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Sapori Cafe & Catering – Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Powers Bldg., 16 W Main St, Rochester, NY
We couldn’t possibly write a column about the flavors of fall without talking pumpkin. And man alive, did we ever have a harvest bounty of pumpkin options to choose from. We made the excellent choice of stopping by Sapori Cafe for their house made, seasonal Roasted Pumpkin Soup with fig balsamic drizzle and grated asiago cheese.
2 Vine- Pumpkin Ravioli
24 Winthrop Street, Rochester, NY
Website (585) 454-6020
There’s a reason why certain dishes become classics, and why we revisit particular flavor combinations time and again. The pumpkin ravioli at 2Vine is an excellent example of both. This longtime fall favorite is getting the 2Vine treatment this autumn, wherein a simple – and admittedly sometimes tired – dish is reinvented as an offering worthy of the word “special”. In keeping with their commitment to quality, 2Vine is offering the pumpkin ravioli only as a special and not on the regular fall menu, owing to the limited availability of fresh, 2Vine quality pumpkins. Those lucky pumpkins that make it to the 2Vine kitchen are seasoned with traditional fall spices and wrapped in fresh, house made pasta, then tossed with a luscious brown butter cream sauce. The final flourish is a sprinkling of crunchy, toasted walnuts, which further enhance the seasonal flavor and add texture and dimension. Whether you love pumpkin or hate it, the pumpkin ravioli at 2Vine is well worth a try. These delicious little pockets of fall sunshine are a beautiful melding of sweet and savory flavors, with tender pasta and creamy sauce playing against crunchy walnuts for a dish unlike any you’ve had elsewhere. Rich, flavorful, memorable, this is a special worth waiting for, and an all around Best Dish – in season or out.
-Allison Zimmer, A-List Contributor
Shutt’s Apple Mill – Apple Frost
1063 Plank Rd., Penfield, NY
Nothing consoles New Yorkers at the end of summer quite as well as the tastes and smells of fall. From cider to cinnamon, there’s a wide range of ways to get your fix. One unique dish that brings crowds of visitors to Schutt’s Apple Mill in Penfield, is the Apple Frost. Apple Frost is the perfect name for this refreshingly sweet, frozen creation of apples and cream.
– Christina Kostarellis, A-List Contributor
Lost Borough Brewing – Scarecrow Pumpkin Ale (gone for the season)
543 Atlantic Ave., Rochester, NY
This beer is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. I am an Ale fan and a pumpkin fan so together I was expecting good things. Unlike most pumpkin beers, this one is crafted using the real stuff- no inauthentic pumpkin flavor or pumpkin additives.
7 Shoen Place, Pittsford NY
The seasonal pumpkin smoothie at Soul Juicin will feed your soul with fall flavors and its packed with nutrition so you’re fueling your body with ingredients that are good for you. Thats what I call a win win. This beauty is made with real organic pumpkin blended with nut milk, banana, cinnamon and vanilla creating a miraculously luscious smoothie. Creamy and thick, just this side of sweet. Soul Juicin has a line of nut milks so you can try it with almond, cashew, walnut or hazelnut milk. Vit. A, C and antioxidants will help you look good and feel good! Now its a win, win win. It’s also dairy free and gluten free for those of you with food sensitivities. Soul Juicin also has other fall treats to try like the pumpkin bar made there, and chai latte which also knocked my socks off. The Chai latte is made with The Chai Guy tea and it’s another example of how real food should be- made with real food, not powdered artificial flavor packets. If you dont care about any of that, get one becasue its also darn tasty!
– Amy Riposo, A-List Editor