The Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce is is organizing the daylong "al fresco flx" to find out.

CANANDAIGUA — Local food and local drink are huge in the Finger Lakes region, which the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce has long recognized.

Inspired by ongoing developments in the region’s travel and tourism marketplace, the Chamber is hosting an event June 3 called “al fresco flx” to talk more about and experience what is happening on the agritourism, food and craft beverage scenes.

This will be a day of dialogue among current and aspiring influencers in the high-potential specialties of farm-to-table, agritourism and craft food and beverage. The event, which will be presented by Lyons National Bank, will be held at the Ramada Plaza Geneva Lakeshore Resort.

Recent changes in consumer habits are “making something big out of being small,” Ethan Fogg, executive director of the Canandaigua Chamber, said in a prepared statement, “so we’re hosting al fresco flx to inform, connect and inspire small to medium-sized businesses, whether they’re involved in the movement or just curious.”

The day’s program will include panel discussions on issues like supply and demand and curating the guest experience; work groups will explore ways for firms to tell their story more effectively and how to adapt their business plans to changes in the industry.

Over lunch, served al fresco overlooking Seneca Lake, Executive Chef Samantha Buyskes and Host Terry Sindt from the Ramada Geneva Lakefront Resort will share the story of the hotel’s decision to enter the farm-to-table market. The day’s program will conclude with a reception at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center.

Following the reception, Chef Buyskes will host an intimate five-course chef’s table dinner with local wine and commentary.

The cost for al fresco flx is $50 per person, including lunch. Tickets for the chef’s dinner are $100 per person and require event registration. Members of the Canandaigua Chamber enjoy early-bird access to tickets; the general public can buy tickets after April 23 by visiting alfrescoFLX.com or calling the Canandaigua Chamber at 585-394-4400.

Growlers, Grapes, & Grains

The Growlers, Grapes, & Grains tasting event and fundraiser for the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center is rapidly becoming a welcome sign of spring.

The GCCC is again teaming with Ryan's Wines & Spirits to host the fourth annual event, which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Visitors will be able to taste craft beers, wines and hard cider, and food pairings from Smokin' Hot Chicks BBQ and desserts will complement the tastings.

Eddie Lee and Closing Time will perform acoustic music. A 50/50 raffle is planned to accompany the showing of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.

For a vendor listing and ticket information, visit www.gccc.org, call 585-396-7230 or email programs@gccc.org. Tickets, which are $40 ($10 for designated drivers), also will be available at the door.

Fabulous Fabio

Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani will return to his del Lago Resort & Casino restaurant, Portico by Fabio Viviani, for two events May 8. Viviani will be bringing his culinary expertise to food lovers with an interactive cooking class and a local wine pairing dinner at Portico.

Guests will watch his dishes come to life as he skillfully prepares some of his most-loved recipes. During the two-hour interactive cooking demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m., Viviani will teach techniques, tips and tricks while sharing stories about his path to success, and answer questions from the audience. Throughout the class, guests will dine on the dishes prepared by Viviani. Tickets are $50 per person (plus gratuity and tax) and include the cooking class and samples of all dishes crafted by Viviani.

Viviani will also host a VIP wine dinner in the Portico Terrace. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. and a three-course dinner with local wine pairings will follow from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $80 per person (plus gratuity and tax) and include a three-course dinner and a specialty cocktail. Viviani fans will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the chef during the event.

Seating is limited for both events. Tickets may be reserved at
https://dellagoresort.com/dining/porticobyfabioviviani/ or by calling 315-946-1780. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Best known for his television debut on Bravo’s hit reality series “Top Chef,” Viviani recently appeared on the Food Network show, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” on which he shared his love for the Rugby crepe at Simply Crepes in Canandaigua and Pittsford.