Sherburne chef debuts cookbook tonight

SHERBURNE – When George Lewis joined the monastery, it wasn’t necessarily to devote himself to God. He’d already answered the call to his life-long ministry – food.

Lewis, a native of Sherburne and veteran of the restaurant trade, spent many years as a chef/major domo at Christ The King Retreat House and Conference Center in Syracuse. While there, in addition to honing his culinary skills, Lewis began weaving together stories from his Chenango childhood, his experiences at the retreat and the recipes he was perfecting ... it seemed only logical that “there was a book in there somewhere.”

And indeed there was. At the urging of longtime friend Bill Craine, Lewis, whose family operates Lewis’ Restaurant in Sherburne (that of the iconic lighthouse fame) tapped into his Lebanese cultural background and started banging out one recipe a week, along with a story to relate to it.

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