If 2020 was the COVID-19 pandemic year, where one longed for and alternatively longed for an evening in the city and rediscovering the joys of homemade food, then 2021 was to rediscover an evening in the city and be able to forget yet another homemade food. meal.
That is, until COVID numbers began to rise again in Ontario County as the days approached 2022.
What will the new year bring? Hopefully, pandemic relief and a return to counting – and ignoring – calories instead of calculating COVID positivity rates. A look back at the food and drink stories that readers enjoyed the most during the year can provide answers to questions for the year to come.
The Central on Main
Restaurateurs, the city of Canandaigua and business leaders and diners hope to build on the success of the popular Central on Main outdoor concept.
This central gathering place in the former parking lot between Simply Crepes and the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce was originally created as a way for downtown establishments to meet pandemic regulations by 2020, gaining momentum throughout the year as a go-to restaurant destination.
So much so that there are plans to make it permanent.
At Central on Main, visitors find a table and order from any of the city’s establishments participating in the program – yes, the impact of the pandemic could still be felt this season, as those who did not attend had difficulty finding workers, which was a problem , common to businesses everywhere.
Food scene:A ‘perfect’ way to stay overnight permanently
Diners can order takeaway or have food delivered to their tables. Adult drinks can be ordered from the beer and wine garden.
The space fits about 100 socially distant customers, and many weekend evenings the tables were filled and the space jumped.
An archway, fence, campfire sites, landscaping, stamped concrete and other ideas are on the way to additions to the lighting and the general outdoor atmosphere here. In other words, the new year could add more reasons to meet at Main.
New in 2021
Who starts a restaurant during a pandemic?
Kimberly Vakiener and Alexander “Xan” Bacon, that’s who. They opened KiX on Main in the revamped space where Gleason’s Food & Drinks used to operate on Main Street, Canandaigua.
The couple knows, after all, what they do, as they are veterans of the city’s restaurant scene, from Nolan’s, where they both worked for years, to the Green Front and Eric’s Office, to Bacon, who is the former owner of Lumberyard Grille.
Food scene:Alive and ‘KiX’-ing’ on Main Street, Canandaigua
The eatery offers pieces of soup such as French onion and lobster corn succulent as well as barley-yourself salads, “sammiches” and main courses, including Xan’s French chicken made according to the locally famous Bacon family recipe.
Last New Year’s Eve, friends of Tammy and Peter Bresette put a mistake in the ear of starting a business in the new year so more people could enjoy her baked treats and bread.
And so did the Bresettes with Love on the Inside, which found a home on the Canandaigua Farmers Market.
Tammy Bresette bakes dozens of loaves of bread a week in her kitchen and lots of cookies, scones, cinnamon rolls and some biscotti and sticky buns.
Hmmm, I wonder what they’re up to this New Year’s Eve gathering.
Customers were upset after hearing that owners Gary and Gudrun Klemens were planning to close their Rheinblick German Restaurant at 224 S. Main St., Canandaigua, after 13 years.
It made their sons, Hardt and Mike Klemens and their families, step in. They reopened the Rheinblick in September, just in time for Oktoberfest.
Their parents retired to Florida and run a restaurant there, the Rhein-Stube German Restaurant.
The popular Macri’s Deli & Café found a new home in the former Seager Marine Ship to Shore deli location, where the pier meets Main Street and slams into the heart of the traffic triangle where New York Kitchen, Seager Marine and Canandaigua Sailboard all border.
After losing the lease on their location on the former Wegmans Square, Frank and his son Tommy Macri teamed up with Seager Marine owners Peter Coons and John Holland to bring the delicacy closer to the lake.
The Macri name goes back a long way in Canandaigua. The Macri grocery store and deli on Pleasant Street served generations from 1924 until it closed in 1983. The upscale delicatessen reopened in January 2013.
And the name lives on in a new place.
Look forward to
There are big things waiting for Canandaigua Country Club, and not just because 2022 marks its 100th anniversary.
Country club and Nolan’s on Canandaigua Lake, which has run the restaurant and special events at the club since 2014, are collaborating on a project aimed at increasing the business for weddings and special events.
The partnership will result in a three-season, temperature-controlled structure in late spring 2022. If you think of a “Great Gatsby” lawn atmosphere by the lake, you’re thinking right. As for food, an outdoor kitchen will have a wood-fired pizza oven and wood-burning stove.
In addition to weddings, the venue will be able to host baby and bridal shows, corporate events and parties on weekends and during the week.
Crossing fingers that this is the year the siren sounds for Engine 14 Brewery in Naples.
Former Rochester firefighter Greg Borden and family had been working hard to open up this year in an unused section of Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars in Naples. The brewery-themed brewery was to join Naples Brewing Co., which opened this year.
When it opens, the Engine 14 Brewery will have a 1953 Ward LaFrance fire truck that Borden bought, only to find out later that it was a disused Rochester fire truck – the Engine 14 – that last drove in 1964 from the same firehouse as him. had been working from for years.
Everyone seems to love the crème de la crème of comfort food, macaroni and cheese.
Alicia Linzy understands that.
Her main appearance is art teacher at Lyons Elementary School. But her artistry can also be experienced in the approximately 16 varieties of homemade macaroni-and-cheese dinners she makes and sells at farmers markets, including Canandaigua, through Ms. Linzys Mac-N-Cheese.
Linzy, who was a board member of the Lyons Community Center, started making her mac and cheese for collections several years ago, and they hit the spot.
Her most popular parent is a Buffalo chicken mac and cheese, though people in Canandaigua seem to like what she calls “Mommy’s Mix” the best. There are four cheeses – Gouda, Gruyère, Monterey, Bergen cheese – and apple bacon. This winter she will be trying pulled pork, chicken Philly and Philly cheesesteak dishes.
To find out where Alicia Linzy will be next, or to order, visit https://www.facebook.com/MsLinzyMac/.
We may love to go out, but many love to go out and eat in places that remind them of home.
Take the so-called “Fantastic Girls Club”, a group of friends who enjoy weekly gatherings – and sometimes more often – at the Blue Ribbon Smokehouse, Restaurant & Bakery in Phelps.
They will talk about most things, family, current events, not-so-current events, and most of what is going on in and around Phelps.
Like most others, COVID-19 meant they could not see the people they loved. They could not do many of the things they loved to do. And they could not go to the places they loved to visit, like the blue ribbon.
As the pandemic’s restrictions eased and they were finally able to leave their homes and walk through the front doors of their favorite eatery, former village officer Pat Hemminger was moved to exclaim, “Halleluiah!”
For 2022, here’s a wish that we all do our part to lick COVID-19 and its variants once and for all, and that we all relive the experience of the Fantastic Girls Club.
As Hemminger put it: “It felt so good to be relatively normal again.”
Eat, drink and be Murphy
The Eat, Drink and Be Murphy column explores the region’s abundance of food and drink – and the people who bring it to you – soup for nuts, highlighted with a craft beer or Finger Lakes wine. After all, who does not love to eat and drink? Email Assistant Editor Mike Murphy at email@example.com or call 585-337-4229 with ideas and suggestions.