A tasting room now carries the name of the Opici family
CANANDAIGUA — It’s all in a name over at the New York Kitchen.
Earlier this year, the nonprofit changed its name, moving away from the former New York State Wine and Culinary Center as part of a rebranding effort.
Now, New York Kitchen is announcing the naming rights of a tasting room in the center down by Canandaigua Lake.
The Opici Family Tasting Room was unveiled during a luncheon at the New York Kitchen last month.
In 1913, Joseph Opici started Opici Family Distributing. Over the last 85 years the business was expanded by Hubert Opici. Now, it’s a fourth-generation, family-owned wine and spirits wholesaler managed by Linda, Dina and Don Opici. The Syracuse area company is recognized nationally for its focus on representing the best New York state wineries have to offer.
“We are thrilled to build upon the strong relationships we have formed with the New York state winery community by supporting the NY Kitchen with the new Opici Family Tasting Room,” said Dina Opici, president of Opici Family Distributing, in a prepared statement.
The newly named tasting room features wine, beer, cider, distilled products and non-alcoholic beverages all produced in New York state.
In addition to the tasting room, New York Kitchen has a state-of-the-art, hands-on kitchen where guests can sign up to take cooking classes, Wine Spectator Theater where NYK offers certification courses, and multiple private event rooms with capacities upward of 150 people, as well as a gift shop and farm-to-table-style restaurant and bar on the second level.
“This is an exciting time for New York Kitchen following our rebrand in April to now have The Opici Family Tasting Room in our building, as we extend our partnership with area wineries, breweries and distilleries to showcase all of the amazing craft beverages produced in New York state under one roof,” said NYK General manager Bethany DiSanto.
Naples Grape Festival
If you have plans for the weekend, they better be grape ones.
The Naples Grape Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Wines of the Finger Lakes will be available for tasting on the Main Street sidewalk in front of Memorial Town Hall. Of course, this is always a good time to check out the famous grape pies (and other kinds) at Monica’s Pies, 7599 Route 21.
And this is always a fun time: Visitors can try their hand at baking a pie for the World’s Greatest Grape Pie.
Out and about
Next weekend promises to be a fun one for fans of food and drink.
• The Cookbook Club members will make seasonal recipes and bring them to the Victor Farmington Library to share, at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the library, 15 W. Main St., Victor. Registration is required. And looking ahead, there are new themes every month. For information, visit victorfarmingtonlibrary.org or call 585-924-2637.
• At Finger Lakes Community College, be ready to eat and read. The FLCC Book Feast starts at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the college’s main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell. Students will prepare a five-course meal as attendees discuss “Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste” by Bianca Bosker. Registration is required and cost is $75. For information, visit give.flcc.edu or call 585-785-1454.
• Also that night, the popular Dinner at Julia will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5, also at the college’s main campus. Culinary arts students will prepare gourmet five-course dinners for the public. Admission includes tax and tips. Reservations are required and cost is $40. For information, visit flcc.edu/restaurant or call 585-785-1476.
• From 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, ReInvention Brewing Company in Manchester will host Coptoberfest 2018. The event will feature Coptoberfest beer, raffles and games. 78RPM will perform live. Food will be available for purchase at the CR7 Catering Food Truck. Proceeds to benefit Ontario County PBA’s Back the Blue initiatives. ReInvention Brewing Company is at 9 N. Main St.