All articles by Margaret McCormick

What’s new at Cafe at 407?

The kitchen, for starters

Imagine banging out soups, grilled sandwiches, breakfast burritos, biscotti, muffins, monkey bread, cookies and more -- for dozens of customers, on a daily basis -- with an oven and a stove designed for residential rather than restaurant use.



How to celebrate Sandwich Month in Central New York

August is National Sandwich Month. If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to go out and celebrate.

What's the best thing since sliced bread? The sandwich, of course.



Lune Chocolat seeks to move, expand in Manlius

The need for more space is one of the reasons the Woloszyns would like to move and build on their business at 187 W. Seneca St. in Manlius.

Two's company, three's a crowd in the kitchen at Lune Chocolat in Manlius.



Avocado in cookies? Meet Avocadough

Tracie Long, of Camillus, founder and “chief baking officer” at For the Health of It! Foods, uses a special ingredient in all of her baked goods: Avocado.

Some bakers have secret/special ingredients for making moist, irresistible cookies: sour cream, cream cheese and applesauce all come to mind.



Open Farm Day offers first-rate farming experience

The seventh annual Open Farm Day, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (July 26).

Jean Armour Polly visited 13 farms in Madison County one Saturday last summer -- and put more than 110 miles on her car.



Circa closing leaves a void

Local food pioneer Circa is dark, a “for lease” sign is in the front window and Hart’s future is uncertain.

For eight years, local food pioneer Circa was a fixture at 76 Albany St., at the stoplight in the village of Cazenovia. Chef-owner Alicyn Hart drew regulars for standing menu items like a cheese plate spotlighting artisan cheeses from local creameries, the Circa burger (with local beef, turkey or elk, plus a veggie option) and chef's specials like heirloom tomato tart with fresh mozzarella and fennel fronds and Copper River salmon with braised radishes. A small market brought in folks who just needed to pick up a few things -- like homemade bread, local eggs and free-range chicken.



A new menu at The Brewster Inn, Cazenovia

Hospitality and events teams took an in-depth look at the menu

Seasons change - and so do restaurant menus. Some restaurants make tweaks here and there to play up what's seasonal and local; others make more sweeping changes.



Get ready for a bigger and better Side Hill Farmers Meats and Market

Side Hill is expanding into the space once occupied by Dad’s Diner.

The expansion in progress at Side Hill Farmers Meats and Market, a butcher shop and local foods market in Manlius, is good news all the way around.



Farmshed Harvest Food Hub

A first in Central New York

The CabFab (Cabinet Fabrication Group) building at 124 Burnet Ave. near downtown Syracuse is a hub of activity. It's a showroom and workshop where Chris Clemans and his team design and build fine wood furniture and custom wood cabinetry.



So long, Stevie’s Street Eats. Hello, Paul’s Street Eats

Street Eats restaurant and food truck are being taken over

After working as a chef for more than two decades at like Francesca's, Antonio's and Grimaldi's Chop House, Steve LeClair was ready to venture out on his own, take his food to the streets and take diners on a culinary adventure.