The relatively new Canandaigua Wine & Culinary Center is, according to Wegman's (one of its sponsors) a "not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 to educate visitors while showcasing New York’s dynamic agriculture, wine and food industries." It is located on what used to be an amusement park on shores of Lake Canandaigua. From the Upper Bistro, you get nice views of the lake, especially if weather allows you to sit outdoors. We were indoors and enjoyed views of the water from the windows. The service was friendly and professional, the atmosphere very pleasant.
The food, well...., what do you say about a kitchen that sends out food of wide-ranging quality? The menu looked encouraging with artisanal cheeses, a range of salads, sandwiches, seafood, meat, and vegetarian entrees, and a lovely selection of wines, including gold medal winners from the New York Wine & Food Festival. The three of us ordered lobster bisque, French Onion Soup, pastrami and chicken sandwiches, glasses of wine, and sticky toffee pudding and dark chocolate trifle for dessert. Well, the bisque, sandwiches and toffee pudding were good, but the onion soup lacked flavor and the trifle was so dry it bordered on being inedible.
Bottom line - acceptable as a local alternative but not worth a detour.
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