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Cortland & Ithaca

• Cortland Area Chamber • Dana Decker - Real Estate • Local Calendar of Events

• Banana Tart Recipe by Chris Xaver • Raising money for Toys For Tots • The Bling Store Contest



Catherine Bonyak Studio Gallery in Historic Corset Building


Cayuga Heart Institute Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center


SUNY Cortland Theatre Newly renovated Dowd Fine Arts Center opens on campus for the spring semester

Tompkins Trust Reinventing one of downtown Cortland’s prominent buildings for new branch office P|14

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Welcome to the November issue of What’s HOT! What’s HOT highlights the best of dining, arts, entertainment, and so much more in the Cortland and Ithaca areas and beyond. Designed with exceptional photographs, articles of interest, community connections, and an enthusiasm for our beautiful region, What’s HOT will inspire you to seek out all life has to offer in central New York. Lifestyle. Leisure. Shopping. Cooking. Business. Real Estate. Health & Wellness. Recreation. Theatre. Travel. Tourism. Treasures. Education. Exploration. Enrichment. Motivation. Inspiration. A little bit of anything that’s up, and nothing thats down. If it’s hot, we’ve got it covered. What’s HOT magazine is published monthly in print and online, with a free distribution of 10,000 copies to 300 + local sites. Be sure to look for your copy each month at your favorite supermarket, professional office, restaurant, gas station, library, hotel, tourism center, coffee shop and many other locations. Read past issues of What’s HOT online at


Researching Your Next Home portant to know which websites can be considered true primary resources. Locally, most all agencies have their own websites featuring properties for sale. Although these websites are a great source of information, there are several websites that compile information from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) that many of the local Realtors subscribe to. The following are three websites I would recommend using that have quality, pertinent, and real information: •

Are you currently in the market for purchasing a new home? If you answered YES, where do you spend the majority of your time gathering information on potential houses that might fit your needs? Over 90% of all consumers would answer: the Internet. The Internet has quickly become a resourceful tool for consumers looking to purchase a home. Although many real estate websites claim to have the most up to date listings and information, it is im-

• • There are a number of other real estate websites that consumers use such as and These websites have some good information, but a lot of the information should be taken with a grain of salt. For example, these websites will give an “estimate” of what a particular property is worth. These sites often use information that can not only be incorrect, but easily skewed as well. These websites also include homes that are supposedly in “pre-foreclosure.” More often than not, this information is incorrect and there is an external website supplying the information attempting to get you to subscribe to their website for a monetary fee.

by Dana Decker

In this information age, having the ability to search for a home or property on the Internet means it is important to remember the value of having a Realtor working on your behalf. A local Realtor will be able to help you decipher the good pertinent information and weed out the information that is incorrect. Here is a simple rule to follow with some of the information on these websites: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” Imagine where the Internet will take us in the next 10 years…it has changed the landscape of real estate marketing and advertising completely in the last decade. It will become increasingly important to continually adapt to new technologies. Will print advertising become even more obsolete? Only time will tell! Dana Decker Principal Broker Heritage Realty of Central NY Homer, NY 13077

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Fast Facts Artist: Catherine Bonyak Location: 75 East Court Street, Cortland, New York E-mail: Facebook: art by catherine bonyak Studio Hours: Tues. and Thurs. 10:15 - 3:00 pm or by appointment




Studio Gallery IN Cortland’s Historic Corset Building

Catherine Bonyak is a regional abstract art-

ful fumes associated with oils meant this was ist working out of her CATHARTIC! Studio not an option to work with. The boldness of Gallery space in the Historic Cortland Cor- acrylic color led to bold form and color emset Building in Cortland. She emerged as an phasis in my work.” artist from early childhood with memories of Her most prolific series is by far her “Poppy her art experiences dating back to the age Series” which she began in 2003 through the of three or four. Her passion for art guided present. Catherine interprets the poppy flowher education as she is an Ithaca College er in countless ways. There is a consistency in alumna with a BA in Art. Painting has been her abstract style, even as her interpretations her mainstay, and she perseveres with the use of the same subject matter vary greatly. of the acrylic medium. “Trained vigorously in oils and traditional technique, acrylics brought out a new diversity in my work,” says Catherine. She first began using the acrylic medium out of necessity, but it grabbed her quickly and forever changed her style. “I first handled acrylics because I wanted to paint again, but was raising young children at home and the harm-

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Another floral series in her collection is the “Lily Bath” series. Most recently, her vibrant painting Lily Bath #6 was chosen to be published as an Easter Seal stamp for 2014. It is also currently a contender to become the 2014 Easter Seal. This piece is now the property of Easter Seals. Monies raised from this organization provide support for persons with disabilities and their families, a cause close to Catherine’s own heart. Additional works include her “I Am Woman” series celebrating women and milestones of personal transformation and spiritual transcendence. Her collection also includes found object art work, mural paintings, collage, and construction pieces.

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Fast Facts Business: Tompkins Trust Company (Cortland Office) Location: Cortland Office 36 Main Street Cortland, NY Phone: 607-662-0376 E-mail: Hours: Lobby: Mon-Fri 9-5 Sat 9-12 24 hour ATM Drive-up: Mon-Fri 9-5 Sat 9-12 24 hour ATM



Tompkins Trust Company

Tompkins Trust Company’s new office at 36

Opens new Cortland office

services through Tompkins Financial Advisors and insurance through Tompkins Insurance Agencies.

Main Street in downtown Cortland features extensive renovations that have transformed an abandoned first-floor office space into a “We can be your one-stop shop for financial bright environment that makes banking a services,” said Brad Totman, the Cortland pleasure. region business development officer. “Our staff offers expertise built on years of experiBy opening panels of concrete and replacing them with windows, the banking center ence in their particular area of specialty.” incorporates natural lighting with a two-stoCarol Burgess heads residential mortgages ry center atrium to give a spacious feeling. and will work with you to find a loan that fits Modern in feel, the office also celebrates the your lifestyle. There are several special propast with a “history wall” that contains imgrams for first-time homebuyers. ages of majestic buildings of Cortland’s past. John Poli, a senior wealth advisor, is an exLarger than its former location, the new site tremely motivated employee of Tompkins allows for increased services such as driveFinancial Advisors and will be able to help thru banking and safe deposit boxes. you find ways to maximize the return on your investments. Tompkins Trust Company is much more than a bank. In addition to the full suite of perBarbara Seamans, an account manager, is sonal and commercial banking services, the part of the new insurance office. Tompkins bank offers wealth management and trust Insurance Agency has been providing New What’s HOT November 2013

York State with insurance services for over 100 years. Paul Mazzone is the branch manager and has been in banking for more than 42 years. Paul’s experience and expertise in banking, specifically consumer lending, is unmatched. As the branch’s business development officer, Brad Totman constantly works with customers and local businesses to help them achieve their banking and financial goals. His experience in banking and knowledge of the Cortland community has made him the go-to person at the branch. All of the employees at the Cortland branch live in Cortland County, are very active in the local community, and have a combined

total of 202 years in banking. The team’s knowledge and experience have made them a valuable asset to the Cortland community. Tompkins Trust Company has been serving the banking and financial needs of Central New York for more than 175 years. Decisions are made locally so you are treated as a neighbor, not a number. Stop by the newly renovated office. People who are familiar with the building are amazed at the transformation.


Center for the Arts Corner

by Daniel Hayes

After the DALA performance at the Center in Oc-

tober, I began to think about the September to December season of music we have playing on our stage, and in all honesty, the first three shows (Paula Cole, Bill Evans, and DALA) were incredible. They each blew their genre away, and Bill Evans’ performance may be the best jazz show I have ever seen. If you discount all concerts I have attended strictly as an audience member and look only at those I have worked since the ‘90s—with 115 shows a year in my coffeehouse and now at the Center— it’s over 890 concerts. Obviously, I love live music. It could be easy in this business to become complacent about music, but I’ve been very fortunate; it takes a lot to make me lose sight of the magic of a performance.

When I look at what’s in the queue for the Saturday shows this month, there’s nothing but magic. So before you read any further, take out your Smartphone or get to a computer and pull up YouTube or our website – Check out some videos of who’s coming your way in November. First, we have a two-time Grammy nominee and winner of 15 blues awards, including a W.C. Handy. He’s the keeper and purveyor of Louisiana swamp music, blues genius Kenny Neal.

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Kenny’s guitar and harmonica playing are a joy to behold and they’re only coming to the northeast to play at the Center. Then on Thanksgiving weekend, it’s officially the holidays when Grammy and Emmy winner Moya Brennan performs her “Irish Christmas Special” at the Center. This is the first time this show has toured America and only the second performance of the tour. Brennan’s “Irish Christmas Special” has played to packed halls and rave reviews all over the world for two years and is now (ahem) in Homer. If you miss it at the Center you can see it on Dec. 7 at the National Geographic in Washington, D.C.! Also in our gallery this month, we have the original works of author and fantasy artist D. Michael Price, and on our stage for a free show titled “You Oughta Be In Pictures”is the music of Hollywood with Michael Lasser, Cindy Miller and Alan Jones. As a gentleman said to me after DALA’s concert, “I figured out that it doesn’t matter if I have never heard of the act or not. If they’re performing at the Center, it’s going to be a great show.” Daniel Hayes Executive Director Center for the Arts of Homer, Inc.


November kicks off the holiday season around here, and wow, do we have a lot going on! Join us all month long for great events, great specials, great food and great fun!


Taste of Fall Pairing Dinner November 19, 6:00pm Seating

A five course feast of fall flavors, paired with our wines, local hard cider, beer and spirits. $75 per person, plus tax and 18% gratuity must be purchased in advance by credit card. Friday Nite Pizza Party Gourmet pies every Friday from 5-8. Eat in or take out!

Sunday Brunch

In-season, from-scratch deliciousness from 11-3 every Sunday!


Perfect Thanksgiving Pairings Pair!

Sunrise (Semi-Sweet Riesling) & Sunset (Semi-Dry Gewürztraminer) Duo: $25+tax Just in time for Thanksgiving, get our new Dry Gewürztraminer: $14.99


Fridays 6-8p, Sundays 4-6p: Live Music!

Top bands in our small barn!


Holiday Shopping Spree: November 22-24 or December 6-8

As always, we’re a starting winery for this annual Cayuga Lake Wine Trail event. Tickets  available through the Wine Trail’s website www. or by calling 800-684-5217. Winery: 607.387.6801 Café: 607.387.6804 4367 East Covert Road Interlaken, NY 14847 AmericanaWine



Banana Tart Recipe by Chris Xaver

This reminds me of the banana pudding of my youth. In fact, if you didn’t want to go to the trouble of putting this in a tart pan, you could put it in ramekins for small individual servings. Isn’t life all about options? Serves 6 FOR THE CRUST 1/2 c almond meal 3/4 c raw oats 1/4 c whole-wheat pastry flour 1/4 c all-purpose flour 1/4 c sucralose 1/2 t salt 6 T heart-healthy butter 2 T light olive oil (the kind for baking) FOR THE FILLING 2 c skim or reduced-fat milk 1/3 c egg substitute 2 t vanilla 1/8 t salt 3/4 c sucralose 1 T heart-healthy butter Walnuts, whole (I prefer whole for decoration purposes) Bananas, sliced

Crust: Toast oats in a skillet before pouring into food processor. Grind with just a few pulses. Add 1/2 c almond meal, pastry flour, all-purpose flour, sucralose & salt; pulse again 2-3 times. Add butter & oil to mixer & pulse again till well mixed. Pour mixture out of processor and press gently into pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 30 minutes. Filling: In a saucepan combine milk, egg substitute, vanilla, salt, & sucralose, & stir. Add butter substitute & bring to a boil at medium heat, stirring constantly. Let mixture boil for 1 minute before removing from heat. Refrigerate for extra cooling. Luscious layering: Line baked tart crust with banana slices. Pour cream over bananas. Cover with waxed paper & refrigerate another 2 hours. Garnish with walnuts & banana slices, and serve. Cal 301 (From Fat 184) Total Fat 21g (Sat Fat 5g) Chol 13mg Sodium 319mg Total Carbs 22g (Fiber 3g Sugars 4g) Protein 5g Vit A 14% Vit C 4% Calcium 9% Iron 4%

BONUS: Go bananas! You’ll be rewarded with 20% Percentage Daily Values of vitamin E. MORSEL: I stick fresh flowers in the center of this piece. Just look online to see which flowers are edible first.

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Local Calendar: November & December

November 1 - December 31 Ithaca, NY Ink Shop The Ink Shop Printmaking Center PRINT SALE! 330 E State St # 2, Ithaca, NY 607-277-3884

November 8 - December 21 Ithaca, NY Corners Gallery Wonders of the Age, paintings by Steve Carver The Corners Gallery’s next exhibition, Wonders of the Age, will showcase paintings by Ithaca artist Steve Carver. Steve’s graphic design background is an obvious influence in his paintings, which combine exacting technique, text, and illustration-- usually tongue-in-check in nature. Opening reception for Steve Carver on Friday, November 8, from 5:30 - 8pm. Show on view through December 21. 903 Hanshaw Rd Ithaca, NY 607-257-5756

November 10 Ithaca, NY

Museum of the Earth Dino Jam Non-member Adults $10 • Children $5 Family $25 Members Discount Adults $8 • Children $3 Family $20 1259 Trumansburg Road Ithaca, NY 14850

November 11 Ithaca, NY

Sciencenter Free Admission for Veterans On Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, admission to the Sciencenter is free for veterans, active duty military personnel

and their families. Valid military ID required. 601 First Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 607-272-0600

November 17 Cortland, NY

1890 House Museum Italian Festa Sunday, Nov. 17, 5 - 7 p.m. $18.90 per guest, reservations required. Italian dinner made with local Italian family recipes, food served family-style. 37 Tompkins St., Cortland NY 13045, 607-756-7551,

November 17 Homer, NY

Center for the Arts Ray Fest 2013: Tribute to Ray Delaney 1 - 5 pm Bands include Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads, Chad Darou and Stealing Time, Diamond Someday, and The Delaney Brothers. If you would like to write a tribute to Ray, e-mail Bill Knowlton at or call him at 315-457-6100. 72 S. Main St., Homer For more information visit or call 607-749-4900.

November 19 Cortland, NY

Cortland College Community Orchestra 8 pm, 19 Church St. Free concert. Music of JS Bach, Beethoven, Chabrier, Mussorgsky, & Vierne. Ubaldo Vali, conductor, Armand Discenna, organist. For more information call SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department at 607-753-2811, or visit departments/performing-arts

November 22 - 24 Cortland, NY

Cortland College A Christmas Carol Friday 7 pm, Saturday 2 pm and 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm and 7 pm, Brown Auditorium, SUNY Cortland. $18.00 General Public, $15.00 Faculty & Staff, $8.00 Students and children under eighteen. Tickets can be purchased at The Bling Store, 101 Main St. or at the Theatre box office. For more information call SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department at 607- 753-2811, or visit departments/performing-arts/

November 23 Ithaca, NY

State Theatre of Ithaca The Little Engine That Could 107 W State St. Ithaca, NY 14850 607-277-8283

November 30 - December 1 Cortland, NY Cortland County Historical Society Adorn-a-Door Wreath Festival 1-5 pm, 25 Homer Ave. Cortland County Historical Society would like to invite you to attend our very first Adorn-a-Door Wreath Festival silent auction! Please stop by to view a variety of beautifully decorated wreaths, courtesy of local businesses and community members. Bids will be taken both days and the winners will be announced on Sunday afternoon. There is no fee for admission to the Wreath Festival which will be housed in the Suggett House Museum. For more information, please call 756-6071, e-mail or visit

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December 3 - 8 Ithaca, NY

Dillingham Center Mere Mortals From the pen of comic playwright David Ives (author of All in the Timing) comes another collection of short comic playlets, just in time to stave off the winter blahs. Laughter guaranteed. Ithaca College 953 Danby Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850 607-274-3224

December 7 Cortland, NY

Lime Hollow Nature Center Wreath Making Workshop Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 - 3 p.m., members $10 non-members $12 Make your own traditional holiday wreath using fresh evergreen boughs and other natural materials. Fee includes bows, wire, ribbon, and instruction. Please bring pruning shears, work gloves, wire cutters, and ornamental additions. 338 McLean Rd., Cortland NY 13045, 607-662-4632,

December 8 Cortland, NY

1890 House Museum Children’s Christmas Tea Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 - 3 p.m. Reservations required. Enjoy hot chocolate or tea served with sandwiches and fresh pastries on fine china followed by a tour of the castle. The Magic Garden Puppets will present “The Shoemaker and the Elves.” 37 Tompkins St., Cortland NY 13045, 607-756-7551,

Fast Facts Hospital: The Cayuga Heart Institute at Cayuga Medical Center Address: 101 Dates Drive, Ithaca, NY CHI Phone: 607-274-4590 CMC Phone: 607-274-4011


Saving Heart Attack Victims

If you are in the throes of a heart attack, you

The Cayuga Heart Institute at Cayuga Medical Center Achieves New Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI


want to get to a hospital that offers percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as quickly as possible and Cayuga Medical Center is the closest center around. PCI is a technique for going inside a blocked cardiac artery to remove the blockage and restore the flow of blood to the heart. PCI is performed regularly at the Cayuga Heart Institute at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca. What happens during PCI? In explaining PCI to patients, doctors sometimes make the analogy of a four-lane highway. If three lanes of the highway are blocked with a car accident, there are two choices: the cars blocking the road can either be pushed to the side, or a new road can be constructed that goes around the blockage.

with PCI at Cayuga Medical Center

PCI, which is also called “balloon” angioplasty, pushes aside the blockage in the coronary artery to restore blood flow. During PCI, an invasive cardiologist carefully places an extremely fine wire into the artery. This guide-wire is advanced through the arterial blockage and comes out on the other side. Using the wire as a guide, the doctor inserts a balloon into the spot in the artery of maximum blockage. The balloon is then inflated, which pushes the blockage aside. The first balloon is removed and a second balloon, wrapped in a stent, is inserted into the artery. The stent is made up of finely woven wire in a cylindrical shape. When the second balloon expands, it opens the stent, which moves up against the walls of the artery and remains there to hold the blockage aside while the artery heals.

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How long is the hospital stay? PCI is performed under local anesthesia and takes an average of 30-45 minutes. Following PCI, the patient goes to recovery and then to the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit for observation. When PCI is performed as an elective procedure on a patient who is not having a heart attack but who is at risk for coronary blockage, it usually entails a onenight hospital stay. When PCI is performed in an emergency situation during a heart attack, the patient stays until the evaluation is complete, which may be a few days. For more information about PCI, call the Cayuga Heart Institute at (607) 274-4590.

The Diva Style Quarter Auction & Vendor Show Raising money for Toys For Tots Saturday November 30 2013 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM The NYS Grange • 100 Grange Place Cortland, NY 13045 • Bid on Fantastic Items for just QUARTERS! • Enter to win Raffle Prizes for every $10 spent at a vendor • Light Food & Drinks Served • A great new twist on the traditional holiday vendor show! • Bring your friends for a girls night out or bring the hubby! (MUST be over 18 to enter)

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Fast Facts Attraction: SUNY Cortland Musical Theatre Fall Performance: “A Christmas Carol”

Friday, Nov. 22; 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24; 2 and 7 p.m. Old Main Brown Auditorium

Spring Performance: “Brigadoon” early April 2014 Dowd Fine Arts Theatre Phone: 607-753-2811 Coming in 2014: A renovated theatre includes a brand-new stage and 440 new seats along with improvements in acoustics and lighting.



SUNY Cortland Musical Theatre

It will be the same high level of musical theatre talent, just in a new place. Audiences should continue to expect plenty of entertainment from SUNY Cortland’s Performing Arts Department when a newly renovated Dowd Fine Arts Center opens on campus for the spring semester. As always, theatre patrons near and far are invited to take a front row seat.

“We are really excited,” Halpin says. “This is an opportunity for the community to see great musical theatre artists at the beginning of their careers and enjoy some really entertaining and thought-provoking work.” In recent years, graduates have gone on to play important roles in off-Broadway productions as well as a national tour of “Beauty and the Beast” and an international tour of “West Side Story.”

“Every year, the level of our students’ work The theater’s much-anticipated reopening grows,” says Kevin Halpin, an associate proalso brings with it a nod to the past. The Colfessor of performing arts at SUNY Cortland. lege will present “Brigadoon,” the Broadway “We’ve been very successful in creating a professional musical theatre training program hit performed when the theater opened in 1967, as the first major musical this spring. within a strong liberal arts education.” Although the space might have changed, the Those future stage professionals soon will consistently remarkable student talent will have the performance space to match their remain the same. talents; an improved Dowd Fine Arts Theatre brings a brand-new stage and 440 new seats as well as significant improvements in acoustics, lighting and storage.

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SUNY Cortland’s tradition of musical theatre talent continues with five November performances of Alan Menken’s “A Christmas Carol” in Old Main Brown Auditorium, located on the College’s campus. The show runs from Friday, Nov. 22, to Sunday, Nov. 24, with a 7 p.m. opening Friday to go along with shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fall semester musical, chosen as a familyfriendly show for all ages, will include local children in its cast. “We have a very loyal audience,” says Kevin Halpin, the director. “And we share a really great relationship with the community.”

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Cortland Chamber On The Move The Power of Networking

about—and having good food and a beverage doesn’t hurt either!

networking Allow me to share stories from recent Business numbers have After Hours events: grown continually • A small business owner approached me and the reason is with concerns because being in business simple: members for only 18 months was not long enough are seeing the for her local lender to give her a business value and the effect loan. At the Business After Hours event, I on their business by introduced her to a lender who connected attending the Chamher the following morning with their Busiber events, making ness Loan Officer. The loan was arranged. themselves known, That happened from networking with the and improving their personal and business Chamber. contacts. Tompkins Trust Company hosted a recent Business After Hours event at their new • A local employee credits the connections made at Business After Hours for giving Main Street location in Cortland and shather the community involvement needed to tered our attendance record with 163 memreceive a promotion at work. The skills and bers attending. It was wonderful to see the relationships her company was looking for renovated building and the investment being were developed by attending. made in Cortland, but the connections made that evening were reason enough to be there. The networking is simple; watch your mail or • A new company in Cortland got word into the business community by sending several check our website for the monthly Business employees to Business After Hours. They After Hours location, call our office to RSVP saw such tremendous value that they still and a name tag will be waiting for you at make use of it months later. the door. Then just bring business cards to introduce yourself. If you’ve never attended • A manufacturer wanted to let the commubefore, our staff will begin the introductions nity know what they produced, how they to get you on your way. New connections treated their employees, and how they give and renewing old relationships are what it’s


by Bob Haight

back locally. They hosted a Business After Hours event, provided tours, and were able to introduce the crowd to their employees who described the operation. People left with new knowledge of the company and an appreciation of what they do. These are just some examples of the positive effects of Cortland Chamber’s networking events. Hosting has become so popular that we have volunteer hosts for the following year by the time January hits. If you’re a business and have not yet attended, join us on November 20th when we’ll be hosted by Walden Oaks Country Club. All employees of a business are welcome. Call us to reserve your spot. The Chamber will continue to keep you updated in What’s HOT but as always feel free to call our office with questions about any of our programs, or about businesses in our area (756-2814). The Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce….Investment in Business… Investment in Community.

Bob Haight Executive Director Cortland Area Chamber

Chris Xaver’s Cookbook Release & Cooking Demonstration Please join the YWCA of Cortland on Monday November 18 for a live cooking demonstration given by the star of KCET’s The Sweet Life, local Cortland resident Chris Xaver. Chris will prepare a holiday meal by “spatchcocking” a turkey, accompanied by variations on side dishes typical of the season. In her show, Chris concentrates on low fat, salt, and sugar meals that are tasty, nutritious, and satisfying. The demonstration is scheduled for Monday, November 18 at 6 p.m. at the YWCA, 14 Clayton Avenue in Cortland, right behind the Post Office. Also available that night will be Chris’s recent cookbook, a perfect holiday gift, signed by the author. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks will be donated by Chris to support programs of the YWCA. The cooking demonstration is free and open to the public.

Chris’s demonstration style is fun and interactive and she will answer questions as she cooks. You might ask for the definition of “spatchcocking,” which means to remove the backbone of the turkey allowing it to be roasted flat on a rack. Or you might doubt that holiday cooking can be accomplished without excess sugar, salt and fat but still be tasty. Whatever your questions might be, Chris is happy to answer them all, and wants you to leave the demonstration re-inspired to make the best Thanksgiving meal ever for your friends and family. In addition to her cooking show, Chris Xaver is on the faculty at Tompkins-Cortland Community College and volunteers for many organizations in Cortland County, including the YWCA’s Board of Directors. To learn more about the event visit the YWCA’s website at

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