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Students studying food service, hospitality, culinary arts encouraged to apply for scholarships from Taste of Buffalo & Tops Friendly Markets
Wed, Feb 1st 2023 10:45 pm
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program to support Western New York-area high school seniors aspiring to careers in the food service and hospitality industries. This year's program will award four recipients with a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward room and board, books or fees.
Springtime gets even sweeter with return of Food Network's 'Spring Baking Championship,' 'Spring Baking Championship: Easter'
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 04:40 pm
Food Network's seasonal competitions return, making the spring season sweeter than ever. Love is in the air on the new season of "Spring Baking Championship," premiering Monday, March 6 (8 p.m. ET/PT), as host Jesse Palmer puts a dozen talented bakers to the test in 10 episodes featuring unique challenges that showcase all the things people love about springtime - flowers, garden parties, weddings and more.
Kenan Center announces 10th annual Niagara Wine & Beer Fest vendor lineup
Tue, Jan 31st 2023 07:00 am
The Kenan Center will present the 10th annual Niagara Wine & Beer Fest, brought to the community by Niagara's Choice Federal Credit Union, from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Kenan Center Arena. Proceeds from the event support arts, educational and recreational programs at the Kenan Center.
'Be My Guest with Ina Garten' returns with new episodes, special guests Misty Copeland, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney & Norah Jones
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 10:40 am
Ina Garten, the "Barefoot Contessa," is back with new episodes of her multiplatform series "Be My Guest with Ina Garten," where she welcomes friends old and new to her East Hampton home for in-depth conversations, great food and trips to her favorite local spots.
Resurgence honors legendary Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller
Fri, Jan 27th 2023 08:45 am
Hundreds of hockey fans stood in line to meet former Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller at Resurgence Brewing Company at a release party unveiling two new craft beers celebrating his career and retirement: Milz Pilz and 391 IPA. Four packs of The Ryan Miller Mixed Pack were available to purchase, along with a signed card and poster art.
Community Beer Works & Cincinnati-Based Rhinegeist Brewery announce for-good football rivalry
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 05:15 pm
Today, Community Beer Works (CBW) and Rhinegeist Brewery have announced a friendly for-good rivalry for this Sunday's game between Buffalo and Cincinnati. Each brewery has selected a charity with relations to their hometown team. The losing brewery will place a $1,000 donation to the winning brewery's designated charity.
Food Network announces annual 'Hot List' 2023
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 04:10 pm
Food Network has announced its "Hot List" for 2023, an annual look at exciting food personalities and up-and-coming culinary rock stars making their mark in the food content space.
Gather by Gallo, Hustler's Tavern: Lewiston restaurant sites reopen
Fri, Jan 20th 2023 11:45 am
Two Lewiston restaurant locations are back in business.
Moe's, A&W restaurants look to open in Niagara Falls
Tue, Jan 17th 2023 07:00 am
The owner of two local Papa Johns restaurants has announced plans to open two more national chain restaurants in Niagara Falls in time for the upcoming tourist season.
Wedding or honeymoon planning? AAA says, 'We do!'
Mon, Jan 16th 2023 11:40 am
2023 is expected to be a strong year in the wedding and travel industry. With some weddings postponed during the pandemic, and December being the busiest month for engagements, 2023 is off to a strong start.
Toughest & most unpredictable culinary competition is back with Food Network's 'Tournament of Champions IV'
Fri, Jan 13th 2023 06:45 pm
Guy Fieri's iconic culinary competition, "Tournament of Champions," returns with a supersized fourth season on Sunday, Feb. 19 (8 p.m. ET/PT).
Old Falls Street accepting vendor applications for summer 2023
Thu, Jan 12th 2023 09:15 pm
Old Falls Street USA, the three-block entertainment district that connects Niagara Falls State Park with hotels and attractions in downtown Niagara Falls, is calling for local food vendors for the 2023 summer season (May through September).
Long-standing food feuds are settled once and for all in 'Superchef Grudge Match' hosted by Darnell Ferguson
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 04:10 pm
The food world is filled with rivalries and, in the new series "Superchef Grudge Match," hosted by Darnell Ferguson, some long-standing personal and professional feuds are settled in one-round, one-dish winner-takes-all heavyweight battles. 
Taquito Lindo to open at former Clarkson House
Fri, Jan 6th 2023 11:00 am
Lewiston will soon get its first taste of the Mexican street tacos that are the popular mainstay at Grand Island's Taquito Lindo.
Girl Scouts of Western New York kicks off 2023 cookie season
Thu, Jan 5th 2023 09:20 pm
Girl Scouts in Western New York are now selling the exclusively online, berry-blasted Raspberry Rally cookie alongside the iconic cookie lineup, powering amazing experiences in outdoors, STEM, and beyond.
ECDOH advisory for restaurants that have lost power
Wed, Dec 28th 2022 12:40 pm
Following extended power outages that affected Erie County residents and businesses, the Erie County Department of Health is offering advice and recommendations about handling perishable foods that may have spoiled. This guidance is for restaurants and other food facilities, but is useful for residents, as well.
A perfect dish for a New Year's Day brunch
Wed, Dec 28th 2022 07:00 am
The late-night revelry of New Year's Eve has made New Year's Day brunch a go-to tradition for millions of people. Staying up until the calendar officially turns from one year to the next at the stroke of midnight can make it harder to get out of bed on the morning of Jan. 1, so there may be no better day to plan a brunch than the first day of the calendar year.
New owner-operators give new life to Grand Island McDonald's
Sat, Dec 24th 2022 07:00 am
Change is coming to Grand Island's McDonald's. Located at 2231 Grand Island Blvd., the familiar restaurant had fallen into disrepair. There were complaints of broken things in the restaurant, including a milkshake machine that was often out of order.
Christmas farmers market offers something for everyone
Sat, Dec 24th 2022 06:55 am
Christmas at the Thompson Farm, 2487 Long Road, featured local venders with handmade products for sale, in addition to foods, such as eggs, meat, potatoes, honey, maple syrup, garlic and winter squashes. Handmade products include soaps, baked goods, ornaments and small paintings.
Easy ways to cut grocery costs
Fri, Dec 23rd 2022 01:55 pm
Consumers might not think it, but eggs are an expensive commodity. As of August 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average price of a dozen Grade A, large eggs was $3.12.
'Festival of Slice' canceled
Tue, Dec 20th 2022 10:35 am
Due to a lack of registrations from pizzerias, the "Festival of Slice" for 2023 will be canceled. Organizers said they did not receive enough interest from vendors to make the event successful.
Governor signs legislation helping weddings, celebrations and other off-site events secure alcoholic beverage permits
Fri, Dec 16th 2022 12:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday signed legislation (S.9049/A.10176) to modernize the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and authorize the New York State Liquor Authority to grant eligible catering facilities a license to serve liquor at weddings, banquets or other functions held at locations off-site from the catering facility.
Save the date: 'The Art of Beer' at the NACC
Wed, Dec 14th 2022 11:55 am
One of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center's signature events, "The Art of Beer" will take place from 6-9 p.m. March 3, 2023, at 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. The annual craft beverage tasting event includes: beer, wine, cider, spirits, culinary pairings and live entertainment on five stages inside the old Niagara Falls High School.
Make the best of small dining space
Wed, Dec 14th 2022 07:00 am
Some homeowners may aspire to have expansive dining rooms replete with seating for 12 beneath a stunning chandelier. That kind of space certainly makes hosting dinner parties easier. However, modern homes typically have small dining rooms that require homeowners or renters to be resourceful when entertaining guests.
Lesser-known Chanukah traditions
Wed, Dec 14th 2022 07:00 am
Chanukah celebrants still participate in various customs each year, some of which are customized according to family preferences. While some traditions, such as the lighting of the Chanukah menorah, are familiar, others may not be as widely known - especially to those outside of the faith. Here's a look at a select few.
A vegan dish for holiday diners
Mon, Dec 12th 2022 05:05 pm
The holiday season has arrived, and that often means entertaining family and friends while serving tasty meals. When cooking for a crowd, it is important to recognize that individuals may have certain dietary restrictions due to health or personal beliefs and plan accordingly.
Try your hand at homemade stock
Mon, Dec 12th 2022 04:50 pm
The pinch of inflation has been felt in homes across the globe in 2022. A trip to the supermarket has been more costly for much of the year. Those who are splurging on special ingredients for recipes may waffle over whether or not to indulge. However, if certain ingredients can be used to create multiple meals, then that added expense may be easier to swallow.
Jim Bittner receives New York Farm Bureau's Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award
Mon, Dec 12th 2022 12:15 pm
At New York Farm Bureau's annual convention, Appleton Fruit Farmer Jim Bittner received the group's highest honor, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.
Hochul proclaims December as STOP-DWI Month
Thu, Dec 8th 2022 08:25 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday issued a proclamation designating December as STOP-DWI Month, and announced a series of targeted initiatives to prevent impaired driving across the state. Throughout December, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee will launch a new anti-drinking and driving public service announcement. GTSC will also launch a $1 million "Don't Drive High" public awareness campaign, which will use funding from the New York State Office of Cannabis Management.
Niagara Wine Trail offers 'Winter Wine Pass' good January-March
Wed, Dec 7th 2022 09:55 am
Looking for the perfect gift for wine enthusiasts? The Niagara Wine Trail is once again offering its "Winter Wine Pass," which allows passholders three tastes of wine at each of the 11 participating wineries, from January through March 2023.
A big slice of success: John's Pizza & Subs marks 40 years in business
Sat, Dec 3rd 2022 07:00 am
The Dispatch checked in on John's Pizza & Subs owners Gene Mongan and Kurt Raepple as their business was coming off a giant lake-effect snowstorm and into a busy holiday week.
Three WNY 'legacy' family restaurants earn America's Best Restaurants distinction
Thu, Dec 1st 2022 09:25 pm
In September, video production crews from "America's Best Restaurants" visited JP Fitzgerald's in Hamburg, Chef's Restaurant in Buffalo and Ilio DiPaolo's in Blasdell to produce features on the three legacy establishments. 
BestSelf Behavioral Health, Park Edge Sweet Shoppe partner to support Child Advocacy Center
Wed, Nov 30th 2022 09:55 pm
Community-based behavioral health organization BestSelf Behavioral Health has partnered with Park Edge Sweet Shoppe for its third annual "Warm Hearts" promotion to benefit the Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf (CAC).
Food Network, NFL team up for primetime event 'NFL Tailgate Takedown'
Tue, Nov 29th 2022 03:15 pm
In a first-time partnership, Food Network and the National Football League have teamed up to celebrate the best tailgate chefs from around the country in the six-episode primetime event, "NFL Tailgate Takedown," premiering Wednesday, Jan. 4 (9 p.m. ET/PT), 2023, on Food Network and streaming on discovery+.
Niagara Wine Trail offers 'Holiday Happenings' Dec. 3 & 4
Tue, Nov 29th 2022 11:55 am
The Niagara Wine Trail is celebrating the holiday season with a weekend "Holiday Happenings" event, Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4. Guests will receive three tastes of wine at 12 participating wineries, as well as a limited-edition keepsake jigsaw puzzle, which features the Niagara Wine Trail's new illustrated map.
Anne Burrell & Darnell Ferguson transform cast of social media stars from cooking disasters to kitchen masters in 'Worst Cooks in America: Viral Sensations'
Tue, Nov 22nd 2022 06:50 pm
Anne Burrell is joined for the first time by Darnell Ferguson to lead culinary boot camp, where they take on the kitchen chaos, food fumbles and culinary confusion of these trending competitors IRL.
Robert Irvine returns to rescue restaurants from failure on new season of 'Restaurant: Impossible'
Tue, Nov 22nd 2022 06:50 pm
Turning around desperate restaurants from impending failure is a daunting mission, and Robert Irvine is back to take on the challenge on the return of Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible," premiering Thursday, Dec. 29 (8 p.m. ET/PT). With only two days, Robert will overhaul the menus, train the service and kitchen staff, and renovate the design to rescue these businesses from impending failure, making the impossible possible.
'Billsgiving': How to combine turkey & tailgating this holiday
Tue, Nov 22nd 2022 05:15 pm
The Buffalo Bills are scheduled to play at 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year, and the "Bills Mafia" are getting ready for it. In lieu of a traditional meal, try morphing the usual turkey day dinner with gameday dishes.
Alzheimer's Association offers tips for holiday travel for families facing Alzheimer's
Tue, Nov 22nd 2022 07:00 am
Holiday travel can be hectic for us all, but it is especially challenging for families impacted by Alzheimer's. For these families, even short trips during the holidays can be stressful and disorienting.
ECDOH: Make food safety part of your Thanksgiving dinner
Mon, Nov 21st 2022 05:20 pm
Whether you are preparing a holiday meal for yourself or dozens of guests, there are simple steps to follow to make sure that your guests walk away with a full stomach, and not a case of food poisoning. The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is sharing these holiday meal prep recommendations before Thanksgiving Day.

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