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Author Christopher Carosa, whose forthcoming book "Hamburger Dreams: How Classic Crime Solving Techniques Helped Crack the Case of America’s Greatest Culinary Mystery" is set to be published in November, offers the following in the debate about the origin of the hamburger. Previously, The News published this opposing perspective: "Hamburg's claim to the hamburger is…

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Parker's Great British Institution, a food manufacturer on South Park Avenue that has been home to several quirky Britain-themed concepts, has closed to the public. The facility, which manufactures and ships British delicacies across the country, has closed Parker's Proper Fish & Chips and will relocate the restaurant to the former Summit Mall in the spring, accordi…

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As a young man I had the opportunity to travel to Israel, and memories of the food I encountered have stuck with me. The most memorable meal was at a restaurant that covered the table with little plates full of delicious things, collectively called “maza.” That was where I found out that all the hummus I’d ever eaten in the United States was a fraud, a sludgy impostor c…

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Friendly's restaurants just got friendlier to families. The chain announced Wednesday that kids can now eat free every day at 20 of its restaurants in upstate New York and New England, including three in Erie County. Kids get a free meal, any day of the week, with the purchase of a regular-sized entrée. Friendly's restaurants at 4350 Maple Road, Amherst; 6651 Tran…

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More than 80 restaurants will donate part of their evening’s proceeds for local HIV programs on Oct. 9, the 16th edition of Dining Out for Life. All participants need to do is eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at a participating venue. These restaurants will send from 25 to 100 percent of their food bills to the charity. In its first 15 editions, the event raised more than…

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Rusty Nickel appreciates malted grain Rusty Nickel Brewing Company (4350 Seneca St., West Seneca) will present the second annual Malt Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29. The event features all things malty in New York State, with beers, spirits and drink samples from local breweries and distilleries. Tickets cost $18 (available here), including a tasting glass, free sample…

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Chef-owner Marco Sciortino will headline Ilio DiPaolo's Culinary Extravaganza on Oct. 8. The nine-course dinner will include courses like baked mahi-mahi marinated in lime and rum, blood orange sorbetto, and filet mignon over caponata with ricotta salata. Sciortino, owner of Marco's Restaurant and Marco's Italian Deli, will work with Dan Buckley, Dr. Andy Cappucino a…

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Wendy's is giving away a free Dave's Classic Single cheeseburger with any purchase every single day for the rest of the month. The offer can be redeemed once a day at participating locations through the Wendy's app. To get your free burger, download the Wendy's app and tap "offers" at the top of the screen. Tap "Free Dave's Single with any purchase," then "use at res…

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A restaurant offering all-you-can-eat Asian food is working on opening at Maple and Sweet Home roads. Sukishi Buffet, 4224 Maple Road, is finishing construction inside the former Toni Pepperoni spot near the new Price Rite supermarket. The 165-seat restaurant would offer a wide variety of Asian cuisine, concentrating on seafood, including Japanese ramen soup, dim sum…

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Bruce Wieszala has taken over the kitchen at The Terrace, overlooking Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park. The chef, who earned plaudits at Tabree, Thin Man and Bourbon & Butter, debuts his Terrace fall menu on Sept. 19. Expect small plates like duck rillettes with pickles and toast, roasted carrots with smoked pistachio butter and honey, and roasted cauliflower with pine…

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Basil is not the easiest herb to grow, finicky about its water intake, demanding of sunlight, and prone to various rots. People persist, though, because there are few finer herbal sensations currently legal in New York State than a lungful of sunlit basil perfume. And especially, people persist for pesto. The genius Italian mash-up of basil, garlic, cheese, and oil s…

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Perry's Ice Cream has kicked off the football season with a limited-edition flavor. S'more Yardage is a toasted marshmallow-flavored ice cream with peanut butter sauce and chunks of peanut butter shaped like footballs. It's sold by the pint and available at Tops Markets, convenience stores, select scoop shops and online at Amazon or ShopPerrys.com.