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Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Around 15 years ago, my wife Karen and I were invited to our friends’ beautiful home for a pre-dinner glass of wine. It was going very well until I saw the food we’d be “enjoying” with our wine: raw oysters on the half shell. Growing up in a family with 12 children, my love of fish extended about as far as the tuna noodle casserole we were regularly served. I didn’t want t…

Buffalo Magazine: Photo Galleries

More than 75 whiskeys were poured at the first annual Buffalo Whiskey Fest on Sunday Jan. 28, 2018 — hosted by Step Out Buffalo Tommyrotter Distillery at the Hotel @ The Lafayette.

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

July 2016 was the first-ever Meatball Street Brawl in Buffalo. The brainchild of Nick Pitillo, owner of Osteria 166 in Buffalo and Villaggio in Ellicottville, the event is essentially a “battle of the meatballs,” with many of Buffalo’s best restaurants competing for the title. Last year we paired our meatballs with a wine tasting, and it went so well we decided to do it ag…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Not too long ago, fast food only meant fried goodies and chicken patties made from questionable animal parts. If you wanted something healthier, there weren’t many fast options to accommodate…or you made do with the meager “healthy” options on menus like dried-out salads or a plain grilled chicken breast — minus the bun. But a recent surge of fast take-out restaurants i…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Kimberly Behzadi, a product manager for Elmhurst Milked, stands behind a counter at dig Buffalo, a co-working space designed for those in the early stages of a business or idea development. Entrepreneurs stream in for Buffalo Startup Weekend. As they prepare for three days of innovation, she’s here to introduce them to the brand’s line of non-dairy, plant-based milks — ups…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

It is officially the season for entertaining. Sure, you can compete with evening events like office holiday parties and neighborhood cocktails that take over our calendars come December, but If you want to get friends together in a relaxed setting without breaking the bank, hosting a festive brunch is a fabulous option. Plan ahead and you’re guaranteed a holiday hit. Here …

Buffalo Magazine: Home

There’s never been a better time to play tour guide to friends and family coming home for the holidays. Sure, they might think they know where they want to go — old favorites like Chef’s, Duff’s and Mighty Taco offer tastes not found outside of Buffalo. But there’s also plenty of "new Buffalo" to show them: cocktail bars, breweries, restaurants and neighborhoods. Here a…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

For my family, it wouldn’t be the holidays without our annual Christmas cut-out cookie extravaganza. It started when I was 6 or 7 and I would get together with my Aunt Missy and usually a friend or two for mass production of cookies; this eventually snowballed into a family affair with anywhere from 20-25 people in attendance. There are some MVPs (on each of the fronts: de…

My real job is publisher and president of The Buffalo News. My columnist job is an excuse to try plenty of good wine. Sometimes I get to mix the two. The News was recently on the hunt for a new sports writer. A prospective candidate was in town with her husband, so I invited them to dinner to share why we love Buffalo so much. I came up with a dinner theme of sports …

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Every year, the holidays go by way too fast — and we often get far too little out of them. From the whirlwind of cookie-cutter parties to the family gathering that goes south before the first snap of the game, it can get old. So why not try something new? Buck tradition this year and consider incorporating some new ideas into your celebrations. You just may find they br…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Pet parents know that feeding from the table isn’t the best everyday idea…but it’s hard to resist indulging in a holiday season exception. In case you want to bend the rules this Thanksgiving, here’s a crash course in what foods you can sneak your dog or cat — and what you should steer clear of for their safety. All in moderation It’s always best to follow a less-is-more…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

There are so many meaningful organizations that need our help. Recently, a friend asked if I’d help promote awareness for breast cancer research for the local Susan G. Komen chapter. If you’re like me, breast cancer has touched someone you know, and you’ve witnessed the challenges that go along with it. My wife’s cousin, Doris, has been my inspiration; she’s fought t…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

What do you do when you love food, want to be healthy, and have an insanely busy schedule with little time for food prep? Take advantage of one of the new wave of prepared meal services available in WNY. These aren’t make-it-yourself meal kits (á la Blue Apron) or processed frozen dinners. They’re single-serving meals sold in to-go locations most often found in strip pl…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

My first experience with Charles Smith wines happened at a business dinner at Remington’s, when my dining companion brought along two mind-blowing wines for the evening: 2007 Skull and 2007 Old Bones. First I noticed the crazy labels…next I noticed how close to perfect they were. At the time, I’d already planned a wine trip to Washington State. Charles Smith, whose win…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Ready for a food adventure? With new restaurants popping up all over WNY, chefs are bringing their A-game to keep locals on their toes….and that includes dishes with some unusual ingredients. If you’re an adventurous eater, here are some creative dishes to check out around town. 1. Fried Lemons The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar 367 Connecticut St., Buffalo; 884-1…