Brenda Race and family are here to make lunch and dinner a bit easier this boating season
CANANDAIGUA — Faced with a summer off from her job at Keuka College, Brenda Race did what any of us should be doing in that situation.
She took to the lake.
Race’s Anchors Food Boat has been docked at Sutter’s Marina and venturing onto the waters of Canandaigua Lake since Memorial Day weekend.
Although rain and cool weather has hampered Anchors’ launch somewhat, Race is confident in the long-term forecast for sun — and yes, she checked the Farmer’s Almanac. She is more certain of a lake fact — many boaters who don’t want to get off their boats to find food appreciate having it brought to them instead.
“They bring drinks and snacks, but they don’t bring food,” Race said.
We’re not just talking burgers, hot dogs and Italian sausages, which they do and do well. But specialty items like fish tacos, bacon bleu burgers, and mushroom swiss burgers will tempt any weekend sailor. Soon-to-come are vegan burgers, grilled chicken breasts and kielbasa.
Wash it down, captain, with Gatorade and water (or whatever you brought aboard) and top off the meal with ice cream novelties.
“Our menu will change,” Race said.
A popular item that may be unfamiliar to some is the walking taco. It’s a taco, with beef, cheese, sour cream, jalapenos and other fixins, but the ingredients are placed into a cut chips bag.
Stick a fork in it and eat it up.
“I thought everybody had heard of it,” Race said. “People have loved that.”
Anchors is a family operation.
Race is office manager at AVI Foodsystems at the college, where son Max attends. She has worked in the food industry for much of her life, she said, sometimes bringing son Dustin and Max along.
And they are welcome aboard here, too.
Dustin does much of the cooking, and Max also mans the boat. Race’s husband, who owns Milt’s Precision Collision in Geneva, did much of the work on the pontoon boat to not only have her seaworthy but kitchen worthy as well — and the collision shop also serves as commissary.
Race said the people at Sutter's have provided a wonderful welcome, and “everybody who goes on their boats has to go by here.”
Now that the sunny, summery weather has arrived for good — fingers crossed, anyway — Anchors will ply the waters more often. The Races are thinking of renting a Jet Ski to deliver and take orders.
Also, Anchors can drop anchor near lake houses for catering services for parties and other special events, freeing up the owners to have fun and leave the cooking to the Races.
“No one wants to cook on the grill because if you’re cooking on the grill, you can’t spend time with company,” Race said.
The Races are pursuing a liquor license to be able to provide beer and lake drinks such as pina coladas, but that’s for next boating season.
But like any captain worth her salt, this business voyage is not about the destination. It’s about chasing the sun, and serving those who live and play under it.
“It’s a journey,” Race said.
To order: Anchors Food Boat is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Anchors-Food-Boat-336396023698182/. Or, call 585-944-2533.
Plastics ban update
Canandaigua City Council’s ordinance committee may be hearing more comments on a proposed ordinance that would ban single-use plastic straws and items such as plastic takeout packaging and cutlery.
The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling has been invited to share views on the ordinance and its potential impact, at the committee’s meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hurley Building on Saltonstall Street.
The city has heard from municipalities as well as restaurants and food businesses, including Wegmans. Pactiv, which manufactures some of these items, also has shared concerns.
Foie gras ban?
To the best of local activist Joel Freedman’s knowledge, no one is selling foie gras — the liver of a duck or goose that is considered a delicacy in parts of the world — in Canandaigua.
But Freedman would prefer that no one be able to in the future.
Freedman has asked that City Council prohibit the sale and production of foie gras. His request also is included on the agenda of Council’s ordinance committee, which meets Tuesday.
“Basically, it’s one of the most horrible forms of cruelty ever devised,” Freedman said, adding that it has been abandoned by much of Europe.
Freedman is hopeful that if City Council passes the ban, other municipalities will follow suit.
“Something like this just can’t go on,” said Freedman, who wrote an op-ed piece on the subject that can be read at www.mpnnow.com/news/20190508/joel-freedman-governor-should-address-foie-gras-cruelty.