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Freshly baked brioche seared in butter. Chocolate pastry cream. Silky mousse fashioned from house-ground peanut butter. Bananas Foster sauce. Bacon-studded caramel. Candied peanuts. These are the components of The Elvis—a dessert so exceptional I can’t remember anything else I ate at the meal it capped. And that is saying a lot, considering it was served to me at The Blac…

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On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... •    Twelve sticky toffee puddings from The Black Sheep Just about every person I talked to about this list nominated Ellen Gedra's sticky toffee pudding, a contender for the best dish in all of Western New York. It’s a bubbling-hot, English style sticky cake made with toffee, topped with frothy butter, whipped crea…

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There's nothing occult about Midnight Mass, but there is communion, of sorts. It sure does draw true believers. Midnight Mass is the pop-up dinner series hosted by Steven and Ellen Gedra of The Black Sheep, 367 Connecticut St. It's been a sought-after ticket despite the fact that it serves people dinner at midnight Saturday, after most restaurants close. That's because i…

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Got to have dinner at The Black Sheep last night. Ellen and Steven Gedra's new place, 367 Connecticut St., has been open less than a month. The former Golden Key Tavern has been extensively remodeled. Its 60 seat capacity is double that of Bistro Europa, their last place. The front: And rear doors from the patio: In that time, the most-raved about dish has been the …