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Author and Chef Share Maple Syrup Secrets

On February 23, local award-winning author Rich Finzer and culinary arts instructor Diane Sokolowski will present a program on tapping maple syrup and innovative ways to use it in recipes.

The program, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the CNY Arts Center and will take place at the Arts in the HeART Gallery in Fulton.

Local author Rich Finzer will be talking about his award-winning book, Maple on Tap, at the CNY Arts Center’s Arts in the HeART Gallery on February 23. Culinary Arts Instructor Diane Sokolowski will be demonstrating ways to cook with maple syrup at the event.
Local author Rich Finzer will be talking about his award-winning book, Maple on Tap, at the CNY Arts Center’s Arts in the HeART Gallery on February 23. Culinary Arts Instructor Diane Sokolowski will be demonstrating ways to cook with maple syrup at the event.

In May 2013, Rich’s book, Maple on Tap, was awarded the Benjamin Franklin gold medal by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

The book is available locally at the river’s end bookstore in downtown Oswego and the Wrightway Hardware located on Route 48 just north of Baldwinsville.

The book is also available through his publisher ACRES USA, on Amazon and at the Barnes & Noble website.

During a writing career spanning more than 40 years, Rich has been newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, technical writer and freelance writer/book author.

His essays and feature articles have appeared in 18 nationally and regionally distributed magazines including BackHome, Life in the Finger Lakes, Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, Good Old Boat, Naval History and Farm Collector.

In addition to his printed work, he has written more than 800 pieces of Internet-based content for DemandMedia Studios.

Diane Sokolowski is the owner of Treat Me Sweet, a business that specializes in home baked and original-recipe desserts.

She also teaches culinary arts classes at the CNY Arts Center.

For the February 23 program, Diane will be demonstrating how to make maple oatmeal cookies and maple walnut danish.

She will also have recipes for other maple-syrup creations available at the event.

Samples of her baked goods will be offered as complimentary refreshments during the program.

The Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at 47 S. First St., across from the gazebo.

For more information, please call the CNY Arts Center at 315-592-3373 or visit  http://www.cnyartscenter.com