A group of seven women will represent the agricultural bounty of the Finger Lakes region at the James Beard Foundation's Finger Lakes Winter Fantasy event in New York City on January 18, 2020.

The team of seven women is made up of culinary and beverage leaders of the Finger Lakes, including Susanne Messmer of Lively Run Dairy, Samantha Buyskes of Simply red Events and Culinary Adventures, Trish Aser of Brown Hound Downtown, Linnea Shumway of FLX Hospitality, Claire Rey Benjamin of Rue Claire Lavender Farm & Artisan Chocolate, Nancy Irelan of Red Tail Ridge Winery, and Autumn Stoscheck of Eve's Cidery.

"It has been such an honor to be invited to cook at the James Beard Foundation alongside six incredible women. The Finger Lakes region has been a key player in both the Woman Suffrage Movement and the Sustainable Food Revolution, and this event celebrates where we have come today," said Lively Run Dairy Owner Susanne Messmer.