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Imagine a Chipotle Grill or Panera Bread for healthy eaters and you get the idea about what a visit to CoreLife in Clarence will be like. Patrons start their culinary journey with ceramic bowls and a base of greens, grains or a soup. Then the staff will dabble on a protein – if you wish – and any number of fresh extras before you get to the cashier. The average c…

Dark Forest Chocolate, Western New York's only bean-to-bar chocolate maker, has won three prizes in an international chocolate competition. Dark Forest, 11 W. Main St., Lancaster, had three products honored in this year's International Chocolate Awards. Its Dark Bolivian 75 percent, 50 percent Dark Milk, and 55 percent Goat Milk chocolate bars received silver awards. …

We often long for the summers of our youth. It was a time when our BFF The Franz would pick us up in her super-fast-but-beat-up pea green Chevy Nova and we’d head to the soon-to-be-gone Mickey Rats beach in Angola. Where we would have made our turn off Route 5 onto Lake Street is totally changed. Gone are the Angola drive-in, a taco joint that served the legendary “…

Pita Gourmet plans to open its third area location in a new retail building that Bevilacqua Development wants to construct on Transit Road in Clarence. Bevilacqua is looking to build an 8,500-square-foot, single-story building with a drive-through at 6031 Transit Road, across from the Transit Valley Country Club, on the site of the former Buggy Wash self-serve car wash.…

The growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus clinched a decision by Bobby Burns and Dennis Glenn to open a gourmet sandwich shop that will specialize in homemade, gluten-free meatballs and sauce in Allentown. Burns, the "meatball guy," and Glenn, a Williamsville native, are renovating 23 Allen St. – adjacent to Caffeology coffee shop – and plan to open AStreet M…

The Galbani Italian Heritage Festival is back for another glorious edition, and I’m here to help you eat your way through it. The only way I could steer you wrong at the Italian Festival is by failing to remind you that the location has changed, from Hertel Avenue to the Outer Harbor. $5 will be required for admission, but think of it as a convenience fee for not havi…

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas will offer a wide variety of food fixes beginning Sunday, but missing will be two organizations that sold ethnic favorites – pierogi and Italian sausage sandwiches – at the festival for decades. The Renaissance Club won't be at Canal Fest with its sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers. Nor will Our Lady of Czestochowa church, which …

Those who visit Western New York's newest health food restaurant can expect ceramic bowls filled with greens or whole grains and scratch-made dressings, topped with grass-fed beef, mixed vegetables, organic tofu or free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken. There also will be some things you can forget about at CoreLife Eatery (corelifeeatery.com), which official…

1) Cobblestone Live!, 2 p.m. until late July 15 and 16 on main Cobblestone District stage, plus performances in Buffalo Iron Works and Lockhouse Distillery. A one-day pass is $25, while admission for both days can be purchased for $45. All ticket details here. Commentary: It's exciting when a brand-new event finally arrives, especially when it's an indie music festival …

Buffalonians eager to see how the Galbani Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival will translate to the Outer Harbor will have to wait a little longer. Originally slated for 11 a.m., the event has been pushed back to 5 p.m. Thursday due to heavy rains and flash flood warnings, the Buffalo Police Department announced on Twitter. https://twitter.com/BPDAlerts/status/88551446…

Churn, the ice cream shop fashioned by Lloyd Taco Factory founders, opens to the public this weekend. At 1501 Hertel Ave., next to their restaurant, Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo will offer soft-serve ice cream made from grass-fed milk, not commercially processed ice cream base. "We're trying to go the pure route," Dorsaneo said. Churn is made with Ithaca Milk, cane…

Devoured by your eyes first, nourishing spirit as well as body, creative cooking is as much art as anything in the Louvre. Using art's glossary, it would be fair to say Lait Cru Brasserie is a French minimalist. The Connecticut Street space that was formerly Martin Cooks now combines a cheese shop with a small restaurant in the running for the highest finesse-to-employee r…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Western New York: Patio season. The holidays bring cold and snow, quarrelsome relatives and credit card debt but patio season asks nothing of its celebrants but to kick back, relax and enjoy summer’s fleeting glory. “I think people living elsewhere enjoy [patios] just as much, but we get an actual ‘patio season,’ so …

The Iron Event has burst its bounds once again. The annual best-bite competition, involving some of Buffalo's young chefs, will move to Buffalo RiverWorks in its seventh year after overflowing Hotel @ the Lafayette. It's set for Oct. 15, which happens to be the Buffalo Bills' bye week. Tickets, starting at $50, entitle the bearer to a sample of 23 restaurants' work. …

When JT's Urban Italian opened a couple of weeks ago, the Elmwood Village got an upscale neighborhood place that felt like it had been there for years. Even on a gloomy Monday night, families and couples and clutches of old friends came out of the rain, out of Ubers and from under umbrellas to fill up the new restaurant at Elmwood and West Delavan avenues. Before the…