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