The Year in Food 

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As 2016 winds down, CITY decided to take a look back at how the Rochester dining scene changed over the year — and a lot has happened, from a hit pop-up coffee shop moving into a brick and mortar location and youth culinary programs getting off the ground to long-standing restaurants closing. But we know everyone loves a good food photo, so to recap some of our more memorable stories from this year, we pulled out a few of the year’s best shots.
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PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
Ugly Duck coffee started out as a popular pop-up coffee bar, and made the jump to a brick and mortar location last May.
PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
Stoneyard Brewing Company, based in Brockport, opened its third location over the summer. The beer hall is located on Empire Boulevard.
PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
Scratch Bakeshop Owners and Operators Kate Cassels and Molly Hartley have been slinging out cakes, cupcakes, and cookies from their shop on Park Avenue.
PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
Roux, a restaurant on Park Avenue, puts a spin on French cuisine, like with its chicken tagine dish.
PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
Mullers Cider House technically opened at the tail end of 2015, but we checked out the cider bar, the only one of its kind in Upstate New York, in January.
PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
A new pop-up coffee bar started this year, too. Barista Ryan Baker runs Meraki inside Cheesy Eddie's on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
After hearing a lot of hype, CITY reviewer Chris Lindstrom finally made it to Kindred Fare in Geneva. It lived up to expectations
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CITY reviewed Fiorella in the Public Market in February of this year.
PHOTO BY RYAN WILLIAMSON
The Egyptian Delight at El Basha.
PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
Calvin Eaton, who started the Gluten Free Chef food blog, runs the 540WMain community center.
PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
Chuck Cerankosky, co-owner of Good Luck and Cure, is one of the founders of the Rochester Cocktail Revival, which took place for a third year in May.
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PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
Ugly Duck coffee started out as a popular pop-up coffee bar, and made the jump to a brick and mortar location last May.