Finger Lakes ‘F.E.A.S.T.’ coming to Geneva
April 24 tasting event organized by local chef to benefit Foodlink
ROCHESTER – There is no shortage of culinary creativity in the Finger Lakes region, and this spring, one renowned chef wants to bring everyone together for a feast.
The inaugural F.E.A.S.T. (Feeding Everyone at Shared Tables) in the Heart of the Finger Lakes will be held April 24 at The Cracker Factory in Geneva. Executive Chef Samantha Buyskes of Three Brothers Wineries and H.J. Stead Company is organizing the tasting event in hopes of it becoming an annual affair. Proceeds will benefit Foodlink, the food bank serving the Finger Lakes and Genesee Valley regions of New York.
“I really wanted to create something unique and special for Geneva,” Buyskes said. “I’m hoping that celebrating the area’s rich culinary offerings and supporting the great work Foodlink does in our community will be an enticing opportunity for many local foodies.”
Buyskes, who was born in South Africa, opened her first restaurant in Trumansburg – near Ithaca – in 2002. When her career brought her to Geneva, she wanted to find a way to give back to the community and “everything lined up” when she began discussing ideas with the owners of The Cracker Factory, a stunning event space on Lehigh Street.
“With the proximity of our venue to Geneva’s food pantry, we see daily the need for food assistance and the frequency in which Foodlink is providing nourishing food to our community,” said Amy Phillips, who co-owns The Cracker Factory with her husband, Brandon. “We believe Foodlink is a wonderful and crucial asset to our area and are delighted to be able to work with Samantha Buyskes and all of the other contributing chefs to raise funds for this important endeavor.”
Buyskes plans to invite approximately 20 chefs to the event, and hopes to sell approximately 250 tickets. General admission will be priced at $35, and VIP tickets – which include a private, pre-event reception – will go for $55.
“We were pleasantly surprised and so grateful that Samantha chose to partner with Foodlink for this amazing event,” said Heather Newton, Foodlink’s Director of Development and Community Engagement. “Our organization truly understands the power of food, and we hope this event can bring local residents together, and become a highlight for the community for years to come.”
Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online through the event’s Facebook page, or at www.foodlinkny.org.