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Windows of hope
Restaurants and other food-service communities worldwide have established Oct. 11 as a fund-raising day for the families of those in the food and beverage industry who were lost in the World Trade Center tragedy. On that day, participating restaurants will donate at least 10 percent of their day's proceeds to the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund established by Windows on the World owner David Emil and executive chef Michael Lomonaco. The public is encouraged to go out to eat on this day. Of the 450 employees who worked at the restaurant on the top floors of the skyscraper, more than 78 are still reported missing. "Many of the food-service workers at the WTC were, by and large, wage earners with the least financial and other resources available to them," Lomonaco said. "Restaurants are a familial business. So in light of those who lost their lives while trying to provide for their families, we intend to offer our support." Many area restaurants are expected to join the effort. We'll keep you advised.
Centennial beer
Jim Daley, owner of Ulrich's Tavern, the historic watering hole at 674 Ellicott St., is proud as can be about the European blond bock beer called -- what else? -- Pan-Am Light now available on draft in his restaurant through October. The brew, a product of Buffalo's Flying Bison Brewery, is exclusive to Ulrich's and was introduced yesterday. "We have 18 kegs and will continue to serve the beer as long as supplies last. It has the bock taste, but is not as heavy," he adds. "It's a medium-body beer."

Beaujolais season
Here comes the first Beaujolais Nouveau celebration. The YWCA of the Tonawandas will uncork its fifth annual Beaujolais Night during an evening of food, wine and fun Nov. 26 in Warren's Restaurant, City of Tonawanda. Tickets are $40 per person and will benefit the YWCA. For information and to reserve, call 692-5580.
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-- Janice Okun

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