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Connections: Summer of Food - FLX Table's Dynamic Owners

Aug 4, 2016

Our Summer of Food series rolls on, with the dynamic husband-and-wife team of Christopher Bates and Isabel Bogadtke.

Bates is local-ish; Isabel is French; together, they operate a growing empire of food and wine in the Finger Lakes.

Their newest venture opened just days ago: FLX Table in Geneva, a high-end restaurant that has exactly one table, twelve seats, and one nightly seating. It's like a get-poor-quick master plan.

They also run the popular FLX Wienery, featuring gourmet hot dogs and burgers. Seriously gourmet.

And they have Element Winery, a hands-off operation that goes beyond Riesling to include Syrah. Oh, and Bates is a Master Sommelier.

Got all that? We talk to them about their vision for the region, and why Bates says his biggest complaint about the Finger Lakes is all of the "insecurity."