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Tweaking Your Tailgate Menu: A ‘Game-changer’

Filed under: Drinks, Food Events, Sports

If you’re interested in healthier alternatives to traditional game day fare, you may want to assess what you prepare and ingest before you plan your tailgate menus.

According to Jennifer Oswald, a Registered Dietitian/ Certified Dietitian Nutritionist at ECMC, the daily caloric goal for the average person depends on height, weight, age, and sex. Recommended food groups that should make up our diet include, lean protein, complex carbs (e.g. whole grains), fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and healthy oil/fat. This diet will ensure that you keep saturated fat to minimum of <10% of daily calories; based on 2000 kcals, this would equate to 200 calories or less per day.

Miss Oswald devised a chart illustrating common game day food/beverage, estimated total calorie and empty calories found in that specific food.

GAME DAY Indulgence food (Estimated calorie consumption for game day) included:

Type of food Total calories Empty calories Sat fat
Buffalo chicken wings (6 wings) 441 126 8
1 slice pepperoni pizza 250 42 4
Hot dog+bun 253 93 6
Nachos+cheese (2 cups) 362 70 6
French fries (1 ½ C) 252 17 2
Light Beer, 12 oz6 pack 104*624 78*468
1 ½ oz Distilled spirit (80 proof) 96 96
Total: 2278 912 26
unhealthy pizza

Your Standard Tailgate Pizza/Wings

Steve Christie, a former Buffalo Bills Kicker who played in the NFL for fifteen years, said he adhered to a specific diet before a big game. Christie explained that larger meals were often consumed the night before a game. However, pre-game breakfasts for Christie were modest and usually constituted bacon and eggs. Christie attributed his breakfast choice to wanting to remain lithe on the field during a game. He also said that The NFL began to reevaluate what players were consuming around the year 2000 due to Coaches and Nutritionists recognizing that even professional athletes who burned tremendous amounts of calories on a daily basis needed to modify their diets and consume nutritious foods that were lower in saturated fat and cholesterol.

(Moderately) Healthy Pizza Alternative

Healthy Pizza Alternative, Hydraulic Hearth. Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

(Moderately) Healthy Wings Alternative

Wood Fired Wings by ROCCO’s. Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Jennifer Oswald, R.D./C.D.N. explains, “an NFL Athletes daily caloric recommendation can vary between 4000- 10,000 calories per day (based on a height and weight of the athlete). Dietary recommendations prior to hitting the field comprise lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and low fat and low fiber products. Common pre-performance food include: Eggs, waffles, fruit smoothies, milk (alone or with carnation instant breakfast and/ or protein powder), chicken breast, fish, pasta/rice and vegetables. Unfortunately, game day food for NFL fans are higher in total calories, empty calories and saturated fat than an NFL athletes diet.

If these facts don’t motivate you to explore alternatives to what you cook and consume on game days, hopefully the recipes in this week’s FALL HARVEST issue will inspire you.

Sporty Chic

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Today’s Artvoice Fashion Ambassador is 716 native Michele Boshart. She volunteered to showcase her elegant athleticism and model sportif styles for summer.

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

After returning to Buffalo from Berlin, Germany Michele was hired by LuLuLemon as an Educator and currently works at LuLuLemon’s WNY flagship store.

Michele hair two

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Michele’s favorite summertime activities are free yoga in Bidwell Park, concerts at Canalside, breakfast at Ashker’s, and making connections with the beloved people of The Queen City.

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

What Michele’s wearing: tank top with leather trim by SEN, Raspberry top by bella dahl, Beaded wrap Bracelet by Jessica Spino, Turquoise Necklace by cocobelle, bracelet & necklace by Ornamental Things ~ all items sold at MODERN NOSTALGIA.

Michele’s hair is styled by Amanda @ The New Age Salon on Hertel Avenue.  Breathe Easy Yoga & Street Pant & Meesh braw by LuLuLemon ~ LuLuLemon items sold at Walden Galleria.

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Photo Credit: Sarah Barry

Exclusive Pop Up Show @ Ashker’s Juice Bar

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Don’t miss an exclusive pop up show at Ashker’s juice bar this weekend, August 8-10. The pop up will be stationed at 1002 Elmwood Avenue. Designed by Nicole Morris, Franci Jewlery features a unique collection of sophisticated jewels including head pieces, body jewelry, anklets, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. Alongside Franci Jewelry will be Vania & David, with their artisan-crafted jewelry and natural leather goods from Paraguay. Artist Kristina Fekhtman will also be in attendance with her collection of paintings. As always, Ashker’s will be serving up their fresh pressed juices for enjoyment during the weekend’s pop up show. For details, call (716) 886-2233. photo

Buffalo Brewers Festival @ Canalside

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Guys and Gals of Buffalo: here is the summer event you do not want to miss.  On Saturday, July 19 from 3pm-10pm, Western New York’s premier craft beer festival will take place at Canalside. Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Co., Pearl Street, and over thirty New York State craft breweries will be present, in addition to food trucks, local fare, and live music on two stages.

From 3-7 pm the festival will provide opportunities for beer tasting and listening in on “meet the brewer” talks.  Festival-goers will enjoy sampling food from local farms & chefs, wine, cheeses and a barbecue complete with a T-Meadow Farm hog roast in the VIP tent.

From 7-10 pm, headliners J.J. Grey & Mofro, deemed as a “grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling,” will take the main stage. $5 pints of refreshing, local beer will be on sale.

Community Beer Works will be one of the various breweries on site; they’re looking forward to serving up brews many WNY-ers are familiar with. Beyond appreciating the event’s fusion of beer, people, food, and music, owner Ethan Cox is also excited about educating individuals who are unfamiliar with CBW’s brews, including their summer seasonal Belgian pale ale, cleverly titled “Rutherford B. Haze.” CBW will also feature their flagship 4.6% American Pale Ale, “Frank.” The VIP section will offer CBW’s signature 6.2% “The IPA;” a slightly sweet malt & hops blend that’s amalgamated to create bitter, fruity, and earthy goodness.

“The IPA.” photo credit: Community Beer Works

Other festival-attending NYS craft breweries can be found here.

Whether you’re interested in the music, beer, or simply the atmosphere, ticket options range from $15-$75. Here is the link for ticket purchase.

Providence Social’s Premier Patio!

When asked about Providence Social’s atmosphere and dress codeowner Josh Hanzlian encourages patrons to ‘come as you are.’ Formerly occupied by Prime 490, Hanzlian hopes people feel comfortable at his restaurant. This summer, he’s opening up his private patio to anyone who wants to experience the art of al fresco dining.

Dine Al Fresco At Pro-So

Photo Credit: Milad Givili

Pro-So will offer Happy Hour specials on the patio every Thursday through Sunday, (4pm-7pm) including a Raw Bar rich in oysters on the half shell, steamers, and market priced seafood. “Legal libations” will be served (to quote Pro-So’s Cocktail menu) in addition to Craft Cocktails featuring top shelf spirits and hand pressed juices. Shedding the formal steakhouse persona of Prime 490, Providence Social’s  menu demonstrates a thoughtful collaboration of small plates and dinner entrées, with strong creative direction from Scott Maynard.  


Photo Credit: Milad Givili

Vegetarian and vegan options are available, complements of Chef Dan Getman’s frequent visits to local farmers markets and a flourishing herb garden growing adjacent to Pro-So’s patio.

Photo Credit: Hannah Epstein

Chef Nathan Gatti’s duties reside in making sure both sweet and savory needs are met.  His charcuterie board features prosciutto, salami, mortadella, and handmade sausages. Homemade pickled veggies, olives, and cheeses will also accompany Chef Gatti’s fine selection of meats which are all cured ‘in-house.’  Remember to save room for dessert as Chef Gatti has perfected a homemade line of alcohol-infused ice creams and fresh baked cones. For menu details & hours, visit

Photo Credit: Hannah Epstein

Address: 490 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213
Phone: (716) 464-3786

Resurgence Brewing Co.

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What’s better than a craft brew on a Buffalo summer day? Likely, nothing. We’re back – Chew On This blog posts will be in action all summer; we apologize for the time missed.  I was able to visit the newly established Resurgence Brewing Company located on Niagara Street this past Monday; what a way to start the week.  The space is simply gorgeous.  With a beautiful, industrial look, Resurgence pulled design inspiration from Brooklyn, Denver, Portland, and Vermont.  I had the chance to speak in person with master brewer and Syracuse native, Dave Collins; the man knew what he was talking about.  After a two year post graduate program at Niagara College in Canada, Dave learned most everything there is to know about the craft of brewing (though there is always more to learn.) Importantly, Dave grew to truly value and appreciate recipe development.  He describes Resurgence as “one of a kind.” Every beer idea is unique, creatively driven, and outside of the box.

Where The Magic Happens

Where The Magic Happens

Just outside the bar, (which only has one television), is a beer garden. Comfortably sized, the garden has picnic tables and a fire pit; perfect for a cool, (716) summer evening.  The purpose of a beer garden is to create a sense of community at Resurgence, as it brought in an eclectic crowd during the “soft opening” week.

Resurgence Beer Garden

Resurgence Beer Garden

Resurgence has carefully crafted eight brews to begin serving to the people of Buffalo.  Interestingly, the team was able to put together a couple of beers with ingredients representative of the area.  Featured beers, “Loganberry Wit” and “Sponge Candy Stout,” which took nine times to perfect, will win over so many beer and Buffalo enthusiasts; they are both incredibly tasty, too. The brewery seems like it will be a good fit in an attempt to revitalize the city – not to mention, their beers are delicious and well balanced.  Their signature Resurgence IPA has just the perfect amount of hops, and aims to be the Heady Topper of Buffalo.

Loganberry Wit

Loganberry Wit

Simply put, you can’t go wrong at Resurgence. Though most Buffalo bars are in business until 4 am, the latest Resurgence stays open is 11pm, on Fridays and Saturdays.  Their goal is to be the “jump off spot” between dinner and going out for the rest of the evening.

Grand Opening Weekend: June 27-29


Wed/Thurs 4pm-11pm

Friday 1pm-11pm

Sat/Sun 12pm-11pm

(Closed Mon/Tues)

1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY

(716) 381-9868