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Culinary Activities

Surrounded by rolling hills of fields and vineyards, Aurora is in the heart of the thriving culinary community of New York’s verdant Finger Lakes. Join us around the counter at Aurora Cooks! — the hub of all culinary activities in Aurora — for delicious experiences that you’ll remember for years to come. 

And don’t forget the wine! Hop on our complimentary winery and brewery shuttle to visit some of our favorite neighbors, or plan a self-guided day exploring some of the over 100 wineries in our region.

 

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Meet Your Hosts

Lou Ruscitto-Donato

Lou’s coast-to-coast career began at a panadería in Los Angeles and continued in a fine dining restaurant on Lake Ontario, New York. Her experience there working under a chef from The Culinary Institute of America won her an executive chef position at a Pan-Asian restaurant in Seattle.

After returning to New York to become an executive chef at a wood-fired restaurant, Lou continued to develop her culinary talent at a private country club and as the owner of a catering business — and she now shares her love of multicultural cuisine with Aurora Cooks!

 

Grace Mattingly

With twelve years of experience—starting right here in Aurora—Grace has developed her natural passion for hospitality. While in Atlanta, Georgia, Grace had the opportunity to work at two James Beard Award-winning restaurants, focusing on detailed service in both fine dining and casual operations.

After working at a food-driven, Bib Gourmand Michelin-rated restaurant in Galway, Ireland, Grace returned to the Inns of Aurora to share her passion for food and to teach others how to create a special meal at home.

 

 

 

 

Your next adventure is waiting in Aurora.

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