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Tea for You

Take a break from holiday hype at Candlelight Tea at the NovelTea Bistro, 6405 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center. The menu includes a trio of miniscones with Devonshire Cream and Homemade Jam, Asparagus or Carrot Ginger Soup, a Tea Sandwich Plate, Cakes, Cookies and Tarts and your very own pot of tea.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. Price is $20 per person and reservations are necessary. Call 741-1311.

Bit of the Bubbly

Mike DePue is hosting a Champagne Dinner at Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant, 54 W. Chippewa, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Chef/Owner Brian Mietus will preside over a menu that includes Celery Root Bisque, Dover Sole and Salmon Mousse Roulade, Crispy Ahi Tuna, Boneless Stuffed Quail and Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta. Champagne will be served with every course.

But not just any Champagne. DePue will present the so called "Grower Champagnes" that are estate grown and hand-crafted. They represent a new movement away from the mass-produced, better-known Champagnes from bigger houses and are very trendy right now.

The price of the dinner is $125. Reservations: 854-9463.

Staying Warm

The newest product from the Seneca Wine Trail is the Polar Passport, starting on Dec. 3. It's similar in concept to the Trail's popular Riesling. To visit Passport, it costs $10 plus tax and will enable bearers to enjoy a complimentary flight of tasting at 24 wineries through the next four months.

And how's this for looking on the bright side? The Trail people tell us that despite those same winter months which bring heavy snowfalls to the area, a tempering effect is produced by Seneca Lake that not only makes it a great place to grow grapes but often moderates the white stuff.

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-- Janice Okun

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