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Food trucks, breakfast pizza, Finger Lakes cheese and a Dead Diners preview

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  • The Finger Lakes region is known for its wine, but worth noting their Cheese Trail is gaining steam (and had an event this past weekend).

 

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Food stories, ballpark food, “localvores” and juiceboxes’ milestone.

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It’s been a big few weeks of CNY food news (naturally during my professional training time of year). Another famous chef announced a NY State Fair demonstration, the Syracuse Diners project I worked on has gotten some future press from the local paper and the NY Wine and Culinary Center announced the third year of a cool local competition (that I may be invited to participate as voting media in).

To celebrate, some more food links:

  • As much as I love me some cheap Saranac and a hotdog at a Syracuse Chiefs game, this ESPN report on ballpark food is definitely a bit disheartening.

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It’s been confirmed: “Man V. Food” was in ‘Cuse recently

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…and I wasn’t. My brother is a senior in highschool and good ol’ Valley View in Archbald, Pa. graduated this Wednesday.  Nevertheless, largely in part to Twitter, news and documentation of Adam Richman’s visit was plentiful.

Twitpic user neidl32 found him at Heid’s of Liverpool.

SU Lacrosse player Dan Hardy let the world know he played some stick with Richman yesterday.

YNN viewer Nick Finlayson sent in his photo of Richman walking towards the Dino.

Finally, Richman himself found a way to get face time with Coach Boeheim… host your own national television show.

That means Richman has spent time at SU and then also Heid’s and the Dino. He usually hits at least three food locales, one with a challenge, and to the best of  my knowledge neither Heid’s or Dino BBQ offers a true food challenge. Here’s hoping Mother’s Cupboard is still in the running…

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A Flay recap, spitty beer, creative control and another create-a-flavor contest

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  • So Bobby Flay did an outdoor cooking demo at the NY State Fair last week… very unique experience. Flay himself was an absolute showman. He encouraged audience interaction (either just shouting out and he responded, or formal questions mostly asked by little children) and was quick with one-liners throughout.  The unique part was how captivated the audience was. They roared when NY ingredients were used, nodded in agreement when Flay gave a bit of cooking advice and swooned over every scent and visual presented. It wasn’t as if anyone was close to Flay’s kitchen (he was up on a stage like a concert). It caught me off guard that so many people would be engaged by a relatively passive activity they were largely removed from.  That’s an absolute testament to the lure of Flay.
  • … but I doubt she would sell me on this spit beer.
  • Finally, who doesn’t love new flavor contests? The newest one comes from Vitamin Water who challenges consumers to develop the next bottle label.

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