Last week at Food Truck Tuesdays, Larkin Square’s open-air dinnertime food court, you could have ordered a salad of warm fried chicken, watermelon radishes, kale, radicchio, pickled brown and black mustard seeds and creamy dill ranch dressing. For $8, or $4 a half order. From a truck. From Rochester.
Good news for the hungry: Food Truck Tuesdays has been extended through Oct. 29, according to Larkin’s Leslie Zemsky. So there’s two more chances to get your nosh on. It’s 5 to 8 p.m. at 745 Seneca St., larkinsquare.com.
The best-known of the 585’s trucks, Brick-N-Motor, has made a lot of fans in Buffalo through its regular showings at Food Truck Tuesdays. Here’s one dish from their most recent menu posted to Facebook, in full detail: roasted beet gnocchi with butternut squash, Swiss chard, smoked almonds, maple-thyme gastrique and fennel pollen, $4 small, $8 large. The pork belly steamed buns, duck confit cassoulet and mussels are as elaborate.
Ilio DiPaolo’s annual Celebrity Chef’s Culinary Extravaganza is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the restaurant, 3875 South Park Ave. in Blasdell.
Wines from Michael Mondavi’s Folio Fine Wine Partners will be paired with a nine-course meal prepared by chefs Michael DiPaolo, Dan Buckley and Jackie Bamrick. The menu includes pasta with marinara, arugula, balsamic glaze and pistachios; bronzed salmon with couscous and tzatziki; and beef tenderloin with mushroom demiglace, butternut risotto cake and broccoli rabe.
Tickets $99; call 825-3675. Proceeds will benefit The Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Fund.
The New York State Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Educational Foundation seek nominations for the 2014 “Restaurant Neighbor” and “Faces of Diversity American Dream” awards.
“Restaurant Neighbor” honors “outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators.” The national winner gets $5,000 toward their charitable efforts. “Faces of Diversity” have “members of the restaurant industry who, through hard work and perseverance, have achieved the American Dream.” The national winner has a $2,500 student scholarship presented in their name.
Nominations are accepted through Nov. 18 at www.NRAEF.org/Awards.
• Schnitzel & Co., “a Swiss and German pub,” started serving Oct. 7, at 15 New Road, Amherst. The number is 689-3600. It’s the latest outpost of the Rizzo restaurant group, after Rizotto on Maple Road.
• The remodeled Cornerstone Bar & Grill, 10651 Main St., Clarence, plans to offer its American home cooking menu by Nov. 2. Owner Jacon Krull said he’s expecting his liquor license shortly. The building was The Valley Bar & Grill before a December 2012 fire, he said, and the menu won’t change much.
• Marco’s Italian Deli added a fifth location at 5500 Main St., Williamsville, 632-1304.
• For the season, Tuesday: Dug’s Dive, 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd. Owner Tucker Curtin said it will reopen March 1.
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