On Feb. 28, Taste of Education offers dinner and a show while showcasing the work of Western New York's next generation of culinary talent. It's a buffet dinner of creative bites combined with an Iron-Chef-style cooking competition. High school level culinary students from Angola Carrier Educational Center, Orleans Niagara Educational Center and Sanborn BOCES will offer…

Jazz Happy Hour with Donny Frauenhofer. 5:30 p.m. Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Enjoy drinks and Jazz at one of Buffalo's most culturally rich venues. 886-8539. nietzsches.com. Free. Excision. 7 p.m. Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. Dubstep DJ brings the beats and an amazing live show. 342-2292. buffaloriverworks.com. $30-$40. [PHOTOS: Smiles at Excision in Town Ball…

When CBS broadcasts its annual coverage of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the network’s aim is to entertain legions of golf fans with the tourney’s play, personalities and the setting’s stunning Pacific Coast vistas. Unfortunately, an unintended consequence of the early February telecast’s Monterey, Calif.-set backdrop is the imagery can seem cruel torture fo…

It's a vision nearly every vacationer has at one point – let's give it all up and move permanently. But if you told Buffalo native Don Manaher that he would be running a bar in Key West, Fla., back in his college days, he never would have believed you. Manaher had left Buffalo for a successful corporate career in Indiana. When he received a lump sum payment from his …

If you just read the title above, don't be too freaked out. The massive pond hockey tournament is the city's marquee event this weekend, but mental images of Cupid dashing about scantily clad, followed by whatever your mind stumbles upon when it processes "alien abduction," likely have you both intrigued and concerned. It will all be OK. Only two major events are sol…

Tandoori's is closing, ending 25 years as one of the area's leading Indian restaurants. "After almost 26 years of rewarding work we have decided to close Tandoori's and The Palms Banquets and retire from the fine-dining restaurant and banquet businesses," owners Rita and Ravi Sabharwal said in a statement. "We will be closing both the restaurant and banquet this Sunday,…

There are nights when I feel like a walk on the wild side, exploring what imaginative chefs and exotic cuisines hath wrought. Then there are days where being able to look forward to a stable, predictable dinner seems downright comfy. In a world full of uncertainties, a restaurant where you know what you'll order before you leave the house can anchor your day. No mystery…

The second annual Winter Hop Fest, hosted by Gene McCarthy’s (73 Hamburg St.), is taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets are $25 (via eventbrite.com only), and will get you a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited 4-ounce samples of hoppy beers from 13 local breweries. Attendees will also be entered into raffles for various brewery swag and rare India Pale Ales.…

Ellen and Steven Gedra, owners of The Black Sheep, are 2017 James Beard Award semi-finalists. The Gedras  are among 20 solo chefs or duos named in the Best Chef: Northeast category of the 2017 nominations list. The category covers New York State outside New York City, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont. The duo took over Bistro Europa on Elmwood Avenue i…

Bigger than Ballyhoo: The owners of Ballyhoo have taken over the former Century Grill, and are planning to open a restaurant there this summer. There's no name yet for the new place at 318 Pearl St., said Timothy Stevens, who owns Ballyhoo with his wife Morgan. The Stevenses had been working on plans for a restaurant at 50 Broadway, but changed their minds when the …

New line of cans from Resurgence Resurgence Brewing Company (1250 Niagara St.) is launching a new line of 16-ounce cans of its beers. The first beer to be released will be Irish Breakfast Ale on Feb. 18. It is a full-bodied red ale with note of maple, bacon and coffee and has 5.5 percent alcohol by volume. A second version of the breakfast ale, which is Imperial barr…

Sun Cuisines, a popular Burmese and Thai restaurant in Buffalo, has opened a new restaurant at 5759 Main St. at the corner of Evans Street in Williamsville. Sun Cuisines was Buffalo's first Burmese restaurant and this is the third location to open under its umbrella. The Williamsville restaurant follows the original restaurant, which opened in Black Rock in 2010, and Su…

Lake Effect Ice Cream is opening its second scoop shop this spring, on Hertel Avenue. The Lockport-based company has been dishing up cones, sundaes and more from its Lockport parlor, 79 Canal St., since 2013. By Memorial Day, owners Erik Bernardi and Jason Wulf expect to open at 1900 Hertel Ave., formerly Vasili's Express. That makes three new ice cream places expect…

Valentine's Day is the last hurrah for the TGI Fridays at Main Street and Transit Road in Amherst. The restaurant will close after business Tuesday night. "The vast majority of team members and managers from that restaurant are relocating to other Fridays in the area, and we look forward to continuing to serve our guests at those locations,” a company spokesperson …

The Wayside Family Restaurant might have the friendliest waitstaff in town. While being called "sweetheart" usually makes me prickle, it felt homey coming from our waitress. Courteous service goes a long way in making a dining experience worthwhile, and our waitress treated us like we were her own kids, sitting down for a bite in her kitchen. If that’s what earns W…