Buffalo’s largest outdoor dining series, Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkinville, resumes April 19 for its fourth season.
Crowds will be drawn to Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., from 5 to 8 p.m. to find an assortment of the region’s food trucks, live music and beverages, alcoholic and not. The community event series is scheduled through Oct. 4; admission and parking are free.
More than 25 food trucks from a larger rotation will be selling food at Larkinville each week, each offering a “healthy choice,” as certified by Independent Health. Vendors will also sell locally made crafts and food in the Larkin Market in the Square, according to a press release.
New this year is a dedicated restroom facility built near the main food truck parking lot, some of the “nicest public restrooms in Buffalo,” said Larkinville director Leslie Zemsky. Across Swan Street at the Hydraulic Hearth restaurant, a beer garden can seat about 100 people, who are welcome to enjoy truck purchases with more drinks from the restaurant.As the event continues to pack the Larkinville campus, other sites in the area are participating in what has become a neighborhood event.
Flying Bison Brewery, about 120 yards east of Larkin Square, will be hosting another half-dozen trucks at its 840 Seneca St. facility each week, said Tim Herzog. Besides truck food, people can sample or buy Flying Bison brews in its tasting room, which will offer one thing in short supply at Larkinville during the summer, Herzog noted: air conditioning.
New Oliver’s chef: As Oliver’s approaches its 80th anniversary, the venerable North Buffalo restaurant has a new executive chef: Ross Warhol.
The Hamburg native returned to Buffalo and took a job at the Mansion on Delaware in February, but decided the hotel kitchen wasn’t a good fit, he said. “With the excitement of getting home to Buffalo, I lost sight of the fact that I was stepping into a hotel and special events organization rather than an everyday restaurant.”
Warhol said he’s doing a few more events for the Mansion, then is starting in earnest next week. Lennon Lewandowski, his predecessor, held the position for eight years.
Now, at 28 years old, Warhol has one of the highest-profile jobs in Buffalo restaurants, satisfying a discerning clientele that has seen the work of many chefs who’ve gone on to become stars in their own right. Paul Jenkins, Mark Hutchinson, Brian Mietus, Mike Andrzejewski and Daniel Johengen all held the job previously, and went on to open celebrated restaurants.
As it happens, Johengen gave Warhol his first fine dining job, at Daniels in Hamburg. The Oliver’s cycle, Warhol said, has now come full circle.
When he gets the chance to redo the Oliver’s menu, he’ll keep the spinach loaf, and chicken Milanese - “that’s grandfathered into the building,” he said - but other dishes will change, he said. Instead of obligatory potato with entrees, he’ll offer more grains and vegetables. He also hopes to use more little known local ingredients, including wild foraged ingredients. If one of his plans succeeds, Oliver’s will have a staff forager.
Lewandowski is taking time off and traveling, starting with a month cooking vegan in Hawaii. “Washington State and Oregon for the first time have been a delight,” he said via messenger. “Next is California for a month of stages and family. Then I’m going to Europe for summer, with a fall return to our home to share my newest experiences.”
He plans to be a chef again when he returns, Lewandowski said. “If I can get a job! Lol.”
New food trucks: Lomo Lomo, a food truck with a menu of that draws from Central America, Korea, Mexico and elsewhere, started serving food last week.
Owners Sam Geyer and Matt Pauszek offer dishes like cracked potatoes with herbs, lime juice, and curry aioli, and pig chaufa, roast pork shoulder with jasmine rice, red quinoa, black bean hash, and chimichurri. Geyer has worked at Betty’s and The Lodge; Pauszek at Lexington Co-op.
Lomo Lomo will be at Flying Bison for Food Truck Tuesdays, Geyer said. Read Lomo Lomo’s menu and schedule at lomofoodtruck.com.
Gourm-Asian Bistro, a food truck with a Pacific Rim-influenced menu of noodles, rice, rolls and stir-fries, starts serving Sunday at Resurgence Brewing, 1250 Niagara St.
Fish tacos with orange-pineapple slaw, udon noodles in spicy peanut butter sauce and roasted broccoli salad are some of the dishes listed in the introductory menu.
Owner Greg Whitehurst has cooked in restaurants for several years, most recently at The Hollow Bistro in Clarence, he said.
The truck premiere at Resurgence is set for 1 to 7 p.m. Read its menu and schedule at gourmasianbuffalo.com.
Adios, Amigos: Amigos, the upscale casual restaurant at 1609 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, appears to have closed. Its doors were locked during posted business hours, and its telephone has been disconnected.
Welcome, Babylon: A mile west on Kenmore Avenue, Babylon Gardens started serving Turkish kabobs, Iraqi salads and other Middle Eastern dishes. Located at 1141 Kenmore Ave., the former Torches, Mushtak Almosaadi’s restaurant is open seven days for lunch and dinner. Phone: 783-0194. View menu at babylon-gardens-restaurant.com.
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