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VOLUME 9 ISSUE 16 DIGITAL EDITION ELLICOTTVILLETIMES.COM
The official Newspaper of the Village of Ellicottville, the Town of Ellicottville, Ellicottville Central Schools and the Towns of East Otto. Great Valley and Mansfield, NewYork
Ellicottville, Steelbound distilleries produce hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19 By Deb Everts Two more Ellicottville businesses are trying to make a difference in the continuing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the Steelbound Brewery & Distillery and Ellicottville Distillery have stepped up and modiﬁed their production lines to make essential hand sanitizer. Steelbound owner William Bursee said he decided to convert his Ellicottville facility to produce hand sanitizer on a commercial scale about three weeks ago. He said it was when the pandemic was all over the news and businesses were asking to step up and do their part. Prior to this turn of events, Bursee wasn’t licensed to produce hand sanitizer in his distillery but, he said, New York state sent him a letter stating they would forego any extra paperwork in order for his facility to start producing the sanitizer. “The state gave us some rules and regulations to follow in order to produce it and they waived any extra permits or paperwork, so it made it simpler for us to be a part of this,” he explained. Currently, the hand sanitizer is being produced in the Ellicottville facility. Bursee said they only had to add a couple of inexpensive poly-mixing tanks and other minimal equipment, so they could mix in peroxide and glycerol. “We have both a brewery and distillery there in the same building. It’s rare, but it really lends itself to producing hand sanitizer because you have to
See Distilleries, page 4
Photos provided In Ellicottville, both Steelbound Brewery & Distillery and the Ellicottville Distillery have modiﬁed their production lines to make essential hand sanitizer for both the general public and area hospitals.
Descendant honors Ellicottville ancestor Johann Georg Braun By Deb Everts
Photo submitted The town of Ellicottville’s 200th birthday celebration includes the ancestors of a number of descendants who applied for Pioneer Certiﬁcates. Judith Rohrich is honoring her great-great-grandfather Johann Georg Braun. Shown (far right) is Braun’s wife, Barbara Mary Rapp Braun (Brown), with her daughters, Agnes Brown Rohrich (far left) and Mary Brown Rohrich, with Agnes’ husband, Fred Rohrich.
As part of the town of Ellicottville’s 200th birthday celebration, Pioneer Certiﬁcate applicants have been given the opportunity to honor their own ancestor with photos and an full-length article, or brief information. To begin the series, applicant Judith Rohrich of Colorado is honoring her ancestor, Johann Georg Braun, and other family members in her Rohrich and Braun line who came to Ellicottville in search of a better life. The Rohrich and Braun — later changed to Brown — families all settled in Ellicottville after emigrating from Germany. They became neighbors and friends and eventually became family. Rohrich’s great-greatgrandfather, Johann Georg (John) Braun, was born November 1808 in Germany. He married Anna Maria Barbara (Mary) Rapp who was born in January
1812 in Schlat, Goppingen, BadenWurttemberg, Germany. The Brauns left their homeland in April 1853 and set out on a three-monthlong journey, arriving in Buffalo in July 1853. They settled in Plato near Cotter Road. The couple had 14 children, eight of whom lived to adulthood. John died in September 1867 and Mary died in October 1897, both in Ellicottville. According to Rohrich, three Rohrich children married three Braun children. Elizabeth married John George Braun, John Gottleib married Anna Maria (Mary) Braun and Christian Frederich (Frederick) married Agnes Braun.
See Descendant, page 3
Villaggio owner hits 12,000 donated meals with StockTheFreezer.com
By Deb Everts
Nick Pitillo, owner of Italian restaurant Villaggio, recently announced more than 12,000 meals have been purchased for local food pantries, charities, healthcare workers and other causes since his new website, stockthefreezer.com, went live March 20. Pitillo took on “social distancing” less than three weeks ago with the launching of his new frozen meal order and delivery service adding a dynamic community resource. The local restaurateur, who also owns the popular Osteria 166 in Buffalo, has created a solution that will allow families to plan and have meals on-hand during the ongoing pandemic. In addition to purchasing meals for themselves and their families, orders placed through stockthefreezer.com can be donated to local food pantries and organizations. In the past several days, Pitillo and his team have delivered more than 8,700 meals to organizations throughout Erie and
Cattaraugus counties. Tito’s Handmade Vodka pushed the effort beyond the 12,000 donated meals milestone with a big helping hand to local restaurant workers impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 response. Tito’s is donating $10,000 to the Family Meal Hospitality Trust, a non-proﬁt organization created to support the Buffalo restaurant community. Among the many organizations that have received meals for the people and communities they serve are Back to Basics Outreach Ministries, Cattaraugus Community Action, the P.U.N.T. Foundation, the Response to Love Center and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy. Meanwhile, healthcare workers at Buffalo General Hospital, the Buffalo VA hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital have also received donated meals. “I never could have imagined
See Villaggio, page 3
Girls Getaway Weekend
Holiday Valley Mudslide
Ellicottville Gazebo Series
Summer Music Festival
Ellicottville Gazebo Series 2
Ellicottville Old Home Weekend
July 24-26 Jazz & Blues Weekend
Aug. 8 & 9
Taste of Ellicottville
Rock Autism Concert
Happy Half Marathon and 5K
Sept. 18-20 Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend
Sept. 25-27 EVL Lacrosse Festival
Oct. 10 & 11 Fall Festival
Times ﬁle photo Nick Pitillo, owner of Italian restaurant Villaggio, recently announced more than 12,000 meals have been purchased for local food pantries, charities, healthcare workers and other causes through his website stockthefreezer.com.
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Ellicottville’s 200th birthday party celebrated online Photo by Deb Everts In observance of the town of Ellicottville’s 200th birthday, 33 participants from local businesses and Pioneer Certiﬁcate Applicant Program attended an online event April 9 through a Zoom video conferencing meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the originally planned birthday party to take place April 13 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was canceled. On Zoom, the bicentennial planning committee came up with a unique way to celebrate during this time of social distancing. All participants could see and hear one another as they talked about doing business in town and their pioneer ancestors they wanted to honor. A video created by Spencer Timkey can be seen on the Facebook pages of Ellicottville Historical Society and Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.
Photo submitted This undated photo shows the ﬁrst American-born Rohrich children, Charles, Emma, George, Ida and Carrie.
Other Rohrich children who made the treacherous journey across the Atlantic from Germany included Johann Karl (Charles), Johann David (David) and Carolina Christina. There are no records indicating that these last three children lived into adulthood. They are buried with their father. Born in 1812, her great-great-grandfather, Johann Gottleib Rohrich, married Christine Karline Schmidgall in February 1838 in the Wurttemberg area of Germany. After her death, he left his homeland and set sail for America about 1852 with his six children, aged one to 14. “It’s unknown what may have possessed him to pack up the family and board that ship for America, but I know he must have had a dream and a vision for a better future for himself and his children,” Rohrich said. “After many days at sea and much traveling over land, they ﬁnally made their way to Ellicottville and eventually settled in an area called Plato.” Rohrich said the roads they lived on in the Ellicottville area are named after Johann and his family. The names have since been shortened to just Rohr Road and Rohr Hill Road. According to the “Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus County, History of the Town of Great Valley,” John G. Rohrich, a son of Johann, resided in Ellicottville until 1885. John G. held several town ofﬁces and, in 1880, built the ﬁrst iron bridge in the town of Ellicottville. He moved to Great Valley, in 1885, and purchased a farm, but was also in the lumber business. Rohrich said the union of her great-grandparents, Anna Mary Brown and John G. Rohrich, occurred in 1863. Their ﬁve children, Charles, Emma, George, Ida and Carrie, were born in America. She said John and Mary are buried in Chamberlain Cemetery in Great Valley. “My grandpa George married Edna Mildred Wright in 1900,” she said. “They lived near Edna’s great-grandfather’s Echo Poultry Farm in Willoughby, but moved to Perrysburg sometime after the birth of my dad, Merl Rohrich, in 1905.” The Braun and Rohrich families came to Ellicottville where they found their American
dream. Their hardships have long-since passed and they will forever be within the land they loved and so ﬁercely sought to ﬁnd. TO HONOR THEIR ancestors during the town of Ellicottville’s bicentennial year, descendants were given the opportunity to apply for Pioneer Certiﬁcates. Organizer Dawn Westfall said the Ellicottville Historical Society’s Bicentennial Pioneer Certiﬁcate Program has been a resounding success. She said there were approximately 50 total applicants and 160 certiﬁcates requested by the program’s deadline in February. The ancestors were placed in three main categories based on what year they resided in the town. The descendants of 44 different pioneers honored their forebears. They are listed as follows within the categories including the number of certiﬁcates given in the name of each ancestor. Founding Father (or Mother), 1840 or earlier: Christopher Church, 1; Lucy Dixon Leonard Saxton, 7; Grove Hurlburt, 2; Ensign Litchﬁeld, 7; Theobald David Oyer, 2; Orin Pitcher, 7; Arza Searl, 4; and Chester A. Vibbard, 14. Early Setter, 1880 or earlier: Johann Georg Braun (Brown), 1; Charles Jerry Bridenbaker, 2; George Bridenbaker II, 2; William Bridenbaker, 2; John Crowley (and wife, Hanora Donovan), 10; Thomas Fitzgerald, 8; Huldah Green, 1; Chester Hard, 3; David Jerome Harvey, 2; James Smith Johnson, 2; John Lowry (and wife, Maria Theresa Gentner), 16; Joseph McKinley, 4; John F. Nelson, 1; James O’Brien, 1; Thomas O’Connor (and wife, Mary Therese Mullally), 5; Amos Pettit, 5; Anna Maria Barbara Rapp, 1; Johann Gottlieb Rohrich, 1; Harriett C. Saddler, 1; John F. Shults, 2; Joshua Smallman (and wife, Agnes MacDougall), 1; Catherine White Walsh, 3; and Christopher Weishahn (Weishan), 2. Early Resident, 1920 or earlier: Ernest L. Bonsteel, 1; Helen Bertha Bridenbaker, 2; Edward Simon Chapman, 2; Casper Gebauer, 4; Kathryn Lowry, 1; Lawrence F. O’Connor, 3; Albert John Ploetz, 4; Leo Edward Scharf, 12; Jacob Wineford, 6.
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Rotary Club of Ellicottville supports the community during COVID-19 pandemic
Responding to the COVID-19 crisis, the Rotary Club of Ellicottville has acted on several fronts to support the community. The Rotary Foundation for Youth & Family Support is working with Ellicottville Central Schools to supplement their meal program. Ellicottville Rotary, in conjunction with stockthefreezer.com (Villaggio) will be providing dinners for registered families. These dinners will be for both kids and parents provided two days per week. Other local restaurants have also expressed interest in supporting this effort. Dinner service will help complete the student program that
provides breakfast and lunch for registered students. Register your student at ellicottvillecentral.com, or families interested in signing up for meals, may also phone Mrs. Vicky Williams at (716) 699-2316 ext. 1403. Ellicottville Rotary supports the Ellicottville Food Pantry. Given the current crisis, the Rotary club has doubled its contribution to help keep the shelves stocked. The Rotary Club also applied for, and received, a grant from Rotary District 7090 to help fund needed supplies and food stuffs. Rotary is working with Steelbound Distillery to procure hand sanitizer for use at the pantry and Cattaraugus
Community Action. Gloves and masks are needed by the pantry and Rotary Club of Ellicottville Club is working on procurement. Ellicottville Rotary’s Foundation for Youth & Family Support has always supported local groups and individuals in need. Most of the efforts are “under the radar” and many are helped without fanfare or publicity. Many in the community, especially local restaurants and businesses have gone above and beyond to support Rotary Club of Ellicottville’s Foundation. If you are able to donate, please visit ellicottvillerotary.com/donate.
ECS NEWS & SPORTS ECS’s Sawicki reﬂects on journey to UPB with senior year cut short
By Sam Wilson
Robert Sawicki Jr. learned how to deal with disappointment before his college baseball career began. Graduating from Ellicottville High School in 2016, Sawicki planned to play baseball at Division II Clarion University, where he’d been recruited. But entering the fall of that year, two weeks before arriving on campus, Sawicki learned the coaches who recruited him were out at Clarion, and he would have to try out for his spot on the team. “Going into that fall at Clarion, we didn’t have a coach and we all showed up and there were actually 60 guys at Clarion for baseball,” Sawicki said. “Thinking I was recruited, I thought it didn’t matter for me. But after going through that process while I was at Clarion in the fall, I was actually the last person, they had to knock the roster down to 29 and I was basically No. 30.” The new coach, Anthony Williams, said he could redshirt for a year, but it wouldn’t guarantee him a spot on the team the next year. “He said ‘I completely understand if you want to explore options of going somewhere else,’” Sawicki
recalled. That night, while meeting with Sawicki, Williams called Zach Foster, coach at Pitt-Bradford, to set up a meeting. The next day, Sawicki traveled to Bradford. “The next day, I was in Bradford and basically had a visit with Coach Foster, sat down with him and talked out my options and made my decision on the spot to transfer for that spring,” Sawicki said. He made the most out of a disappointing surprise. Now, Sawicki is doing the same with the premature ending to his college baseball career. Like all spring college athletes, Sawicki’s season ended abruptly last month amid the escalating concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Sawicki said Foster taught him how to deal with a fear of failure early on after arriving at UPB. “The ﬁrst day I met him, he asked me what my biggest fear was and I had an extensive talk with him and I said, ‘honestly it’s failure, my biggest fear is letting the guys beside me down, letting my coaches down’ and that was the biggest thing I had to learn because baseball is a game of failure,” Sawicki said. “The best players in the world only get a hit three times out of 10. If you can
do that you’re in the hall of fame in the majors. Knowing that I’m going to fail, but using failure as motivation to step my game up and become better every day.” Sawicki’s playing time increased each season, from three games as a freshman, 13 as a sophomore and 16 as a junior. He called UPB a “perfect ﬁt” where he found a “brotherhood” with the Panthers. “It really opened my eyes seeing that I had to work really way harder because I was a guy that got cut from a Division II program and it wasn’t what I thought,” he said. “So going through that process of transferring from Clarion made me realize that nothing in college baseball is a given. Through the three and a half years at PittBradford, I really grew as a player and as a person and it deﬁnitely helped me not only with my work ethic but being able to go in and work every day.” He had a sterling batting average through just seven games of his senior year, hitting .348 (8-for-23) with four RBI, often hitting second and playing left ﬁeld. Sawicki didn’t know it at the time, but he played his ﬁnal collegiate game March 11 against Bridgewater St., hitting 2-for-5 in Port Charlotte, Fla. “Going into that game I
had a feeling that there was going to be something bad that happened but I didn’t realize it was going to be the last game that I ever played,” Sawicki said, as he got an email beforehand warning a postponement or cancelation could be coming. Later that night, the Panthers learned their trip to Fort Myers and the season as a whole ended. The players were called to an ‘emergency meeting’ at the hotel pool. “I was in a room playing cards with a bunch of the seniors and we were a senior-heavy team so a lot of us were in there and our heads just sank,” he said. “Everybody’s hearts just went into their stomach and no one really knew what to think, but we got down to the pool and we got the worst of it. Coach had to tell us we weren’t even allowed to ﬁnish our spring trip, we still had six games left to play. The whole four years that I had been there ﬂashed in a second. That was the hardest part, to have 34 of my brothers down at the pool with me and seeing every one of them just heartbroken. “We had something special. We had no doubt in our minds that we were going to be a frontrunner for winning the conference this year and had a chance to do something really special.”
Youth of the Week
Dr. Anthony Evans, executive director of the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau, announces this week’s featured Youth Citizenship Award recipient is Megan Hartsell. Megan is the daughter of Mary and Michael Hartsell and is a senior at Ellicottville Central School. Megan has done much for her community and school. She has volunteered with the Ellicottville Soccer Camp as a coach for four years and has been an Altar Server
at her church for six years. Megan has helped at the food pantry for one year and at the Rotary Club’s Tuscan Moon Event for two years. She has participated in both the Ellicottville Christmas Stroll and Memorial Day Service playing her Trumpet for ﬁve years and has volunteered with the school’s Project Christmas for four years. Additionally, Megan has been a member of the band for nine years, Jazz Band for ﬁve years, All-County Band for seven years, and Buffalo Honor Band for four years. She has played in the Drama Club’s Orchestra for one year and has played softball for four years. Megan has also played soccer for a number of years for both the school and a club, earning Captain for the school’s team her senior year and earning the Heart of a Warrior Award. Showing her hard work
and leadership qualities, Megan has been the Secretary for her class for ﬁve years. She has been a member of the Student Council for four years, three years as the Secretary and one as the president. Megan has been a member of the National Honor Society for two years and has earned a number of academic awards. Some of those awards include, High Honors, Top Five in Class, and Outstanding Student in English, Biology, Global, and French. Additionally, Megan has earned the University of Rochester’s George Eastman Young Leaders Award, RIT’s Innovation and Creativity Award, Sage College Student Sage Award, and the Jamestown Community College Connection’s Student of the Year. Not only has Megan been involved in community service and school
programs, but has held a job at Watson’s Chocolates, was selected to be in the New Vision: Health Professions Program at Olean BOCES and has been a student reporter for the Ellicottville Times. Her future plans are to attend college for biology or pre-med and then go on to Medical School. Megan’s guidance counselor has described her as a person who has shown outstanding commitment to her school and community throughout high school. Nominations for the 2020 graduating class are open. If you know an outstanding member of your community who is graduating in 2020, you can nominate them for a Cattaraugus County Youth Citizenship Award. For more information please contact: Alison Crosson, Youth Bureau Program Coordinator at (716) 9382617.
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June 20 Cattaraugus County Museum Day at various museums throughout Cattaraugus County. Uncover exhibits that display our towns and villages historic paths through time. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aug. 2-8 Cattaraugus County Fair at Little Valley fairgrounds.
June 21 Aaron Lewis concert at Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino, Salamanca. Rescheduled March 14 event. 7 p.m.
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Aug. 8 & 9 Taste of Ellicottville Downtown Ellicottville.
July 3-5 Summer Music Festival at Holiday Valley, Ellicottville.
Aug. 15 Old Fashioned Town Picnic at Leon Fire Hall, New Albion Road. Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks. Bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs and old photos to share. Noon to 3 p.m.
July 17-19 Ellicottville Old Home Weekend Throughout Ellicottville. Part of Ellicottville’s Bicentennial Celebration.
Aug. 15 Big & Rich concert at Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino, Salamanca. Rescheduled event from April 11.
July 24-26 Jazz & Blues Weekend Downtown Ellicottville.
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Great Valley Town Board awards mowing bids for 2020
By Kellen M. Quigley The Great Valley Town Board held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Monday with safe social distancing practices in place. Town Supervisor Dan Brown reported Tuesday that mowing bids were opened for town grounds, Kill Buck park, the cemeteries and memorial park. The contract was awarded to D&J Lawn Services, of Salamanca, for $8,895. Bids for painting and repairing the town hall, dog kennel and interior/ exterior of playground bathroom was awarded to Rinko painting for $22,500, Brown said. The Great Valley Food Pantry has set new hours for every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We ask everyone to please respect those hours,” Brown said. “It is only a drive through service. No one is allowed inside the building.” From the Code Enforcement Ofﬁcer’s report, Brown said he has sent out multiple property
maintenance court dates but must wait for courts to reopen. The county health department is investigating multiple complaints regarding garbage and sewer issues within the hamlet of Kill Buck, he added. The Highway Department remains on emergency call until further notice from the county and state, Brown said. They were called out Friday, April 10 for snow plowing. Town Board member Sandy Goode reported on the progress of the new bike trail planned to go through the county. She said they are progressing on implementation of their plan. The meeting was held in the memory of Jim Morton, a long time resident and volunteer with the ﬁre department and ambulance squad, Brown said. Morton was recognized yearly by the ﬁre department for his service and in many years the most calls. Further public hearings regarding the Kill Buck sewer district are on hold until the second required public hearing can be held.
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ferment before you can distill,” he said. “So, we can ferment sugar water on the brewery side, then pump it over to the distillery and distill it up into ethanol which is then used as a product for hand sanitizer.” Bursee said sugar produces about 20 percent alcohol when fermented. After the sugar water is pumped over to the distillery, they extract that 20 percent out at about 190 proof. Then they water it down to get it to where it needs to be for hand sanitizer. “We’re offering it in half-gallons so people can reﬁll their small containers. We’re selling it for $25 a half-gallon,” he said. “We’re trying to get smaller containers, but we can’t get them right now. We also bought glass, half-gallon moonshine bottles that people can bring back for a reﬁll.” Bursee thanked Berlin Packaging in Orchard Park for donating bottles and afﬁxing the labels on the bottles that Steelbound is giving away to local hospitals. He also thanked Niagara Label in Akron for donating those labels. He said the bottles of sanitizer will be donated to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, Olean General and Brooks Memorial in Dunkirk. Bursee said he received a call from the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) April 10 saying they had no hand sanitizer and they were reportedly using ﬁngernail polish remover to clean. Because of their dire situation, he sent three cases of hand sanitizer to them the very same day. This week, Steelbound
is planning to produce hand sanitizer for the hospitals and then, the following week, produce for the public for two to three weeks before they do another run for the hospitals. Bursee said it’ll be available for the public at both his Springville and Ellicottville locations. “Our world is going to be different when this is over. We’re a hugging, shaking, kissing-kind of community and that’s the way we all are in Western New York,” he said. “I don’t think people are going to stop shaking hands, but I do think we’re going to start cleaning them more. I think hand sanitizer is going to be around now, after this. “We might open a manufacturing facility to continue producing hand sanitizer,” Bursee continued. “Who knows? I think our essential products need to be made in the United States.” Steelbound’s Ellicottville site is not currently producing beer, but there is plenty of beer for pick up. The facility is located at 6600, Route 219. For more details, contact the distillery at (716) 699-2042 or info@ steelboundevl.com.
that are available for $2 each, and larger amounts for businesses in need. He said they donated 100 gallons of the sanitizer last week to the Cattaraugus County Emergency Medical Services to help area nursing homes, Olean General and the county building remain safe and sanitary. “Our hand sanitizer is not leaving Western New York yet,” he said. “We want to take care of the local community before we extend ourselves too thin.” Production of the sanitizer is being produced on a large scale. Scharf said he’s still trying to keep up with the rest of his distilling operation that produces a complete line of spirits. “I didn’t have to shut down anything — just had to change the method of distillation,” he said. “I’m distilling the alcohol to as high a proof as I can get, which is about 170 proof.” Scharf said they’re not allowing anyone to come up and ﬁll any containers anymore. At the time when
ELLICOTTVILLE DISTILLERY owner and head distiller Bryan Scharf said he decided to make hand sanitizer at his facility about four weeks ago. His decision was made after a signiﬁcant number of people asked if he would make it and, because of that demand, he felt it was necessary to make it. Scharf said they are currently making hand sanitizer for personal use in 2-ounce containers
they were doing that, they were looking for donations to help the community. “We had 3,000 bottles available this past weekend and we sold out in four hours,” he said. “We had to cut the limit from 12 to six bottles a person. We expect to have a bigger batch next weekend.” Scharf said his hand sanitizer will be available at Park and Shop in Olean this week. He said they are not shipping any out right now, but he’s looking into it. The distillery is currently open for curbside pickup on Saturdays only from noon to 6 p.m. Scharf said they are not taking preorders from here on, so it’s on a ﬁrst come ﬁrst serve basis. He said they are also offering cocktails to go. The Ellicottville Distillery is located at 5462 Robbins Road, near Ashford Junction. For more information, contact Scharf at (716) 597-6121 or bryan@ ellicottvilledistillery.com.
SPRING Savor these beautiful (and edible) ﬂowers
Cultivating beautiful blooms is a popular pastime for gardeners near and far. While gazing at a yard full of vibrant colors or enjoying the aroma of freshly cut blooms is enough for many gardeners, others may want to embrace a long-enduring tradition growing edible ﬂowers. Cooking with edible ﬂowers is a trend that has endured for centuries. According to Fleurs Gourmandes, the ﬁrst recorded history of edible ﬂowers occurred in 140 BC. Use of calendula in salads dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Victorianera candied ﬂowers and ﬂower-encrusted sweets took edible ﬂowers to new heights. Today, nothing may make a meal seem more gourmet than the inclusion of ﬂower petals in the recipe. Of course, before delving into the expanded world of cooking using edible blooms, some notes of caution should ﬁrst be mentioned. Avoid ﬂowers that may have PAINTING
been sprayed with fungicides, herbicides or insecticides. To verify safety, only use edible ﬂowers grown speciﬁcally for this purpose, not ﬂowers picked from roadsides or from landscapes. Secondly, remember that not all ﬂowers are edible. Some can be poisonous or cause severe gastrointestinal upset when consumed. That means all ﬂowers should be carefully researched prior to experimenting with them in the kitchen. To begin growing - and eating - edible ﬂowers, refer to this list of varieties deemed safe and be careful to double-check against allergies and any interactions with medications prior to use. · Allium: These are blossoms from the allium family, which include garlic, chives and leeks. These ﬂowers can be used to add ﬂavor to foods. · Basil blossoms: It may be customary to pinch off the blossoms of basil, which come in colors from white to lavender in order to
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cranberry-like. · Lavender: The sweet, perfumed taste of lavender works in cocktails and desserts. · Marigolds: These tiny ﬂowers may be used in vegetable gardens to repel animal and insect pests. Blossoms have a fresh citrus taste that can be used in cooking. · Pansies: These vibrant early bloomers can take on a wintergreen ﬂavor and look beautiful when glazed on cakes and other desserts. · Roses: Beautiful to behold, rose petals can lend a subtle, fruity ﬂavor to many different foods as well. · Zucchini: The blossoms from this squash, which have a slightly sweet taste, can be enjoyed in many different ways. Some people batter and fry the blossoms, while others may stuff them with herbs and cheeses.
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stimulate growth of the leaves of the plant. However, the blossoms, which are more mild than the leaves, can be tasty as well. · Calendula: Sometimes known as “poor man’s saffron,” this yellow ﬂower in the marigold family can taste like saffron when it’s sautéed. Uncooked, calendula can have spicy notes that add variety to salads and garnishes. · Chamomile: This plant features small, daisy-type ﬂowers that can be used in treats and teas. · Cilantro: The ﬂowers from the cilantro plant can be eaten, just as the leaves and the seeds that form the spice coriander. · Fennel: Just like the plant itself, the ﬂowers of fennel have a subtle licorice ﬂavor. · Hibiscus: Hibiscus blooms are famously used in hibiscus tea, which is tart and
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