Farm-to-Table Wine & Cooking Adventure

silver queen farmchef Samantha harvest spread

Immerse yourself in the bounty the Finger Lakes.  On this one-of-a-kind culinary wine tour, you will create a Finger Lakes meal from the ground up. 

Our day unfolds at Silver Queen Farm.  Upon arrival, you are greeted by the farmer, who will take you into his fields to harvest the days bounty for your cooking class.  Upon your return, regional chef Samantha Buyskes will be ready to begin the class.  Part hands on, part demonstration class, you will learn and discover the beauty and richness of making a meal with ingredients grown from the farm. With your assistance, Chef Samantha will prepare and demonstrate the creation of a three-course lunch featuring the farm's ingredients and wines made at local Silver Thread Vineyards. Enjoy the flavors of the Finger Lakes as you learn about preparation and cooking methods, shopping tips, and the magic behind the wonderful regional food of our area. Each guest receives the recipes from the meal, and has the opportunity to purchase the farm-fresh ingredients to bring a bit of of Finger Lakes freshness home with you. 

After the class, we make our way to Silver Thread Vineyards.  Here you will meet Shannon or Paul Brock, the winery's owners and winemakers.  They will share with you a vineyard tour and wine cellar experience that describes what goes into making their fabulous award-winning wines.    You will then enjoy a wine tasting paired with Finger Lakes cheese and other locally sourced products. Afterwards, you will of course have the opportunity to purchase the wine featured during your cooking class to complete your home menu.

Join us for this very special tour series, expand your mind, palate, and skills as you indulge in the wonders of the Finger Lakes. 

With only 6 public tours this season, and 13 seats available for each date, this tour sells out each month, so make sure to book early to ensure your place at the table!

2014 Public Tour Dates and Cooking Class Themes

Sunday, May 25 - A Taste of Spring

 Saturday, June 28 - A Trip to Provence

Saturday, July 12 - A Twist on Asian

Saturday, August 2 - Great Tex Mex

Saturday, September, 6 - Southern Style 

Saturday, October 4 - A Taste of Autumn

Tour Times:    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tours depart from Ithaca

Tour Price:
$135 per person (includes 3-course meal, all tasting and cooking class fees).  Tour Guide Gratuity not included.


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What our guests say about this tour:
"Very impressed!...I liked the barrel tasting - very unique. I also liked traveling with a small, intimate group."
"I would encourage anyone to take this tour"
"Chef Samantha was great.  The Food was amazing!"
"I loved the cooking demo - Samantha was awesome"
"A very intimate experience"

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