FLCB is so pleased to introduce our new Director of Operations, Casey McManus! Her experience in local food, her specific ideas for moving the organization forward, and her enthusiasm will serve the organization and its members well. Casey has worked in many facets of our food network, from wineries to restaurants, and farms to agricultural research.

Of course, sharing this news is a bit bittersweet for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the dedicated Board of Directors and many FLCB members during my three years as FLCB Director of Operations. Now, I’ve chosen to move on to new adventures with my family and live abroad temporarily. In seeking a new Director of Operations, FLCB was lucky to have an extremely talented pool of applicants, and I am confident that Casey will bring fresh energy and great leadership to the organization. She can be reached at info@flcb.org or (203) 733-0009.

We hope you’ll attend the ANNUAL FLCB MEMBERS MEETING ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 AT 4:30 AT GLENORA WINE CELLARS — AND STAY FOR DINNER AT 5:30. At the event, you’ll have a chance to meet the new Director of Operations, vote for the Board of Directors and Officers, and enjoy networking with fellow members. Proceeds from the dinner benefit Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty, and WE ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO INVITE COLLEAGUES, STAFF, AND FAMILY TO THE DINNER. Glenora Wine Cellars is located at 5435 State Route 14, Dundee, New York, 14837 (1-800-243-5513). RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

At 4:30, members will gather in the Wine Cellar Room to vote in new and returning Board members and officers (see ballot below), plan the 2016 calendar (including the Harvest Dinner), and join committees. This is a great way to learn about FLCB activities and offer your expertise.

At 5:30, enjoy the FLCB Pasta Dinner at Glenora’s Veraisons Restaurant for just $18.95 (plus tax and gratuity), with proceeds benefiting FLCB. Guest chefs from Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty and Veraisons Restaurant Chef Orlando Rodriguez will personally prepare your pasta dish, featuring local products like Ithaca Milk, eggs and cream from Pittsford Farms, Champlain Valley Milling flour, Cheeky Monkey sauce, Norwich Meadow Farms produce, Galvin Farms oyster mushrooms and more.

Not a member yet? Join at the meeting or join FLCB online. Know someone who might benefit from FLCB networking? Bring them along as a guest!

Thanks so much for all you do in the Finger Lakes food community, and I hope to see you on Thursday.

Sincerely,

Alison

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