When the Roff family donated a plot of land to be used for a schoolhouse in the 1930s, they probably didn't predict the 250 craft microbrews that later would represent that site. They probably didn't expect a pool table either. Or burgers and pizzas whose flavors are as bold as the plates' bawdy names. But time brings many changes, and, lucky for beer and beef fans, the site of Roff School Tavern has slung tavern fare since 1977. It seems every inch is steeped in history, even when things change. Today, the 8,000 square feet of a German-style beer garden encourage sunlit eating punctuated by frisbees. Inside, knots in the walls' wood panels echo the wooden bar top and the circular trunk slices that act as tables.
Roff School Tavern's menu works in an inventive way: it lists 20 different topping combos and gives customers the option of placing them on burgers or pizzas. Ciabatta bookends handmade steak patties. Pizza crusts are made with a choice of white or whole flour, and topping combos include the Wake 'n' Bake with sausage gravy, fried egg, and mozzarella, or the Bluth's Banana with fried plantains, pulled pork, banana peppers, and thousand-island dressing.
Tarsitano's Artisan Winery used to be a dairy farm. "But I would rather squeeze grapes than cows, so I started a winery," Ken Tarsitano says. This isn't the only reason Ken turned his 17 acres—which has been in his family for five generations—into a vineyard. His grandfather, Michael Tarsitano, "always had something bubbling away in his cellar," and it was Grandpa's ability to transform elderberries, apples, and even dandelions into wine that inspired Ken.
Today, Ken is the owner, vineyard manager, and winemaker at his eponymous winery and vineyard, whose 25 grape varieties have been organic since its 1998 inception. Wine isn't the only thing visitors dine on here: winery goers savor flatbreads and cheese plates. Tarsitano's Artisan Winery even hosts events, such as moon-viewing parties, where guests gather to launch sky lanterns in the light of a waxing moon.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Parking: Parking lot
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
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