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Stand up for Mike A.

That's what they're calling a benefit brunch to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 15 in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall. The event will celebrate the recovery of Mike Andrzejewski, the popular owner and recognized outstanding chef at Tsunami Restaurant on Kenmore Avenue. He's now back at work, having been severely injured in August in a motorcycle accident that left him close to death and unconscious for three weeks.

Miraculously, he survived. He did, however, lose his left leg in the process.

The event will feature food from a who's who of Western New York's finest restaurants, including Tempo, 800 Maple, Bacchus, Brodo/Garden Restaurant, Buffalo Chop House, Butterwood Bakery, Caffe Aroma, Daniel's, Delish Cooking School, Hutch's, Le Metro, Oliver's, Papaya, Curly's, Risa's Deli, O'Connell's Hourglass as well as Wegmans. Live music will be on hand, and Cash Cunningham will preside at a live auction.

The suggested donation is $75 per person or $125 per couple. For more information and to make a reservation, go to


Two milestones

It's not often you hear of something like this. Next Thursday Ulrich's Tavern, 674 Ellicott St., will celebrate 50,000 days in business (1868 through 2005) and the Daley family's 50th year of ownership.

Ulrich's will throw a party to mark these two historic events from 5 p.m. Look for a free buffet, live music and Flying Bison Beer specials.

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-- Janice Okun

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