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Preparing for Holiday Gatherings

by Morgan Hoffman

The holiday season is upon us! Soon we will be gathered with our families, embracing the holiday spirit with joy and, of course, ample food and drinks. As cheerful as this sounds, it doesn’t come without its stressful moments in preparation. 

Plan ahead for those holiday gatherings with these Genesee County small businesses for an effortless season.

 

Sweet Treats 

No holiday gathering would be complete without a dessert table loaded with sweet treats, from pies to sugar cookies. Don’t forget your stretchy pants, because you won’t be able to resist these goodies!

Spoonful of Sugar Sweets in Bergen is prepared to make anything you can put a spoonful of sugar in this holiday season. From cakes, cocoa bombs and cookie advent calendars (yep, you heard that right!). Or get hands-on and host one of their cookie classes at your gathering. Looking to avoid doing the work yourself? They have a vintage zipper camper turned full service dessert bar available to book!

Buttercrumbs Bakery in the heart of Corfu has a huge selection of mouth-watering pies and pastries – order ahead to guarantee you get your favorite flavor! Or pick up a cookie tray with assorted holiday staples. Grab a hot espresso drink from their counter while picking up your goodies to help get you through the holiday prep.

Greg’ry’s Bakery in the village of Byron is baking up ALL of the holiday cheer with cupcakes, cookies, pies and pastries. Supplement these delicious baked classics with Greg’ry’s coffee cakes and sticky buns. And pick up some of their fresh bread and rolls to put on the dinner table.

Eden Cafe & Bakeshop has the vegans covered this holiday season with 10 flavors of vegan pies. Right in Batavia, Eden is an all-vegan cafe and bakeshop. But don't let that scare off the meat-eaters out there, they're so delicious you'd never know!

Oliver’s Candies in Batavia is a small town candy shop with big flavor! Oliver’s goes all-out for the holiday season and is the perfect place to find a tasty treat for parties or favors.  Sweet Life Country Store in Elba is loaded with Oliver’s Candies and other local products!

 

Holiday Spirits

It’s time to unwind! You’ll surely keep your guests happy with Genesee County’s locally-made wines and ciders.

Autumn Moon Winery is celebrated as the first winery in Genesee County. The winery offers a variety of specialty wine blends “sure to make your taste buds dance.” Stop by their location in Bergen to taste for yourself and pick up a bottle or two to share at your gathering!

Black Creek Cidery uses an old family recipe that is committed to a true “tree to glass” experience to make delicious hard cider at their farm in Byron. The perfect fresh flavor to mix it up from the norm at your next gathering!  Bottles are available for purchase at YNGodess Shop and Angotti Beverage.

Circle B Winery makes a variety of fresh fruit wines using only local ingredients, many of which are produced right on their farm. Looking for a conversation starter at your gathering? Grab a bottle of their tomato wine for guests to try! Circle B Wine can be purchased at Sweet Life Country Store in Elba.

Thank your host by picking up a gift from one of these locally-owned beverage shops: Angotti Beverage, Liberty’s Liquor Cabinet, Mr. Wine & Liquor, West Main Wine & Spirits, YNGodess

 

Cook Fresh

Prepare your holiday dishes with the freshest ingredients from Genesee County! 

Harrington’s Produce is a family-owned farm market in Batavia that’s your one-stop shop for fresh baked breads, seasonal fruit and vegetables, dairy and everything in between. Your friends and family will be able to taste the difference when you use Harrington’s fresh ingredients!

Kutter’s Cheese Factory Store in Corfu is stocked with all the cheese you might need for your gathering. Kutter’s has stood for cheese of the highest quality for 75 years, and it’s apparent in the taste! Whether you’re creating an aesthetic charcuterie board or making mac and cheese, Kutter’s should be on your holiday preparation list. 

 

Look the Part

Your dessert table is full, drinks are poured and the food is hot and ready. The only thing missing is the final touches – don’t forget your centerpiece!

Country Cottage in Darien Center is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Browse the six cottage shops packed with unique country decor that is hand-picked for the season. You will surely find the perfect one-of-a-kind centerpiece for your gathering.

Maybe you don’t have time to search for that unique centerpiece. You can always liven up the table with a beautiful flower arrangement! Our local florists that can help you achieve that: Batavia’s Stage Coach Florist, Beverly’s Floral, Lakestreet Florist, Anything Your Heart Desires Florist

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