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Eat at Buffalo’s Top Restaurants for $20.09 – One Week Only!

In Edible Events on February 27, 2009 at 7:57 am



I was so excited to hear about the upcoming WNY Restaurant Week happening March 23-29.   Not only did it stir fond memories of living in New York City years ago as a burgeoning foodie when my friends and I would begin making reservations at all the top restaurants the moment restaurant week was announced.  Some of my most memorable gastronomic experiences happened this time of year (think La Cote Basque, La Grenouille, Daniel, Union Square Cafe, etc.).  To be honest, restaurant week was the only time of year I could afford to eat at these famous dining institutions.  

WNY is now getting their own restaurant week and it is about time.  This is the economic shot in the arm that our local restaurants need.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to engage your inner foodie and enjoy all that this region has to offer in dining experiences, without breaking the bank! 

Several of our area’s top restaurants are participating; Tempo, Shango, Rick’s On Main, Verbena, Olivers, Sea Bar, Trattoria Aroma (both locations) to name a few.  Participating restaurants are being added all the time so be sure to view the complete listing here.  Book your reservations NOW!

Local Conference Inspires Local Food System!

In Edible Events on February 25, 2009 at 10:25 am
Tom Tower's Potatoes

Tom Tower's Potatoes


Eating & buying local was the hot topic of discussion on Monday in WNY.   The Field & Fork Network  held their first annual Farmer-Chef conference at the Byrncliff Resort & Conference Center in Varysburg.  The sold-out conference engaged area chefs and local producers in a conversation about local food which included networking, workshops, a tasting expo and a hearty lunch using ingredients sourced from local farmers.  Local press coverage includes the following:

Buffalo News

Buffalo Spree Magazine – click on the “Locally Grown, Locally Marketed, Locally Eaten: A roundtable discussion” by Lauren Newkirk Maynard

Batavia Daily News

To join the conversation, check out Field & Fork Network  or visit us on Facebook.

Flapjacks for the Farm – March 7, 2009

In Edible Events, Feeding the Community, Urban Ag on February 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm



If you believe in urban agriculture, enjoy pancakes or just have cabin fever and need to get out of the house – this is an event you don’t want to miss!  The industrious youth who work for and participate in Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Growing Green program are putting on a pancake breakfast to help raise money for their beloved urban farm.  Join them on March 7 for an all-you-can-eat  pancake extravaganza!  There will be two sittings, one at 9am and another at 11am at the Trinity Church on Delaware Avenue near West Tupper.  You can purchase tickets through their website.

Now more than ever, urban agriculture plays a vital part in the growth, revitalization and stability of low-income urban neighborhoods.  Buffalo is no exception.  The Massachusetts Avenue Project has been a leader in this movement with its Growing Green program that runs the successful urban farm at 382 Massachusetts Avenue in Buffalo.  Over the last several years, the Growing Green farm has successfully grown a variety of vegetable crops on its 3 vacant lot size farm which serves the neighborhood it surrounds and trains local youth in agriculture, providing them with lifelong skills.

So if you have a passion for food, agriculture, helping youth or just love pancakes, please come support Flapjacks for the Farm!

Albany Giving Grant Money For Community Gardens

In Cooking Fresh, Feeding the Community, From the Land on February 16, 2009 at 7:15 am
Massachusetts Avenue Project - Growing Green Garden

Massachusetts Avenue Project - Growing Green Garden


Community gardens are popping up all over the city of Buffalo.  I hear about a new one at least once a week.  Some are member-driven ventures while others are being constructed as a means to serve neighborhoods with limited or no access to fresh food.  Regardless of their objective, there is no denying that community gardens are a vital component to neighborhood revitalization and more importantly, provide communities with fresh, healthy food.  

Even Albany gets it. The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets just announced a grant program which provides funding for community gardens in designated urban areas, Buffalo being one them. 

 “Community gardens are important assets for people who live in our cities, as they provide open space and access to healthy, nutritious food. As New York faces this economic crisis, the ability of Department of Agriculture and Markets to provide support to help garden programs expand is more critical now than ever before, said Governor David A. Paterson.

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A Sad Day in Buffalo….

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2009 at 8:45 am

It is a sad, sad day here in Buffalo.  Flight 3407 crashed last night into a home in the Town of Clarence.  All 49 people on board were killed and one individual in the home died.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones in this horrible tragedy.

Buffalo’s Only Urban Winery Celebrates with Customer Appreciation Event Feb 7 & 8

In Edible Events, Liquid Assets on February 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Chateau Buffalo's Award Winning Ciders


Did you know Buffalo is home to one of the only few urban wineries that exist across the U.S.?   I’m referring to Chateau Buffalo on Hertel Avenue.  Most people who aren’t that  familiar with this NYS wine shop may only think of it as a mecca for NY wine lovers who are seeking out their favorite local vintages or are in pursuit of a wine  they tasted while visiting the Finger Lakes or the north fork on Long Island, which it is.  But Chateau Buffalo is also the creator of its own vintages including award winning artisanal hard ciders which are made with locally grown apples.  

Chateau Buffalo also introduced its version of an ice wine  this season called Glace de Ballet, which is an apple ice wine.   Using a cryoconcentration process which uses cold storage apples harvested in the fall and are then  pressed in December.  The cider is then left outside until the water in the juice is frozen and separates from the sugar, which is gravity-harvested.  The concentrated cider is then fermented into a smooth, luscious ice wine.  This award winning wine is best served as an apertif or as a nice accompaniment to a lightly sauteed foie gras or a fine cheese.

This weekend Chateau Buffalo is having a customer appreciation event where you can enjoy a free wine tasting in their tasting room, purchase any wine in stock with a 10% discount and even enter to win a case of wine!  The event is this Saturday, February 7 from noon to 8pm and Sunday, February 8 from noon to 6pm.   Their street address is 1209 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo.