When the Appalachian Regional Commission launched a project to celebrate the flavors and foods of the thirteen states that claim the Appalachian Mountains as home, was anyone really surprised that Corning—with its abundance of local farms and vineyards, with its wide range of cuisines and talented chefs, with its fabulous foods and flavors—was recognized as a top culinary destination on the new Bon Appétit Appalachia trail? The top spot in New York State? We weren't. How to begin to describe the feast? We can't. The choices are too vast. But whether you visit The Cellar (a wine and martini bar extraordinaire that deserves all the accolades it gets for its stand-out, high-style tapas), The Steuben Bar at the award-winning Radisson Hotel Corning (with its wide range of dining hours to suit the global clientele and the jet-lagged schedules of the international businessmen and tourists drawn to Corning by its parent company), or the diminutive Bento Ya Masako (a Brigadoon of a spot preparing carefully crafted Japanese food, from sushi to teriyaki to tempura, all but hidden from public view on a Market Street second floor, open only for lunch, open only select days of the week), or any of the dozens of places in between, you will want to savor the flavors of the Gaffer District. The whole mountain range knows it now, but we knew it all along.