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“I think my love of baking is from my youth,” says Sarah Greber. “I baked from a very young age. It’s a way I show love.” At this comment, Sarah’s 9-year-old daughter, Reese, jumps in: “Then you show a lot of love to me,” she says with a smile. A visit to the Greber kitchen makes clear the connection between baking, love and family. Wh...
Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

For many Buffalonians, a butter lamb or two has been an iconic figure at the Easter dinner table for generations. (It certainly was for mine!) Have you really known a true Easter until you’ve been scolded by an elder for slic…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Over the last decade, I have written often about my love of great Pinot Noirs and how perfectly one pairs with wild Alaskan sockeye salmon. Recently, I had yet another hedonistic experience. A few years ago, I was talking …

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

You may have spotted Issa’s Pita Chips on the shelves at your neighborhood co-op, Dash’s or Whole Foods Market. A seemingly overnight success story from the local family-owned company, what is it about these chips that are wi…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

I’ve had wine in many different places—but I never thought I would drink wine in an igloo. We heard that Tappo brought back the igloos on their roof again this winter and thought it would be a fun idea to rent one for a mi…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

There’s pancake syrup, waffle syrup and table syrup. Then there’s pure maple syrup, which (checks notes that are sticky from research) is an entirely different delicacy. The easiest way to know which kind you’re enjoying w…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

When it comes to breakfast sandwiches, something akin to alchemy separates the ho-hum from the “f@*% yeah!” At least that’s what I concluded after a two-week bender wherein I ate as many of Western New York’s most lauded b…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

My wife Karen and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and it was amazing. We loved Maui. Twenty-five years later, we wanted to plan an anniversary trip. Italy, Portugal, even a river cruise through Europe perhaps. But after mo…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Given that Lori Walton practically grew up in the kitchen of her parents’ restaurant, the highly regarded Protocol Restaurant in Williamsville, it’s not surprising she’s now cultivated a reputation as a hostess extraordinaire…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Bisque, broth or bouillon—you’d be hard pressed to find a Buffalonian that doesn’t love a soulful serving of soup. And Buffalo boasts an eclectic mix of gourmet soups from suburb to suburb to cure that universal craving. "…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

When I came to Buffalo 32 years ago, I didn’t know about the Junior League or the Decorator’s Show House. Then I met Mary Jo Hunt. Mary Jo is one of the most passionate volunteers I have ever known. She quickly took me to …

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Like many Western New Yorkers fortunate enough to grow up with family nearby, Sunday dinner was a big part of Karle Norman’s upbringing. His grandparents met at Cornell University, where their hotel management studies may hav…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Prohibition ended 86 years ago last month. That’s roughly the amount of time it took Americans to decide that walking into a bar and ordering a drink is just too easy, too accessible, perhaps too boring. I’m not entirely c…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

I have written about Northstar several times—it’s one of my favorite wineries in Walla Walla, Washington. Their mission was to create great Merlot in Washington and they have done that in spades, but I just love what their wi…