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New menu

Executive Chef Joseph Chambers of the Dakota Grill, 4224 Maple Road, Amherst, tells us that the restaurant's new spring menu took effect this month. It is a shorter menu and more focused, featuring entrees like a Badlands Porterhouse for $38; slow-roasted Pork Osso Buco, $20; and Swordfish Oscar Chop, topped with crabmeat, asparagus and bearnaise sauce, $25. There's also a prix fixe wine dinner for two for $69. A late-night menu is available after 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and after 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Food, wine and the city

All three floors of the Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., will be in use at a spectacular wine and food event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 19. On hand will be samples of vintages from all over the world.
Food is on the program, too, from a restaurant list that includes Bellini's Ristorante, Dolci, Harry's Harbour Place Grille, Lebro's, Marinaccio's, Marotto's, the Park Avenue Grill, Pearl Street Grill and Pizza Plant.
Tickets are $35 presale, $40 the day of the event. To order, call 847-1410, Ext. 116, or visit Proceeds to benefit Shea's.

An evening of opera

Italian food and Italian opera complement each other well, so how can you miss with the event planned for 4:30 p.m. May 22 in Marinaccio's Italian Ristorante, 5877 Main St., Williamsville?
"An Evening of Fine Italian Opera and Fine Italian Food" will feature arias by Metropolitan Opera singers, Western New York native Valerian Ruminski and Vernon Hartman, plus fine food by chef Rocco Notte. Tickets are $60 per person; call 881-1424. Proceeds to benefit the new Nickel City Opera.
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