The Café at Hunt Country Vineyards in the Finger Lakes opens for 2017 season

The Café at Hunt Country Vineyards in the Finger Lakes opens for 2017 season
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The Café at Hunt Country Vineyards on Keuka Lake is now open.

The culinary experience for 2017 is being crafted by chef Kasey Angelo, who has made a name for herself working at both Kismet New American Bistro in Naples and the Snug Harbor restaurant in Hammondsport. She says she’s excited to bring her skills, creativity and passion to Hunt Country.

“Hunt Country was the very first winery I did a tasting at and I’ve been in love ever since,” says
Angelo. “If you’d told me on that day that I’d be working in the Café just five years later, I wouldn’t have believed you.”

The winery's original tasting room. Credit: Matt Kelly

The winery's original tasting room. Credit: Matt Kelly

Just like last year, the Café is serving tasty dishes made from ingredients that are seasonal,
organically grown when possible, and sourced as locally as possible. In fact, some of the ingredients -like herbs, greens and edible flowers – are being grown organically right on the farm.

Returning guests will be excited to see this year’s menu still has fan favorites like the grilled ham sandwich with Chaseholm Camembert on sourdough bread and the flatbread with seasonal toppings.

Asian Chicken Sandwich: Soy and ginger marinated chicken with house pickled vegetables on a crusty roll with mayo. Credit: Matt Kelly

Asian Chicken Sandwich: Soy and ginger marinated chicken with house pickled vegetables on a crusty roll with mayo. Credit: Matt Kelly

Of course, Angelo is bringing her own flare as well: The two dishes she is most excited about are the spring rolls with seasonal fillings and the muffaletta. And Angelo is particularly fond of desserts.

“The first time I knew I loved baking was making brownies from a box for ice cream sundaes with my mom when I was a kid,” she says, having long since graduated from those boxed desserts. “Now if you asked for a brownie sundae, you might get Mexican chocolate espresso brownies with dulce de leche ice cream and cinnamon chocolate sauce.”

Strawberry parfait from Hunt's Cafe. Credit: Matt Kelly

Strawberry parfait from Hunt's Cafe. Credit: Matt Kelly

The Hunt’s Café is situated in a space that was once their original Tasting Room. The one-room
structure used to be a wing of the family farmhouse in the early 1800s and was later turned into a work shed before being moved to its current location. Since then, the Hunts have greatly expanded their Tasting Room and Gift Shop. But as the Café, this original building is still very much at the heart of the Hunt Country experience.

Regular summer hours for the Café at Hunt Country are Thursday through Monday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All Hunt Country wines will be available by the glass and by the bottle.

The menu is available online. The Café will be closed on a few specific days to accommodate Keuka Lake Wine Trail events at the winery.