Locally owned grocery store, eatery, community store–East Aurora Co-op Market

What is a co-op market? A co-op is a business that is owned and operated by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit. People organize cooperatives to achieve together what they can’t do alone, and food co-ops are a great place to shop for fresh, delicious, locally sourced food. But they’re much more than that–co-ops are a democratic approach where everyone […]

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The James Beard Foundation

The first sentence says it all, “Food matters.” It truly does. While I’ve been on a slight hiatus as I was out of the country, doing food reviews and learning a little something along the way, I’ve kept my eye on the pulse of what’s going on back home. The James Beard Foundation (JBF) truly encompasses and focuses on what […]

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Sandwich Love at the Globe Market (GF)

  In the 1800’s, dirt and brick roads lined Buffalo’s city streets. Women with parasols and Brocade gowns, and men in sack coats and Bowler’s casually walked about unaware of the economic boom about to happen. At this time, the city of Buffalo’s northern boundaries stopped at North Street. What lay beyond was a system of parkways and parks. After […]

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Two Brothers, Two Wives, One Brewery

Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, sits the small town of Wilson, NY. Settled in 1818, Wilson holds some unique architecture, including the Morse Cobblestone Farmhouse. A beautiful L-Shaped home built in 1845, it mimics Neoclassical architecture which had been popular throughout the United States during the Civil War, and is now part of the National Registry of […]

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What’s Old is New Again at The Grange

Many of you have heard that Tina’s Italian Kitchen has officially closed its doors. While open for 30 plus years, Tina’s offered a quaint home world charm atmosphere, and simple Italian dishes that described the family’s heritage. However, the building that Tina’s was housed in, The Grange Building or the Salisbury Building, has a history that dates back much further. […]

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Food Festivals Haven’t Tapered Off Yet! Digestion Suggestion Takes You to the Southtowns

Summer may be winding down but the food festivities have yet to receive the memo. Even as leaves start to float to the ground, changing from vibrant greens, purples, pinks and yellows to burnt amber, rust and browns, we cling to the last bit of warm ocean breezes and fragrant blossoms. Store fronts are already stacking pumpkins together around their […]

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A Central NY Review: Branca Restaurant

Branca Restaurant, 683 Pittsford Victor Rd in Pittsford NY, recently opened its doors under the ownership of Joshua and Jennifer Miles- owners of Revelry in Downtown Rochester. This restaurant invites customers to experience authentic Italian food the way they see it. Having only been open for roughly five weeks, Branca is already jammed packed and turning people away- literally. You […]

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13th Annual Buffalo Wing Festival

Can you believe it’s been 50 years since the creation of the chicken wing by our very own Anchor Bar! Buffalo NY has become synonymous for the popularity and originality of the chicken wing and to this day, not one city truly does it better. Over the past 50 years chicken wings have spread across the nation, morphing into the […]

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If You Want Italian- You Want Osteria 166

Dire che con il cibo- simply “say it with food.” No place epitomizes this saying better than Osteria 166. An Italian eatery located on Franklin Street across from the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Owner Nicholas Pitillo opened the doors to Osteria 166 this past June and there has been non-stop traffic since. Nicholas, (Nicola) in Italian, has created a family […]

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Swimming in Sauces….Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival

  The title of my article this week speaks for itself. When I was asked to judge the Buffalo Chicken Wing festival this year I was elated and, maybe, naively presumed that judging the “sauce” panel meant just that- judging the sauces. As I sauntered, yes sauntered, proudly to my assigned judging “panel” table I quickly took stock of the […]

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