> New menu
Mangia Ristorante & Caffe, 4264 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, is now featuring a new menu and will also be open for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. on Mother's Day, May 14.
Some of the dishes featured are: Artichoke Giovanni (stuffed artichoke hearts); Spaghetti Integrali, featuring whole wheat pasta sauteed with spinach, shitake mushrooms, cannellini beans in a carmelized onion, garlic, olive oil and white wine broth); and Maiale Quattro Angoli, a grilled French pork chop with leek and cherry tomato white wine sauce.
For more information or reservations, call 662-9469.
> Tasty benefit
Niagara University Theatre Department presents "Mark My Words: A Celebration of Twain," with Cajun cuisine and Buffalo favorites from Fables Cafe, music by LeeRon Zydeco and the Hot Tamales and a tour of the Mark Twain Room, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. next Friday at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library. It's $50 a person, and money raised benefits the library's children's materials and services. Call 858-8900 or visit www.buffalolib.org.
> Creamy dreams
Are you one of the many Americans who love ice cream? Do you like mixing ingredients together to whip up your own signature taste? Ready to create the next Chunky Monkey, Chubby Hubby or Phish Food?
Ben & Jerry's announces the "Do Us a Flavor Contest" -- an opportunity to become an honorary "Ben & Jerry's Flavor Guru" and create and original, mouth-watering ice cream flavor.
Just visit www.benjerry.com and get mixing. Contestants first pick an ice cream base (like brownie batter), then get innovative, adding lots of chunks and swirls. And don't forget to give your ice cream concoction a catchy name.
Contest entries will be accepted now through July 31, with the finalists being announced on Sept. 8. The Web site has official rules and more information.