All articles by Margaret McCormick

Celebrate spring, Finger Lakes Style

The Cayuga Wine Trail Wine and Herb Festival

Snow is melting. Birds are singing. Crocuses, daffodils and tulips are poking through. It's springtime in the Finger Lakes. Welcome it -- embrace it! -- with an event to get your garden on, the Wine and Herb Festival on the Cayuga Wine Trail.

The Chicken Bandit

McShane’s chicken (and more) + new food truck = The Chicken Bandit

Ask Cindy Baker if she misses McShane's, the bar and restaurant in East Syracuse she owned and operated for more than a decade, and her answer is a decided "no.''


Drink Pink!

They could have called the wine promotion through April in the Finger Lakes "Drink Pink."

Great Chefs Dinner March 30

The event will also feature silent and live auctions, to benefit the American Red Cross of Central New York disaster services.

If you're a fan of college basketball, March Madness is 64 college basketball teams competing in the NCAA tournament -- plus brackets, office pools, stats, surprise wins and losses, sneaking out of work to watch games, etc.

Kava Cafe: Ukrainian flavors in Westvale

There’s a place to go on the West Side for a pour-over coffee or cappuccino

You might have stopped in European Specialties, a specialty import store in Westvale Plaza to pick up some kielbasa, liverwurst or crusty rye bread. Kava European Bistro, an extension of the shop, opened in plaza in the fall. It's official "grand opening" was Saturday, March 8.

Italian food times two in Liverpool

Ascioti’s and Francesca’s – an italian feast on one spot!

The building at 207 Oswego St., Liverpool, was once a Ponderosa Steakhouse and more recently home to Juanita's Mexican Kitchen.

A new beginning for Refresh Farms

For those who aren’t familiar with it, aquaponics is a sustainable system of food production.

Refresh (verb): give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate

New farmers market to debut in Fayetteville June 5

How do farmers spend the winter? Hard at work. It’s an all-season job.

Stephanie Lipsey, co-owner of Drover Hill Farm, Earlville, has spent the quiet season organizing a new farmers market, which will debut June 5 in the parking lot at Towne Center at Fayetteville, off Burdick Street.

Happy Trails

Winter is a great time to cruise wine trails in the Finger Lakes

When TripAdvisor named the Finger Lakes one of its Top 5 U.S. wine destinations in 2012, the website’s travel gurus probably were thinking water, wine, blue skies and rolling green hills--not frigid temperatures, frozen lakes and blowing and drifting snow.

Avoid the food cliches on Valentine’s Day

Consider an alternative for Valentine’s Day.

A heart-shaped box of chocolates and a dozen roses. A heart-shaped box of chocolates and a balloon that says “I Love You.’’ A heart-shaped box of chocolates and dinner out. These are traditional Valentine's gifts.