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It started with families eating together. Carmelo Raimondi’s father, also named Carmelo, ran the Carmelo’s Coat of Arms restaurant in Lewiston, where Alessandro Renzi’s father, Ernesto, brought his family for supper. Both Italian immigrants living in Niagara County, the men became friends. Their families got to know each other. Their sons grew into fathers themselves, r…

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Every ambitious chef must learn how much culinary will they can impose on customers without going out of business. That essential tension of restaurant life is one of the central attractions of "Big Night," the 1996 film starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub. Last night two chef-owners who love the movie threw a dinner in its honor. This isn't the place for spoilers. B…

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Every ambitious chef must learn how much culinary will they can impose on customers without going out of business. That essential tension of restaurant life is one of the central attractions of "Big Night," the 1996 film starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub. Last night two chef-owners who love the movie threw a dinner in its honor. This isn't the place for spoilers. B…

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Decades ago, as a teenager in late summer, I helped a farmer get his sweet corn to the Clinton-Bailey market. In the field before dawn, we wrenched fat ears from cornstalks drenched with dew. On break I stripped cobs and gorged on the freshest corn ever until the milk ran down my chin. I hadn’t thought of those mornings for years until last week, when a spoonful of Carmelo…

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When white-tablecloth chefs decide to relax and do blue-collar food, the results can be memorable. That's why you might want to stop by Ashker's Juice Bar, 1002 Elmwood Ave. Monday night. Carmelo Raimondi and David Murphy of Carmelo's Restaurant in Lewiston and Victor Parra Gonzalez of Jaguar at the Bistro in Youngstown are Niagara County fine-dining chefs combining forc…

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Let's cut straight to the chase. Here's this week's version of The 10: 1) Madd Tiki Luau, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo RiverWorks (333 Ganson St.). Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 day-of. Comments: Instead of reminding you how cold it is outside and how nice it would be to bask in 30-degree weather, here's a Buffalo Rising event that invites Western New Yorkers ins…