Derby Day at Ferris Hills

Jockey Claire had a last-minute entry for this horse race! The crowd went wild!

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Jockey Claire was also Bartender Claire for this fun event!  Mint Juleps, wine, sodas, and beer were served with pulled pork sandwiches and deviled eggs.  As tradition would have it, we all sang "My Old Kentucky Home," and as I began to describe the events of our own version of this time honored horse race, a last minute entry was announced and in trotted Claire mounted on her trusty steed.  The crowd went wild and the party began with laughter and fun!

Where's the Beef?

For the answer, look no further than Ferris Hills at West Lake in Canandaigua, NY

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The 10th Annual Chef & Sip Challenge was held yesterday at the Hotel Canandaigua. It was presented by the Canandaigua Kiwanis Club.  

Our Chefs, Daniel Cobb and Julie Woloson offered up Yankee Pot Roast and Mashed Potatoes garnished with puff pastry/carmalized onion & chive.  It was a feast for the senses and they came home with the prize of Most Creative!  Congratulations to these talented chefs!

Lots of familiar faces in the photos.  You will see some of our wait staff, Matt Pelton and Kaylee White, out enjoying the day along with retired Executive Director, Aimee Ward. The venue was beautiful, the competition was fierce, but there was great camaraderie among the many talented chefs.  There is so much talent in this region of the Finger Lakes and we are fortunate to have some of that talent right here at Ferris Hills and Clark Meadows.

 

The Centerpieces are just Beautiful!

Ferris Hills Holiday Dinners have tablescapes this year that are extra special.

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In these pictures you can see a flurry of activity in Rayburn Hall as we prepared for our annual Holiday Dinner Extravaganza.  The centerpieces were made from foraging in the woods.  Residents got together and did all the arranging.  The invitations were sent out, our chefs were busy planning and preparing, and the staff helped arrange and set the tables.  The parties have begun.  Each floor has their own private dinner in the great hall.  It is an opportunity to give thanks and to spend time with neighbors and friends.

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Cooking Demonstration with Chef Matt

Cooking Demonstration with Chef Matt

A number of Ferris Hills residents turned out to listen to Chef Matt during one of his first cooking demonstrations.  I don't know about you, but I have always heard that making risotto can be a bit touchy.  Chef discussed some of the tricks to making his Mushroom Risotto, and in particular, that you cannot rush it!  He learned some "tricks" for this dish many years ago from an Italian Chef.  The process began with cooking garlic and then onions....along came the rice and the "toasting" began.  This is a recipe that you must continue to stir.  Chef added a mushroom stock made from mushrooms, wine, herbs and water.  He spoke about the necessity to cook down the wine.  And then finally he added the "good stuff" as he referred to the cream, the butter and the parmesan cheese.  Throughout this process, Chef was able to answer a number of questions from the audience, and finally, the Risotto was ready and the tasting began!   Buon Appetito!

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