectly paired with the expressive, balanced wines of Ravines. Each course is created with produce, meats and cheeses from the orchards, fields and dairies of neighboring Finger Lakes farms including the herbs, vines and honey hives at Ravines. The event begins at 7pm with Ravines Sparkling Brut, 7 years “en tirage” paired with an amuse-bouche and a brief tour of the cellar, complete with barrel tasting. Chef Scott will present the foods and talk about the courses while Morten, owner & winemaker will muse over the wine pairings.

Atwater Wine Dinner in the Vineyards

Friday - July 28 - 5:30 PM to 7:00PM
Nestled in Atwater's beautiful vineyards In the famous "Banana Belt" growing region on the southeast
5055 NY-414
Burdett, NY  14818


Experience fine dining prepared table-side by acclaimed local chefs from Red Dove Tavern while you are nestled in Atwater's beautiful vineyards overlooking Seneca Lake. Delectable menus that focus on local and seasonal ingredients are thoughtfully paired with Atwater wines. Meet our winemakers, learn about the chefs and the passion they bring to their table, and enjoy lively conversation with friends old and new.

The New York Wine And Culinary Center

Friday - July 28 - 6:00 PM to 8:30PM
Lakefront venue dedicated to New York-sourced ingredients, offering upscale New American cuisine.
800 S Main St
Canandaigua, NY  14424


The New York Wine & Culinary Center brings you the best of New York, all in one beautiful and scenic spot on the northern shore of Canandaigua Lake. Through partnerships with area farmers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisans, and entrepreneurs, the Center offers an array of inviting experiences which proudly highlight and promote the natural beauty, rich history, and agricultural bounty of New York State. New York Wine & Culinary Center is designed to educate, engage, and excite people in a celebration of New York’s incredible beverage, agriculture, and culinary industries.

These classes are designed to be fun, relaxing, and an escape from the daily grind. They are a great way to learn basic cooking techniques while enjoying your family and friends in our Hands-On Kitchen. The Center's Chef Instructor will provide a history and overview of the recipes while demonstrating proper knife skills and professional culinary techniques. They will then lead the class through the preparation of appetizer, side dishes, and entrées. The menu will be prepared by participants working together at each of
the cooking islands and everything will be served family style. A perfectly paired New York State wine will be served with the meal. No one will leave hungry!

Winemakers Mixer On Striver's Boat Cruise

Friday - July 28 - 7:00 PM to 9:00PM
Located at the north end of beautiful Seneca Lake.
401 Boodys Hill Rd
Geneva, NY  14456


If you’re feeling more adventuresome or looking for fun, The Finger Lakes Winemakers Mixer on Stiver's Boat Cruise is the place to do just that! Enjoy a fun night on a boat where you will savor an abundance variety of hors d'oeuvres. Meet up and coming award winning Finger Lakes Winemakers who will be serving a verity of local wines, you will not be disappointed!

Zugibe Vineyards Mediterranean Wine Dinner

Friday - July 28 - 6:00 PM to 8:00PM
On the banks of Seneca Lake.
4848 East Lake Rd
Geneva, NY  14456


Owner, Brendan Zugibe prepares food from his ancestors and presents a Mediterranean menu with each course paired with a different Zugibe wine, on their beautifully decorated stage with panoramic lake views of the of Seneca lake from the northeast side of the lake. Zugibe Vineyards enjoys making reference to their Lebanese heritage and it will surely be a great experience dinning in the The Phoenician Bistro at Zugibe Vineyards.


Grand Event 2017