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Eighty restaurants will donate part of their evening’s proceeds for local HIV programs on Oct. 1, the 17th edition of Dining Out for Life. All participants need to do is eat at a participating venue in Erie, Niagara, Orleans or Chautauqua counties. These restaurants will send from 25 to 100 percent of their food bills to the charity, and some will include alcohol sales.…

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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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Steven Gedra, chef-owner of The Black Sheep, makes his television debut later this month on "Beat Bobby Flay." The airdate is Nov. 29, he said. The Orchard Park High School Class of 1995 graduate opened the restaurant, at 367 Connecticut St., with his wife Ellen in 2014. Gedra said the Food Network show’s scouts introduced themselves via email this spring. After that…

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Restaurants, farms, and markets, bakers and brewers are holding a pig and lamb roast benefit for Dan Tower, the Youngstown farmer, to aid his family in a time of cancer. “Dan Tower Farm has played an integral role in supporting its surrounding communities for so long and the time has come for the community to come together to support Dan, and his wife Iris,” the event a…

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1) All Time Low, Dashboard Confessional, gates at 5 p.m., show from 6 to 10 Aug. 12 at Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Advance general admission is $39.50 here, which rises to $45 day-of. Commentary: Take that angst brewing beneath the surface and let it out with a high-pitched shriek on Sunday in Lewiston, as All Time Low, which just played the final Warped Tour, a…

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A small group will gather at midnight Saturday to eat brains. Veal brains, done in classic French style - tete de veau - will be one of seven courses in Rue Franklin Chef Corey Kley's turn at Midnight Mass. It's not a religious ceremony, but a culinary event, the latest in a series of pop-ups hosted by Ellen and Steven Gedra at The Black Sheep, 367 Connecticut St. At Mid…

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Three and a half years ago, I was appointed restaurant critic of The Buffalo News. Some 200 restaurant reviews later, my view of my job has expanded a smidge. My core mission is still giving readers actionable intelligence on where to spend their dining dollars. Put another way, it’s my job to find and proclaim the best in Western New York’s eating life. “The best” is a …

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One bite of that Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile breakfast sandwich, and I started cursing. “It’s huge,” my coworker told me, her eyes wide and with wonder, as if taking in a monument. “It’s really huge. And really good.” Undersold on the Elmwood cheese shop’s chalkboard menu as egg and cheese on a roll, it earns its name: “The Classic.” I like the classics. I don’t …

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Chefs from some of the most ambitious new restaurants in town – and two that aren’t even open yet – will offer bites to remember at a Nov. 12 fundraiser benefiting a local farm. For the fourth year, “A Big Fuss” will give Buffalo chefs a way to support a Western New York family that makes growing food their job. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to Prudom Farm, run …

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Steven and Ellen Gedra started serving last Thursday at The Black Sheep, 367 Connecticut St., whose 60 seats doubles the capacity of their former place, Bistro Europa, on Elmwood. The Gedras’ collection of locally sourced but internationally inspired soul food and kicked-up Americana brought them a cult following. Watermelon gazpacho and a fish plate featuring a variety o…