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Chateau Buffalo

What is being described as Buffalo's first boutique winery has just opened at 1209 Hertel Ave. -- but actually it can claim even more distinction than that. It's the only licensed winery in Erie County. The property also includes a shop and tasting room.

The place is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Carl Schmitter and Suzi Maciejewski -- Schmitter has been involved with the state wine industry for some years, including assisting Michael Von Heckler at the Warm Lake estate in Cambria. He's devoting a small area of his new "Chateau" to an information center where visitors can obtain brochures, maps and other information about New York wines.

Soon, visitors will be able to enjoy the dessert wines that are now in production at the winery, but in the meantime daily tastings are scheduled of some of the stock of over 100 New York wines.

Also on sale: other Pride of New York offerings such as jams and jellies, pickles, maple syrup products, chutney and dried soups.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Telephone number is 873-0074 or visit


Chilly Brunch

Really, it won't be chilly at all. Downtown Buffalo's "Winterfest in Motion" is going to throw a brunch Sunday in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, 2 Fountain Plaza. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..

The event will include live music and beverages including champagne and mimosas after noon. Tickets are $25; advance reservations must be made today by calling 851-4615.

"Winterfest in Motion" is hosted by the Police Athletic League of Buffalo and features family-oriented activities both Saturday and Sunday along Buffalo Place's Main Street between the hotel and the Rotary Rink.



For something quite different this weekend, you might want to take the kids to the Insect Food Festival. Yes, you read that right.

The festival will be held in conjunction with the Poison Dart Frogs exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory, 2405 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ont., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No doubt your taste buds will be tempted by the variety of insects prepared right before your eyes. They can be eaten as a tasty side dish or dessert.

Jeffrey W. Stewart will be doing the honors. He's a professor of hospitality and tourism management at Niagara College and has cooked everywhere from Patout's in New Orleans, Scaramouche in Toronto and On the Twenty in Jordan.

"I've always had a penchant for trying something creative, especially when it comes to food," he says.

Admission to the conservatory is $11 Canadian plus tax. Children 6 to 12 are $6.50. Children 5 and under are free.

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-- Janice Okun

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