8 Places to Learn Something New

It's a new year and like many people do, it's a time for new goals and resolutions. What would you like to accomplish this year, where do you want to improve? If you're looking for change or something new and refreshing, why not learn something new? Our city is full of businesses and organizations dedicated to the arts and education.

Check out these 8 places to learn something new this year in ROC:

1. Flower City Arts Center

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Formerly known as Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, the Flower City Arts Center is a great place for adults and kids alike to learn about the arts with hands-on classes. From letterpress, paper making and pottery, to photography, digital arts, book binding, there are a lot of options to improve a passion you already have or start a new one.

2. Hoopla, City Library

If you're a resident in a city neighborhood, you're in luck. Check out Hoopla, this service offered FREE through the Rochester Public Library (to city residents ONLY!) gives library card holders access to ebooks, audio books, movies and more, accessible right from your desktop browser, to your mobile phone through the Hoopla app. Check out our recent post on the service for more information: Hoopla for Snow Days & Lazy Days. We can say from experience we have already really enjoyed taking advantage of all of the audio books available.

And even if you don't have access to Hoopla, your local library is full of resources, books, and classes to take advantage of.

3. Amore by Wegmans

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A great place to hone cooking skills is from a place that makes great food. Why not take a cooking class from a restaurant? In 2016, Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, located at the East Ave Wegmans, launched a series called Eat, Drink & Learn (check out our post). Keep an eye out for classes throughout the year including Pasta Making, Mozzarella Making, Gnocchi, Risotto and more. Check out the class schedule.

4. 540WMain Communiversity

540WMain is a grassroots non-profit (501(c)(3) community school and event space. They offer classes and programs focused around diversity & inclusion, historic preservation, sustainability and more. With their main location at 540 W. Main Street, they will be opening a second satellite location at The Yards in February focusing on the arts and wellness. Check out the website for a list of all of their classes and events.

5. Rochester Brainery

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Don't have time to sign up for a series of classes? Try taking a class (or ten) at Rochester Brainery in NOTA. If you've got a few hours to spare the Brainery offers classes from business, to arts, gardening, cooking, history, photography, jewelry making, and more.

6. George Eastman Museum

If photography is your passion, why not improve and hone your skills at a place dedicated to the life and dreams of George Eastman and educating the community and world on photography, film and much more, the George Eastman Museum? Did you know that they offer photography workshops throughout the year, ranging from one day to five days in length? If you've ever wanted to learn more about the history of photography and difference methods of developing film, check it out.

7. Creative Workshop @ the MAG

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Located at the Memorial Art Gallery, the Creative Workshop is another great place for adults and children to learn the arts. Ceramics, jewelry making, painting, sketching, weaving, there's even art appreciation classes. See all of the class offerings online.

8. Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery

Studio 34 is located on Elton Street in NOTA and offers classes at all levels in different areas of glass work, jewelry, photography, clay and more. Private lessons and group lessons are also available.

What places are we missing? Where do you head when you want to learn something new?


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Amore: Classic Cocktails with an “Italian Twist”

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On September 4th, Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar launched a brand Cocktail menu to their already extensive Wine & Beer menu. Amore is calling the new line up: classic cocktails with an “Italian twist”.

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You’ll find favorites like a Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Negroni Sour and more, all with Amore’s unique touch. The “Black Manhattan” contains chocolate bitters, the “Italian Old Fashioned” features blood orange liquor and orange bitters, and the “Margarita Speziata” includes blood orange liquor and spicy honey.

They are almost too pretty to drink!

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Along with the launch of the cocktails came a brand new (almost daily) Happy Hour. Running from 4-7pm Monday through Saturday, the Happy Hour bar menu includes $6 cocktails, draft beer and house wine specials as well as $10 pizzas and other featured menu items.

Speaking of menu items, don’t miss the house-made pastas, mouth-watering pizzas and everything else that comes out of the kitchen from the Chef Pasquale Sorrentino.

For more information and to see the menu: Amore’s Website.
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7 Reasons why EAT, DRINK & LEARN is Wegmans' Best Kept Secret

Here in Rochester, most of us know that Wegmans is the best grocery store around. Those may be tough words to swallow for some of you who swear by Trader Joe's or Tops Friendly Markets (and by goodness, we hear ya!), but I am purely referring to the 2016 honor of being named the Best Grocery Chain in America.

It's certainly hard to argue against a distinction like that.

And we all know that when our friends and family come from out of town, one of the first things they want to do is "...go to Wegmans!" and we're happy to oblige thinking that we can get some our grocery shopping done at the same time. 

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But did you know that the East Ave Wegmans, and more specifically, Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, offers classes on a range of subjects that combines eating, drinking, learning, and of course, the freshest of Wegmans' ingredients? 

Who knew!? Amore's EAT, DRINK & LEARN series is a well-kept secret, unintentionally, of course. The reason being is that most classes sell out in no time making it darn-near impossible to get a seat for the class. For those who do, you're in for a treat. 

Before we let you in on this secret and the 7 Reasons why Eat, Drink & Learn is Wegmans Best Kept Secret, we'd like to thank Wegmans and the amazing team at Amore for inviting us to take part in their recent Fresh Pasta Making class and for squeezing us in.

1. You Will Have Plenty To EAT...

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A food related class would not be, well, anything, without something to munch on. That's just how this class started off, with plenty of delicious appetizers (and a glass of sparkling rosé to wash it down).

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The eating, however, did not end there. With this being a pasta class we were happy to enjoy some delicious dishes made right in the class by our teacher, Head Chef at Amore, Chef Pasquale Sorrentino. 

2. You Will NOT Go Thirsty...

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Not only was this a pasta making class, but also a pasta and wine pairings tasting. Each entree made in the class was paired up with a red or a white wine.

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Amore Restaurant Manager Michael Posella shared a bit of his knowledge and experiences from the restaurant, and what made a good pairing to the Italian cuisine while the dishes were being prepared. 

3. You Will LEARN...

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Naturally, if you're taking a class, you hope to walk away having learned something. We can tell you that's just what will happen here. We learned how temperature and humidity can affect your pasta, what it should look like and feel like as you're making it through its various stages, and how just how truly rewarding it is to make your own pasta by hand. 

One of the best things about these classes is that Amore makes a point to keep the ingredients simple and accessible, meaning that all ingredients can be found in Wegmans stores so you don't need to be a head chef to find them. 

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While participants watch and take good class notes, of course, there were plenty of opportunities for volunteers to step up and put the apron on themselves. Chef Pasquale and Team encourage as much participation from the class as possible. 

4. You'll Take Food Home

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All the fresh pasta and gnocchi made in the class was divided up for attendees to take home. We had enough to make dinner (and have leftovers) the next night.

5. You Will Meet Other Foodies...

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Class sizes are relatively small, anywhere between 15-30 people, and unlike high school, your classmates all chose to be there. That means that you all share a love for food, for learning, and for good drink. If you can't get a conversation with a stranger started about any of those things, then get out of the kitchen. No, really, get out of the kitchen. 

6. Amore isn't just an East Ave Wegmans Eatery

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The class may not have taken place in the restaurant (only steps away in the East Ave Wegmans' conference room), but it was certainly hosted and taught by Amore's Head Chef, Pasquale Sorrentino.

Chef Pasquale was born in Italy and lived there until 2003 when he moved here to marry his wife (a Webster native). Prior to Amore, he'd been a chef at both 2 Vine and Branca.

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Now back to Amore, consider it a restaurant that just so happens to share a parking lot and entrance with a grocery store.

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Did you know the pasta served in the restaurant is made fresh right in the kitchen? It is! Though, we are assuming that the gluten free pasta served is their Wegmans brand Gluten Free pasta, which we've heard is quite delicious too.

7. You'll Feel Special Being In-The-Know...

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Just like the website says "Check back frequently for updates...." these classes fill so quickly you'll want to stay ahead of the game and make sure to reserve your spot once the classes are announced - do not hesitate!

You may even want to sign up for Wegmans Fresh News email to stay in-the-know.

It just so happens that Amore recently announced 2 more classes. Though we're sure by the time this is published they will already be sold out! #betterlucknexttime

More photos from the night:

Amore has also just launched a new summer menu so go check it out!

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Amore: so much to love

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Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar recently launched a new menu and since we've been eager to go, we decided this was the perfect chance. While you may not think a "supermarket restaurant" would be your first choice for a great experience, we beg to differ. Once inside you'll quickly forget where you just entered from, whether it be the parking lot...

Amore Outside Entrance or the store...

Amore Store Entrance While Wegmans has no plans to ever leave the Grocery business, they've added a few restaurants to the mix. Danny Wegman and his wife, Stency, love restaurants, restaurant culture, and dining out - and they want to share the experience they love - with you.

Dining Area What was the inspiration for an Italian restaurant, you ask? A love for Italian food! We certainly loved everything we've had so far, from the Vegetable Rustica appetizer, to the pizzas.

Vegetable Rustica Pizza at Amore You may be surprised to find out that a lot of the inspiration and influence for Amore is actually from an Italian restaurant in Switzerland. The decor even has a bit of an Austrian influence. We couldn't help but admire the reclaimed wood beams that are found throughout the restaurant. Amore wasn't made to look or feel new, but it has a more "well loved" feel with a mix of modern touches.

Downstairs Seating Area Interested in watching the Chefs make your dinner? It's easy to peer into the kitchen at Amore... it's even the first thing you see when you walk in (and we love the pizza oven!):

Pizza OvenChefs at Amore The ingredients are fresh. Did we mention that all of the sauces as well as the pizza dough are homemade? And the pizza dough only has 5 ingredients - water, flour, yeast, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Simple and delicious!

Fresh Ingredients In addition to the main dining area, there is a second level.....

The Stairs at Amore Second Floor Seating Area ...and an indoor terrace that will make you forget you're even in Rochester!

Amore Inside Terrace Whether you grab a table or a seat at the bar you can enjoy a glass of wine from their vast selection.

Bar at Amore 39 wines can be ordered by the glass or quartino (approximately a glass and a half worth), and almost every one of those is also available by the bottle. 85% of the wines are Italian wines with a few from New York State and California.

Wine Glass Besides the wonderful food, great service, and cozy atmosphere, we loved sitting down with Restaurant Manager, Jigmed Latshang, to learn more about the vision and heart of the restaurant. Having been in the culinary and hospitality industry for many years, both stateside and abroad, Jigmed has called Rochester home for the last 5 years and he loves it. "You can just feel it, something is about to happen", he said to us as we talked about the potential in the city. "Rochester has to be its own place", he said, "it's not New York City and it's not Chicago". We really feel like Amore (and Jigmed) are adding to the restaurant culture of the city and we hope you do too.

Their hope at Amore, is to create healthy, classic Italian food. "Good, simple dishes that people will enjoy." They also hope that when you leave... you've had a great time!

Amore Details: Website: http://www.wegmansamore.com/ Phone: (585) 452-8780

Lunch: Sun - Sat: 11:30AM - 4PM

Dinner: Sun - Thurs: 4PM - 9PM Fri - Sat: 4PM - 10PM

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