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Lou Billittier honored

The Council of Food Service Associations will honor the late Louis J. Billittier of Chef's Restaurant when it holds its annual awards dinner in the University Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m. Feb. 20. His family will accept the Gold Medal Award, which has only been presented seven times in the history of the dinner. The award is presented to those who have made a significant contribution to the food service industry and the community as a whole. The dinner is open to the public, and reservations will be accepted until Feb. 15 at 836-7318. The cost is $35.

Changes on Root Five

Emery Swan has joined Dave Root as a partner in the Root Five Waterfront Restaurant, 4914 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg. Among the changes Root and Swan have instigated: the appointment of executive chef Logan Wood and sous chef Jim Grezeskowiak. Among signature items on the menu: Smoked Saint Louis Style Barbecue Ribs and Crispy Half Duck. Root Five is open year round for lunch from Wednesday through Sunday and for dinner seven days.

Toronto restaurant guide

The Zagat Survey has just released its 2001 report on the favorite restaurants of Toronto. Like all the other Zagats, this guide is based on ratings and reviews from restaurant goers who eat out two to three times a week. In the book, Truffles, located in the Four Seasons Hotel, won a clean sweep ranking No. 1. North 44 and Scaramouche rated high, as did Niagara Peninsula restaurants like On the Twenty. The book is available in most bookstores for $9.95 U.S.

Be My Valentine

On Feb. 10 and 11 in an event called "Be Mine With Wine," the Keuka Lake Wineries will offer a variety of desserts each paired with a different vintage. Tickets are $15. Call (800) 440-4898. On Feb. 10, Chateau LaFayette Reneau will present its Fifth Annual Sweetheart Spectacular. Call (800) 469-9463 for more information.

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