MONROE CO., N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County held its Annual Cornell Chicken BBQ on Sunday, September 9th. In keeping with a long standing tradition which dates back to the 1950’s, Wilshire Catering provided the traditional meal using the original Cornell Marinade invented by Dr. Robert Baker, a Professor Emeritus of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Baker developed this vinegar-based recipe as a way to encourage the sale and consumption of small “boiler” chickens.
The Cornell Chicken BBQ, held at the Association’s office location, has become a popular community event for adults and youth of all ages. The Rochester Area Performing Arts (RAPA) All-In Band, a youth focused brass ensemble, partnered with CCE-Monroe to provide entertainment for Dine-In patrons. The CCE-Monroe 4-H Program put its entrepreneurial skills to work by selling baked goods. Impact Earth, a zero-waste solutions organization, was on hand to provide recycling education. Guests had the option of dining-in or driving-thru. Local organizations helped to make this event a fundraiser by providing sponsorships at different BBQ-themed levels: Grill Masters, Cornell Champions, BBQ Buddies, and Yard Birds.
This year 600 Cornell BBQ Chicken meals were sold to over 300 community members who came to join the Dine-In experience, and another 300 to those who utilized our quick Drive-Thru service. Senator Joe Robach and Monroe County Legislators Tracy DiFlorio, Frank Allkofer, and Steve Brew joined the festivities. CCE-Monroe wishes to thank our dedicated staff and volunteers who put on a great event for all. The event raised nearly $4,500 for CCE-MC programs including Horticulture, Agriculture and 4-H. Thank you to our generous sponsors: Monroe County Parks Department, Theodore and Cashmere M. Mendick Foundation, Sysco, Nine Mile Point Club, Trident Precision Manufacturing, Wegmans Food Markets, The Cornell Club of Rochester, the Mary Wenderlich Team at Keller Williams Realty, CCE-Monroe Master Gardeners, A.P. Enterprises, WB Mason, Michael G. Miller Floral Design, NY Chips, PUB
235, Spoleta Construction, FreedMaxick, Health Touch, and Impact Earth.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County
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