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• Wine & Culinary Center getting a facelift

28 Feb

Above, Governor George Pataki (in blue shirt) is at the center of a group at a ceremonial

groundbreaking in August 2005. Below, the finished product that opened in May 2006.
PHOTOS BY BILL DOWD

CANANDAIGUA, NY — It was just five years ago this May that the New York Wine & Culinary Center opened to great fanfare. Nevertheless, it’s getting a $200,000 makeover.

Among the highlights:
• A new banquet room will be built where the tasting room now is located, taking advantage of the large space with its view of Canandaigua Lake.
• The tasting room, which offers samples of New York State wines and beers, will be moved to a smaller space on the building’s north side. However, it will have a central bar with service on all sides.
• A new gift boutique will replace the exhibit room. Exhibits will be decentralized and placed throughout the center.
• An open space on the second floor will be closed to allow the addition of more tables. Other second-floor renovations may be made.
• A “Set the Table Capital Campaign” will acknowledge donations with donors’ names on plaques on tables and chairs in the dining room. The campaign is headed up by the center’s Philanthropic Advisory Board.

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation has its headquarters at the Center. However, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2011-2012 state budget strips the Foundation of its funding, which may mean the demise of the organization.

Capital Region. The McDonald family bought the property and the brewing equipment in separate auctions in 2008.

The Mad Jack name is a nod to John “Jack” McDonald, one of the owners. Perhaps coincidentally, there already is a Mad Jack’s Brewery — in Bailey, Colorado. The name also is popular in restaurant circles, with a group by that name in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, area, and an unrelated one in nearby Pittsfield, MA.

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Finger Lakes

 

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