Clayton, N.Y. - Wineries, local foods producers, and students interested in educating people about health and nutrition are among the exhibitors set for the Saturday, February 27, 4-8pm Clayton Rotary Taste of the Town 2010 event at the Clayton Opera House. The food and beverage event will feature everything from regionally-produced cheese and cheesecake to maple confections, wines and chocolates. Clayton Rotary member and Clayton Taste of the Town vendor contact Leah Neely says, "Clayton's Taste of the Town is a social event for a good cause. We invite families to join us in celebrating the many unique businesses and services that are available in the area - yes, even in winter!" Clayton Rotary Taste of the Town exhibitors include award winner Lyric Coffee House & Bistro owner-operator Kathy Danielson. Danielson recently received a New Business Venture Award from the Jefferson County Job Development Corporation for her enterprise located in Clayton's historic former Lyric movie theatre at 246 James Street. The cold-hardy grapes industry is blossoming along the St. Lawrence River. Phil Randazzo manages Jefferson County's largest vineyard with 7,500-plus grapevines. At his Coyote Moon Vineyard & Winery tasting table, he will share Coyote Moon's full line of wine and his passion for "not just growing grapes. We are growing wine." Randy LaMay owns St. Lawrence County's only winery. He will bring samples of River Myst Winery's Black Ice wine, Racquette River Red and Whitehouse Bay Blanc to the February 27th event. He also has a new onion wine and a recipe for using it to prepare chicken or fish. Students from Thousand Islands Middle School will have a food and nutrition exhibit with samples of healthy foods at the Clayton Rotary Taste of the Town. Teri Ellis, owner of the North Croghan Outpost on North Croghan Road in Natural Bridge, NY, plans a full array of regional products, including Croghan Bologna, Chamberlain's Pepper Jam, and chocolates. Ellis says, "We are pleased to share the quality of the North Country with Clayton and the rest of the world with products made in Lewis County and north to New York's Canadian border." Also among the Clayton Rotary Taste of the Town exhibitors will be the Channel Marker 25 Wine Shop, Covered in Chocolate, Gold Cup Farms, Kingston Brewing Company, Otter Creek Winery, Prestige Food Service, The Scoop, and Thousand Islands Winery. Sponsors of the event include the Samaritan Medical Center. The Clayton Rotary Taste of the Town is a Yellow Ribbon event. Military personnel and military family members with ID receive $1 off the $5 admission fee. Proceeds from the tasting event benefit the Rotary International campaign to eliminate polio worldwide, particularly in four countries where the disease is still endemic - Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria. For more information, contact Leah Neely at 482-4596 (evenings), email@example.com.
###Photo Caption: Randy LaMay of River Myst Winery of Ogdensburg will be among the Clayton Taste of the Town exhibitors with wines, cheeses, chocolates, and confections on February 27, 2010 at the Clayton Opera House. He will bring samples of River Myst Winery's Black Ice wine, Racquette River Red and Whitehouse Bay Blanc to the February 27th event. He also has a new onion wine and a recipe for using it to prepare chicken or fish. The 4-8pm event benefits the Clayton Rotary Club and Rotary International END POLIO NOW campaign. Randy was welcomed to the 2009 event by Clayton Rotary President Jonathan Allen and member Leah Neely. More info: 315-482-4596. Contact: Leah Neely 482-4596 (evenings), 393-8880 x5105 (days) firstname.lastname@example.org