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9th Annual World On Your Plate Forum To Be Held Saturday, October 13

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The 9th Annual World on Your Plate food forum kicks off Friday, October 12 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and continues Saturday, October 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Daemen College’s Charles J. Wick center, 4380 Main Street, Amherst.

Friday night begins with a screening of, “Farmageddon,” the documentary that highlights the plight of the American family farm, the urgency for food freedom, the importance of taking action to preserve individuals’ rights to access safe food of and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely. Viewers will enjoy movie treats provided by local bakeries, vendors and caterers. A moderated discussion will follow the film.

Saturday’s program includes two exciting guest presenters. At 9 am, Brendan Brazier, will begin the day with his keynote address. Brazier is one of only a few professional athletes in the world whose diet is 100 percent plant-based. He’s a professional Ironman triathlete, bestselling author of The Thrive Diet and creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition, Brazier is a guest lecturer at Cornell University and teaches an eCornell course called The Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism.

Following the first workshop session of the day, and a delicious, healthy, locally-grown organic lunch, Mark Kastel, Co-director of the Cornucopia Institute will present. The Cornicopia Institute is dedicated to supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture and provides research and information to consumers, family farmers, and the media. Mr. Kastel has played a key role in a number of cooperative ventures designed to empower farmers in the marketplace and his development work has focused on creating sustainable farmer-owned businesses with an emphasis on dairy production and marketing.

World On Your Plate offers participants their choice of three workshop sessions on Saturday including Cooking demos; What you need to know about GMO’s; Raw Chocolate; Superfoods; Japanese Gardens as Event Spaces; The Yoga of Food, Dirty, Sexy Greens; Homepathy; Hydrofracking in NYS; Sprouting; Natural Pet Wellness and more!

In addition, WOYP offers a Saturday Youth Conference: World In Your Backyard, a full-day of interactive, informative, and inspiring workshops for youth, ages 10 to 16.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about sustainable and healthy living practices and will be encouraged to go local, think global and be healthy. The Youth Program will also include attending the World on Your Plate conference to hear keynote speaker Brendan Brazier, as well as attending cooking classes and workshops with Dave Bauer, president of Sustainable Earth Solutions, Inc. and Mary Hughes, Naturalist with the Tifft Nature Preserve, who will present, “Wild Edibles.”

 World on Your Plate concludes with a social hour for people to network, discuss the day and enjoy the entertaining music of the popular AW Jazz Quartet as well as more tasty, local food, cider and snacks.

 Cost is $25 for adults who pre-register and $30 at the door. Youth are admitted free with a paying adult. Students with ID are admitted free but must pre-register. Registration includes Friday night film and food and Saturday programs, organic lunch, and ongoing access to local vendors and information tables.

This is an event that will appeal to people who are passionate about locally grown and raised food, health, sustainability and other food and farming issues.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Jordana Halpern at

Post courtesy of Jordana Halpern

Gelateria Luca Opens On Elmwood Avenue

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Gelateria Luca’s selections.

Josephine Letizia knows a thing or two about gelato.

The Sicilian native has brought a scoop of culture to the Elmwood Village since opening Gelateria Luca’s doors in early September. Committed to providing an authentic Italian experience, Josephine and her brood offer a variety of gelato and sorbetto flavors, ranging from the expected (chocolate and lemon) to the exotic (blood orange). Their craftsmanship extends beyond frozen treats and also encompasses a mouth-watering selection of baked goods, including cannoli, biscotti, cheesecakes, and amaretti.

Josephine and her family have always been gelato aficionados, so when the commercial space on the corner of Elmwood and Potomac became available, she says, they seized the opportunity. Letizia cites the friendly, diverse, and family-oriented atmosphere as the driving force behind setting up shop in the Elmwood Village.

Letizia’s son Luca, for whom the Gelateria is named.

What does Letizia hope to bring to this vibrant neighborhood? “I think we’re just trying to say, in a subtle way: this is the way it’s supposed to be done, and this is the way it’s supposed to taste”. It seems her commitment to quality and authenticity has paid off; Letizia says business has been steady and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “The nicest compliment someone can say,” she adds, grinning from ear to ear, “is when people come in and say, ‘you know, it reminds me of Firenze!’”

Gelateria Luca is located at 988 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo New York and the can be reached by phone at 716-882-5353.

Contributed by Margot V. Knab

Dæd Days of Summer

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Eric Haaland pours from Medusa.

Two friends’ hobby of brewing craft beer that turned into a passion is now a pseudo brewing company. Dædelus Brewing is the project of 30-somethings J. Ryan Santarini and Dave Jerzewski, both of Buffalo, NY.

Striving to heed the lifework of Dædalus, a Greek mythological figure who was a highly regarded skilled craftsman. His message is one of moderation, taking the road less traveled and maintaining balance. Santarini and Jerzewski are taking this theory into the brewing room and as a result, have five different beers to showcase.

As a thank you to their friends and family, Santarini and Jerzewski recently held a picnic and Kan-Jam Tournament at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY where ticketed guests were entered into a raffle for home brewing related products, enjoyed a homemade lunch of Italian sausage, macaroni and cheese, and Jalapeño coleslaw, provided by foodie friend Alex Dominiak.

The guest of honor was Medusa, an invention by Santarini and Jerzewski that pours all five of their beers via piping through a black bar hiding the kegs. During the summer they were able to produce one to two kegs per brew.

Starting with the Flavia Majoria (5% ABV) this Blonde Ale is big and crisp. Easing away from this afternoon beer, guests tried the Smoethin’ Witty (5.5% ABV). Recommended to those whom are new to craft beers, this one gives your palate a wheat offering with sweet Valencia orange, and hints of coriander and Hallertau hops on the nose. Midnight Sunshine (7.6% ABV) blends the rich complexities of a Porter with the bright citrus notes of an IPA. Four malts give it a deeply roasted, full flavor. The Inventor (7.7% ABV) is dry-hopped with good balance. Ending the experience was a cup of Minotaur (8.2% ABV), an explosive cascade and centennial hop taste and decadent caramel malt.

Food at the Beer Picnic

When asked why they held the picnic, Santarini and Jerzewski said it was to enhance the craft beer culture in Buffalo by sharing their brews and therefore, creating a conversation around them.

Read more about home brewers and Western New York’s craft beer culture in the fall 2012 issue of edible Buffalo.

Go Veggies Cafe & Mini Market opens in Elmwood Village

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Go Veggies Cafe & Mini Market, a new restaurant focused on improving and maintaining the health and well being of the Western New York community through healthy food options, has opened in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. The new eatery, owned and operated by Genga Ponnampalam, is located at 264 Bryant St., just steps from Elmwood Avenue. The cafe also serves as a retail location for Go Veggies products.

Go Veggies Cafe specializes in fresh vegetarian dishes such as veggie burgers (six varieties), curries, cabbage rolls, veggie rolls, soups and salads. Dessert offerings include mango pudding, rice pudding and bean cupcakes. Gluten-free, soy-free and vegan options are also available. Go Veggies products are well-known throughout Western New York thanks to the company’s participation in the Elmwood-Bidwell, East Aurora, Williamsville and North Tonawanda farmers’ markets. Go Veggies products are also available at Dash’s Markets and the Lexington Co-operative Market.

Ponnampalam prepares his products using only the freshest ingredients available. “I come from a traditional vegetarian background, from an agricultural-based society in Sri Lanka, where various vegetarian dishes were prepared with health consciousness and longevity in mind,” he said. “As a result of these traditional cooking and eating habits, most of the people in this society lived a long and healthy life. The major medical conditions we face today are obesity, heart disease and diabetes which are largely a result of our diet. A vegetarian diet reduces the risk of most major illnesses.”

Go Veggies Cafe is currently open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The cafe’s hours will be expanded soon, so please visit for updates and more information. Catering services are also available. Please call 908-2778 for details.

Post and photo courtesy of Joe Kirchmyer, Kirchmyer Media

Flying Bison Brewery Spreads Its Wings In Buffalo

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Copyright Edible Pix

by Michelle Blackley

Flying Bison Brewing Company packages its beer in the heart of Buffalo. It is the first independent brewery to operate within city limits, since Iroquois Brewery shut its doors in 1972.

An award-winning brewer with over 30 years of experience, owner Tim Herzog made a strong commitment from the inception of this company, as merely an idea to establish Flying Bison Brewing Company and recreate what was once a flourishing industry. This commitment and a passion for quality beer have allowed Flying Bison to become what it is today.

Tours of the production facility are given Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons, and they include a small sample or larger tasting for a cost.

Seasonal flavors are available, along with Flying Bison’s regular selection:

Aviator Red

Ruby red and malty flavored with a medium body and a spicy hop signature to balance. Drinkable on its own, but full flavored enough to pair with your favorite foods. Some of our favorites are BBQ (of course, duh), roast pork, and anything spicy, available in bottles and on draft all year round.

Rusty Chain

A medium bodied Vienna style amber beer, it has a soft nutty, malt flavor with a hint of caramel. Just enough German hops to balance the finish. Available locally, the “chain” goes great with chicken, milder fish and especially with grilled vegetables. It is a great summer beer.

Buffalo Lager

This light bodied golden beer has a very balanced flavor with soft, clean finish. A great afternoon picnic beer, it matches well with lighter tasting foods, milder cheeses or just great all on its own. Available in bottles at local stores and on draft all year round.

For more information in Flying Bison Brewing Company, visit their website at or find them on Facebook at flyingbisonbrewing. Follow them on Twitter @flyingbison.

Eat Drink Local Week, Day 8: Eat Local at Trattoria Aroma

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

For a delicious experience step into Trattoria Aroma, and dine in an elegant setting with rustic charm. With locations in Williamsville and Buffalo, this Tuscan eatery serves freshly made brick oven pizzas, pastas, antipasti, and entrées of fresh meat and fish selections.

Working with local farms when possible, owner and chef Dave Cosentino selects seasonal products and ethically raised animals. Tower Farms, Youngstown for fruits; Hanova Hills, Dunkirk for beef. Blossom Hill Farm, Gowanda provides Cosentino with Heritage pork, free-range, mother-fed veal, and chicken eggs. Oles Farm, Alden sends spray-free biodynamic produce and New York State maple syrup to Trattoria Aroma, and H2Grown Farm in Lewiston is a supplier of hydroponic vegetables and fruits. Windy Ridge Natural Farms in Alfred is known for their organic pastured and humanely raised chicken and eggs, while Empire Specialty Cheese of Conewango Valley delivers hormone-free Amish-made mozzarella curd that is served on plates to patrons.

Dinner is fantastic at Trattoria Aroma, especially for special occasions and events.

For lunch, try the Hanova Farm Burger with house-smoked Blossom Hill Farm bacon, house-pulled mozzarella, roasted red peppers, parsley pesto, Fontina cheese and truffled fries.

At brunch (only served at the Buffalo locale) why not start a Sunday with Tagliatelle Adriatico, served with a lobster claw, tiger shrimp, sea scallops, Cipollini onion, roasted yellow peppers, H2Gro tomato, spinach, Saffron-vanilla bean cream.

Cosentino in no stranger to feeding Western New Yorkers and was previously named a Local Food Hero by Edible Buffalo magazine. A staple in the Elmwood Village food culture, he continues to move the locavore movement forward.

A young yet knowledgeable food chain, Trattoria Aroma’s staff is one of the finest in Western New York. As Cosentino’s restaurants evolved, so has his clientele. A confident and opinionated group, with experienced palates, patrons expects a menu of European dishes that showcase fresh local ingredients.

For more information, visit You can also find them on Facebook.

Eat Drink Local Week, Day 6: Eat Local at Globe Market

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Globe Market has been a mainstay on the Elmwood strip for several years. Consistently serving up fresh, hot soups, deliciously creative salads and more to a hungry lunchtime crowd.  Whether if you want to dine-in, take-out or need catering services, Globe offers it all!

But there is a lot that happens behind the scenes too that makes Globe special. Lisa Hennig, co-owner, instituted a commercial kitchen composting program a few years ago, one of the first in the area. They also grow their own ingredients such as herbs and peppers, while sourcing other fresh ingredients from local growers as they become available.  A commitment they never waver from.

Recently, Globe took their staff to First Light Farm & Creamery to attend one of their weekend cheese-making workshops. The artisan cheese movement is starting to take hold in Western New York and Globe wants to be a part of it. Hoping to make in-house cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella, Globe also sells First Light’s cheeses in the store. This investment in their staff and business is another example of their commitment to the local food movement and the local economy.

Globe currently has two locations; 768 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo and 298 Main Street, Buffalo and is looking to open its third location soon at 1416 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo. For more information about Globe Market and to view their daily lunch specials, visit You can also find them on Facebook.

Eat Drink Local Week, Day 6: Drink Local at Community Beer Works!

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm

New on the local drink scene is Community Beer Works, Buffalo’s first nanobrewery. Now providing fresh, high quality, local beer to downtown haunts: Cole’s, Mister Goodbar, Blue Monk, Blackrock Kitchen & Bar, and The Village Beer Merchant.

Started by five guys with a love for beer and community spirit, Community Beer Works also prides itself on being environmentally friendly. They donate their spent grain to the Massachusetts Avenue Project.

Ethan Cox, Rudy Watkins, Dan Conley and Gregory Patterson-Tanski are setting out to “Embeer Buffalo”. They not only want Community Beer Works to succeed, but the overall beer culture of Buffalo to thrive. A former hub for beer hops and beer production prior to Prohibition, this group believes Buffalo can again be one of the premiere beer destinations in the country.

Their brewery has one-and-a half barrels, and brews on a three-burner Psychobrew system using Stout kettles and fermenters. On average, a double batch is brewed, filling up two conical fermenters. Their clarification methods start and end with crash cooling the beer to drop the yeast out of suspension. They do not filter or use clarifying agents on their beer, which leave in more nutrients and keep it vegetarian.

Taste the proof in their products. Their American Pale Ale (the Frank) has a mellow malt base and reveals the hops as they compete with sweet grains. Loaded with zest, pine and a touch of citrus. Be sure to try their Whale, a brown ale beer that is nutty with a hint of sweetness, but not overwhelming. It also appears to have some dark malt characteristics but good on a warm spring day. It may be suitable for a post-meal drink.

**Located on Lafayette Ave., Buffalo, Community Beer Works does not have a retail license yet and therefore not open to the public; however, meet the guys this summer at local events. From 6 – 9 pm July 13 they will be at Bricks and Brews, at the Darwin Martin House; and from 5:30 – 9:30 pm August 10, they will be at Buffalo Brewfest.

For more information about Community Beer Works, visit, find them on Facebook at communitybeerworks or follow them on Twitter @communitybeer.

Listen here to the podcast of our radio interview with Ethan Cox and Rudy Watkins!

**This post originally ran in June 2012. Since then Community Beer Works has received their retail license and is currently open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm-7pm at 15 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo. Additionally  they can be found at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market every Saturday during market season. Growlers and kegs available.

Eat Drink Local Week, Day 4: Eat Local at Lexington Co-operative Market

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm

The Lexington Co-operative Market is a beacon on the Elmwood strip in downtown Buffalo. Representing community spirit, customer friendly pricing and good food, much of which is sourced from local producers, there is no denying the Coop (as it is affectionately called by its patrons) is a proud example of a successful community-owned business.

As the economy moves slowly to recover in our region, the Coop thrives! Why? “Typically, when times get tough, people look to their own communities to solve their problems, not to government or corporate America,” said Tim Bartlett, general manager of the Lexington Avenue Co-operative Market.

Like any thriving business, the Coop has started to outgrow its current location and is looking to expand to a second location in the next few years. Open to members and non-members alike, customers can come to do their weekly grocery shopping, stock up their pantries in the bulk food section, or sit and enjoy lunch or dinner with their ever expanding prepared foods section. All fresh and predominantly local!

And despite being located in the city, the Coop draws customers from all across the region including southern Ontario. The selection is unmatched by other grocery stores in terms of its locally-produced options at affordable prices and when you shop here or eat here you know your dollars stay local! At over 7500 members strong, there is no stopping the Coop!

The Lexington Co-operative Market is located at 807 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222. They can also be contacted at 716-886-COOP (2667)  or on their website at

Eat Drink Local Week, Day 3: Eat Local at Shango Bistro

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Today’s EAT destination is Shango Bistro, located on Main St. in Buffalo, NY. This soulful bistro and wine bar is a great brunch and special event location. Embodying the spirit of New Orleans, it is everything a local neighborhood bistro should be – playful, with charming décor and a friendly menu from serious local farmers.

Begin the Shango experience with Chicken and Andouille sausage gumbo and white rice. It may be made with ingredients from a local farm but it tastes like you’re in the heart of the French Quarter. Pan seared Kurobuta pork belly with apple slaw and five-pepper glaze will leave your mouth wanting more. For a bit of Asian fusion, try the avocado spring rolls with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted corn, cilantro pecan pesto, and chili pepper garlic sauce and seaweed salad.

From Big Easy classics like Po-Boys, Creole Bouillabaisse, and Meatloaf, to twists on favorites, like Blackened Loch Duart Salmon, Mac and Cheese with smoked Gouda, goat cheese, cheddar, and a panko rosemary crust. Or taste the Braised Pork Shank with a red chili reduction.

Shango also has an impressive wine list, with 170 options, including a 2008 Syrah from Arrowhead Spring Vineyards on the Niagara Wine Trail. Lush berry plays with a perfect balance of vanilla and oak with white pepper on the palate, and pears well with any of Shango’s hearty dishes.

Beer is also an option, including the Flying Bison Lager; it’s an even beer with a soft, clean finish, and pairs well with salads, mild cheeses or alone in a pint at the bar.

Ending a meal at Shango with an order of the house special of Bananas Foster, bananas sautéed in a caramel rum sauce served over vanilla ice cream and paired with an ice wine or port, completes the experience.

The back room at Shango is a perfect place for large gatherings or special dining occasions, and brunch is taken seriously with French pressed coffee.

Shango Bistro (3260 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214, 716-837-2326) is open for brunch from 11 am – 3 pm on Sunday, dinner 5 pm – 10 pm Monday – Thursday, 5 pm – 11 pm Friday and Saturday, and happy hour is from 5 pm – 7 pm Thursday.

Find more information about Shango Bistro on their website, or become friends with them on Facebook.