This weekend, even starving artists can feast.
Saturday’s Art Blitz event, hosted by C4 on First Avenue Southwest in downtown Rochester, is overflowing with local artistic talent, including more than 50 visual artists, more than 20 musical artists, as well as film, poetry and dance troupe performances. The event is spread across seven stages all around the block surrounding C4’s Creative Salon.
But you guys. I don’t see a thing about food vendors.
Now, I know the creative minds behind Art Blitz consider certain culinary creations works of art. I also understand almost every other festival/event/street fair we throw in Rochester has several food vendors. OK, they have a lot of food. OK fine, those other events are pretty much about food and food only. And for Art Blitz, they want the art to shine. I respect that.
So just to complement Art Blitz’s “celebrating local art” theme, I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite dishes around town that feature some of the best edible art you can get.
First stop is Pescara. To get the prettiest plate here, you must order the ahi tuna tartare, which is a perfect tower of Pacific ahi tuna, avocado, capers, cilantro, pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce. And speaking of feasts, I’m also a big fan of the “small plate” called Pescara platter for two, which gives you highlights of the freshest fish in Rochester: crab cakes, calamari, grilled jumbo shrimp and seared scallops.
My love for the Loop surprises some people because they specialize in (upscale) comfort food for the students living upstairs. But although their menu is short and sweet, it packs in the flavor — and has just enough class to draw in a completely different crowd.
And although they have some shining star dishes on the menu, it’s their cocktail list where they really up their “art” game. As in, I’m typically good with wine, but I order a new cocktail every time I go to the Loop.
Your summer go-to drink there should be their Blue Ball mash, which combines fresh blueberries with mint leaves, Stoli Blueberi, simple syrup and lemonade.
But really, look it over and order something you’ve never had before. I’ll betcha 10 bucks you’ll love it at first sip.
If you’re more of a coffee-after-dinner person like me, the best coffee-as-art place around is Bravo Coffee on the second floor of University Square, and I’m not talking about latte art (though they can do that, too). This little tucked-away spot in a downtown mall quietly serves up the best coffee I’ve ever had in Rochester.
To finish things off, stop by Terza for their tiramisu. Since opening a few weeks ago, they’ve established themselves as the go-to for authentic Italian cuisine in Rochester. Who better to serve up such a quintessentially Italian dessert?
You know I’m all about that (red ball)
Let’s talk about last Thursday. Were you as sad as I was? So sad!
So because Mother Nature was not playing nice, the red ball didn’t show up until Friday on the Tap House patio, we didn’t get to see thousands of pictures of the ball at #ThursdaysonFirst flooding our Instagram feeds. For now, that $150 prize is up for grabs.
The great news is you have another chance next month! Mark your calendar for July 9 for the next $150 downtown gift card getaway.