On the back of every menu at the Inns of Aurora, printed below a map of the Finger Lakes region, is a message from Executive Chef Patrick Higgins.
“Respect for ingredients, for farmers, and for our shared environment is the foundation for a good meal,” it reads. “That’s why … we make everything from scratch whenever possible, and why we source from local purveyors and responsible harvesters.”
That message was added to the menu in January 2016, along with a list of over a dozen local farms. Meryl Erikson, the director of food and beverage, said it was all part of an effort to highlight the growing farm-to-table trend in the region — a trend that encourages restaurants to buy as much local produce, meat and dairy as possible.