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Two dozen chefs will compete to offer crowds the best bite Sunday, Oct. 6 to raise money for a former chef living with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ninth edition of the Iron Event will be held in the Lexus Club, inside KeyBank Center. Dan Tracy was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2010. The following year, the first Iron Event helped raise money for his c…

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While there might not be any mules named Sal, there's lots to be done this week by the Erie Canal. (Sorry if that song gets stuck in your head). Aside from the Erie County Fair, Canal Fest of the Tonawandas offers the longest opportunity to take part, touching on two separate weekends and five weekdays with activities to appease both kids and adults. The bustling can…

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If you haven’t been to Imperial Pizza on Abbott Road in South Buffalo in a while, you may find yourself doing a double take while passing by. “Didn’t that place used to be a little shack?” You might think to yourself. “Wasn’t there barely enough room for the counter, and maybe a picnic table or two outside?” That was then. Imperial has undergone an extensive renovation …

City of Tonawanda

Festivalgoers who turned out Sunday for opening day of the 37th Canal Fest were treated to a blue-sky, cloud- free day under brilliant sunshine — but something was different at this year's Twin Cities festival: There was not a canine in sight. That’s because the Tonawanda City Council voted in June to ban dogs, with the exception of service dogs, from public gatherings,…

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Caressed by a lively breeze, the masses turned out under flawless skies on Saturday for a little Taste of Buffalo. Couples, families and assorted gaggles filled Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square, weaving through lines of folks waiting to trade tickets for tastes and the occasional billow of barbecue smoke. Food judges drawn from media, politics and business professi…

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Taste of Siam won the Best of Buffalo Award for its Fried Ice Cream and Caribbean Experience landed accolades for the Best Overall Item, Jerked Chicken with Rice, organizers for the Taste of Buffalo announced late Saturday afternoon. Judging took place during the first couple of hours of the festival, which continues through 9 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Su…

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Williamsville is closing in on its first brewery of the new craft beer era. The brewing system was delivered and installed this week on a patch of land along Ellicott Creek that once was home to a blacksmith shop. Britesmith Brewing Company will open sometime in the fall. “That gives me until Dec. 20,” principal owner David Schutte said with a smile this week, as …

Buffalo

Delaware Avenue will be closed between Eagle and Tupper streets starting at 5 p.m. today as setup continues for the Taste of Buffalo, according to Buffalo Police. Inbound lanes on Delaware Avenue already have closed. Motorists should use alternate routes. The Taste of Buffalo runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in Niagara Square and n…

Columns

The City of Good Neighbors ought to be called the City of Good Eaters. This is the place whose passion for food helped propel a homegrown taste sensation around the world. Then when a chicken wing festival was referenced in the film "Osmosis Jones," Buffalo made the throwaway line a nationally known event, filling a stadium and 60,000 bellies. Yet the National Chicke…

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A tiny, easy-to-miss restaurant on Rhode Island Street in Buffalo's West Side, Las Puertas has once again earned national recognition despite its humble surroundings. After a 2018 feature in the New York Times, Victor Parra Gonzalez's Mexican restaurant will appear on the Cooking Channel's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," featuring Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, at 9 p.m. Jul…

Food and Drink

Patricia McGowan raised four children before her husband, Al, lost a job in the tourism business and decided to buy a restaurant in the mid-1980s. McGowan, 84, has worked in the restaurant – which her husband playfully named Al-E-Oops – almost every day since. “She has been the reason this staple of Lancaster runs so smoothly,” said her granddaughter, Kate Glaser. …

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The Buffalo-area has reached the pinnacle of its festival season, with annual giants such as Taste of Buffalo, Jam in the Valley, Queen of Heaven and Canal Fest all running this weekend. These four festivals all cater to different interests, too, with the Taste focusing on food, JiTV celebrating country music artists big and small, Queen of Heaven pitching carnival ride…

Business

Would you like free fries with that? And would you like them delivered to your doorstep? If so, Saturday is your lucky day. Starting at 11 a.m., McDonald's will offer a free medium fry with any purchase made via Uber Eats. Take into consideration, though, that Uber Eats charges a delivery fee based on distance. So while a medium fry costs $2.79 plus tax, Uber Eats…

Business

It's that time again. As it does every year on the 11th day of the seventh month, 7-Eleven will offer one free small Slurpee to each customer. The offer is available in stores from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. But this year, you can make it a double. If you join the store's 7Rewards loyalty program, you can scan your free Slurpee and you'll be credited another free…

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When Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant opened in 2002, diners by a window could enjoy views of customers sidling into the porn store across the street and young people exploring the boundaries of alcohol poisoning filling the sidewalks. The drinking hasn’t stopped,  but the scruffy crowd moved on. The addition of more food-focused restaurants, well-monied travelers at new…