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Chef Adam Goetz is one of a small but growing group of Buffalo restaurateurs whose pursuit of the best ingredients has driven them to build relationships with local farmers. On April 24, at his restaurant called Craving, 1472 Hertel Ave., Goetz is holding a fundraising dinner for Erba Verde Farms. The star will be a veal calf. Unlike factory-farmed veal, the calf was rai…

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Bourbon & Butter, Mike Andrzejewski’s restaurant in Hotel @ the Lafayette, is closing after service Saturday night. “We’ve had some great people working for us, and some great customers,” the veteran Buffalo chef-owner said. “We appreciate everything everyone’s done, but it’s time to move on.” Andrzejewski opened Mike A’s in the refurbished hotel in 2012 as a fine di…

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Bourbon & Butter, Mike Andrzejewski’s restaurant in Hotel @ the Lafayette, is closing after service Saturday night. “We’ve had some great people working for us, and some great customers,” the veteran Buffalo chef-owner said. “We appreciate everything everyone’s done, but it’s time to move on.” Andrzejewski opened Mike A’s in the refurbished hotel in 2012 as a fine di…

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Victor Parra Gonzalez previewed his upcoming creative Mexican menu at at Bourbon & Butter on Monday night. The Acapulco-born chef, who opened Jaguar at the Bistro in Youngstown in 2013, is working on a West Side restaurant called Las Puertas, 385 Rhode Island St. He hopes to open it this summer. In the meantime, his sister Diana Parra will be running the Youngstown op…

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Cold weather calls for warm beverages. As the holidays give way to slush and stilettos yield to salt-crusted boots, Buffalo beverage aficionados seek out something to soothe the transition. The area’s best bartenders and baristas spend weeks crafting the cocktails and coffees that embody the season, many of which are twists on old favorites.At Buffalo Proper (333 Franklin …

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During my year as The Buffalo News’ designated eater, I got to enjoy the work of some of the region’s most talented cooks. Here are 10 dishes that punctuated some of my year’s most memorable meals. They’re not necessarily the biggest plates, using the rarest ingredients, or the specialty of the house. They are dishes I was eating when something clicked for me, helping me …

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When Mike Andrzejewski invited Victor Parra Gonzalez to join talents for a seven-course Mexican extravaganza downtown at Bourbon & Butter, the dinner sold out in record time, Andrzejewski said. Gonzalez is a young chef from Acapulco who runs Jaguar at the Bistro, in Youngstown. After decades in Buffalo kitchens, Andrzejewski is one of the city’s leading chefs, with fo…

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Victor Parra Gonzalez, the chef from Acapulco offering Mexican-influenced modern fare near Old Fort Niagara, is coming downtown for dinner next week. On May 13, Gonzalez will be offering dinner in collaboration with Chef Mike Andrzejewski, at Bourbon & Butter, Andrzejewski’s fine dining restaurant in Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St. [read the Bourbon & Bu…

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Alexandra Hare, a baker for Bourbon & Butter and Merge, has been awarded a national-level fellowship for up-and-coming women in American kitchens. Administered by the James Beard Foundation, the Women in Culinary Leadership program is an effort to help women “break through the culinary world’s ‘glass ceiling,’” a press release said. Hare will spend six months working…