Food & Drink

Let’s Talk Cheesecake

Katie Libby SWQ Summer 2018

National Cheesecake Day falls on Monday, July 30 and we’re lucky enough to have one of the best cheesecake shops in town right on South Avenue. Cheesy Eddie’s celebrates the holiday in a big way every year, giving away between ... View full post - Let’s Talk Cheesecake

A South Wedge Feast

Philip Duquette SWQ Holiday 2019

An open house is my favorite type of party - both to throw and to attend. As the host you can invite anyone and everyone as you go about your daily life. You can send out formal invites, create a ... View full post - A South Wedge Feast

A Simple Festive Feast

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Spring 2017

My husband and I will be celebrating our second wedding anniversary this September. When we tied the knot, a big church ceremony and a huge reception were just not us. We were married in a small outdoor ceremony and then ... View full post - A Simple Festive Feast

Cheesy Eddie's

SWQ Spring 2017

Cheesy Eddie’s interprets traditional wedding cake with a distinctly unique flair! Known best for our magnificent cheesecakes, our carrot cake and chocolate cakes are also vying for a place center stage! Your wedding cake can be displayed in a variety ... View full post - Cheesy Eddie's

Premier Pastry

Jen Brunett SWQ Spring 2017

Every once in awhile, two entities come together to create something remarkable. Like chocolate and peanut butter (if you are into that sort of combination and aren’t allergic to nuts.) Separately, they have prominent tastes with one being salty and ... View full post - Premier Pastry

Seasoned Greetings

Vicki Finnefrock SWQ Holiday 2019

With the holidays fast approaching, regardless of one’s culture or traditions, sharing good food is always involved. Whether it is food at work or gatherings with friends or family, in the next 2 months we will be surrounded by food. ... View full post - Seasoned Greetings

Make It Sparkle

Evvy Fanning SWQ Holiday 2019

No matter what the situation, what the circumstances, the occasion, the relationship, two things are always appropriate: flowers and Champagne. I propose a new year’s resolution – let’s stop reserving these for other people’s weddings. I propose we drink more ... View full post - Make It Sparkle

Of Course You Can!

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Autumn 2017

As the air starts to cool a bit and the daylight hours begin to dwindle, it’s clear that Autumn is almost here. Then comes the realization that it will be at least 6-7 months until fresh local produce will again ... View full post - Of Course You Can!

Home Again

Morgan Flake SWQ Holiday 2017

If you’ve walked or driven past the corner of Meigs and Caroline Street in the last six months, you’ve seen a major restoration project underway. Anticipation has been building for the reopening of Dicky’s Corner Pub since the announcement that ... View full post - Home Again

Spring Tonics

Evvy Fanning SWQ Spring 2019

Picture a kind of linen closet with a window to the outside. That was the refrigerator in my grandparents’ kitchen, where I grew up. The average temperature during a Latvian winter (September yhrough May… just kidding) is well below freezing, ... View full post - Spring Tonics

Green Tea 101

Niraj Larna SWQ Spring 2019

Green tea, like all other true teas, come from the plant camellia sinensis. But the way in which it is processed, green tea is considered to be the most pristine form of tea, preserving most of the chemicals as found ... View full post - Green Tea 101

It's Easy Eatin' Green

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Spring 2019

Flowers bloomin’, birds chirpin’ and the sun is finally shinin’! Bring on those fresh spring veggies! Crisp asparagus, sweet baby peas, and beautifully aromatic leeks. Not only are they abundantly tasty, they are also very versatile and easy to work ... View full post - It's Easy Eatin' Green

Eat Your Heart Out!

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Winter 2018

Let’s get real, we all snack. And in all honesty, snacking isn’t bad for you if it’s done in moderation and by making healthy choices. With February being National Heart Health Month I want to share some of my favorite ... View full post - Eat Your Heart Out!

Winter Warmers

Christina DiPilato SWQ Winter 2018

Most of us have a go-to drink. In summer, I like gin based cocktails like a classic Tom Collins or Gin & Tonic. In fall, I usually go for a toasty pint of Oktoberfest. Everyone loves a good seasonal drink, ... View full post - Winter Warmers

Don't Feel Guilt...Eat that Burger!

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Winter 2019

After many weeks of holiday parties, family gatherings and hibernating on the couch, I know how hard it can be to stick to that ohso-common New Years Resolution of “eating healthier and getting in shape” when the days are grey, ... View full post - Don't Feel Guilt...Eat that Burger!

Cinco de Mayo

John Roth SWQ Spring 2018

Spring means one of America’s favorite cultural holidays! No, I’m not talking about St. Patrick ’s Day, I am talking about the one with the arguably better tasting food that comes later in spring. That’s right, it’s Cinco de Mayo!But ... View full post - Cinco de Mayo

Drink Local: The Spirit Room

Mark Tichenor SWQ Autumn 2018

“Tell him about the dimes!” Gabrielle the bartender yells, overhearing the conversation, Rachel McKibbens, The Spirit Room’s co-partner and resident poet laureate, smiles. “When summer was starting, and we hadn’t anticipated the slowdown from everyone staying outdoors, we were figuring ... View full post - Drink Local: The Spirit Room

Spooky and Delicious

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Autumn 2018

When I say Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday all year I’m not at all exaggerating. Cooler weather, jack-o-lanterns and being able to wear one of my many Witch hats - what could be better? On Halloween night we get ... View full post - Spooky and Delicious

The Old Stone Tavern

Rose O'Keefe SWQ Autumn 2018

Let’s put our hands together for Old Stone Tavern, at 758 South Ave. which had its soft opening in July. After business partners Marc Taranto and Jeff Wilczewski took over the Orbs location, they had to apply for a liquor ... View full post - The Old Stone Tavern

Drinks: The Classics

Evvy Fanning SWQ Holiday 2018

My first love was cocktails. I grew up in my grandparents’ center city loft in the old world and in the old time. They hosted brilliant parties: I remember women in pearls, with fragile glasses of fizzy drinks. Men at ... View full post - Drinks: The Classics

A Feast for Everyone

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Holiday 2018

Days are getting shorter and the sweaters and gloves are back out. The smell of woodsmoke is in the air and leaves are crunching underfoot. It’s time to plan the menus for your holiday parties and family gatherings.This used to ... View full post - A Feast for Everyone

The Sazerac

Evvy Fanning SWQ Winter 2019

In the history of the world, we are a young country. The United States of America was paved by people who are not from here. We all came from somewhere else. Whether we were running from something, as my family ... View full post - The Sazerac

Cheese Boards 101

Chris Jones SWQ Autumn 2019

When I was a kid my dad used to take me to the Rochester Public Market on Saturdays and each time we went he would pick up different types of cheese to try. I remember my mom complaining about the ... View full post - Cheese Boards 101

More Cheese Please

Bill Skillern SWQ Autumn 2019

When starting a major career change, the best first day ever has to be coming in to Swiftwater Brewing and ‘working’ a few hours in a cheeseboard brainstorming session. Sampling different cheeses from multiple sources with beers, pickles, smoked almonds, ... View full post - More Cheese Please

The Sweet Truth About Chocolate

Jennifer Posey SWQ Autumn 2019

If you happen to be reading this, you most likely cherish chocolate as much as we do. When something is as beautiful and beloved as chocolate, it is natural to wonder exactly how it came to be. Besides the obvious ... View full post - The Sweet Truth About Chocolate

The Comfort of Soup

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Winter 2017

When people ask me what I do and I tell them I’ve been a Chef for almost 18 years (which of course means I started when I was 10 years old) the question I am most frequently asked is “what ... View full post - The Comfort of Soup

John’s Tex Mex

Jen Brunett SWQ Summer 2019

How many times have you had an idea that you thought would be great if you could actually pull it off but decided not to do it for whatever reason? Maybe you were too busy or didn’t think you could ... View full post - John’s Tex Mex

Rochester Real Beer Expo IX

Joe McBane SWQ Summer 2019

The Rochester Real Beer Expo is just around the corner and now in its 9th year. The Expo is produced by BASWA board members and local business owners and all proceeds from the event are rolled back into the neighborhood ... View full post - Rochester Real Beer Expo IX

New Traditions

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Holiday 2017

With the holidays around the corner it’s time to start making my lists and checking them twice. Each year I’m in charge of our Christmas Eve cocktail party. As a kid, we would celebrate this evening at my Nana and ... View full post - New Traditions

Make It Sparkle

Christina DiPilato SWQ Holiday 2017

With the holiday season looming upon us, thoughts of elaborate dinner parties, gifts for our loved ones, and holiday shopping are filling our heads. As stressful as the holidays are, at their core they are a celebration of food, drink, ... View full post - Make It Sparkle

The Salads of Summer

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Summer 2019

Let’s talk summer! Lazy days at the lake, neighborhood picnics or just backyard hangs are my favorite ways to celebrate this season of warm breezes, outdoor living, and sun-shine. I absolutely love to cook, even during those hot and humid ... View full post - The Salads of Summer

Hedonist Artisan Chocolates

SWQ Spring 2017

Give the unforgettable gift of artisan chocolate. Make your event exceptional by providing luscious chocolates. We create wedding favors, shower treats, party trays and little special gifts for all kinds of occasions. We offer:Unique chocolates in unusual flavorsCustom chocolate just ... View full post - Hedonist Artisan Chocolates

Kombucha Culture: Tea with a Twist

Jen Brunett SWQ Spring 2019

Kombucha has been making quite a name for itself in the last few years. Where at one time there might have been an odd few brands on the cold shelves in a grocery store, now there are hundreds of varieties ... View full post - Kombucha Culture: Tea with a Twist

Holiday Traditions

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Holiday 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I look forward to indulging in all of the yumminess that this season brings. Our family has some amazing recipes that we cook only during the holidays. As a chef, most ... View full post - Holiday Traditions

Leaf Tea Bar

Jen Brunett SWQ Holiday 2016

It’s no secret that all types of artists have found a cushy home within the South Wedge. From tattoos and Wall/Therapy, to cultivating an outstanding cocktail, music and beyond - something about this area has its own gravitational pull ... View full post - Leaf Tea Bar

Can You Dig It?

Greg Libby SWQ Autumn 2016

If you’ve got your finger on the pulse of the local craft beer scene, then it’s hard not to notice the amount of canned products that have been hitting the shelves of your local beverage shops. The two banes of ... View full post - Can You Dig It?

Heat It Up

Karrie Laughton SWQ Autumn 2016

Aaaaaahhhh... it’s that time of year again, when we get to wrap ourselves up in soft, comfy sweaters, breath in the crisp autumn air and warm our bellies with yummy hot ... View full post - Heat It Up

Autumn Dinner for Two

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Autumn 2016

Here in upstate New York, we are very blessed to live in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. Autumn is spectacular! A day trip to the Finger Lakes visiting wineries and sampling their delights is a ... View full post - Autumn Dinner for Two

Sweet Summertime

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Summer 2016

Ahhh...Summer! Without a doubt my favorite season. All year long I look forward to outdoor concerts, days spent by the pool, boating on the lake, and best of all, backyard picnics. Having grown up in a small town in western ... View full post - Sweet Summertime

Yoga & Beer

Lindsay Wech

Nothing goes better with a delicious craft brew than…downward facing dog? Yoga paired with post-practice (and occasionally mid-practice) beer has gained popularity throughout the country over the last several years and can now be found at a number of Rochester-area ... View full post - Yoga & Beer

Featured Brewer: Bruce Lish

Mark Tichenor

Bruce Lish, this year’s featured brewer, is proof that the American Dream can still be lived. At least his version of the dream, which tends to involve lifting heavy sacks of grain and sweating over huge vats of boiling liquid. ... View full post - Featured Brewer: Bruce Lish

For the Love of Beer

Amy Ellsworth

Being a woman working in the beer industry is still somewhat of a rare occurrence. So people often ask me how I got here. What made me choose craft beer as a profession?The truth is I love craft beer. I ... View full post - For the Love of Beer

Tips for Winning at a Beer Fest

Katie Libby

DoBuy your ticket early. The Rochester Real Beer Expo has sold out prior to the day of the event every year and you don’t want to be that mope crying outside the entry gates as your friends, who bought their ... View full post - Tips for Winning at a Beer Fest

How to Attend a Beer Festival

Sydney Bell

When the Rochester Real Beer Week team asked me to write an article on how to attend (and enjoy) a beer festival, I was thinking “wow they’ve never seen this girl in action!” Then I remembered I do like to ... View full post - How to Attend a Beer Festival

A Meeting of the Bines

Andy Cook

The open-source movement is nothing new to the brewing industry. Collaboration in brewing has a long history that goes back centuries. The Carsberg brewery in Denmark discovered how to isolate a single strain of yeast in 1870. They freely gave ... View full post - A Meeting of the Bines

Last Year’s Real Beer Week Winning Launch Beer: STONEYARD’S JUICEHEAD DIPA

Chris Schultheis

Jay Nichols, owner of Stoneyard Brewing, explains it succinctly: “We don’t do small.”He’s not just talking about the big fellaswho work for Stoneyard. In less than twoyears, the Brockport brewery has established itself as a premier producer of heavyhitting, yet ... View full post - Last Year’s Real Beer Week Winning Launch Beer: STONEYARD’S JUICEHEAD DIPA

Happy Beer Week 2016, Peoples!

Leslie Zinck Ward

Wow. I am so damn proud of this city, sometimes I truly can’t fathom it. And in writing this, I have quickly come to the realization that this is one of those moments! We are in our fifth year of ... View full post - Happy Beer Week 2016, Peoples!

Convenient. Sustainable. Awesome.

Lori Bryce SWQ Spring 2016

Years ago, while feeling a little nostalgic and looking for a change for dinner, I pulled an old cookbook off the shelf. “Covington Kitchens”, Grandma’s church cookbook printed in 1983, is chock full of family favorites from the 80+ individuals ... View full post - Convenient. Sustainable. Awesome.

A Moveable Garden

Paula Frumusa SWQ Spring 2016

Small yard? No yard? You may think this limits your ability to grow your own fresh flowers and vegetables this growing season, but don’t give up on gardening just yet. Containers offer versatile and portable gardens, suitable to the smallest ... View full post - A Moveable Garden

Keep It Fresh

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Spring 2016

Spring is here! And with that comes the long list of things to clean, organize, and freshen up. This is the perfect time to declutter your pantry. Check the expiration dates, place open bags of flour and sugar in air ... View full post - Keep It Fresh

Share Spring

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Spring 2016

SPRING brings beautiful flowers, buds on the ttrees and, one of my favorite things as a chef, spring vegetable shares! As Rochesterians, we are lucky to have so many Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. (Read more about these programs on ... View full post - Share Spring

Healthy Eating in the New Year

Bridgette Pendleton-Snyder SWQ Winter 2016

Each January I find myself scanning the internet for new healthy food ideas. After indulging at family gatherings and holiday parties my body is ready for all the healthy food I can get my hands on. It can be ... View full post - Healthy Eating in the New Year

Harry G's expands

SWQ Holiday 2015

Harry G’s has expanded to accommodate additional seating. Our new seating area doubles our previous seating capacity and can be reserved for private luncheons, events or parties. We are pursuing a wine and beer license and as soon as that ... View full post - Harry G's expands

Bo Ssam

SWQ Holiday 2015

NEW YEAR’S DAY. The end of the holiday season until the run up to President’s Day. It’s a day of recovery for some, of reflection for others. An arbitrary day in our lives when the slate has been wiped clean ... View full post - Bo Ssam

Grilled Caesar Salad

SWQ Summer 2014

For the Caesar dressing:1 clove garlic, peeled and minced4 anchovy fillets, rinsed and minced3 egg yolks2 teaspoons Dijon mustard3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon red-wine vinegarKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to tasteFor the vinaigrette:1 tablespoon ... View full post - Grilled Caesar Salad

Grilling Outside the Box

Sarah Westendorf SWQ Summer 2014

I’m sure I’m not the only one excited about the gorgeous, sunny days we’ve been having this summer, and my grill especially loves all the attention. It gets so lonely by itself in the corner of my garage, covered in ... View full post - Grilling Outside the Box

Eat Your Vegetables

Philip Duquette SWQ Spring 2014

As a child growing up in Massachusetts I would drive to the farm with my mother to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. They had a little store on the property with wooden bins filled with the summer harvest. We are ... View full post - Eat Your Vegetables

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Sarah Westendorf SWQ Spring 2014

3/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 1/3 ounces)1 cup regular oats1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt3/4 cup packed light brown sugar1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 large egg3/4 cup coarsely chopped dried strawberries1/3 cup premium white chocolate chips ... View full post - Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

strawberry rhubarb pie

Sarah Westendorf SWQ Spring 2014

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.To make the filling, you will need:2 cups sugar2/3 cup flour3 cups rhubarb, cut into small ½ inch chunks3 cups strawberries, cut into small ½ inch chunks1 tsp ground gingerStir together the ... View full post - strawberry rhubarb pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Sarah Westendorf SWQ Spring 2014

3 1/2 cups water1/2 pound rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)3/4 cup sugar, or to tasteTwo 3-inch strips of lemon zest removed with a vegetable peeler plus additional for garnish1/2 teaspoon vanilla2 cups sliced strawberries1 cup ... View full post - Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade

Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

Tracy Rericha SWQ Spring 2014

Around mid-May in Rochester, the sight I anticipate most at the market is that of the first rhubarb. Those lovely pink stalks are a sure sign that spring is coming to a close and warmer days are on their way, ... View full post - Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

make your own pie crust

Sarah Westendorf SWQ Spring 2014

If you’ve never made your own pie, you’re missing out. And if you’ve made your own pie but used store-bought crust, shame on you! Making pie crust is actually fairly simple, and for this pie I’m ... View full post - make your own pie crust

Harbingers of Summer

Sarah Westendorf SWQ Spring 2014

As I sit at my computer, writing up this article, it’s currently rainy and dismal outside. I’m wearing fluffy slippers, a sweatshirt, and I have a space heater blasting on my hands to keep them from turning numb as I ... View full post - Harbingers of Summer

Crushing the Can Myths

Amy Penrose

For years, glass bottles were the packaging choice for craft brewers. But recently, a growing number of canned beer has appeared on the shelves at your local beer store. Canning seems to have become a hot trend in the craft ... View full post - Crushing the Can Myths

It's The Thought That Counts

Sarah Westendorf SWQ Holiday 2013

Chocolate Covered PretzelsIngredients:Pretzels of your choice (you might want to grab a couple different sizes/shapes to experiment) Chocolate melting wafers (available in the bulk section of the grocery store-get milk and whiteA variety of holiday themed sprinklesSet up a double ... View full post - It's The Thought That Counts

Stumbling Through The Snow

Greg Libby SWQ Holiday 2013

It’s 12:48 a.m. Rochester time. After circling the airport in the sky for the last 45 minutes due to horrible weather conditions, the plane touches down. You wake the elderly gentleman next to you who has been sawing lumber ... View full post - Stumbling Through The Snow

Pho Chay (Vegetarian Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

SWQ Winter 2013

Phở Chay (Vegetarian Vietnamese Noodle Soup)Makes two very large bowlsStock:2 three-inch cinnamon sticks6 whole star anise pods1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns1 bay leaf1 teaspoon coriander seeds1 medium onion, peeled and halved2 large carrots, peeled and quartered1 two-inch piece of ginger, ... View full post - Pho Chay (Vegetarian Vietnamese Noodle Soup)