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  • Held @ Coltivare Culinary Center's Wine Cellar, Downtown Ithaca

Chef & Sommelier Tasting Lunch Featuring Local Food & Beverages Produced by Cornell Alums

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  • Date:  Friday, June 7, 2024
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Time: 11 AM to 1 PM
  • Location: Coltivare Wine Cellar, Ithaca (235 S Cayuga Street)
  • Cost: $65 per person
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Join us down at the Coltivare Culinary Center for the 2nd annual CU Alumni food and beverage showcase! During this 2-hour lunch presentation we will share the amazing food and beverages being made in the Finger Lakes by Cornell alumni!

Cornell Alum and Certified Sommelier, Laura Winter Falk (’87, ’95, ’97) and Chef Scott Riesenberger will present a multi-course paired tasting lunch featuring dishes created with alumni-made ingredients and paired with alumni-made wines, beer, cider and spirits! Chef Riesenberger is Executive Chef and Director of Coltivare Culinary Center and has over 25 years of experience in some of the world’s top kitchens in France, New York City and the Finger Lakes. He will be incorporating his seasonal-contemporary Euro-American style with the bounty of sourced CU-alum local ingredients. Sommelier Laura has been showcasing Finger Lakes wine and craft beverages for 18 years as co-owner of Experience! The Finger Lakes, the regions premier touring and events company.

During this multi-course lunch Scott and Laura will share the stories behind the products, the alums who have created them, and quality and characteristics they share to make them perfect for this pairing lunch.



Welcome Cranberry Lemonade Cocktail

Finger Lakes Distilling, Red Jacket Cold-Pressed Juices


Turnip Mille-Feuille

sesame, fresh tofu, fennel chutney

paired with Sparkling Blanc de Blancs

Ithaca Milk, Remembrance Farms, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery


Spring Garden

 spicy greens, raw, cured, pickled and roasted vegetables, seed nougatine

paired with Dry Riesling

Remembrance Farms, Stick & Stone Farm, Stonybrook Wholehearted Foods, Silver Thread Vineyard


Asparagus and Chickpea Tart

ramp veloute, flowers, whipped chevre

paired with Sauvignon Blanc

Van Noble Farm, Pedersen Farms, Lively Run, Ithaca Hummus, Buttonwood Grove Winery


Roasted Pork

grilled summer squash, Red Buddy, polenta

paired three ways with Craft Cider, Belgian Ale, and Syrah

Turek Farms, Muranda, Farmer Ground Flour, Black Diamond Farm & Cider, Brewery Ardiennes, Fulkerson Winery


Yogurt Crepe

honey, currants, currant sorbet, almond

paired with Late Harvest Riesling

Ithaca Milk, Bright Raven Farm Apiary, Red Jacket, Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard & Winery



port and chocolate

Lakewood Vineyards


Bright Raven Farm Apiary
Ithaca Hummus
Ithaca Milk
Farmer Ground Flour
Pedersen Farms
Lively Run Goat Dairy
Muranda  Cheese Company
Remembrance Farm
Stick & Stone Farm
Stonybrook Wholehearted Foods
Turek Farms
Van Noble Farm
Black Diamond Farm & Cider
Brewery Ardiennes
Buttonwood Grove Winery
Dr. Konstantin Frank
Finger Lakes Distilling
Fulkerson Winery
Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard & Winery
Lakewood Vineyards
Red Jacket Orchard Cold Press Juices
Silver Thread Vineyards