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It’s not hard to pin down how the Black Sheep got a reputation as a gastronomic chapel dedicated to the worship of meaty delights. Blame meals designed with a roasted pig’s head as the guest of honor, or those Midnight Mass dinner parties thrown into the wee hours, where guest chefs scratched a culinary itch they couldn’t reach in their home kitchens, like tonkotsu rame…

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One of Buffalo’s star desserts has inspired an alcoholic homage that’s due to arrive in time to brighten winter. Ellen Gedra’s sticky toffee pudding at the Black Sheep, rich whipped-cream-topped date cake in a cauldron of caramel, has been turning heads for years. One fan, Ethan Cox, is an owner of a beer company. Which is why Gedra joined Cox at Community Beer Works…

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It took only about eight months, but the weather is finally warming up and patio season is calling, leading bars to make changes to their cocktail menus from heavy and comforting, to light and fresh flavors. Get a taste of summer at these five local establishments that revamped their menu to cater to the fresh flavors of the season. Root Loops from the Black Sheep ($…

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Freshly baked brioche seared in butter. Chocolate pastry cream. Silky mousse fashioned from house-ground peanut butter. Bananas Foster sauce. Bacon-studded caramel. Candied peanuts. These are the components of The Elvis—a dessert so exceptional I can’t remember anything else I ate at the meal it capped. And that is saying a lot, considering it was served to me at The Blac…

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On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... •    Twelve sticky toffee puddings from The Black Sheep Just about every person I talked to about this list nominated Ellen Gedra's sticky toffee pudding, a contender for the best dish in all of Western New York. It’s a bubbling-hot, English style sticky cake made with toffee, topped with frothy butter, whipped crea…

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There's nothing occult about Midnight Mass, but there is communion, of sorts. It sure does draw true believers. Midnight Mass is the pop-up dinner series hosted by Steven and Ellen Gedra of The Black Sheep, 367 Connecticut St. It's been a sought-after ticket despite the fact that it serves people dinner at midnight Saturday, after most restaurants close. That's because i…

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Got to have dinner at The Black Sheep last night. Ellen and Steven Gedra's new place, 367 Connecticut St., has been open less than a month. The former Golden Key Tavern has been extensively remodeled. Its 60 seat capacity is double that of Bistro Europa, their last place. The front: And rear doors from the patio: In that time, the most-raved about dish has been the …