TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Farmers and chefs are coming together in Tompkins County to help make Ithaca a "culinary tourism" destination.
The Tompkins County Visitors Bureau has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension to head up the effort. It starts with a new website that will go live later this week.
Ithacafork.com will connect visitors with restaurants who source food from local farms and provide information about the farms as well. The site is designed to make visitors hungry and to let you trace your favorite foods all the way back to the source.
"A good example would be if you had dinner tonight at Moosewood and you tried their burrito and you loved their beans and would like to try them prepared a different way, you could go to the website, you could learn where they source their beans, you could click on that link and see every other restaurant they serve to and have them prepared completely differently. And then you could even visit the farm where they source it from," said Kristy Mitchell, Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The project also helps farmers and chefs connect directly to better serve each other's needs.