All articles by Margaret McCormick

Learning About Local Farms and Food

Learn more about local cuisine at Farm to Fork 101

Mark Pawliw has worked in the restaurant business 22 of his 37 years. Several years ago, while working toward his bachelor’s degree in geography at Syracuse University's Maxwell School, as well as working full time in local restaurants, Pawliw took an elective course — and found his passion.

Strong Hearts Shakes Up Fair Menu

Strong Hearts offers a vegan alternative for fairgoers

Deep-fried everything, food on sticks, frozen treats, hot roast beef sundaes, wine slushies. When it comes to food and drink, the New York State Fair is an oasis of opportunities to indulge — unless you’re a vegan.

Going Grape at an Ice-Style Fest

The Summer on Ice Craft Beverage Festival inspires collaboration with local beverage vendors

August in Central New York means hot days and nights. But you can chill out on Sunday, Aug. 16, at a cool new festival of libations in the Finger Lakes.

Fermenting a Tasty Revolution

Foods and Ferments in Cortland County sells sauerkraut done the right way

If your experience with sauerkraut is limited to store-bought kraut in a can or plastic package, Carly Dougherty has a feeling you're going to like her kraut. A gut feeling.

Foodie with Flair

Writer Margaret McCormick chats with Tom Kiernan, named Chef of the Year for his kitchen cuisine

For Tom Kiernan, 2015 has been a year of accomplishments, achievements and experiences to savor and remember and build on. And the year is still young.

Recess Appointment for Downtown

Recess coffee is expanding into the downtown area while keeping their signature cup of joe brewing's recent list of "24 Coffee Shops You Have to Visit'' put the Westcott Nation’s Recess Coffee on the radar screen of caffeine lovers all over the world. Another benefit of that exposure is Recess' upcoming expansion to downtown Syracuse.

Menu Gets Beefed Up at Owera Vineyards

A new small plates menu has been put into place at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia and a food truck from Upstair’s Bistro in Canandaigua is out and about.

Peanut butter and jelly; fish and chips; beer and pizza; wine and cheese. Wine and food, period. Wine tastes better when it's partnered with good food. That's the driving force behind the new small plates menu at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia.

Meet the New Sauce Boss

Tom’s Bootleg BBQ sauce has been making mouths water in Upstate New York since 1995.

You might have tasted Tom's Bootleg BBQ sauce at the Buy Local Bash, the Regional Market or the New York State Fair. You might have tasted it at a cookout, cookoff, concert, gift shop or hardware store.

LoFo Ice Cream Offers Wild Tastes

Eccentric flavored frozen treats and unusual foods offer consumers a new take on local cuisine

A scoop of ice cream after dinner: It's an American tradition. At LoFo in Armory Square, which is now serving casually elegant dinners, forget your usual flavors like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.

Sweet on strawberries

Strawberries are now in season and there are plenty of recipes and events that surround their juicy goodness.

The strawberries are here! The strawberries are here! They're ripening and available at local farm stands and farmers markets and your favorite U-pick field is probably open or opening soon — to avoid disappointment, call to check on availability and field conditions before heading out.