Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Lifestyle

June 27, 2011

Tasting Niagara

NIAGARA FALLS — It might not seem like soup can be used as a lure.

But, pair that soup — a cream of asparagus with savory tarragon and garlic whipped cream — with a perfectly matched Vizcarra Vineyard Riesling and the combination just might be the gastronomical chemistry needed to draw more tourists into the Niagara region.

That’s what planners were hoping when they put a “Taste of Niagara” on the agenda for the Pennsylvania Bus Associations annual retreat in Niagara Falls recently.

The 30 or so bus company owners and spouses were treated to a “100 Mile Radius Meal,” which is a specialty of Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms during a three day visit to the area planned by the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp.

This early in the growing season, Chef Amanda Vizcarra had to stretch to come up with enough ingredients produced locally, but the luncheon, which started with the team of the creamy soup and the vineyard’s crisp Riesling, seem to impress the bus tour promoters.

The menu alone was enough to impress. Besides the soup, the meal included: Open-faced herb-roasted chicken sandwiches with carmelized onions and asparagus tips and swiss and mozzarella cheese, paired with the vineyard’s Pinot Grigio and a strawberry salad with balsamic dressing, and Perry’s vanilla ice cream in a phyllo cup with strawberry sauce and balsamic reduction, paired with Vizcarra’s Berry Patch Pink.

The “100 Mile Radius Meals” were created three years ago by the Vizcarras to answer those who told the family they hadn’t been to Becker Farms since their children were small. Once a “u-pick farm” with petting zoo, the farm offers a vineyard and brewery as well, and caters events with an experienced staff.

“We wanted to give people a reason to come back as adults,” said Mindy Vizcarra.

  The “100 Mile” meals require the staff to get acquainted with farmers throughout the region, along with engaging in a trend that reduces fuel use, provides fresher foods and supports local farms.

The tour bus operators, who appeared to enjoy the lunch, were also going to be treated to a wide range of Niagara's best attractions.

“It’s much easier to sell something when you have first hand experience,” said Patrick Cole of Cole Transportation in Spring Mills, PA.

One bus company owner said many of her clients have expressed interest in the American side of Niagara Falls, simply because they don’t want to apply for passports.

The 181 bus association attendees alone will spend, according to travel research, about $200 a day learning about the region. If suitably impressed, the tour operators could bring thousands of bus travelers to the area each year.

The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., funded in part by area hotel bed and casino taxes, typically runs such “fam tours” or familiarity tours, to entice tourist industry leaders to book tours to the area.

“Ideally, we shoot for two bookings from a ‘fam tour,’ ” said Elizabeth Davis of the NTCC. “But it’s safe to say we will get numerous bookings and a change in awareness from this tour because they will see new ideas for stops along the way.”

The next “100 Mile Radius Meal” at Becker Farms will be at 6:30 p.m. July 17. The dinners are usually a sell out and reservations are required as the dinners usually sell out. For more information call Becker Farms at 772-2211 or visit beckerfarms.com.

1
Text Only
Lifestyle
  • venustransit.jpg As Venus crosses the sun, a rare treat for skywatchers

    Today, Venus will cross the sun for just the sixth time since 1639. It won't do so again until 2117, making this the last transit of Venus for nearly everyone alive today.

    June 5, 2012 1 Photo

  • Newer breast cancer drugs no better than less expensive chemotherapy

    Celgene's Abraxane and Bristol- Myers Squibb's Ixempra breast-cancer drugs worked no better at delaying tumor growth than a less-expensive chemotherapy that's been the backbone of treatment for 20 years.

    June 5, 2012

  • Moving in with your parents? Smart career move

    It's true that many 20-somethings move back to their childhood homes and let their parents subsidize them in ways that would have been unthinkable 50 years ago. But are they really entitled narcissists exploiting their parents' goodwill?

    June 5, 2012

  • check money.jpg Whites earn more than three-fourths of nation's income

    Whites took home a disproportionate share of income through the recession and slow recovery, but minorities are slowly starting to catch up, a new analysis of census data shows.

    June 2, 2012 1 Photo

  • bread-wheat.jpg 7 foods you shouldn't fear

    Are you shying away from bad foods that are actually good for you? With all the hoopla about healthful eating, it's hard to separate fact from fiction. 

    June 2, 2012 1 Photo

  • DVR-TV-Remote.jpg Summer TV: Olympics, reality shows and Canadian cop dramas

    The 2011-12 TV season officially ended last week, leaving the broadcast schedule simultaneously overfamiliar and unrecognizable.

    June 1, 2012 1 Photo

  • 120517travelagencies2jpg.jpg Cutting the travel time

    For the most part, there is a lot of planning that goes into traveling. Some like to handle the details on their own, making arrangements on the phone or using travel websites to book hotels, planes, vehicles and so on.

    But lately, working with a travel agent is becoming more popular.

    May 21, 2012 1 Photo

  • iPhone fitness.jpg March motivation

    Making the commitment to stay fit during these cold Western New York months can sometimes be easier said than done. The resolution to eat healthier, or to ditch the nicotine fades as we settle back into our evermore hectic schedules. But with spring looming just over the horizon, maybe you’re in need of a technologic solution to get back on track, or hopefully take your fitness goals to the next level.

    March 11, 2012 1 Photo

  • bieber.jpg Justin Bieber makes dream come true for child with brain tumor

    In August, Avalanna Routh "married" teen singing sensation Justin Bieber. This week, she finally got to meet her husband.

    February 17, 2012 1 Photo

  • girl-trapped.jpg Viral video: Toddler rescued from inside arcade game

    A 2-year-old girl’s curiosity got her stuck inside an arcade game, where she had to be rescued by firefighters.

    February 17, 2012 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Photos


Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Front page
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Seasonal Content
Helium debate
Helium
Section Teases

Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.