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An Update From O’Brien’s Smokehouse & Bistro

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Beef from O’Brien’s Smokehouse. PHOTO/ Edible Buffalo

We’ve heard from some of our readers who were disappointed to learn that O’Brien’s Smokehouse & Bistro in Hamburg had closed at the time of our Fall 2012 issue coming out.  The good news is that the O’Brien’s are still planning on offering many of the same products they had at the smokehouse at their pub location in the village of Eden. They are currently going through a consolidation phase of combining the two businesses. They sent us this update yesterday:

We are still in the process of consolidating!

Starting October 18, the Pub will be open every Thursday from 10am-4pm for customers to pick up their orders. We will publish on Mondays, a weekly price sheet on our website and in an e-mail newsletter stating what products we have available and their prices. Customers can then either call us at 716-646-6328  or e-mail their orders to us at  and we will have them ready on Thursdays.   We will continue to expand our product line as we complete our consolidation.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

So please bear with them as they go through this change in business structure, I promise it will be worth the wait!

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

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

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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.

Pre-Industrial Festivities At Homestead Festival On Saturday July 14

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

The Buffalo Audubon Society will be holding its annual Homestead Festival Saturday, July 14th, 2012. Activities run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java NY 14113.

The Homestead Festival focuses on pre-industrial life. This year’s festival will include many exhibitors demonstrating old time arts and crafts like blacksmithing, candle making, flint knapping, broom making, hearth cooking, woodcarving, basketry and more. Participants will meet settlers, rangers and mountain men, and even meet Charles Darwin in person!

Activities for children include leather working, tin stamping and other crafts. There will be homemade ice cream, and other foods made the traditional way, all to the sound of live bluegrass music.

The 400-acre Beaver Meadow Audubon Center is only 15 minutes south of East Aurora. Visitors can walk 8 miles of trails during the festival and experience a range of habitats and environments while reconnecting with nature.

The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under and free for children 3 and under.

The Buffalo Audubon Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that promotes appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world through education and stewardship.

For more information you can contact Beaver Meadow Audubon Center by phone at (585) 457-3228 or e-mail them at

Post courtesy of Ellen George, Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

Taste of Summer at Perry Chalk Art Festival

In Uncategorized on July 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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Visitors to the 2012 Perry Chalk Art Festival can rest assured that both their fine art and their fine foods requirements will be fully met with the return of “Taste of Summer” to this year’s event. Taste of Summer takes place in downtown Perry from noon to 3pm on July 14th. Festival-goers can sample succulent seasonal dishes inspired by local, in-season ingredients simply by purchasing “Taste” tickets at participating restaurants and other outlets.

Jacquie Billings Barlow of the Hole in the Wall Restaurant and Lounge is the event coordinator. “This year’s Taste of Summer features seven restaurants, two wineries, and an herbal tea maker,” states Billings Barlow. “We’ve also expanded our event by an hour to better accommodate our guests and chalk artists.”

According to Barlow, a $1 Taste ticket purchases a sample of each dish. “For your ticket, you will get a one or two bite meal from each chef. We’ll have appetizers, main dishes, sides and desserts, with each dish showcasing the signature design of its culinary creator. It’s an exciting opportunity for diners to experience the work of our region’s most talented chefs in one beautiful and festive outdoor setting.”

Participating restaurants include the Hole in the Wall Restaurant and Lounge, Piffard’s Yard of Ale, Natural Oasis of Rochester, Questa Lasagna and Rainy Days Café and Bakery in Mount Morris, The Club at Silver Lake, and the Glen Iris Inn of Castile. Samples of locally made beverages will be available from Lakewood Vineyards, Standing Stone Vineyards and from Garden Faerie Creations, an herbal tea maker.

Perry designer Scott Safford will return to enhance the tented event with festive elements, and the elegant setting will be complete with a musical performance by Derek Rechberger.

“I have personally experienced the culinary talents of these chefs,” states Billings Barlow, “and know that you will enjoy what they create for the Taste of Summer!”

Pre-sale tickets are available at $15 for 20 Taste tickets at participating restaurants, at the Perry Town Hall, and on-line via PayPal at ($.75 surcharge per ticket applies). Tickets can also be purchased at $20 for 20 tickets on the day of the event.

The Perry Chalk Art Festival will be held from 8:30am to 4:00pm in downtown Perry, New York on July 14th. Festival-goers can enjoy the temporary outdoor works of an estimated 35 professional artists, cheer on teen artists competing for prizes, marvel over the creations of the featured chalk artist or chalk their own square in the Festival’s Chalk Quilt.

There will be music from Kelly’s Old Timers, Creek Bend and Emerald Isle, demonstrations, projects and activities for kids and delicious homegrown produce and unique gifts at the extended Farmers’ Market and Perry Public Market. Other dining options, including the Perry United Methodist Church Chicken Barbecue and many food vendors will also be available.

For more information about all the events taking place at the festival, please visit, contact Meghan Hauser at 585-237-5375 or email

This special event is made possible through generous contributions from the Village and Town of Perry, from the Perry Chamber of Commerce and from local businesses, volunteers and organizations. The event was also was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Post, photos courtesy of Meghan Hauser.

Eat Drink Local Week, Day 1: Eat Local at Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Today’s EAT destination for Eat Drink Local Week is Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile.  Although they’re new to Buffalo’s food scene, the store is a welcome addition to Western New York.

Located in the Elmwood Village neighborhood of Buffalo, Nickel City makes good on their namesake. Their large assortment of cheeses is always changing and always excellent- mozzarella di bufala, buratta, Camembert, the list goes on. Several of the choices are house-made as well. The store also offers up a delicious menu. There are sandwiches and paninis that range from updated classics to trendy newcomers (Pork Bánh mì, anyone?). Homemade mac n’ cheese is also served up in interesting flavors like nacho and a spicy buffalo-style chicken. Not enough cheese for you? Try their goat cheese chocolate truffles.

There’s more than just cheese, though. Nickel City is a downright treasure trove of goods for foodies. They carry many products from other local purveyors, like East Aurora’s Elm Street Bakery, alongside harder-to-find treats like Mast Brother’s Chocolate Bars (a Brooklyn favorite). Heirloom beans are nestled in on the shelves with unique sweets like goat’s milk salted caramels. There’s a nice breadth to the products they offer, making Nickel City a great go-to spot for both culinary inspiration as well as the goods necessary to create your inspirations.

Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday they are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  They offer cheese classes as well, for those looking to expand their knowledge of fromage.

You can find more about them on their website, You can also follow them on Twitter at @nickcitycheese, or like them on Facebook!

Get Ready, Western New York- Eat Drink Local Week Starts June 22!

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The Edible Eat Drink Local Week is fast approaching. This is our second year participating in this tri-state effort to raise awareness of eating and drinking local. Think of it as a restaurant week with a mission!!

Edible Buffalo along with several of its sister publications; Edible Finger Lakes, Edible Hudson Valley, Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, Edible Queens, Edible East End, Edible Jersey, and Edible Nutmeg (Connecticut) will be doing various activities with partners from across our communities to highlight restaurants, eateries, shops, wineries, breweries, farmers, and artisan producers!

In our community, we’ve partnered with Buffalo First!, Buffalo Rising and The Good Neighborhood to bring you a a daily helping of a great EAT destination which features locally sourced products and a great DRINK destination which features and/or produces local libations.  In addition, we encourage you to embrace our early summer harvest and frequent your local farmers market, farm stand, or wherever you can find local produce, meats, cheese, and the like, to show our love and support for the many diverse growers found all across our region.

Please join us in celebrating our local food system! Whether you dine out or cook in and drink in between, we urge you all to get out there and celebrate the ingredients, the landscape and people behind our plates.

We will be posting twice daily starting this Friday, June 22, 2012 and ending July 1, 2012. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and follow our activity on our Twitter by using the hashtag: #eatdrinklocal #wny to stay in the know during Eat Drink Local Week.


Chill Out in the City

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

by Michelle Blackley

Dolci may have moved to its new Elmwood Ave., Buffalo location but their Gelato menu is still just as sweet, and expansive.

These artisanal scoops are available every day of the year, but during the hot summer months, they make for a perfect treat on the city street.

Owner Dave Sampson has a passion for frozen confections that is reflected in their unique flavor combinations. Try the Burnt Caramel with Sea Salt, a fussy gelato and one not meant for bikini weather, but the sugar combined with smokiness from the chocolate chip walnut biscotti is worth it.

Dolci uses the contemporary gelato standard model of low fat, low air content, and high quality ingredients. At any given time, their offsite facility on Grant St. is a laboratory where they experiment with raw ingredients. Gelato lovers may also find Dolci’s gelato in area restaurants. Let your palate explore this summer, and try the Concord grape, Mixed Berry, Madagascar vanilla, or Lemon Curd, also made in house (hormone, antibiotic free, and with low fat milk).

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Additional unique gelato flavors include:

  • Stracciatella (vanilla chocolate chip)
  • Dolci Di Carmelina
  • Espresso Spice
  • Cocoa Cinnamon
  • Mexican Chocolate
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Ginger Lime Curd

For more information about Dolci, including its bakery and café, and full menu, visit

First Earth Bowl Festival To Take Place Saturday, June 30 In Grand Island, NY

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

The first Earth Bowl Festival will take place Saturday, June 30, 4-7 pm, overlooking the scenic Niagara River, at the Riverside Salem United Church of Christ Environmental Cottage on Grand Island, NY. The afternoon features music by local singers Nan Hoffman, Joe Tumino and the Bloodthirsty Vegans. There will be food demos, film screenings, plant sale, games, family activities and more. People will be invited to walk the unique Labyrinth that is marked by rocks from around the world, enjoy woodland trails, and visit the only Straw Bale building on Grand Island, constructed with green materials such as earth, straw, sand, bamboo, wood and recycled glass.

A delicious, vegetarian dinner including entrees, salads, breads and desserts, with vegan, wheat free and dairy free options will be served in beautifully designed, hand-thrown artisan bowls, created by potter George Schaeffer and six local potters. Once the meal has ended, the bowls will be sent home with diners who can continue to enjoy using them.

Earth Bowl Festival is a fundraiser to help support the 9th annual World on Your Plate, a community food forum that seeks to restore the earth by promoting sustainability for farmers, farm workers, and consumers alike; advance education and action on issues of food safety, security, and sovereignty; and create a table where all are welcome. World on Your Plate takes place October 12 and 13 at Daemen College in Amherst, NY and will feature keynote speakers Mark Kastel, Co-Director of the Cornucopia Institute, the country’s premier industry watchdog, as well as Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathalete and creator of Vega nutritional foods.

Tickets for the event are $40/adult, and includes dinner, concert, all activities and games, and a unique bowl. Children under 12 may attend for $10, but no bowl is included. The concert begins at 4 p.m., and dinner will be served around 5:00 p.m. The church is located at 3449 West River Road and parking is available along the road.

For more information, contact June Licence at 716-773-1426 or or Eveline Hartz at 716-741-8815 or

To reserve your space, send payment by check to RSUCC and indicate WOYP – Earth  Bowl on the memo line. Please send payment to RSUCC, PO Box 207, Grand Island, 14072-0207.

Post courtesy of  Jordana Halpern Geist