RAMBLINGS. RANTS. RUMORS.

it started with a box, and became a Rochester classic

James Beard just gave out a James Beard award to 6 timeless restaurants all across the nation. The America's Classics category was introduced by the foundation back in 1998. Winners are typically more than a decade-old, often family-owned, and...

this is how we do it

This is kind of a big deal.  Our hats go off to Newts after a remarkable 15-year run... Rochester has a NEW BEST BURGER! It's official, The Hot Chip Classic was voted Best Burger. It's also 2020 time for The New Kids on the Block but that's so 80's, cue...

chef fried chicken

Sometimes when, (unless you happen to watch Ugly Delicious with David Chang, and you need to, it's so amazing!), when we think of chef dishes, we only think of perfectly coiffed plates with a swoosh of this and a dab of that.I'm the last person to dis this...

the cellar season

Our blog title is, ramblings, rants, and rumors, this post will address them all. Yay! RAMBLINGS- Cellar is closing "for the season' after service Saturday, July 20th. It appears like Friday the 19th will be a particularly good night to come down to a cold...

the patios are now OPEN

That's right our patios, are open and ready to roll! We scrambled this year with our spring clean up! It snowed and then jumped right into summer, no spring. And for us, there's much more to opening our patios than wiping off the tables. We started with...

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Get some STAFF FACTS: Lucas Kappers

Just the facts and then some. Q- When did you start cooking? A- I started at Catering by Design as a cashier and worked my way to cooking. Jeff Windt told me to head to the cities and learn all I could so I did. I worked at Bar Lagrassa and then at Marin...

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Our cap goes off to Kappers MILK

Kappers Big Red Barm has a herd of 35-50 happy, contented cows, content to give Hot Chip and Porch some happy, contented customers. That's what Kappers Big Red Barn's is all about, reaching more people and giving them the old fashion and real taste of...

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Seriously OBSESSED with this Cheese

Hey! ZZest Market here, Though the market is much smaller than the original ZZest Market there are still some seriously tasty items to choose from! My rule of thumb is if you are still thinking about a food days after you’ve eaten it, you better sit up and...

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GIADA’S AMARETTI CAKE

I have been thinking about this cake lately. It's been awhile since I've made it but, like most of Giada De Laurentiis' recipes, it is foolproof. I stocked up on amaretti cookies at the market. We carry Lazzaroni Amaretti for $12.95 a box. You won't need...

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