All articles by Margaret McCormick

Vinomania’s Single Nights Match Up Food, Drink and Fun

Singles Mingle and Wine Tasting at Vinomania

When you think wine pairing, you probably think about wine and cheese, wine and chocolate and, well, wine and every kind of food. Gary Decker thinks about those things, too. But lately, he's been thinking about the pairing of wine and local singles.

Core Principles

A healthy eating restaurant to open in North Syracuse

Melissa Vassenelli lives to run and runs to live. While training for a marathon recently in North Syracuse, she noticed a new restaurant under construction touting greens, grains, broths and juices.

Greyrock On a Roll

Writer Margaret McCormick visits Cazenovia’s Greyrock Farm, a year-round, full-diet operation

As the CSA (community-supported agriculture) sign-up season kicked into gear in February, Matt Volz found himself in an unusual place: parked in a chair at the computer for two to three hours at a stretch, processing registration forms and payments and answering questions from customers.

Lune Chocolat Set to Move to Bigger Digs in Manlius

So long to cramped quarters – hello to “bean to bar” chocolate.

Valentine's Day is one of the busiest chocolate seasons of the year. At Lune Chocolat in Manlius, the line was so long it snaked out the door. And the temperatures were so cold that some customers didn't wait for their heart-shaped chocolates, caramel pyramids, cabernet barrels (filled with wine ganache) dark chocolate "hot lips" (with rum and organic habenero pepper) and other artisan chocolates.

New at Chuck Hafner’s: Stop and smell the Recess Coffee

Spring season “pop-up” cafe launches April 18 at popular North Syracuse garden center

Ahhh, spring. Time to stop and smell the roses -- and ogle the pansies, petunias, impatiens, geraniums and oodles of other annuals and perennials at Chuck Hafner's Farmers Market and Garden Center in North Syracuse.

Do you love grilled cheese? Get ready for GourMELT

Cafe/grill to open in May at the Barnes Hiscock Mansion in Syracuse

What's better than a perfectly browned grilled sandwich oozing cheesy goodness?

Food Signs of Spring in CNY

Food tours, food trucks, farm to table dining and farm and gardening events

It's still cold and dreary, but snow is giving way to grass, finally. And the food season has changed, at least tentatively. Some folks have dusted off and tuned up their grills. Restaurant patios and decks aren't open yet, but food trucks have come out of hiding. Ice cream parlors and seasonal eateries like Gannon's Isle, Sno-Top (Manlius), Skan-Ellus (betweeen Marcellus and Skaneateles) and Rudy's Lakeside (Oswego) are open for the season.

Syracuse Food Truck Association Thinking Spring

Weekly food truck round-ups starting April 22

George Shattuck, owner and operator of Shattuck's Paddy Wagon, pronounced the first food truck "rodeo" of the season in Syracuse a success -- and despite the lingering winter is looking forward to weekly round-ups starting April 22 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m..

The Cider Mill: Closed Until Further Notice

Owners Dan and Teresa Seeley plan to repair/rebuild restaurant damaged by ice

The winter of 2015 has been long and cruel. Dan Seeley, his wife, Teresa and their children escaped it for a few days of warmth and sun earlier this month, then received the news that an ice dam had "let loose" and caused part of the roof to collapse at The Cider Mill, causing extensive damages to their recently renovated restaurant on Fay Road, in Onondaga.

The Sweetest Time of Year

Maple syrup is much more than something to pour on pancakes.

Maple Weekend(s) on tap in Central New York For Kimberly Meyer Cook, maple syrup is much more than something to pour on pancakes.