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Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

At Buffalo Proper, the bar is the epicenter of the action. Bottles of spirits fill the back wall, with shelves rising so high that bartenders frequently must stand on the bar to grab a bottle. Patrons on the second floor look down at the thirsty revelers below, who gather around while general manager Jon Karel mingles and mixes beverages with names like Killer Bee’s, Sunda…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

When Mary Ann Giordano is cooking at her restaurant, Gigi’s Cucina Povera on Kenmore Avenue, her mind is in overdrive thinking about the Sicilian-inspired food she’s preparing, front-of-the-house responsibilities, staffing concerns, marketing and administrative duties. “I’m juggling several things at once,” understates Giordano. When precious leisure time rolls around, …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

A sweet pair Whether it’s the name, the mouth-watering aroma or knowing you’re right across the street from the Buffalo Zoo, you can’t help but smile when walking into Fairy Cakes Cupcakery. The warm welcome and comfy vibe makes you want to immediately befriend owners Kelly Audette and Mo Torpey. But the ultimate reason for being here? The cupcakes. They’re straight from …

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Like you, Buffalo Magazine loves to splurge on an excellent meal. Doing so regularly, though? Not always realistic. So we gave ourselves a mission: to find great meals at reasonable prices without suffering the slings and arrows of subpar fare. (Greedily, we wanted a nice atmosphere, too.) We were excited to find several great deals at places you wouldn’t necessarily…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Sure, you can check out Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wineries on your own. But when you take a specialized tour, it becomes more of an education. Of course, choosing the right tour is the key. “When we opened in 2005 there were only a handful of wine tour companies in the area, and none were offering professional, educational wine tours,” said Niagara Vintage Wine Tours co-…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

An afternoon at the ballpark in 2003 changed Denise Poland’s life forever. On the way home from a Buffalo Bisons game, Poland was in the front passenger seat of the family’s Chevy Yukon when a drunk driver with a suspended license tore through a city street intersection at 80 mph and T-boned their vehicle. “I took the full brunt of the impact,” Poland said. Her husba…

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Marilyn Cappellino is neither a chef nor a teacher. But she is an enthusiast of food and all things family. Plus she has an excellent way with words. “I’m a writer and have been since the 1980s,” said Cappellino of East Amherst. “But I put my career on hold to take care of family. During that period, my grandson, Jonathan, who loved to cook and was turning 6, asked me f…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

What better reason for a road trip then to satisfy your sweet tooth? The crisp crunch of a fresh-picked apple, the allure of pancakes smothered in maple syrup or the taste of a strawberry dipped in melted chocolate — these are the mouth-watering mile markers along the Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail. Meandering through Cayuga County, the trail is a self-guided tour th…

We usually get to Canada a few times per year, and we especially like the charm and excellent restaurants of Niagara-on-the-Lake. One of our favorites is the farm-to-table cuisine at Treadwell. Recently we hosted a group of 10 with a special menu: a roasted beet salad with hazelnuts and feta; sesame-crusted Albacore tuna with watermelon and teriyaki; and for the entrée,…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

Thanks to the farm-to-table movement, tastes are changing in nearly every culinary arena, providing Buffalonians with more options than ever for organic or artisanal products — including cheese. Savvy consumers can easily skip past the vacuum-sealed blocks of cheese to find an array of fantastic, unique varieties sourced locally…or from thousands of miles away. From cav…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In Buffalo, we are nothing if not practical; it’s in our collective genetic make-up. Food, though — that’s one thing we can indulge in. Unlike designer shoes or expensive cigars, food is a basic human need. Maybe that’s why food is so big in Buffalo: it’s a socially acceptable luxury. When it comes to food, we are all in. We love talking about it, taking pictures of it…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Three chef owners. Three unique stories.  While each landed behind the stove in a different way, there are common themes to their success — all had the unwavering support of family and friends, and all took a (fairly sizable) risk to launch the business of their dreams. And as a sign of the times, all three chefs have open kitchens. So if you visit, say hello, or at …

Normally I don’t like dinners with preset menus or wine tastings. But sometimes you go because it’s for a good cause (and sometimes you go because your wife wants you to). The Food Bank of WNY falls in the former category, so when we received Mike Andrzejewski’s invitation to a special dinner and wine tasting, Chefs Cook to Kick Hunger, we were in. Proceeds from the eve…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

When it comes to mixing hobbies and drinking, women have been known to get creative. Book clubs with Bloody Marys. Pottery with Prosecco. Cooking classes with Cabernet. If it comes with a side of alcohol, sign us up. (Within moderation, of course.) Enter paint-while-you-drink art lessons, the latest Western New York trend that pairs step-by-step instruction with wine, b…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Buffalo’s always been a food city, but the glut of new restaurant openings in the last few months seems unprecedented. What gives? Dan Garvey, director of Food and Beverage at East Aurora’s Roycroft Inn and this year’s Restaurant Association chairman, gave us his thoughts about Western New York’s restaurant renaissance: Do you remember a time when so many restaurants…