Photo takent on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 by Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch
Nearly 20 years after they opened up their first pastry shop on Culver Avenue in Utica, brothers Dean and Jason Nole once again are working side-by-side creating culinary delights in their own unique ways at Café CaNole bakery and restaurant.
It's funny how history seems to repeat itself.
Nearly 20 years after they opened up their first pastry shop on Culver Avenue in Utica, Dean and Jason Nole once again are working side-by-side creating culinary delights in their own unique ways at Café CaNole bakery and restaurant.
While partners in everything they do, the brothers had been working separately since the closing of the original Café CaNole in 2009, with 38-year-old Jason focusing on fine dining at Ancora! in Utica, and 43-year-old Dean maintaining the baking arm of the operation through a partnership with DeIorio's Bakery.
With the sale of Ancora! to a former employee completed about a week ago, the duo is now back together at Café CaNole's newly renovated Campion Road location that Dean has been running for the past five years.
By LISA KAPPS - Utica Observer Dispatch
Posted Mar. 19, 2010
If you were seeing red today, there may be a logical explanation.
Today, March 19, is St. Joseph’s Day and wearing red clothing is one of the traditions associated with the feast day.
“St. Joseph is the patron of families and of workers,” said Sons of Italy member Alfred Valentini, 59, of Schuyler. “And he also is quite important as a symbol of the good we should do for our fellow man.”
St. Joseph is also seen as a protector of the family.
“There’s a legend that St. Joseph had a staff to walk with,” Valentini said. “When they were searching for a husband for Mary, his staff grew lilies on the end of it. It was a sign that he was the perfect match for Mary. He was good of spirit and pure of heart.”
And though Valentini doesn’t know where the tradition started, statues of St. Joseph are purchased by people hoping to sell their homes.
“That’s a relatively new thing,” he said.
The Observer-Dispatch Accent On Exellence - by Mary C. Marchio
UTICA—The risk of opening a business in his hometown was scary for Jason Nole at first. But his flair for preparing enticing meals proved early on he had nothing to worry about.
Jason Nole, 25, of Wtiitesboro, and co-owner of Cafe CaNole in Utica, was chosen to receive an Accent on Excellence Award for his commitment to serving unique food dishes in the pastry and bistro shop he owns with his brother. Dean.
"It's a long day, but you're constantly moving," Jason said about starting at 6:30 a.m. as a master ohef. "Every time you plate a you're creating something. It's like creating a picture."
Mike Ezzo of Whitesboro, who owns Babe's Macaroni Bar and Grill and Carmella's Cafe, said he admires Jason Nole for using the best ingredients and techniques when he prepares dishes.
"He has been practicing authentic, old-world recipes you just don't find in this area," Ezzo said. "They do things the way they have to be done."
Nole's degree in culinary arts from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park taught him the cooking and baking skills of a pro, but he also learned tricks and traditions at a young age from family members.
THE POST-STANDARD / WEEKEND - DINING OUT
By Yolanda Wright
When scouting for a location to film ''Come Away With Me," Italian scriptwriter/director Carlo Ventura returned to his East Utica roots, where his story is set.
Before shooting began a few years ago, Ventura hired Cafe Ca'Nole to cater dinners for the company.
The popular Italian pastry shop and cafe, owned by chefs Dean and Jason Nole, graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, would offer homemade dishes.
With a vintage Hollywood twist, Ventura's shooting began after an audition for Jason Nole, who landed a lead role in the film.
His brother, Dean, managed the catering.
The firm's premiere played to two enthusiastic full houses in Utica in late June and is scheduled for winter openings in Manhattan and Rome, Italy.