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(News about restaurants and restaurant people throughout the Niagara Frontier)
Alive and well
Emerson Commons, the culinary training facility run by the Board of Education in conjunction with Emerson High School at 70 W. Chippewa, has a problem. Perhaps confused by the recent closing of the Clarkson Center, people think that their restaurant is closed. And so we take this opportunity to remind you that the Commons is open to the public, at 7:15 a.m. Monday through Friday. A hot breakfast will be offered starting Monday and served through 11 a.m. On the breakfast menu are items like scrambled eggs and French toast in addition to the breads and coffee that were previously offered. Everything is prepared by the students under professional instruction. Lunch is served at the Commons, too. It runs through 1:30 p.m.
Days of Wine & Roses
Ah romance! Weekends during February have been set aside for the Days of Wine and Roses Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. The festival features specially themed events at all the nearby wineries, with culinary offerings and gorgeous rose bouquets everywhere you look. Some examples: Feb. 5 and 6: Hillebrand Estates Wine Country Culinary Weekend will feature a cooking workshop with Chef de Luca, a three-course dinner and a half day wine appreciation seminar. Feb. 12: Discover the nuances of pairing red wines and Callebaut Chocolate at Chateau de Charmes -- especially interesting, of course, because Callebaut Chocolate is one of the best in the world and because the wine/chocolate combination was once considered a no-no. If your taste runs to the savory, enjoy the pairing of Forte (a fortified wine) Stilton at Pillitteri Estates instead. Feb. 19: The "Bouquets" extravaganza will have participating wineries, their chefs and the famous rose growers of the area present their finest. Feb. 20: A tasting of limited edition wines at the Prince of Wales Hotel, with instruction provided by Margaret Swain, a noted wine critic. For more information on entrance fees and to make reservations, call the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce at (905) 468-4263.
If you have news of the local restaurant world, we want to know about it. Write to us at Restaurants, The Buffalo News, Buffalo, N.Y., 14240 or e-mail jokun@buffnews.com.
-- Janice Okun

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