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Not quite reinvented, but definitely reinvigorated. That’s how you could describe The Roycroft Inn, which has become a bit of a trendsetter in the restaurant industry by continually unveiling new concepts and ideas. Loyal partnerships with area breweries and farms are the frosting on the cake that makes dining local even more delectable. Dan Garvey credits his team f…

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Kids like to talk about food, at least if a couple of new farm-to-school lessons at Southside Elementary School in South Buffalo are an example. The lessons showed that the program buzz is palpable among students — who are more than willing to throw their parents under the bus when it comes to their lack of healthy food choices at home. Take the fourth-grader who lea…

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If you’re hungry before hitting Shea’s Buffalo Theatre for “Hamilton,” don’t waste your shot. Here are some places I would suggest you consider for reasons practical and sentimental. Inform your server of your curtain time so they can make sure your experience fits into your allotted time, so you can save your evening’s drama for the stage. Looking to raise a glass t…

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Steven Gedra, chef-owner of The Black Sheep, makes his television debut later this month on "Beat Bobby Flay." The airdate is Nov. 29, he said. The Orchard Park High School Class of 1995 graduate opened the restaurant, at 367 Connecticut St., with his wife Ellen in 2014. Gedra said the Food Network show’s scouts introduced themselves via email this spring. After that…

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1. NYBP's third anniversary: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport. Free to attend. New York Beer Project is perhaps the Buffalo area's fastest-growing brewery, with expansion planned to Victor, and a bustling clientele at its sprawling Lockport base. NYBP and the Krupski family will celebrate three years in a slew of ways: A brunch with…

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Let the beer experiments begin in the Cobblestone District. Labatt Brew House, a new innovation brewery and the first of its kind under the Labatt name, will open Saturday alongside KeyBank Center. Your grandfather will likely embrace the industrial feel of the place – the exposed ceilings, metal trimmings and wooden tabletops – but he never had a Labatt beer the lik…

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If I could wave my gilded fork from my Critic’s Throne and make a wish come true, today’s would be to give people the courage to try raw fish. If you made a face reading that sentence, I’m talking to you. Most avoiders offer weirdness of concept as a barrier, to which I’d point out the widespread Western taste for dishes like beef carpaccio or steak tartare. Call it tun…

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If the phrase “Chinese buffet” conjures vats of egg rolls and potstickers, prepare to be surprised by Sukishi Buffet, which opened in Amherst Oct. 21. For $20 during dinner, and $11 during lunch, the bright, high-ceilinged restaurant lays out a vast spread of pan-Asian dumplings, soups, sushi, stir-fries and seafoods -- including lobster, crawfish, blue crab, clams and …

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Just picture it. You saddle up to the Thanksgiving table decked out with all of the trimmings – mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, rolls, cranberry, bottomless vats of gravy and plump, juicy turkey. But what to drink? Cocktails are better served as aperitifs and digestifs, and wine will only speed up your eventual food coma. Sure, you could drink water, bu…

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If there's one major cuisine lacking around Hertel Avenue, it's pan-Asian with an American twist. Beyond Taste Good on Delaware and China Star on the east end of Hertel, there's a relative dearth for those on the hunt for lo mein, fried rice and more, especially in a sit-down setting. Good Fortunes, which began as Gourm-Asian Food Truck, then opened its first brick-and-…

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Na zdrowie! Buffalo Distilling Co. will release its first Barreled Krupnik Nov. 24. It's currently available for presale at $42 per 750-milliliter bottle at the distillery, 860 Seneca St. Just like its original krupnik, the barreled krupnik is made from grain and honey sourced in Western New York, and is mashed, fermented, distilled and bottled by hand at the Seneca …

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New York Beer Project celebrates three years New York Beer Project (6933 S, Transit Road,, Lockport) will celebrate its third birthday with an anniversary party on Nov. 18. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. diners will be offered a complimentary champagne toast (for adults 21 and over) to go along with brunch. At 2 p.m., NYBP will release its Righteous Dudette Triple IPA (Indi…

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After more than a decade serving Oliver Street, Granny’s Family Restaurant has taken its Greek and Mediterranean menu to Sheridan Drive. The new place, 2865 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda, was opened on Oct. 30 by operators Fadel and Jackie Kobti. (If the last name sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because a relative formerly operated Cobti’s Restaurant at Eggert Road and B…

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James Ernst and Sarah Sendlbeck have big plans for the vacant space two doors from their plant-based restaurant, Root & Bloom. The restaurant owners will open Kind of a Creamery, a scoop shop for plant-based "ice cream," at 425 Elmwood Ave., with February as the target for opening. Expect 1970s decor, a wall mural and no seating. The concept of the scoop shop wil…