Several Western New York restaurants will feature locally raised produce on their menus from Sunday through Aug. 4.
Among the places that will emphasize dishes made with homegrown blueberries, corn, tomatoes, zucchini, etc.: Falafel Bar, 1009 Elmwood Ave.; Betty's, 370 Virginia St.; Off the Wall, 534 Elmwood Ave.; Amy's Place, 3234 Main St.; Tru-Teas, 810 Elmwood Ave.; and Shango, 3260 Main St.
Table tents and posters will give more information as part of the Be Vocal/Eat Local Week sponsored by Growing Green Project, an urban organic agricultural training program working with Buffalo youth that is part of a national campaign to help emphasize the importance of building up the local food system.
Growing Green will also sponsor a barbecue cookout at the Growing Green Youth Farm, 389 Massachusetts Ave., at 4 p.m. Aug. 2. Samples of the fruits and vegetables grown by the young people will be available.
Congratulations to Knapp Winery and Restaurant, celebrating its 25th year in the Finger Lakes Wine Industry. The Cayuga Lake business was established in 1982 and purchased by Gene Pierce and Scott Welliver in 2000. Production has increased to 13,500 cases a year.
To celebrate, Knapp is hosting an old-fashioned chicken BBQ under a tent on the lawn of the winery, 2770 Ernsberger Road, Romulus, from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 25. For more info, call (800) 869-9271 or visit www.knappwine.com.
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-- Janice Okun