For years, Sandy Siradis helped stock the market at the Buffalo Greek Fest. The market made Greek oils, spices, candies and other products not usually found at retail available three days a year, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's festival of culture, music, dance and food. Fellow Greeks were used to driving to Toronto to re-stock, Siradis said. "The non-Gre…

New from Thin Man Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) is releasing two new beers on Feb. 24. Oat No You Didn’t is a double IPA with oats. At 9.2 percent ABV, the beer features Chinook, Mosaic and Cascade hops, yielding notes of grapefruit, pine and oranges. The second beer is another strong one - a 9 percent ABV Belgian brown ale called Hyperballad. Look for notes of …

A guest from Ireland The Tewksbury Lodge (249 Ohio St.) will host an event and discussion on“The History of Brewing Beer” from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25. The event is free and reservations are encouraged (call 840-2866). A limited food menu will be available. The discussion will be led by Ian Hamilton, head brewer of Sullivan’s Brewing Company in Kilkenny, Ireland). Ham…

Jack Civiletto & Friends. 2 p.m. Shannon Pub, 2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. The music of Frank Sinatra. 743-9348. shannonpub.com. Free. Lumagination. 6 p.m. Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Interactive exhibit that showcases the architecture and horticulture collections. 827-1584. buffalogardens.com. $6-$14. "Co…

Last summer Jill Gedra Forster moved her Nickel City Cheese gig from the tiny space on Elmwood Avenue to the Horsefeathers building on Connecticut Street (site of the former Martin Cooks). One side houses the cheese gourmet food shop while the other is the French-style brasserie called Lait Cru with food by head chef Will Peterson. Because we are always eager to improve…

On Feb. 28, Taste of Education offers dinner and a show while showcasing the work of Western New York's next generation of culinary talent. It's a buffet dinner of creative bites combined with an Iron-Chef-style cooking competition. High school level culinary students from Angola Carrier Educational Center, Orleans Niagara Educational Center and Sanborn BOCES will offer…

Jazz Happy Hour with Donny Frauenhofer. 5:30 p.m. Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Enjoy drinks and Jazz at one of Buffalo's most culturally rich venues. 886-8539. nietzsches.com. Free. Excision. 7 p.m. Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. Dubstep DJ brings the beats and an amazing live show. 342-2292. buffaloriverworks.com. $30-$40. [PHOTOS: Smiles at Excision in Town Ball…

When CBS broadcasts its annual coverage of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the network’s aim is to entertain legions of golf fans with the tourney’s play, personalities and the setting’s stunning Pacific Coast vistas. Unfortunately, an unintended consequence of the early February telecast’s Monterey, Calif.-set backdrop is the imagery can seem cruel torture fo…

It's a vision nearly every vacationer has at one point – let's give it all up and move permanently. But if you told Buffalo native Don Manaher that he would be running a bar in Key West, Fla., back in his college days, he never would have believed you. Manaher had left Buffalo for a successful corporate career in Indiana. When he received a lump sum payment from his …

If you just read the title above, don't be too freaked out. The massive pond hockey tournament is the city's marquee event this weekend, but mental images of Cupid dashing about scantily clad, followed by whatever your mind stumbles upon when it processes "alien abduction," likely have you both intrigued and concerned. It will all be OK. Only two major events are sol…

Tandoori's is closing, ending 25 years as one of the area's leading Indian restaurants. "After almost 26 years of rewarding work we have decided to close Tandoori's and The Palms Banquets and retire from the fine-dining restaurant and banquet businesses," owners Rita and Ravi Sabharwal said in a statement. "We will be closing both the restaurant and banquet this Sunday,…

There are nights when I feel like a walk on the wild side, exploring what imaginative chefs and exotic cuisines hath wrought. Then there are days where being able to look forward to a stable, predictable dinner seems downright comfy. In a world full of uncertainties, a restaurant where you know what you'll order before you leave the house can anchor your day. No mystery…

The second annual Winter Hop Fest, hosted by Gene McCarthy’s (73 Hamburg St.), is taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets are $25 (via eventbrite.com only), and will get you a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited 4-ounce samples of hoppy beers from 13 local breweries. Attendees will also be entered into raffles for various brewery swag and rare India Pale Ales.…

Ellen and Steven Gedra, owners of The Black Sheep, are 2017 James Beard Award semi-finalists. The Gedras  are among 20 solo chefs or duos named in the Best Chef: Northeast category of the 2017 nominations list. The category covers New York State outside New York City, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont. The duo took over Bistro Europa on Elmwood Avenue i…

Bigger than Ballyhoo: The owners of Ballyhoo have taken over the former Century Grill, and are planning to open a restaurant there this summer. There's no name yet for the new place at 318 Pearl St., said Timothy Stevens, who owns Ballyhoo with his wife Morgan. The Stevenses had been working on plans for a restaurant at 50 Broadway, but changed their minds when the …