New Cooking Classes in November and December!
Our Finger Lakes Journey
On vacation from New Jersey and traveling south on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, the sky opened up to a breathtaking view of Seneca Lake. On our left was a handsome 1903 farmhouse with recently put up For Sale signs. The short story is one year later, Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine – a fine dining restaurant, opened for business. In our 13 years of owning and operating the business, we have thoroughly enjoyed cooking for and pleasing our customers. While the work is not easy the rewards are many! We are proud to be a part of this wonderful Finger Lakes community and of our passionate and ever-learning staff.
From growing the business to hosting wedding receptions to growing 150+ heirloom tomato plants last year to cooking class dinners to a set five course tasting menu, each step we passionately embraced and, fortunately, our customers trusted us and enjoyed the continuously sincere, fresh and educational approach to dining.
Now our biggest change…Our establishment will now be Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine – Cooking School, Private Dining and Special Events. We will offer both hands-on and demonstration classes, wine dinners, private parties and wedding receptions. The schedule will be carefully managed so that each offering is a special well thought out and executed experience.
This year we are expanding our cooking school offerings. Suzanne’s culinary experience dates back well before 2002 with her cooking school in New Jersey and as a culinary instructor at Brookdale Community College. More recently, in 2011 Suzanne was a semi-finalist for a James Beard Best Chef-Northeast award. The awards are considered by many in the food industry to be the Oscars of cooking. Her passion for teaching rivals her conviction to produce fresh, comfortably creative food for all to enjoy!
We ask for your trust once again and look forward to an exciting new chapter!
Our Cooking School
Whether a demonstration class, hands-on class or a private class, our approach and philosophy of teaching the enjoyment of cooking is similar.
– Classes are designed from our knowledge and passion for food and wine.
– Chef Suzanne and Pastry Chef Anne Robinson will guide you through the class and make the class an enjoyable and comfortable learning experience.
– Suzanne's cooking classes will be designed to include an appetizer, main course and dessert with a variety of cooking techniques and followed by a luncheon or dinner to enjoy the fruits of your labor with Finger Lakes wine.
- Anne will teach various techniques in baking and pastry followed by a tasting and discussion.
– Class menus will be designed using seasonal ingredients from our garden and local farms, fresh fish from Browne Trading Company and antibiotic free, hormone free meats.
– You will leave with proven recipes you can count on and, more importantly, with knowledge that you can build upon!
Each class will be designed to teach various aspects of cooking and entertaining and, through a building block approach, help create a foundation to gain confidence and ease in the kitchen.
Chef Suzanne, a home cook who evolved into a Culinary Instructor and Restaurant Owner and Chef for 13 years, returns to her home cooking roots to teach:
– Reading, evaluating and modifying recipes.
– Knife skills (hands-on)
–Essentials and nuances of blanching, searing, braising, roasting and baking.
– Organizational technique of 'mis en place' to reduce stress and create a calm and enjoyable approach to meal preparation.
– Combining flavors and understanding the powers of tastes and textures.
– The elements, uniqueness and enjoyment of wine pairings.
Hands-on classes will be limited to 8 students and demonstration classes to 25 people. Private classes are available and will be custom designed to what you would like to learn in a one on one setting with Suzanne.
Sign up for a class or our mailing list AT:
Payment and Class Logistics
Credit Card is req'd to sign up
Payment can be cc, cash or check.
If you cannot attend a class
and need to cancel:
Someone else can attend
You can attend another class if your spot can be filled
Otherwise, your credit card
will be charged for the class.
Bring an apron and chef knife.
Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes
A waiver of liability will need to be signed.
We will notify you at least
3 days prior if we need to
cancel a class.
Wine Dinners and Private Dining
We will offer special event wine dinners throughout our season (from June through October). They will be five course dinners paired with Finger Lake wines and we encourage you to check out the calendar of events. Click on the date/event to see the menu and details. You can sign up for a dinner by calling or emailing us.
Additionally, we will host private parties accommodating from 10-50+ people. We will custom design a three to five course menu with wine pairings, if you would like, and look forward to you celebrating your special occasion at Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine.
Our post and beam dining room and adjoining dining room has beautiful views of Seneca Lake and our flower and vegetable gardens. Our garden deck is a wonderful site for a cocktail hour beforehand with wonderful hors d'oeuvres as well. Whether a rehearsal dinner, small wedding, anniversary party, business dinner or a dinner with family and friends, we look forward to making our evening special.
It is indeed our pleasure and honor to host wedding ceremonies and receptions. Our focus is to keep each wedding extra special by only hosting a selected number of weddings each year.
In our warmly lit restored barn, we can host weddings up to 140 people (and up to 225 people by using a tent) for your wedding reception while providing an ample dance floor. Our old horse barn serves as a bar during the reception and both barns provide a warm, comfortable and elegantly rustic venue. The barn opens up to beautiful views of Seneca Lake and breathtaking sunsets.
We look forward to working with you to create a menu and wedding day that flows nicely without the pressure to limit the number of hours for your wedding and receptions. Complete access to our grounds, gardens, pond and gazebo awaits every couple looking to savor and remember every moment of their wedding day.
Sign up for special event wine dinners. Check out our
calendar for details. Click on the date/event to see the menu and details.
Contact us about your private party, rehearsal dinner or wedding day and let's plan your celebration!
Finger Lakes Wine Region
Lodi, New York, Seneca County and the Finger Lakes region are abundant in natural beauty and farm fresh products ranging from various cheeses to exceptional organic produce to bountiful fruits. And, of course, don't forget about the 100+ wineries that highlight the talent of grape growers and winemakers alike.
We are extremely fortunate to have so many dedicated farmers and growers who make it possible to produce the freshest of top quality food. We thank them for their passion and hard work and the great products they produce:
The wine keeps getting better and better! We thank you our winery partners for so many wonderful food pairing options.
Atwater Estate Vineyard
Bloomer Creek Vineyard
Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Damiani Wine Cellars
Fox Run Vineyards
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Silver Thread Vineyard
Standing Stone Vineyards
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Goose Watch Winery
Swedish Hill Vineyard
Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars
Keuka Lake Vineyard
Ravines Wine Cellars
Rooster Hill Vineyards
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
(2008 - 2014)
The restaurant has been honored by Wine Spectator for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.
To appropriately complement our food, we are proud and excited to offer over 100 Finger Lakes wine selections and a nice selection of International wines.
We feel strongly that wine, in moderation, will nicely complement the fruits of the labor of the gardens and the kitchen. The nuances of each wine blend nicely with the flavors infused into every dish.
For private parties and wedding receptions, we are happy to work with you to pair wines with your custom designed menu.
Sweet Annie’s Cakes and Pastry Catering Business
Chef Anne Robinson is now offering a variety of delicious, freshly baked pastries and cakes for catering. Trained at the French Culinary Institute and our pastry chef since 2012, she has the creativity and expertise to make your next breakfast pastry, cake or dessert a truly memorable experience.
With an emphasis on using the best ingredients available and working with local vendors and farmers, Anne is bringing her philosophy, training and expertise to your home or special event.
Wedding Favors: truffles, macarons and cookies
Assorted Breakfast Pastries
Decorated Sugar Cookies
Tarts and Pies