FLCC's popular Vintners & Valentines event is set for early February while New York Kitchen is adding another hands-on kitchen.

HOPEWELL — As 2018 closes out, there are some exciting events to look forward to in 2019.

This just in from Finger Lakes Community College — perhaps for a last-minute Christmas or a very early Valentine's Day gift — tickets are on sale for the popular Vintners & Valentines event, a Feb. 8 dinner with a host at each table to discuss the gourmet food and wine pairings.

This winemaker’s dinner, to be held at the FLCC main campus Student Center, features Finger Lakes wines and the people who make them, a five-course meal prepared by the college’s culinary arts students, and silent and live auctions.

The event is a fundraiser to support the FLCC viticulture and wine technology degree and the college’s hospitality programs.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a local winemaker or an FLCC viticulture student who will discuss the wine pairing with each course. The menu features potato leek soup, roasted halibut or tofu, and beef or vegetable Wellington as a main course. Dessert stations conclude the evening.

Tickets are $125 per person and are on sale through Jan. 29 at the FLCC Foundation, 585-785-1205, foundation@flcc.edu or at give.flcc.edu.

NYK grows

New York Kitchen is adding a second hands-on kitchen that will allow the nonprofit to hold more youth culinary camps, college culinary arts students and additional private events and public classes.

The hands-on kitchen in use now holds 24 guests; the new one will hold 18 guests and enables NYK to double its educational offerings.

Each year, NYK hosts more than 240 cooking classes and books over 125 private events, so this is big news.

Lead Culinary Instructor Matt Wooster typically leads classes and events.

“What I hear time after time from guests is how much they love the experience and a lot of times guests have had to wait to get into a class because they always sell out,” Wooster said in a prepared statement. “On top of that, our youth culinary camp opportunities just doubled, which is the heart and soul of NYK. Watching these kids learn valuable skills they can use throughout their life keeps me going.”

Construction will begin in January. The new kitchen will take the place of the existing Pantry gift shop; the locally made foods, kitchenware and artwork sold there will then be sold across the hall, from the Opici Family Tasting Room.

The hope is for the new kitchen to open in June.

The decision to do this was a unanimous one from members of New York Kitchen’s board of directors, according to General Manager Bethany DiSanto.

“This allows us to further drive our mission forward, which is to educate, engage and excite our visitors of New York state agriculture, craft beverages and culinary arts,” DiSanto said.

Great tastes

An Evening of Great Tastes — and who could pass that up — is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor.

The event, which is presented by the Kiwanis Cub of Farmington-Victor, includes tastings from more than 15 Finger Lakes wineries and breweries as well as local cuisine.

Basket auctions and raffles are planned throughout the evening.

Cost is $35 a person and $60 for couples. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis scholarships and outreach programs.

Tickets are available at the Farmington and Victor Canandaigua National Bank locations or by contacting Mark Allman at mallman@cnbank.com or Barb at 585-733-8577.

Get ready for baseball

It’s never too early to talk baseball, especially when you’re talking about the Rochester Red Wings.

As part of a $550,000 grant awarded to Monroe County for $3 million worth of upgrades to Frontier Field in Rochester, a portion of the funding will go to a beer and wine garden. Also planned are a kids area with playground equipment behind the right field scoreboard, a concourse that will allow fans to walk from the left field patio to the right field pedestrian bridge, a new party pavilion and left field picnic area.