Redbyrd, fly on! The story behind Redbyrd Orchard Cider

…from Eric Shatt and Deva Maas cidermakers, orchardists, parents and collaborators @ Finger Lakes Cider House The Orchard In 2003 we started our vision for Redbyrd Cider by planting an orchard high on a hill top near Burdett .  We planted on one acre over 30 varieties of heirloom,  and European cider apple varieties on […]

¡Bici-Cocina! South American Cuisine Bike Food Cart

In a new twist on the food truck trend, ¡Bici-Cocina! is quite literally a bicycle kitchen. It’s the only South American cuisine eatery in Ithaca, the only bike food cart in Ithaca — and possibly in all of NYS. Recently cofounder Sam Bosco reached out to Hot Potato Press to tell us a bit about […]

An Introduction to Steve Selin, cider maker and the rest for South Hill Cider

By Steve Selin, for Finger Lakes Cider House July 23, 2015 Steve Selin is the main force behind South Hill Cider. He does every aspect of the work from fermentation to apple hunter and orchardist, to bookkeeper and delivery boy. Steve has no shortage of hats to wear as a family man and an active musician and luthier.  […]

Jobs available at Inns of Aurora

Announcement from Inns of Aurora: Are you looking for a great job where you can add your signature to the organization? If so, we have got the job for you! The Aurora Inn, built in 1833, underwent a multi-million dollar restoration and reopened in 2003. The Aurora Inn, along with several other recently restored properties, […]

A Year in Orchards: early Summer thinning

Posted here and at Finger Lakes Cider House Written by Chris Negronida- bartender at FL Cider House, Orchardist at West Haven Farm and Black Diamond Farm/Cider. The apples are sizing up nicely and many of the trees are showing a good crop.  The sun has already left a red blush on many of the small apples, […]

Carrot Cash aims to support local food business

Silas at Crooked Carrot Community Supported Kitchen reached out to Hot Potato Press to tell us a bit about a new program he’s starting, called Carrot Cash, and we had questions for him. Q: First of all, what is Crooked Carrot all about? Crooked Carrot is a local foods business in Ithaca, NY, preserving healthy, […]

Student-created food product wins Ocean Spray contest

From Ocean Spray: This year, Ocean Spray invited students from fifteen food science and culinary programs to participate in its first annual product development competition. The competition posed a single cranberry challenge to participants: use cranberry concentrate to develop a new shelf-stable food or beverage targeted towards millennials, the generation of consumers born between the […]

Food Safety Systems Workshop offered at Cornell

Announcement from the Cornell Small Farms Program: HACCP/Food Safety Systems Workshop at Cornell University Wednesday, August 19, 2015 → more dates through August 20, 2015 Food Science Conference Center, Room 148 Stocking Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Cornell Dairy Foods Extension is pleased to offer a HACCP/Food Safety Systems Workshop, with a self-paced lecture section online followed […]

Job Training in Hospitality

From GIAC: GIAC is accepting applications for the Hospitality Employment Training Program (HETP). This path to a fulfilling career with a hotel, restaurant or spa includes free training and a paid internship in the area of front office, food and beverage, clerical, maintenance, housekeeping, and/or management. Tompkins County residents 18 to 35 years old who […]

Finger Lakes Natural Beef joins Triphammer Market

The Triphammer Marketplace now offers Angus beef in addition to fish, vegetables, and others foods on Fridays from 7am until noon. Allison Shonfeld, of Finger Lakes Natural Beef in King Ferry, said that they wanted to get their feet wet in Ithaca. “We thought that Angus beef would be a nice complement to the other vendors there. Think “Surf […]