Discover the Pleasures of Piedmont

Falls Avenue Resort has announced a new line-up of spectacular culinary experiences in Niagara Falls, including a Culinary Tour of Piedmont with Massimo Capra on Nov. 13, 2015. If you’re planning on embarking on this delicious culinary journey, here are three things to know about the amazing Italian region of Piedmont:

14210672489_318b5079f0_b1. After Sicily, Piedmont is the second largest Italian region. It sits in the northwestern corner of Italy and borders both France and Switzerland. Piedmont is surrounded by the breathtaking Alps and has a very unique and beautiful landscape full of spectacular valleys, mountains, rivers, and lakes.

2. The region cultivates more than 50 varieties of grapes and produces the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines. Because the region is located in the foothills of the Alps, fog from the mountains helps to ripen the region’s Nebbiolo grape.

3. Piedmont is known as the capital of the slow food movement and continues to preserve the tradition of hand-made, artisanal cuisine. It cultivates delicious white truffles each fall and is also known for introducing the world to delicious Agnolotti and Corzetti pasta.

5 Refreshing Custom Cocktails for Summer

drink2Sitting down with a refreshing cocktail is one of the best ways to cool off after a day spent in the summer sun. After taking in all of the beautiful sights of Niagara Falls, a stop at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra is the perfect way to relax and unwind with amazing food and drinks in a Fallsview setting. Here is a list of five of the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s most refreshing and popular cocktails, which are perfect for summer sipping:

The Capra
Created in honour of Massimo, this blend of vodka, dry vermouth, juniper and mandarin juice is refreshing and unique.

Marilyn Monroe
In honour of perhaps the Rainbow Room’s most famous guest we have added her signature drink to the menu. We think this cocktail of sparkling wine, Calvados and a dash of our house made grenadine would have made the famous blonde very happy.

Niagara
Our magnificent view requires a cocktail of equal proportion. We combine vodka, Cointreau, lemon and just a touch of ginger beer to bring the Falls to life.

Slowly I Turned
This drink is named for the punch line of Abbott and Costello’s iconic “Niagara Falls” sketch. The drink is in honour of Chef Massimo Capra’s father who introduced him to fresh grapefruit sprinkled with brown sugar (his favourite breakfast) and Abbott and Costello. This mix of vodka, Cointreau, fresh grapefruit, brown sugar and grapefruit bitters is refreshing and delicious.

Aperol Spritz
The most popular summer cocktail in Italy combines Aperol, sparkling wine and soda, and is an excellent summer refresher.

Share a Beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch with Mom

Mossimo_87Mother’s Day is this weekend on Sunday May 10th, and if you’re looking to treat your mom to a delicious and unforgettable Fallsview meal, The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s Mother’s Day Brunch is the perfect place to do so. The Mother’s Day brunch menu features remarkable culinary creations like stuffed French toast, dark chocolate rubbed lamb and fig stufato, and sweet and savoury breads and pastries. The brunch will also feature a number of food stations where guests can indulge in fresh waffles, eggs, frittatas, slow roasted porchetta, carved prime rib, and a selection of delicious desserts.

The beautiful dining room setting on the tenth floor of the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview will offer a spectacular view while you eat, while the parklands surrounding Niagara Falls offer the perfect setting for an after-lunch stroll.

Embark on Exciting New Culinary Experiences with Chef Massimo Capra

2013-11-08 21.51.20-1A brand new line-up of exciting culinary events is coming to Niagara Falls as part of Falls Avenue Resort’s 2015/2016 Niagara Culinary Experiences Series. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra will be hosting special culinary tours of Piedmont, Abruzzo, Sicilia, and Toscana with Chef Massimo Capra, showcasing the remarkable food and wine for which each of these Italian regions is known.

The 2016/2016 Niagara Culinary Experiences Series also features two brand new events at Niagara Brewing Company– Niagara’s newest craft beer experience, and two dinners at Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar. Dinner experiences can be paired with first-rate Fallsview accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview and Sheraton on the Falls, allowing guests to experience a well-rounded and relaxing Niagara Falls getaway.

For more information on each event and to book your ticket, visit www.fallsavenueresort.com/culinary.

The Best Bakeries in Niagara Falls

image0011-300x242A good bakery is one of the surest proofs a town is civilized, whether that bakery specializes in donuts, croissants, or Portuguese Sweet Bread. When it comes to finding a good bakery in Niagara Falls, visitors and locals have a healthy handful of excellent options from which to choose — a reality that suggests Niagara is even more civilized than previously thought. From Italian bread to gourmet cakes, here are some of the best bakeries in Niagara Falls to check out while enjoying a vacation here.

1. Criveller Cakes

Known as the Chocolate Craft Store, Criveller Cakes makes some of the finest pastries, cakes, and chocolates in all of Ontario. When it opened in 1979, it was known primarily as a wedding cake spot, and while that’s still true today, their wedding offerings have greatly expanded. Liquor-filled chocolates, icewine truffles, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and many other confectionary wonders routinely come out of this excellent bakery’s kitchen. As a humble visitor just off the street, you’ll find plenty of handmade treats to enjoy, including: cookies, truffles, scores of pastries, gourmet mini cakes, and much, much more.

2. Portage Bakery

Rumored to be the busiest bakery in Niagara Falls, Portage Bakery is much more than a place to get bread — although it does that remarkably well. Fresh, perfect loaves and delectable pastries are on hand for purchase, and they’re shipped as far away as Ohio and Pennsylvania. Portage also boasts an excellent deli with plenty of cheeses and house-made ready-to-eat meals that include pastas, meatballs, and house subs. Family-owned and operated by the Barone’s since 1934, Portage Bakery is a must for anyone spending some time in Niagara.

3. Moodie’s Bakery

image003Cakes, cookies, breads, chocolates, and pastries are all delicious and readily available at Moodie’s, another family-owned and operated bakery that’s been in business since 2008. Noted for their fern tarts and meat pies, the bakery is located down on Queen Street, and it opens each morning (except Sunday when they’re closed) at 8:30 a.m. Try them for lunch, too. They have hot, fresh pizza slices available starting each day at 11 a.m.

4. Thorowest Bakery

Thorowest Bakery is an Italian bakery family-owned and operated — like so many of the local businesses in Niagara Falls. Utilizing Old World-style baking techniques, the bakery makes exceptional paninis, rolls, breads, and a number of traditional Italian desserts and pastries. They also have a deli and a hot lunch menu that includes such fare as lasagna and veal parmesan. They’re open seven days a week at 8 a.m.

5. Pure Cake Design

A true event-specific cake bakery, Pure Cake Design is the brainchild of Mark Gerbrandt, a pastry chef who specializes in gourmet and artisan cakes. From classic wedding cakes to unique and one-of-a-kind three-dimensional cakes, whether you’re in the Niagara area to celebrate a birthday, job promotion, engagement, or anniversary, if you need a cake specific to your celebration, try Pure Cake Design.

Let yourself eat cake. Book a stay in Niagara Falls, and whether you hope to dine on cannoli or baguettes, rest assured that all your dreams of delectable baked goods can come true.

Experience Niagara’s Best Restaurants with New Niagaralicious Series

niagaralicious-2Falls Avenue Resort has launched the brand new Niagaralicious culinary series, offering guests an incredible opportunity to experience Fallsview dining at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy, and Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, and high-energy themed dining at Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls. Dining experiences can be paired with world-class accommodations at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, making for a truly unique and exciting Niagara Falls getaway.

At The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra guests can indulge in a specially crafted Niagaralicious menu featuring delicious Italian cuisine that showcases the very best local ingredients. This menu, combined with sweeping dining room views of the Falls and first-rate hotel accommodations, is sure to make for an unforgettable and special Niagara Falls experience.

Discovering All About Umbria

rrblog.jpegUmbria is Italy’s fourth smallest region and home to some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Massimo Capra will be celebrating the amazing wine and cuisine that have emerged from this region on Friday, March 6th with A Tour of Umbria Dinner, as part of the Niagara Culinary Experiences Series.

Bordered by Tuscany, Umbria has a rich history of tradition and culture that dates back as far as 1000 BC. With vines growing all over the region, it has established itself as a producer of fine wines, such as those made by the Arnaldo-Caprai Winery. The region is also known for its delicious cuisine that features olive oil made from the region’s many olive trees, lentils, black and white truffles, and Prosciutto di Norcia.

Umbria is a small region, but its impact on cuisine and culture is worth a celebration. On March 6th, come and find out what makes the “green heart of Italy” so remarkable.

Experience a Hotel with History at the Crowne Plaza

The normajeanamericanfalls has a very rich and interesting history that dates back to 1929 when it was the first high-rise hotel to be built in Niagara Falls. When it opened on July 1, 1929 as the General Brock Hotel, it featured eleven floors, a roof garden, and a large grand ballroom. The top floor was known as the Rainbow Room and featured glass windows that offered a spectacular view of the Niagara Falls.

The General Brock Hotel, currently known as the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, quickly gained a reputation for its world-class elegance and has had many notable guests throughout the years, including Walt Disney, Queen Elizabeth, Bruce Willis, Shirley Temple, and Marilyn Monroe while she was filming “Niagara”.

Today, the Crowne Plaza is still known for its world-class charm and elegance and features the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, which is a fine-dining experience that continues to boast one of the most incredible views of Niagara Falls in the city. To experience all of the history and charm, reserve your table.

Upcoming Niagara Culinary Events with Massimo Capra

2013-11-08 20.07.12-1There are still two amazing opportunities to experience the culinary talent of Chef Massimo Capra as part of the Niagara Culinary Experiences Series. On March 6th, 2015 the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra will be hosting A Tour of Umbria with Massimo Capra dinner that will celebrate the fine Italian cuisine and wine associated with the beautiful and historic Umbria region.

The last stop on Chef Massimo Capra’s culinary tour of Italy and the final dinner in this year’s Niagara Culinary Experiences Series is A Tour of Campania with Massimo Capra, taking place on April 17th, 2015. This dinner will showcase traditional food and wine from the enchanting Campania region in a five-course menu, and feature classic wine pairings from Feudo di San Gregorio Winery.

Seating is still available for both events and can be purchased at www.fallsavenueresort.com/culinary.

Niagara Gearing up for Icewine Celebrations

NiagaraFallsBrinkWinterThis year marks the 20th year of the Niagara Icewine Festival and there are a number of exciting activities and events scheduled to help people celebrate the famed dessert wine. For three weekends in January, the Niagara Icewine Festival offers visitors amazing wine and culinary creations, and features unique events such as the Xerox Icewine Gala, an Icewine Dinner with Jamie Kennedy, Peller Estates Icewinemaker’s Dinner, and the Niagara Icewine Festival in Niagara Falls at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

Visitors looking for the complete Icewine Festival experience can purchase Discovery Passes that offer up to eight experiences per pass. This gives visitors access to the very best wine and culinary offerings while travelling along the wine route, and the perfect chance to become fully immersed in Niagara’s Icewine culture!