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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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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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Revel in our fleeting summer on a romantic patio. "Romantic" by its Dictionary.com definition, is "of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality." But romance isn't limited to romantic love here. Being romantic, for a patio, could simply mean altering reality with candles, twinkle lights, jazz music or white wine to craft one of those nights where …

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Choosing a brunch location is no easy feat. Perhaps a decade ago, it was easier. You either went fancy and resigned to using all of your weekend spending money at once on hollandaise sauce and orange-diluted champagne or you went no-frills, eating a Greek omelet in a greasy diner. Since then, other options have opened. You won't spend an arm and a leg at many of thes…

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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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More than 80 restaurants will donate part of their evening’s proceeds for local HIV programs on Oct. 9, the 16th edition of Dining Out for Life. All participants need to do is eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at a participating venue. These restaurants will send from 25 to 100 percent of their food bills to the charity. In its first 15 editions, the event raised more than…

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The Wailers Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Cost is $25 in advance here, $30 day of show. Ease into the week with reggae on Tuesday, as the Wailers - an offshoot of the remaining band after Bob Marley's death in 1981 - drop by Babeville. The Jamaica-rooted group is fronted by Aston "Familyman" Barrett, who might be best known for fathering …

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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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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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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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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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On National Dessert Day, here’s a baker’s dozen of excellent reasons to celebrate. A few of these might be off the menu by now, but chances are there’s something else to fall in love with. Red Raspberry Rhapsody sundae at Antoinette’s, 5981 Transit Road, Depew. Because housemade raspberry sauce, ice cream and whipped cream has its own gravitational pull. -------------…