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With all the amazing bars and restaurants in the area, it’s difficult to choose just one drink to enjoy while relaxing on a sunny patio. While most bars make you choose one drink, another option is a "flight" that lets you try multiple drinks at a time. You may think of flights solely in terms of beer, but flights of margaritas, martinis and bloody marys, these unique …

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The Barrel + Brine fermented foods restaurant and store on Chandler Street has set its opening for June 12. Lindsey and RJ Marvin will be offering food and drinks, many made with pickles, vinegars, kombuchas or other Barrel + Brine products. Its new address is 155 Chandler St., where seekers will find an alley that leads to a courtyard they should cross. On the other…

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1) Ellicottville Fall Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7, but the festivities truly last all weekend in Ellicottville. It's free to attend, and shuttle rides cost $3 and some venues charge a cover. Commentary: Rolling through the brilliant fall foliage to Ellicottville might feel like a scenic trip to a high school or college reunion, as who knows how many familiar (a…

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Food-focused operations made up nearly half of the grant recipients awarded by Ignite Buffalo judges earlier this month. Ignite Buffalo selected 27 local small businesses to receive a combined $1 million in grants as part of a Facebook-funded program aimed at helping promising operations take their next step. Small startups working on establishing urban farming progr…

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Barrel + Brine, Buffalo's homegrown pickle and fermented foods operation, is preparing to open a new location that includes a café and taproom. The growth in demand for its beet caraway sauerkraut and other products prompted the search for a bigger space, said R.J. Marvin, who owns the company with his wife Lindsey. Barrel + Brine will be fermenting its kombucha in the …

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Carolina Street is narrow and quiet, and just three blocks from Babeville. In one of its tidy storefronts, RJ and Lindsey Marvin prepare batch after batch of pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, dilly beans and kombucha in flavors that have won the hearts of Buffalo’s foodies. Lightly processed, Barrel + Brine’s pickled items retain vivid colors and crisp textures. IPA dills, bri…

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Preserving nature’s bounty isn’t the only thing RJ Marvin and his wife Lindsey have in mind for Barrel + Brine, located at 257 Carolina St. Since announcing the venture at the end of September, the couple has worked hard for an opening in December, but as RJ Marvin notes, “It’s all up to the kraut.” Laughing at his current “part construction/part pickling operation” Ma…

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Buffalo is getting its own pickle and kraut operation.R.J. Marvin is working on opening Barrel + Brine at 257 Carolina St., about eight blocks from City Hall.“We’re moving in Oct. 1, and should get some stuff fermenting in two weeks,” said Marvin. If all goes well, he said, “We’re hoping to launch by the end of November.”Marvin, who will operate Barrel + Brine with his wif…

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Buffalo is getting its own pickle and kraut operation. R.J. Marvin is working on opening Barrel + Brine at 257 Carolina St., about eight blocks from City Hall. “We’re moving in Oct. 1, and should get some stuff fermenting in two weeks,” said Marvin. If all goes well, he said, “We’re hoping to launch by the end of November.” Marvin, who will operate Barrel + Brine with h…