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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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She loves to learn and is excited to see what Amore comes up with in the future... a pizza class? Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

A few excuses to leave the city for a day - Niagara Wine Trail Trains!

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If you've been following along with us for any length of time you've probably seen that we're pretty much all about one thing: the city. Living in the city of Rochester has many benefits. We are surrounded by great restaurants, galleries, shops, and more. We have everything we need right here. But sometimes, as a city resident, it's nice to get out and enjoy an afternoon outside the city, especially as the leaves begin to change. Here's a great opportunity to do just that. WNY Rail Promo

As previously mentioned, there's a new train excursion nearby. The Niagara Wine Trail Trains take you from the Medina Railroad Museum for a tour 2 train ride through the beautiful Niagara Wine Trail Region and back. So, here are 4 reasons to get out of the city to enjoy something a little different this Fall.

1. It's a Short Road Trip

Leaving-Downtown There's no need for a flight or a whole day of travel. Just a quick 50 minute scenic drive from the heart of downtown and you'll find yourself in the small town of Medina.

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2. New York State's Largest Railroad & Toy Train Collection

Medina Railroad Museum For the kid in all of us, take a few minutes to explore the museum and oogle over the train collection you know you wish you had growing up...

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3. Train Ride through the Niagara Wine Region

Tickets Seating Take a seat inside and enjoy a cozy and festive ride through the countryside that is just outside of Rochester. This is the best time of year to enjoy the changing colors and the last bit of beautiful weather.

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4. Wine & Dine

Wine-Glass Enjoy sips from the region as you tastes wines from different wineries in the area. And bites from local restaurants...

"Each excursion showcases two Niagara Wine Trail wineries, offering a wide selection of tastings, from sweet to dry wines, red and whites, dessert wines, ciders, and more. Passengers are served gourmet farm-to-table dishes prepared using locally-sourced ingredients”  (via Ben Woelk, WNY Excursions).

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Beautiful fall days should be enjoyed whether it's in the city or outside of it. Go out and enjoy, there are only 2 Wine Trail events left this year...

Railroad ... and then come back home to a great city.

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