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Downtown buffet

Beginning Nov. 10, the culinary students at Erie County Community College City Campus will be providing buffets for parties of up to 40 people. That new activity joins the regular sit-down luncheons open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday during the semester in the handsome E.M. Statler Dining Room, 121 Ellicott St. The lunch menu changes weekly but emphasizes international and American regional food. Reservations are a good idea for both these venues. Call 851-1092.
Note that the culinary students also operate a cafe in the atrium in the college that serves coffee, baked goods, salads and sandwiches. Most of the items for sale are prepared by the students in the new baking and pastry program. Hours for the Atrium Cafe are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday during the semester. No reservation necessary here.


Congratulations to Marinaccio's, 5877 Main St., Williamsville, celebrating its first anniversary next month. In honor of the occasion, chef Brian Mietus has prepared new fall and dinner menus. The dinner menu includes a Gorgonzola-Stuffed Fig and Prosciutto appetizer; entrees include a Pork Chop with braised endive and sun-dried cherries and walnuts as well as Pan-Roasted Halibut with a shrimp crust.

Wine and food pairing

La Marina is making big plans for a six-course wine and food pairing dinner to be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at 1503 Hertel Ave. Lobster Bisque, Pan-Seared Sea Bass with Citrus-Chive Beurre Blanc, Saltimbocca with Fried Sage and Pumpkin Creme Brulee are on the menu with appropriate wines from California and Italy.
For reservations, call 834-9681. Price per person is $50 plus tax and tip.
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