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Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Part of my mission is to recommend good, reasonably priced locally available wines. Recently, I asked my wife Karen if she’d go on a hunt for wines that fit the bill. She is the best bargain hunter I know (except, maybe, for the insanely priced clothes that magically show up in our closet, and somehow don’t fit her usual “never pay full price” mantra). That aside, she d…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Choices abound more than ever when it comes to dining out in the 716, from neighborhood joints to bistros to fine dining establishments. Whether you pay your tab with cash, credit card or Venmo, prices vary as much as the featured menus. We dug in to find some of the region’s best values ranging from casual meals to fine dining. Bargain burger It’s tough to find a go…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Free bar snacks around Buffalo used to be near ubiquitous, with baskets of peanuts, pretzels or cheese doodles ready for any patron rolling through pints. All were complementary to the pilsners and lagers of the day—and drenched in salt, all kept patrons thirsty for more rounds. But whether because of health concerns, changes to barfly bar culture or the foodie-like int…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

There’s an image of St. Patrick’s Day that’s been packaged by advertisers, sold by beer companies, and inhaled by the masses who annually drape themselves in green. This image is now as accepted as pumpkins on Halloween, and it lures folks into impersonal, beats-pumping bars with hanging shamrocks, emerald beads, and a hustling party staff dressed as leprechauns. But as…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Planning anything is tough. Creatively devising a Buffalo-area evening that is both entertaining and expertly stitched together is even tougher—until now. The Night Out is a suggested succession of stops for those looking for an arranged game plan for a night on the town. Maybe it’s for you and your friends, ones who can never organize anything. Maybe it’s the blueprint…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

When you walk into Dark Forest Chocolate in Lancaster, you are met with an intoxicating aroma. Their bean-to-bar process means that chocolate is being made in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week—and the smell is to die for, at least for visitors. “I can’t smell it anymore,” said co-owner Joanne Sundell with a laugh. “Maybe a little bit when I first come in, but by n…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

In the 1960s, Rue Franklin was far removed from the premier French restaurant it would become. Back then, it served as a coffeehouse and folk music venue, catering to students who frequented the Grosvenor Reference Library, then at the corner of Franklin and Edward. It wasn’t until 1980 that its owners, Andree and Joel Lippes, took the leap to classic French fine dining…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

In 2015 we visited France for the first time, spending a few days in Paris and Bordeaux. With so many other trips on our bucket list, we didn’t have plans to return; but that changed when our friends Karen and Joe started talking to my wife and our good friend Connie. They were going on a bike trip in an area of France I knew nothing about. I admit I was dubious about g…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Kombucha is slowly catching on around the country as one of the hip new trends in health food, and Buffalo was at the forefront of the movement thanks to Bootleg Bucha, a kombucha brewer on the city’s West Side. The husband-and-wife team who founded and run the company, Heather Lucas and Jeff Empric, were early adopters of the fermented tea—and when they launched three …

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Rosanna Berardi doesn’t have time to shop these days. As the managing partner of Berardi Immigration Law, her time is, quite literally, money, and she says the introduction of the delivery-based online grocery shopping program Instacart to the region in 2017 was a game-changer. “I’m a busy professional, I run a business and I have a 12-year-old. My whole M.O. about livi…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

On our recent wine trip to Bordeaux, we’d scheduled Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion for our final winery visit. After many good recommendations, I was really looking forward to it—but when the day rolled around, we had to cancel due to an illness of one of our group members. To overcome our disappointment, I thought I’d arrange our own private tasting back home. I began t…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Staring at a supermarket shelf, inundated with claims like “natural” and “low fat,” it can be difficult to determine what’s actually healthy. Three local entrepreneurs took matters into their own hands, launching good-for-you food products that have found passionate fans. Look for them at stores across the area this winter. Crackers made from seeds Growing up in New …

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Opened in 2016, The East Aurora Co-op is a member-owned food store founded in part to give the community better access to healthy, local foods. As the new year begins (and we all vow to be healthier), we asked two store managers, Sheila Conboy and Monique Brannon, how it all works…and why co-ops matter. How do you select where you source from? Monique: We work with many …

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Thomas Jefferson may have been our nation’s earliest wine enthusiast. As the American ambassador to France in 1784, he is known to have loved French wine, and visited many chateaus when he lived there. One of them was Chateau Carbonnieux in Bordeaux, which we recently had the opportunity to visit ourselves. I had heard about the outstanding wines from this estate and I …

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

It’s that time of year, when delectable delights of culinary cuisine take center stage. Food is such an important part of every culture and tradition—and also our fondest memories. That’s why we asked three people who cook all day, every day, to share what the holidays—and home cooking—mean to them. Nick Pitillo, owner of Osteria 166, Mercato and Villaggio, was raised i…