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Eat well; drink beets; and Scrub Your Butt

Eat well; drink beets; and Scrub Your Butt

Rochester’s latest addition to the culinary scene wants to bring us closer to the way we grow, prepare, and share our food.

Figue (pronounced “fig”) will host an opening event on Saturday at 1190 16th Street Southwest, in the same plaza as TerraLoco and Hot Chip.

The event — open to the public — will feature a dozen makers showcasing their talents and products. Businesses doing food tastings and demos will include The Bee Shed in Oronoco and Carlson Roasting Co. in Houston.

MasterChef contestant Shari Mukherjee — fresh off her elimination episode after making the topic six — will have hand-crafted pastries.

Figue is the vision of co-owners Linda and Amy Lorber. The mother-and-daughter duo also have another business, Gardenaire, which sells shrubs, infused syrups, spice blends, and teas.

“We really hope that our new space will help people cultivate new relationships with food, flavor and the makers and chefs working so hard to bring diverse cuisines to life,” said Amy Lorber.

Once open, the new Figue store plans to regularly offer cooking classes, pop-up events, and chef demos. There will also be a retail component featuring kitchenware and other “specially curated items.”

Cheers are in order

Reading Med City Beat can help you make more informed decisions — so, it only makes sense to have a beverage in our name that does the same.

The ‘Med City Beet’ kettle sour is a collaboration between Little Thistle Brewing and Queen City Coffee & Juice. The beer is being made with 250 pounds of fresh, earthy beets and “a gentle touch of fresh ginger.”

Little Thistle co-owner Steve Finnie says the beer should be ready in about two weeks — just in time for Oktoberfest on September 21.

We want to thank both businesses for including us in this fun collaboration!

TIme again to (visit) Scrub Your Butt

Scrub Your Butt Soap Company is making a return to downtown Rochester.

Co-owner Cindy Senjem said the business plans to re-open Monday morning at 117 North Broadway Avenue, right by the Castle.

The soap company had previously been located in the Kahler subway from 2003 to March 2019. The new location, Senjem said, will provide more space as well as greater visibility from the street.

The gift shop plans to offer Scrub Your Butt’s flagship line of bath and body products — including the ‘Stinky Hippie’ body wash, made of lavender and patchouli. There will also be handmade soaps from other companies, said Senjem, including some from local producers.

With the larger Broadway space, the business will also be expanding to offer handmade gifts on consignment, she said.

Sean Baker is a Rochester journalist and the founder of Med City Beat.

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