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    /nnyliving @NNYLivingMag SPECIAL

    More than 300 reader picks in Best of NNY

    GARDENSpruce up your summer drinks with fresh herbs

    ARTSFormer Warhol associate to show works in Clayton

    TRAVELFind fun on a summer

    trip to the Finger Lakes

    LIvIngNN YJULY / AUGUST 2014 nnyliving.comVolume 3 No. 5

    The food issue

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    En joy Our Award-Winn ing En joy Our Award-Winn ing En joy Our Award-Winn ing

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    >> Inside JULY /AUGUST 14

    | COVER STORY |42 PARTY ON A PLATEFor the culinary-crazed, food is more than a fuel for the body, it nourishes the soul.

    | SOCIAL SCENE |14 NNY SOCIAL LIGHTSNetworking for a cause at premier local events.

    | ON THE RIVER |18 START YOUR ENGINESHow a sleepy little river town became home to the ABM.

    | NNY LIFE |20 SAVORING THE SIMPLEA challenging journey with a child to enjoy basic foods.

    | BEST OF NNY |29 THE VOTES ARE TALLIEDReaders have spoken and we listened. The results of our Best of NNY Summer include 331 reader picks. | DINING |48 A NEW TASTE IN TOWNThe Capt. Simon Johnston House in Clayton has taken on a new life as a fine dining delight on Riverside Drive. | FEATURES |51 ABUZZ WITH BEEKEEPINGSmall time beekeepers play a critical part in the world of north country honeybees as the insects fight for survival.

    | GARDEN |54 A PINCH OF HERBSSummers bounty of fresh herbs just beg to be mixed with a wide array of tasty drinks and cool cocktails.

    | FOOD | 56 GREEN EGGS AND ...The coolest cooker youve ever seen has arrived just in time for a backyard grilling experience like no other.

    | HISTORY | 58 A GILDED LOVE STORYMuch has been shared about Boldt Castle and its abandonment, but what do we know of George Boldt?

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    Michelle Graham is the wellness director for the Downtown Watertown YMCA. She lives in Wa-tertown. She writes about how to find inner peace by adding a handful of different yoga techniques to a regular exercise routine. (p. 26)

    MARKETP LACE

    CONTR I BUTORS

    Lenka P. Walldroff is a former museum special-ist, conservator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and cu-rator of collections for the Jefferson County Historical Society. She writes about the life of George Boldt, whose legacy lives on in Boldt Castle. (p. 58)

    Michael Folsom is the director of marketing and communications at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton. In On the River, he writes about the how the ABMs Annual Boat Show & Auction and Race Boat Regatta got their start on the river. (p. 18)

    Katie Stokes is a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Hounsfield with her husband and two small children. She runs the blog www.nnylife.com. In The NNY Life this issue, she writes about the challenges of her sons sensitivity to food when he was younger. (p. 20)

    1000 Islands Cruet .............................................. 221000 Islands Harbor Hotel .................................. 27A Lo Boricua Restaurant ..................................... 62A New Attitude .................................................... 16Americu Credit Union ........................................... 2Asian Market ......................................................... 9Bayview Shores Realty ....................................... 37Cavallarios Cucina .............................................. 4Channelside ........................................................ 55City of Kingston ..................................................... 7Clayton Dental Office ........................................ 14Clayton Opera House .......................................... 8Clipper Inn ........................................................... 21Community Bank ................................................ 63Cosmetic & Laser Medispa at CFS .................... 22DLaux Properties ................................................. 37Development Authority of the NC .................... 57Di Prinzios Italian Market & Deli ........................ 27Exit More Real Estate .......................................... 37Foxys Restaurant ................................................ 60 Fuccillo Automotive ........................................... 40Green Thyme ...................................................... 13GWNC Chamber Farm & Craft Market ............. 10Hilton Garden Inn ............................................... 13Ken Piarulli / Ameriprise ..................................... 50La Bella Fonte Italian Steakhouse ..................... 15Macars ................................................................ 46Meade Optical ................................................... 52Mikes Pig Pen ..................................................... 62MiMis Depot Caf .............................................. 52Montague Inn ..................................................... 19Morgias Pasta ...................................................... 4Natalis Restaurant at C-Way Golf Club ........... 41NNY Living Magazine ......................................... 19NNY Community Foundation ............................. 53

    North Country Paving ......................................... 19Nortz & Virkler Ford ............................................. 40Old Garage Deli ................................................. 62Phinneys Automotive ........................................ 40Reinmans Department Store .............................. 41Ren Rumble Roofing ........................................... 19Restaurante de Riccardos ................................ 17Ridgeview Inn ..................................................... 62Rainbow Shores Lakeside Dining & Cottages .............................................. 53River Audio .......................................................... 64River Day Spa & Salon .......................................... 4River Rat Cheese ................................................ 21Roberts Automotive ............................................ 40Sackets Harbor Brewing Co. ................................ 3Shulers Restaurant ............................................. 62St. Lawrence Pottery ............................................. 8Stratton Hardware ............................................... 59Summer Haven ................................................... 50Sunny Bank Restaurant ...................................... 55The Antique Boat Museum ................................. 12The Cape Winery ................................................ 55The Clubhouse Restaurant ................................. 62The Farm House Kitchen .................................... 59The Johnston House Restaurant ........................ 26The Little Barn Bulk Foods ................................... 10The Mustard Seed ................................................. 4Thousand Islands Realty .................................... 37Thousand Islands Arts Center ............................ 21Waite Motor Sports ............................................. 47Waite Toyota ....................................................... 61Watertown Savings Bank ................................... 61Watertown Spring & Alignment ......................... 40Wood Boat Brewery ............................................ 52WWTI-TV 50 .......................................................... 28Yellow Barn Winery ............................................... 4

    ChairmaN of the BoardJohn B. Johnson Jr.

    PuBlishersJohn B. Johnson

    Harold B. Johnson II

    VP News oPeratioNsTimothy J. Farkas

    magaziNe editorKenneth J. Eysaman

    staff writer / editorial assistaNtGrace E. Johnston

    PhotograPhYNorm Johnston, Justin Sorensen,

    Jason Hunter, Melanie Kimbler-Lago, Amanda Morrison

    direCtor of adVertisiNgMichael Hanson

    magaziNe adVertisiNg maNagerMatthew Costantino

    ad graPhiCs, desigNBrian Mitchell, Heather ODriscoll, Scott Smith, Todd Soules, Rick Gaskin

    CirCulatioN direCtorMary Sawyer

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    Brian Hallett is an art teacher at South Jefferson Central Schools and an avid gardener. His family owns and operates Halletts Florist and Greenhouse in Adams. He offers a few ways to punch up summer drinks by adding garden fresh herbs. (p. 54)

    Grace E. Johnston is a staff writer and editorial assistant for NNY Living. In our cover story, she writes about north country Chef Rebekah Alford and hidden chef Fred Garry. In 36 Hours, she visits the Finger Lakes town of Skaneateles. (p. 24, 42)

    Boo Wells is a chef and owner of the Farm House Kitchen, a catering company and cooking school in Sackets Harbor. She makes pizza dough with her newest culinary treat: the Big Green Egg, an extraor-dinarily versatile outdoor cooker. (p. 56)

    Victoria Wiseman is a freelance writer stationed at Fort Drum with her husband, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot. She visits The Johnston House Restaurant on Claytons Riverside Drive for a look at fine dining at its best. (p. 48)

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    | 36 HOURS IN ... |24 SUMMER IN SKANEATELESPerched at the head of a Finger Lake of the same name, this bucolic town packs plenty for a weekend stay or the season on one of Americas purest lakes.

    | DEPARTMENTS |

    9 UPFRONT10 BEST BETS11 CALENDAR12 BOOKS14 SOCIAL SCENE

    22 WELLNESS24 36 HOURS IN ...38 ARTS56 FOOD 58 HISTORY

    | COLUMNS |

    8 EDITORS NOTE18 ON THE RIVER

    20 THE NNY LIFE 54 TODAYS GARDENER

    | ABOUT THE COVER |

    For our cover shot, Photography Editor Norm Johnston styled a portrait of Rebekah A. Alford, executive chef and co-owner of Rainbow Shores Hotel & Restaurant near Pulaski. Our cover story about north country chefs and cooks begins on page 42. Norm used a Nikon D700 with an 18-200mm lens, ISO 100, f/5.6.

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    Ken Eysaman

    EDITORS NOTE

    IN OUR NEXT I SSUE

    In our September/October issue, we look at the health of community theater groups across the north country. Also coming in September/October: n CPS AT 25: Potsdams Community Performance Series celebrates 25 years. n DESTINATION WESTERN MASS: We visit Stockbridge and the Berkshires region.

    n PLUS: Social Scene, On The River, Arts, Food, Books, Wellness, The NNY Life, History, This is NNY, Todays Gardener and My NNY. n FOLLOW US ON Twitter for updates at @NNYLivingMag and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NNYLiving. Catch exclusive previews and unique content on our website at www.NNYLiving.com.

    FEW THINGS IN LIFE UNITE US LIKE A good meal and friends and family with whom to share the bounty of great food. In this, our annual food issue, we visit four foodies who take pleasure in preparing food for others. In our cover story, which begins on page 42, youll meet profession-ally trained Chef Rebekah A. Alford who, at just 36, is creating a culinary destination at Rain-bow Shores in northern Oswego County. Youll also meet three people who, through cooking for others, have found joy and a way to relax. These hidden chefs are among the most creative in the north country. Also in this issue, writer Victoria Wiseman takes readers to Clayton where, on Riverside Drive, the former Capt. Simon John-ston House is once again teeming with life as the regions newest fine dining restau-rant. If thats not enough to whet your appetite, Chef Boo Wells introduces us to the versatile Big Green Egg, one of the most innovative and amazing outdoor cookers weve seen. Whats better than a few great cocktail recipes to wash it all down? Garden columnist Brian Hallett shares a few of his favorites while incorporating fresh herbs from his garden. Finally, a feature by Johnson Newspapers staffer Leah Buletti looks at a different side of food as beekeepers work to maintain healthy hives of all-important bees that

    are so critical to pollinating countless crops.

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    SOCIAL SCENE This issues Social Scene section, which begins on page 14, features 42 faces from across Northern New York. On June 18, we joined the River Community Wellness Program at B...