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This Week in Buffalo: Fabulous food events

If there's one week to break your dinner routine - if you have such a thing - it's this week.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1 alone, Buffalo eaters can support HIV/AIDS sufferers by simply dining at one of 80 local restaurants - at lunch, too, for many participants - and then cap the evening with the final Food Truck Tuesday of the season. Then rebound like a champ by backing Crisis Services' Men Who Cook, which features both amateur and professional chefs, at KeyBank Center.

You'll eat well for three meals across two days, plus help out two charitable organizations and support the efforts of mobile food entrepreneurs whose busy season is drawing to a close.

Dining Out For Life, at several restaurants on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Donations level vary by the restaurant.

Evergreen Health, which provides local services for people with AIDS/HIV, will benefit from Dining Out For Life, for which 80 restaurants are participating for either breakfast, lunch or dinner - or all three. The percent of donation varies by restaurant; most donate either 25% or 50%, with others donating both food and bar sales. Steve and Ellen Gedra of the Black Sheep are co-chairs of the event for the fourth year in a row.

News food editor Andrew Galarneau notes the new restaurants joining the fray and the founding businesses in his preview post. Note that Billy Club will take part on Sept. 30, while Fortuna's in Niagara Falls will donate from its Oct. 2 sales.


Men Who Cook, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Lexus Club in KeyBank Center - second floor. Tickets are $75 for individual tickets, $125 for couples, in advance; full details.

While the event name might sound a touch dated, it's likely more for consistency's sake; the 13th annual Men Who Cook is lined up for Wednesday evening to benefit Crisis Services, which helps anyone in need through a variety of ways. Amateur and professional chefs will prepare bite-size samples for attendees; find a full list of participants, while restaurants are expected to include 716 Food & Sports, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Ilio DiPaolo's, Platter's Chocolate and more.

Father Paul Seil, a Catholic priest in Orchard Park, will look to reclaim the amateur cooking title; he won the first two years before Mark Gardner, a retired chef from SUNY Brockport, swooped in last year. Both amateur chefs will be cooking on Wednesday.


Food Truck Tuesday finale, 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). Free to attend.

This is your last chance this season to converge upon Larkin Square for Food Truck Tuesday, the mass gathering of Buffalo and Rochester food trucks. The theme for Tuesday is Oktoberfest - the first Oktoberfest to actually be in October - and live music by the wildly busy Frankfurters adds to the atmosphere.

In the end-of-season lineup, many longtime mobile food staples will be parked to serve: Lloyd Taco, Amy's Truck, the Sweet Hearth and Thai Me Up are four of Buffalo's longest-serving #BuffTrucks. The weekly warm-weather event returns at the end of April.


John Paul White for Team Gleason, doors at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Barrel Factory (65 Vandalia St.). General admission is $20 in advance, with online sales ending at 6 p.m. Monday.

Timothy Lowrey, a Wegmans pharmacist and Old First Ward resident, was diagnosed with ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease - in 2018. Inspired by the battle with ALS and larger mission of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints punter, Tim and his wife Emily are hosting a fundraiser to benefit Team Gleason on Tuesday.

The Old First Ward event features a big name: former Civil Wars vocalist John Paul White, who's performed solo since 2016 and recently released "The Hurting Kind." There will be a cash bar available.


Carol Burnett, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). Tickets are available, beginning at $79.

A sense of humor is timeless; it can even sharpen with age and life experience. Carol Burnett, who thrived in the entertainment world during the '60s and '70s, is a prime example, and she's even added the term "reflection" to her event title for balance.

News reporter Mark Sommer learned that, if the audience requests the famous Tarzan yell from the female pioneer of televised comedy/variety shows, they had better be prepared to try it themselves. That's a reasonable expectation! But you probably won't be asked to randomly tug your ear.


Pitch 10 (err, 11?), 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $25 in advance.

Which Buffalo-area not-for-profit deserves $20,000 in funding from Next Generation United, a branch of the local chapter of the United Way? Eleven finalists have been determined in advance of Thursday's finale, where the public can have its say.

From a local farm to arts organizations to a music festival, there's a wide range of worthy candidates. Tickets include two drinks, appetizers and two votes. Look back at Smiles from last year's event.


MercyMe and Crowder, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at KeyBank Center. Ticket prices range from $32.50 to $75.

Christian music takes center stage downtown, with Who's Who of artists in MercyMe and Crowder. The former has been in the limelight recently thanks to a movie built around "I Can Only Imagine," the band's best-known track with a stirring backstory fit for the screen.

In brief, MercyMe vocalist Bart Millard turned the story about the transformation of his abusive father into a movie over the course of eight years, detailed.

Crowder, known for his major contributions to the Christian contemporary worship songbook, is a strong complement.


Robert Cray with Tommy Z Band, doors at 7, show at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Cost is $40 in advance, $45 day of show.

A five-time Grammy Award winner hits Asbury Hall for an intimate gig on Tuesday, as Robert Cray - a blues/soul/R&B mainstay who's performed alongside legends such as Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan - comes to Buffalo for a soothing set.

Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Tommy Z Band, who played the Buffalo New Year's Eve ball drop last year and boasts a legitimate national profile of his own, sets the table with his own electric-driven blues.


BN Hockey subscriber extra, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at One News Plaza, on the corner of Washington and Scott streets. Free for subscribers, $10 in advance for non-subscribers.

Sabres fans have an opportunity to glean extra insight before the puck drops on the new season through Tuesday's event. Columnist/reporter Mike Harrington, a true vault of information, will be joined by Sabres beat writer Lance Lysowski to share reasons for excitement and concern about this year's local hockey team.

Two attendees are allowed per subscriber email address; in other words, subscribers can bring a friend for free. There will be time for audience questions, too. Parking is free in The News' parking lot and light refreshments will be available.


Folkfaces Fest, begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at Cherry Hill Campground (1516 Sumner Road, Darien). Tickets are $20 for pre-party on Thursday, then $60 for the whole festival, or $30 for a one-day pass without camping. See the full ticket details.

Get ready for a long weekend of Americana in a rural setting, organized by veteran Buffalo band Folkfaces, comprising Ellen Pieroni, Tyler Westcott, Patrick Jackson and Dan Schwach. It's not easy assembling a festival of these proportions.

Fresh off playing Borderland, the group has finalized a lengthy bill of musicians from near and far. Instrument workshops, kids activities, yoga sessions and more will be woven into the music-first festival; attendees may stay for a single day or spend the weekend at the campground.


Sold out: Journey at Seneca Niagara Casino (some single seats remain).


5 quick hitters for this week

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Tammy Pescatelli in Helium Comedy Club
Shine the Light at Broderick Park
Engage for Change for Anne Frank Project
GWAR at Town Ballroom


5 events to look forward to next weekend

Iron Event IX at AcQua Restaurant
Post Malone at KeyBank Center
Erie County Fall Festival at Como Lake Park
Porchtoberfest in the Elmwood Village
Raising the Roots for Massachusetts Avenue Project


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