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Thanks to you, our ravenous readers, the tip jar on the desk here at Chow Hound HQ is currently overflowing with breaking news and other interesting information about our local food scene. So rather than dish it out in teeny-tiny tidbits, we're just gonna serve it all up to you at once. Dig in!

Those partial to vittles on wheels better get ready for the next Food Truck Rodeo, scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 5-8 p.m. at the Rochester Public Market (280 N. Union St.). Lessons have undoubtedly been learned from the smashing success of the first rodeo this past June (make sure to stock enough ingredients, for instance), so all that's left is for rodeogoers to perhaps bring a folding chair and enjoy local music, a beer garden, and deliciousness from the likes of Le Petit Poutine, Cheesed and Confused, The Wafel Cart, and more. Also watch for a Food Truck Rodeo on September 29 and 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Garden Factory (2126 Buffalo Rd., gardenfactoryny.com). Trucks such as Tuscan Wood-Fired Pizza and Lugia's Ice Cream are scheduled to participate in this event, a fundraiser for Golisano Children's Hospital. But if you're looking for Sammich! at either rodeo, check eBay; the truck is currently on the block, with the auction ending the morning of September 27. Hey, maybe you could be part of the next rodeo...

Celebrate the 31st anniversary of Lori's Natural Foods on Sunday, September 30, with the Taste of Lori's event, featuring more than 40 vendor tables with free samples and product information. Located at 900 Jefferson Road, Lori's will close at 5 p.m. that day to prepare for the 6:30-8:30 p.m. fundraiser, which raises money for All 4 Pets WNY and the Crisis Nursery for Greater Rochester. Call 424-2323 or visit lorisnatural.com for further details.

tBones Steakhouse recently opened in the former home of Le Bon Vie, 1778 Penfield Road, and the dinner offerings suggest classic steakhouse with an Italian twist. Start with calamari fritti ($10) or carpaccio ($14), then move on to prosciutto-wrapped Atlantic salmon ($18) over wilted arugula, white beans, and tomato in a white wine-herb broth, or a ribeye ($22) seared on cast iron and served with garlic-parmesan pomme frites and housemade steak sauce. TBones is open for lunch as well; call 264-9899 or visit tbonesny.com to learn more.

Congratulations, Greece; you just got your very own Pizza Stop! Now open at 2532 Ridgeway Avenue in the space that until recently housed Pizzeria 5, the suburban outpost of this downtown institution offers Pizza Stop's acclaimed New York-style pies at later hours than the State Street flagship and on Saturdays as well. Call 225-5552 or visit pizzastoproc.com.

The latest addition to the PLEX neighborhood is Deli Sandro's at 1147 S. Plymouth Avenue. Close to the University of Rochester's Riverview dormitories, Deli Sandro's offers fresh produce and local products along with deli sandwiches, coffee, and baked goods. Owner Anthony D'Alessandro also has plans for a gourmet hot-dog spot next door, scheduled to open sometime in 2013. To learn more, call 703-6130 or visit Deli Sandro's Facebook page.

The menu at the new Cowboy Burrito, 3105 E. Henrietta Road, couldn't be simpler: choose a protein for your burrito, salad, burrito bowl, nachos, or quesadilla, decide on your salsas and other toppings, and pay $6.99. Sure, things like grilled shrimp and guacamole are extra, but who cares when they'll deliver? Call 334-5151 or visit cowboyburrito.com.

Perhaps you've encountered the artisanal cheeses of First Light Farm & Creamery at one of our local farmers' markets. You might be interested to know that First Light also offers Home Cheesemaking Workshops at its acreage in the Genesee County hamlet of East Bethany. The $100 workshops are currently scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays through mid-November, and they fill up fast; visit first-light-farm.com to learn how to get in on the cheesemaking action.

After a number of years as a home-based business, Cakes By Karen recently dropped roots at its own storefront in Spencerport at 131 S. Union Street. Pop in when your sweet tooth needs satisfying, or plan ahead and order custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. You brides know the deal. Call 349-7804 or visit cakesbykarenonline.com for a gallery of gorgeous goodies.

After months of renovations, Hugo's Italian Bistro, 3259 Winton Road South in the Win-Jeff Plaza, is finally ready to have its grand opening. Anyone in the market for traditional Italian-American favorites will find them here: antipasti, panini, pizza, and pasta, plus the Big Three: Francese, Marsala and Parmigiana. Call 427-0540 or visit hugositalianbistro.com.

Last month the South Clinton Avenue mainstay India House opened an India House Express at 1330 Mt. Hope Avenue, bringing its spicy, savory cuisine to the ever-changing Collegetown area. Call 360 2955 or visit indiahouse.com for more information.

Not that you need an excuse to weave through the Finger Lakes at this especially glorious time of year, but the inaugural Cider Week goes down from September 28 to October 7, with lectures, tastings, and orchard tours throughout some of our favorite glacial etchings. Bonus: it's also time for the 30th Annual Ithaca Applefest, happening the weekend of September 28. Visit ciderweekflx.com for more info.

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