Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Auburn, NY - April 8th - April 26th, Events in the Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

Apr. 8th -  Live MusicOak & Vine at the Springside, 7141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn. Enjoy live music with Colin Aberdeen at 8pm. No cover charge, $10 beer buckets! 315-252-7247

Apr. 8th  - Winemaker Wednesday - Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Winemaker Wednesdays is a limited series of custom winery experiences for those who love to learn about wine, experience it, and talk about it, as much as they love to drink it.  Each participating winery will offer a special event or activity for this unique series. This is an unticketed event that takes place on the second Wednesday of each given month. www.senecalakewine.com/events/trail-events/winemaker-wednesdays.html

Apr. 10th - New York Craft Beer Dinner Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora. Toast the craft brews of NYS with this four course dinner. Reservations required. $60 ++/person, 6pm. www.innsofaurora.com 315-364-8888

Apr. 11th - Curator Talk: The Battle of Cherbourg Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn. Collections and Exhibitions Manager, Matthew Mac Vittie, introduces the museum's new Civil War exhibit via discussion of a seascape depicting the sinking of the USS Kearsarge by the CSS Alabama. Reservations required as space is limited. Admission is $5 for general public, $12 for tour & talk, 1pm. www.sewardhouse.org 315-252-1283

April 11th - Spring Barrel Tasting: Meet The Winemaker Hosmer Winery 7020 route 89, Ovid, NY 14521. Meet our winemaker, Aaron Roisen and learn more about the process of making Hosmer wine! Sample and compare three vintages of our featured wine including our current vintage, a past vintage and samples of the not released vintage. Additional wines available for tasting. Saturday, April 11th, 12-4pm. Featuring local samples from Chef Williams Creations $5 Tasting Fee. Website: www.hosmerwinery.com/

Apr. 11th - International Tabletop DaySterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling. In honor of International Tabletop Day the Sterling Nature Center is hosting its third Board Game Extravaganza. This program is open to the public and board games will be provided or you can bring your own. This is a great opportunity to have fun with your friends and to try out a game or two you haven't played before all while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Sterling Nature Center. Free and open to the public, 1-4pm. 315-947-6143.

Apr. 11th - New Vintage Days at Swedish Hill Winery -  4565 State Route 414, Romulus, NY 14541. Be one of the first to taste and purchase our new vintages! With the release of these vintages also come special discounts! Come experience how Mother Nature has influenced your favorite wines and find some new wines to fall in love with! Visit www.SwedishHill.com prior to the event for a list of wines that will be featured April 11th & 12th at our Finger Lakes tasting room.

Apr. 11th & 12th - Va Va Bloom Garden ShowDickman Farms Greenhouses & Garden Center, 13 Archie St., Auburn. Whether you are just beginning to garden or an experienced gardener....Dickman Farms has a weekend geared to turning your thumb green! Dickman Farms Va Va Bloom Garden Show will be bigger and better than ever! The weekend is filled with fun for the entire family including free seminars with captivating guest speakers, workshops, tours, and fun gardening activities for all ages. Free, 4/11, 9am - 5pm, 4/12, 10am - 5pm. www.dickmansfarms.com 315-253-3030.

Apr. 12th - Loren and Mark - Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians.  Influenced by Americana, Jazz, Country Western and Classical music, Loren and Marks unique style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, and their songs feature Lorens superb vocals with some beautiful harmonies from Mark. Guitar playing like you've never heard before! Tickets $12, 7pm. www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

Apr. 12th - Wine and Food Pairing Dinner The Apple Station Winery, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga. Master Chef Etienne Merle for an extraordinary food and wine pairing dinner.
First Course:
Cured Salmon with Herbs marinated in Extra Virgin Oil and spicy red sauce. Matao Garnacha - Spain
Second Course:
Free Range Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, light cream, mixed greens with spinach & Extra Virgin Oil Cabal Sauvignon Blanc - Argentina
Third Course: 
Petite Salad with M's Cheese Thirty Weight Whitle - New YorkFourth Course
Croquembouche - (stuffed, glazed creampuffs) Green Light Sparkling Wine - New YorkLimited Seating - Reservations Required - 315-889-5184

Apr. 18th  - Genesee Country Museum’s 17th Annual Antiques Show & Sale -1410 Flint Hill Rd. Mumford, NY Select western New York antiques dealers participate in this exceptional indoor show and sale. Browse through an extensive collection of furniture, paintings, militaria, books and ephemera, jewelry, porcelains and glassware. $7 ($1 discount if purchased on line). Preview Party and private shopping night on Friday evening, April 17, 6-8pm ($30/$25 members) www.gcv.org

Apr.18th - Opening Weekend at Watkins Glen! - 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Experience the twists and turns of our world-renown road course from the driver's seat of your personal vehicle. Take your car on the track for three paced laps behind an official WGI vehicle for $25 per vehicle, per three laps. Proceeds benefit several local charities. www.theglen.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2015/Opening-Weekend.aspx

Apr. 19th  - Spring Wine & Food Pairing - New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaugua, Ny.  Get a taste of spring in the Finger Lakes with fine seasonal local foods paired with New York wines!  Enjoy a lunch-sized portion of three foods that emphasize seasonal ingredients and learn how the flavors change when paired with three different styles of regional wines.  All ability levels welcome to this introduction to wine pairing. 1pm to 2pm. www.nywcc.com/classes/1420556125/spring-wine-food-pairing

Apr. 24th-26th - 23rd Annual Wine & Herb Festival -
If you have a green thumb and even if you don't you'll definitely not want to miss our 23rd Annual Wine & Herb Festival. Build your garden full of fragrant herbs and veggies. You will receive a wine glass, a garden plan and a plant carrier at your starting point winery plus potted herb or veggie plants from each winery. As you savor herb-prepared cuisine, sip our fine wines and make sure to take home the recipes so that you can be the highlight at your next get together with these great recipes. Hand in your ticket to be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes from: Corning Museum of Glass, Experience! The Finger Lakes, Geneva on the Lake, Holiday Inn-Finger Lakes,  LaTourelle, S&S Limousine, The Hotel Ithaca, Tuxill House, Water to Wine.  Friday 1pm - 5pm, the following wineries are participating: King Ferry, Long Point, Montezuma, Six Mile Creek.  Saturday and Sunday, 10 - 6 PM, all 17 wineries are participating. At King Ferry or Long Point wineries only, you can start at 9am on Saturday, on Sunday 10am. At the other starting wineries you can start at 10am on both Saturday and Sunday. A Couple ticket receives, 2 wine glasses, 1 herb or veggie per winery, one garden plan and one plant carrier plus wine and food pairings, extra tastings and recipe cards. A Single ticket receives, 1 wine glass, 1 herb or veggie per winery, one garden plan and one plant carrier plus wine and food pairings, extra tastings and recipe cards. Designated Drivers receive everything stated above except they receive a mug instead of a glass. Be sure to buy your tickets early for we have a limited amount per weekend. Packages will be available with accommodations at local hotels in Ithaca, Auburn and Seneca Falls, with transportation and tickets to the event. www.cayugawinetrail.com/events/130/23rd-annual-wine-herb-festival-april-24-26

Apr. 24th - Johnny Mathis - 885 EAST MAIN STREET, ROCHESTER, NY 14605 - 
An Evening with Johnny Mathis Price: $48 - $103 Run Time: 2 Hours April 24, 2015 Show Time: 8pm Celebrating his 59th year in the music industry, Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records longest-running artist.
A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music eclipses passing fads and trends, Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories -- from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.
Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say," and "Misty”, Mathis has recorded more than 80 albums and has had 50 hits on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart. During his extensive career he has had 3 songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2003 Mathis was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. On April 24 Mathis comes to Rochester to perform some of his greatest hits and personal favorites. www.johnnymathis.com Website: www.rbtl.org

Apr. 24-26 - Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend - Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Friday, 1-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are good for 2-1/2 days. Come for one day or the whole event weekend! Celebrate spring on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail with the classic pairing of wine and cheese! Co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, each participating winery will offer a cheese-themed dish to pair with fine regional wines. Ticket-holders will receive a gift at your chosen starting winery and can collect recipes along the way.   www.senecalakewine.com/events/trail-events/spring-wine-cheese-weekend.html

Apr. 26th - Lecrae Anomaly Tour - 885 EAST MAIN STREET, ROCHESTER, NY 14605
Featuring Andy Mineo DJ Promote April 26, 2015 @ 7:00pm Price: $21.00 for Groups of 10+ (www.premierproductions.com) $26.00 Advance Tickets $46.00 Deluxe Tickets which include early entry and a Q&A with Andy Mineo! $100 VIP Anomaly Experience which includes a catered buffet-style light dinner, VIP Anomaly souvenir merchandise item, early entry, souvenir laminated pass and a personal appearance and message by Lecrae!
What began as a way to reach the youth in a nearby juvenile detention center, through hip-hop, eventually became chart topping success for Lecrae as a critically acclaimed rapper, with over 1.8 million collective album sales. In the past two years, Lecrae has released 3 genre-redefining projects. He dropped his first mixtape in 2012, Church Clothes, hosted by Don Canon, which went double platinum on Datpiff, garnering over 500,000 downloads and debuting #10 on iTunes as an EP.
Following that, in probably what was a major upset in Gospel music, Lecrae made history as the first hip-hop artist to win a GRAMMY® award in the Best Gospel Album category for his sixth studio album Gravity. Gravity debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Rap Charts, and #1 Independent with over 73K units sold during its first week. The album featured key production from GRAMMY® award winning producers DJ Khalil and Heat Academy. He also celebrated video premieres of his singles "Mayday," "Fakin'," and “Confessions” on BET and MTV. Along with the biggest win of his career, Lecrae was also nominated for a Billboard Award, BET Award and Soul Train Award, and won a Dove Award. Lecrae closed out an incredible 2013 on several major tours, including Rock the Bells, and put out his second mixtape, Church Clothes 2, which has sold over 40K units after being downloaded over 150,000 times. www.rbtl.org.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Clean The Stains from Your Enamelware Pot in 15 Minutes

If you own an enamel pot then I'll bet you've burned something in it before.

InnSider Secret: Here's how to get the stains out in 15 minutes!


My beloved MacKenzie Childs stock pot gets well used here at the inn.  Among other things, we make large batches of lemon curd in this pot and if you don't watch lemon curd carefully or if you don't stir it constantly while it's cooking you end up with a burned bottom on the inside of your pot. 

Some scrubbing got rid of the crud but there was still a really ugly stain left behind and while this doesn't affect the pots ability to be used it just doesn't look clean.

As I was wondering how I was going to get the stain out of my pot I remembered how well a dish detergent tab had worked on the inside of our stainless steel coffee carafes so I thought I'd give it a shot.  My results are shown above. Although the stain is not completely gone it sure is a lot better than it was before.

Here's what I did -
  1. Put the pot on the stove and add a couple inches of water in the bottom.  
  2. Turn the burner on and bring the water to a boil over medium high heat and then turn the heat down to simmer.
  3. Add a couple of squirts of dish soap - I used Dawn Direct Platinum Foam 
  4. Add a dishwasher tab - I used  Finish Power Ball
  5. Put a timer on and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes your results should be similar to mine but if not try letting it "cook" a little longer.
That's it!  Rinse and dry the pot and you are ready to go!  I hope you enjoyed this InnSider Secret from 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn and that this works as well for you as it did for me.