News in Cortland NY

Downtown Restaurant and Downtown Bar Win Awards

The Cortland Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce the winners, by popular vote, of the 2008 Golden Fork Award. The Golden Fork is an award given to a downtown restaurant that participates in the Taste of Downtown.

This year visitors to downtown Cortland who took part in the Tasting tour on July 19th were invited to vote for their favorite food sample provided at each of 25 downtown restaurants. The top three restaurants with the most votes were Starr Bistro at 117 Main Street, Community Restaurant at 10 Main Street and Central City Bar and Grill at 17 Central Avenue. Starr Bistro received the most votes overall and will receive the Downtown Partnership’s Golden Fork Award.

“The Taste of Downtown is still a relatively new addition to Downtown Cortland’s annual Sidewalk Festival,” said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership. “Adding restaurant participation into the Sidewalk Festival has really reinvigorated the event.”

Starr Bistro served complimentary forest mushroom puff pastries with cream sauce. Community Restaurant served complimentary mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat. Central City Bar and Grill served complimentary pulled pork sandwiches. More than 900 people participated in the tasting tour of downtown Cortland’s 25 restaurants bars and eateries. Throughout the three day event more than 3,000 people came downtown to shop, dine and listed to music.

“We work hard at the Starr Bistro to provide outstanding food and great service,” said Executive Chef and Owner Wayne Allen. “I’m honored that our contribution to downtown Cortland’s Taste of Downtown was so well received.”

Also, new this year, visitors to downtown Cortland who took part in the Taste of Downtown were invited to vote for their favorite beverage. The restaurant, pub, or coffee shop with the most votes will receive the Downtown Partnership’s Golden Cup award. The favorites by popular choice this year were The Stone Lounge at 128 Main Street, the Blue Frog at 64 Main Street and Gilda’s at 60 Main Street. The Stone Lounge received the most votes for best beverage and will receive the Downtown Partnership’s Golden Cup award.

The Stone Lounge served complimentary mojitos. The Blue Frog Coffeehouse served complimentary fruit smoothies and Gilda’s served complimentary wine samples.

“Downtown Cortland has a great selection of restaurants, pubs, and eateries,” said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership. “The Taste of Downtown, the Golden Fork award and the Golden Cup award really showcase historic downtown Cortland as a great place to visit.”