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Buffalo, built by immigrants, celebrates its new generation of neighbors at Buffalo Without Borders on Oct. 17. The event offers a chance to browse the efforts of 23 restaurants and drink outlets, most run by immigrant business owners. The menu stretches from the Burmese cuisine of Sun Restaurants, with coconut curry chicken noodle soup, the Jamaican stylings of Kaly…

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Food festivals that post their participants' menus in advance deserve a shiny gold star. Eaters can spend money more wisely, be more efficient in their exploration and home in on the restaurants and specific foods they want to sample. The Taste of East Aurora, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 on closed-to-traffic Main Street between Olean and Riley, has laid ou…

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If all those chicken wings have you looking for a change of pace, here’s a chance at all the meatballs you can handle. The fourth edition of Meatball Street Brawl shuts down West Mohawk Street in front of Osteria 166 on Sept. 15. At least 20 restaurants will be competing for the favors of eaters, who can try all the meatballs – in regular menu and creative versions –…

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The Taste of Buffalo, one of the city's premier summer events, will have a few different twists this year. Ten restaurants will serve at the two-day street festival for the first time, while the ticketing procedure has changed slightly. Overall, 57 restaurants and food trucks will be joined by six wineries in Niagara Square and up Delaware Avenue on July 13 and 14. H…

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The 2019 edition of Taste in Education offers the chance to “get stuffed” and watch a live cooking challenge on March 13. High school culinary students are the stars of the annual fundraiser, as teams from local vocational schools staff sampler stations for the crowds. This year’s culinary theme, “Get Stuffed,” will be reflected creatively in their menus. Hewes Educa…

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Yelp Without Borders is gathering a group of immigrant cooks and international flavors for a fundraiser benefiting refugee agency International Institute of Buffalo. The Sept. 30 event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at the International Institute, 864 Delaware Ave. The food lineup includes Palestinian cuisine from House of Hummus, black rice sushi from Burmese-run Teton Kitch…

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Chef-owner Marco Sciortino will headline Ilio DiPaolo's Culinary Extravaganza on Oct. 8. The nine-course dinner will include courses like baked mahi-mahi marinated in lime and rum, blood orange sorbetto, and filet mignon over caponata with ricotta salata. Sciortino, owner of Marco's Restaurant and Marco's Italian Deli, will work with Dan Buckley, Dr. Andy Cappucino a…

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This ain't your babcia's pierogi. A tacolike Fiesta pierogi. Beef on weck pierogi. Stuffed banana pepper pierogi. There were plenty of traditional pierogi entries at this year's Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival; made with cheese, potato and sauerkraut fillings. But pierogi varieties entered into the the non-traditional category are always the ones that get everyone ta…

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East Aurora is jousting for restaurant supremacy in the Southtowns, as an influx of relatively new businesses - Griffon Gastropub, Left Coast Taco and the East Aurora Co-Op, for example - mingles with enduring favorites such as Rick's on Main, The Roycroft Inn and Taste. At the Taste of East Aurora, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8, on closed-off Main Street between Olean…

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Meatballs will rule West Mohawk Street on Sept. 9, as restaurants vie for the title of Buffalo’s best meatball. Meatball Street Brawl III gives attendees a chance to taste traditional and creative meatball stylings from 19 restaurants, and vote for the people’s choice award. A panel of judges decides the top traditional and creative offerings. “It’s part street party…

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The eighth edition of The Iron Event, one of Buffalo’s most anticipated culinary fundraisers, has been set for Oct. 28. The annual best-bite competition, at Buffalo RiverWorks, offers $2,500 in prizes for winners in audience voting. Tickets, starting at $50, entitle the bearer to a sample of 22 restaurants' work. The event is a fundraiser for Daniel Tracy, a former c…

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Although Orchard Park hasn't made recent headlines for new restaurants, the village and surrounding area boasts many eateries that have stood the test of time. Their reliable quality - and surprising creativity - can be cherished in one place on Wednesday, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Four Corners of West Quaker and North Buffalo streets, at the Orchard Park Chamber of…

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Officials estimated that 450,000 people attended the Taste of Buffalo this weekend, said police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. The 35th annual festival is billed as the largest two-day food festival in the country. https://buffalonews.com/2018/07/09/gallery10919/

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Creating a restaurant in the street is a minor miracle of modern refrigeration and can-do attitude. At 2018's Taste of Buffalo, a daring bunch of restaurateurs braved the challenges to take their flavors to the masses thronging Delaware Avenue. There's more than 200 tastes on offer. After getting my chance to graze, here's what stood out.   Best in sho…

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Don't make an immediate beeline for the wine slushies. Well, you can - who am I to tell you not to? - but through experience, they're most refreshing after a few hours of sampling food from among the 200 individual options at the Taste of Buffalo, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 7 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8 at Niagara Square and up Delaware Avenue. Maybe it'…