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Love dogs? Like beer? Does your dog like beer? Then leash up your best friend and head to Community Beer Works for Barks N' Brews. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 30, you and your best friend can both enjoy a beer. That's right: Community Beer Works has created Dog Beer for your canine friend as part of an event with dogs in mind. The event promotes BarkHappy Buffalo, a m…

Barbecue doesn’t call for the choicest parts of the animal, rare spices or innovative ideas. Instead, it involves gnarly cuts, simple seasonings and some of the oldest cooking techniques known to civilization to produce breathtaking results. The best barbecue is the one that makes you happy, but my search reminded me of the axiom: If it needs sauce to satisfy, you nee…

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…

Big Ditch Packet returns Big Ditch Brewing Company (55 E. Huron St.) is re-releasing its popular Packet, the first in its Lock IPA (India Pale Ale) Series. It coincides with the latest release of fresh cans of its award-winning Deep Cut Double IPA. Four-packs of the 16-ounce cans of both beers will be sold starting at 11 a.m. June 30 for $14.99. Both beers will have bee…

Remember the “Cheese, glorious cheese!” jingle of 1987? Well, we’re going to be singing that song from the rooftops as Galbani – the folks who sponsor the Galbani Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival – have partnered with two local food trucks for a unique event that leads up to the festival that will make a debut at its new location at the Buffalo Outer Harbor,…

Rue Franklin, one of Buffalo’s most venerable restaurants, has closed. The announcement came via the restaurant’s Facebook page and on its website. “Saturday June 24, 2017 was the last dinner service for Rue Franklin,” the post read. “With the heaviest of hearts we say thank you to all of our guests who have supported the restaurant through the years.” …

Why should downtown have all the food truck fun? Starting June 30, the Buffalo Niagara Marriott Hotel (1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst) will host its first Food Truck Friday. The weekly series continues from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Aug. 25. New catering sales manager Alison Potter (formerly of Templeton Landing) hopes her new event will provide the Northtowns wit…

The chic EXPO Market located in Buffalo’s theater district is the vision-come-to-life of developer Nick Sinatra who was inspired to build a local food hall in Buffalo as he experienced at New York City's Gotham West Market. The artisan food hall tags itself at five restaurants, one bar, all in one place – and it's true. But can you drink in this stylish place? Yes. …

We are busy gardening, biking and beaching. We are dirty and sweaty, too. So, sometimes, we don’t want to get all gussied up to go out to eat. A place like Ultima Taco comes in handy for such days. Just short of being a roadside stand, Ultima is a take-out location, with a couple of picnic tables out front for the summer. The quirky and super-clean interior on…

Nye Park Tavern, under new ownership since January, is changing its menu and adding televisions for more of a sports bar atmosphere. The tavern, 1672 Elmwood Ave., was Papa Jake's before being extensively renovated by restaurateur Mark Hutchinson and reopened in March 2016. Joseph Panaro and partner Patrick Ogiony bought the place in January and took over in March, Pana…

After working in the restaurant industry in nearly every role, including general manager, Mike Mendola thought he was finished with that business line until a sense of boredom brought him back. Mendola, who runs Nine’s Food Service, a business that feeds area youth through grants and community centers, had July and August off for multiple years. He decided to start a …

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…