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Jan. 24, 1924 – June 18, 2017 Jay H. Wattles Jr., longtime president and chairman of the board of the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, grew up in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood and had a passion for golf that began when he was a boy, playing with his father on the course in Delaware Park. Mr. Wattles was a low-handicap golfer as an adult and a member of the U.S. Go…

Iconic French chef Jacques Pepin will headline the Chautauqua Food Festival in August, as the Chautauqua Institution's focus turns to food. Chefs, authors and others will be cooking and talking about food, with one-of-a-kind dinners and tasting events from Aug. 20-25. On Aug. 20, Ross Warhol, the former Athenaeum Hotel chef who became executive chef at Buffalo fine d…

Michele Liddle is determined to show the world that the benefits of granola can vary considerably – and not only when it comes to nutrition. Liddle, an Orchard Park native who lives in suburban Rochester, a year ago launched her company, The Perfect Granola. It has steadily made its mark upstate, in bag and bar form, in more than 250 retailers, including Wegmans, D…

1) Taste of Diversity, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24 on Grant Street between Auburn and Lafayette. It's free to attend, and food tickets may be purchased on site. Commentary: It's World Refugee Awareness Month, which fits snugly with Saturday's street event along Grant. Browse craft vendors, try food from all over the world, enjoy cultural expression through dance and music…

Set against the backdrop of the stunning Niagara Gorge, the Village of Lewiston is a historic community of one square mile on the Niagara River that prides itself on its walkability. Center Street is the hub of the picturesque village and a great place to spend the entire day or just a few hours before or after an event. During the popular Lewiston Art and Jazz festival…

The hamburger is the most common dish in America, offered in more restaurants, fancy and not, than anything else we eat. It's also a meal simple enough that many Americans can make decent versions themselves. So if a restaurateur proposes to make hamburgers the core of a restaurant menu, those burgers had best be outstanding. Buffalo restaurants Soho Burger Bar and Alle…

Due to popular demand, Bar Bill Takeout is now open in East Aurora. To find it, go behind Aurora Brew Works, 191 Main St., and look for the big new Bar Bill Takeout mural. The new spot offers Bar Bill's famed wings and beef on weck, plus family-sized pizzas, an option not available from the tavern's kitchen. The takeout site offers one more option the original doe…

Uncle G's Ice Cream has changed hands, but those hands have a lot of experience scooping ice cream in Niagara County. Rachel Lindemann has bought the popular Pendleton ice cream shop. Her family owns Jamie's Ice Cream in North Tonawanda. Lindemann hopes to add indoor seating as well as a savory menu, which would include hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries. Uncle…

JT's Urban Italian, the new wood-oven-centered restaurant from the operators behind Siena, 800 Maple and Rocco's, opens to the public on June 23. Starting at 5 p.m., people can see what's cooking at the corner of Elmwood and West Delavan, where a gas station and convenience store stood until 2015. Both floors of the two-story space in the mixed-use building at 905 El…

There are 26 garden gnomes hidden around Resurgence Brewing Company’s taproom. Or maybe there are 30. Head brewer and self-proclaimed “beer monkey” Dave Collins hasn’t bothered to count – he’s happy to go with what people have told him. “They just show up,” he said, laughing. “One day they’re not here and the next day they’re here.” [PHOTO …

Refugees have been and will continue to be crucial to Buffalo; Burmese, North African, Middle Eastern and other communities have enriched Buffalo's culture in areas such as business, art and food. Several local organizations will host events to celebrate World Refugee Day - officially June 20 - over the course of the next 10 days. First is a World Refugee Day Food Tr…

When band members from Train take the stage at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center tonight, they won’t be dining on Buffalo wings. That’s because they requested a healthier menu, through Live Nation, from caterer Buffalo’s Best Grill whose main restaurant is located at 3700 Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park. The crew at BBG is used to such requests after servi…

JT's Urban Italian, the new wood-oven-centered restaurant from the operators behind Siena, 800 Maple and Rocco's, opens to the public on June 23. Starting at 5 p.m., people can see what's cooking at the corner of Elmwood and West Delavan, where a gas station and convenience store stood until 2015. Both floors of the two-story space in the mixed-use building at 905 Elmwo…

New barrel-aged IPA Buffalo Brewing Company (314 Myrtle Ave.) will release its 1901 IPA (India Pale Ale) aged in Buffalo Distilling bourbon barrels on June 29. Customers can purchase a three-pack of crowlers from the brewery and save $5. Call 868-2218. Downtown bar crawl The second annual Big Fat Sunday Funday Bar Crawl is from noon to 6 p.m. June 25. The event wi…

Taste of Buffalo pre-sale food ticket vouchers are on sale now at participating Tops Markets. The 34th Taste of Buffalo returns to Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo, July 8-9, beginning both days at 11 a.m. You also can plan ahead and take advantage of the Family Freebie. Through July 9, buy a $50 pre-sale food ticket voucher and get a coupon good f…