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Allen Burger Venture

abvAllen Burger Venture will be serving their full dinner menu beginning at 5pm this evening.

ABV’s menu features an extensive array of dry-aged, grass-fed Angus beef Burgers in addition to Alternative Burgers, Mac n’ Cheese Skillets, Poutine, vegetable-rich Salads, and shared plates.

Owners Mike Shatzel and Chef Dino DeBell devised a burger recipe that incorporates a specific ratio of Brisket, Sirloin, and Chuck.  They’re sourcing their beef from grass fed cattle that graze on sustainable pastures out West, including Montana and Washington.  The bun recipe has also been perfected to accommodate each 8 ounce burger patty plus their toppings.

To compliment the fare at ABV, the bar menu offers wines on tap, a large selection of Craft Beers, and an array of spirits to include Bourbons, Whiskeys, and Single Malts.

If you’re unable to stop by ABV this evening, they’ll be open for lunch at 11:30am and serve Dinner & Lunch 7 Days a Week. Allen Burger Venture’s located at 175 Allen Street in Buffalo, New York / 716-768-0386.

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.

Summertime Tea

Filed under: Drinks

photos by Meghan Phelan

It’s summertime, and there’s nothing more refreshing than a chilled glass of iced tea. Knowing how to prepare homemade iced tea is both inexpensiveand useful, especially if you’re averse to buying sugary bottled teas from the convenience store.

As fresh and diverse as coffee, there are six types of tea grown all over the world: black, oolong, green, yellow, white, and post-fermented, or pu-ehr. Although each type has a flavor all it’s own, you might be surprised to know that tea leaves come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis.

When preparing homemade tea, loose-leaf tea is preferable to tea bags. Loose-leaf tea generally consists of flavorful, whole tea leaves as opposed to tea bags, which contain smaller tea leaves and tea dust. Blue Mountain Coffees on Elmwood has a nice selection of loose-leaf teas, as well as tea hardware, including teapots and teacups. Condrell’s in Kenmore, in addition to being a candy and ice cream parlor, also has a good selection of loose-leaf teas. Not surprisingly, their teas are flavored to smell and taste like delicious treats, such as lemon soufflé and caramel apple. Condrell’s has convenient scent jars next to their loose-leaf teas so customers can experience the tea’s flavor before buying it.

100_3898For tea connoisseurs, TeaLeafs in Williamsville stocks over 220 kinds of loose-leaf teas, ranging from fun, fruity blends like “Sweet Watermelon Oolong,” “Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose,” and “Magic Moon,” to luxurious and rare selections like “Jasmine Pearls,” “Golden Monkey,” and “Mandarin Black Pu-erh.” There’s also a selection of organic teas and tea hardware, including rare cast iron and Chinese Yixing clay teapots. Comparable to a tea boutique, TeaLeafs sells all the necessary teatime ritual tools.

For a fun, tea twist at summer parties, pick up some of TeaLeafs’ “Owl’s Brew” tea blends. These blends are specifically made to mix with alcohol for unique cocktails. TeaLeafs offers three different “Owl’s Brew” blends: the “Classic,” a blend of English Breakfast tea and lemon peel, the “Black & Pink,” a blend of Darjeeling tea, strawberries, lemon peel, and hibiscus, and the “Coco-Lada,” a sweet and spicy twist on the classic Pina Colada, that contains a blend of black teas, traditional chai spices, coconut, and pineapple.

Once you have the proper teas and tea hardware, you can enjoy making both hot and iced tea. Here’s an easy, two-step iced tea recipe to try at home:

STEP 1: Follow the tea’s brewing instructions, but use twice the amount of tea.

STEP 2: Once the tea is finished brewing, pour the hot tea over ice, and wait for it to chill. By using twice the amount of tea, the tea’s natural flavor won’t be diluted once the ice is added. If you want the flavor of the tea to be stronger, just add more tea leaves rather than steeping the tea longer. Over-steeping tea will only give your drink a strong, bitter flavor.

Ice Tea - Glass and Pitcher

Another old-fashioned, summertime tea treat that’s easy to make at home is “sun tea.” Just fill up a pitcher with filtered water, throw in your favorite tea, cover the pitcher with plastic wrap, and then leave it out in the sun for a few hours. The flavor of sun tea is mellower than hot tea poured over ice since sun tea takes a few hours (as opposed to minutes) to infuse its flavor into the water.

A healthy alternative to soft drinks, iced coffee, and other sugary beverages, tea is rich in antioxidants and can be one of the healthiest, flavorful beverage choices you can make!

– by Adelina Simpson & Meghan Phelan

The Bavarian Nut Roasting Company

Filed under: Desserts & Sweets, Drinks

If you’ve taken a walk down Elmwood recently, you might have caught a sugary whiff of cinnamon and vanilla. What you smelled was a 200-year-old German recipe wafting from Dan Desrosiers’ new Elmwood shop, The Bavarian Nut Company.

Desrosiers, a Montreal native, opened the Elmwood shop five weeks ago, but the nut roasting company has been around for twenty years, originally located in Clarence. Around town, especially at festivals such as Taste of Buffalo, they are best known for their traditional Bavarian nut recipe that involves a unique glaze of cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla that is available on almonds, pecans, and cashews.

Cinnamon glazed pecans roasting.

Cinnamon glazed pecans roasting.

The company also sells pistachios, peanuts, walnuts, and trail mix in a variety of specialty roasts, including Buffalo, Cajun, and cinnamon glazed dipped in chocolate. While some roasters add flour to the copper kettle as the nuts roast, since nuts are sold by weight, Desrosiers stressed that the Bavarian Nut Company doesn’t add flour, and so the nuts are gluten-free.

Owner Dan Desrosiers with a fresh batch of cinnamon glazed pecans.

Owner Dan Desrosiers with a fresh batch of cinnamon glazed pecans.

Evolving to serve the foot traffic on Elmwood, the company now also sells bubble tea, with varieties such as honeydew, avocado, and taro. They also have fruit teas including guava, green apple, passion fruit, and mango flavors. And, if the German nuts and Taiwanese drinks still don’t satiate cosmopolitan tastes, the shop now also sells French macaroons received directly from Parisian cafes.

The nut shop, open from 1:30pm until about 7:00pm or later, as summer traffic progresses, offers alternative finger food for walking down the Elmwood strip. The nuts come in a cone, or in Nutcracker tins for special occasions, and are an easy, light snack to munch on, especially during summer.



Address822 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo  14222

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.

Filed under: Drinks

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




Buffalo’s Best Mixologists Face Off in Cocktail Showdown

Tommy Lombardo's "Bellweather" featured cucumber-infused Nolet’s Gin, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, creme de violette, lemon juice, and fresh lavender.

Tommy Lombardo’s “Bellweather” featured cucumber-infused Nolet’s Gin, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, crème de violette, lemon juice, and fresh lavender.

On Monday, INdustry Night (IN) celebrated one year of bringing together Buffalo-area culinary professionals, writers, and food enthusiasts for twice-monthly themed events with a booze-soaked, open-to-the-public party and cocktail competition showcasing some of the finest mixology talent Buffalo has to offer. My fellow party-goers and I had the pleasure of sampling each of the four drinks vying for the title of “best,” and, overall, I was very impressed.

The Ruby-Fennel Fizz from Bacchus’s Michael “Greenie” Green was the first drink served. A combination of Nolet’s Gin, fennel seed-infused simple syrup, fresh grapefruit juice, and club soda, garnished with fennel fronds and a slice of grapefruit, it was a light and refreshing way to start the night.

Tony Rials’ winning “I Dream of G&T” earned high marks for its name, technical execution, appearance, and cohesiveness.

Tony Rials of Mike A at the Hotel Lafayette followed with I Dream of G&T, another Nolet’s-based cocktail whose name, I’m guessing, is a nod to its pink hue. With green Chartreuse, strawberry-chamomile tonic, strawberry water, and Chandon rosé, the drink tasted of herbs and flowers with an undercurrent of berry and a hint of of clove. It had an understated sweetness and complex flavor profile. The judges named it the night’s winning drink, scoring it particularly well for drink name, technical execution, appearance, and cohesiveness.

My personal favorite drink of the evening (and the crowd favorite, based on popular vote) was a Don Julio Reposado number called Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The drink was created by Vera Pizzeria bar manager Kerry Quaile, who combined the golden amber tequila with cucumber syrup, grapefruit shrub, Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Bitters, and champagne. The boldly flavored drink managed to be lip-smackingly tart upfront and sweet and spicy at the finish without overpowering the floral and herbal notes of the tequila. I could have kept drinking these all night.

Barely behind Breakfast at Tiffanys in terms of deliciousness and downright craveability was the judges’ pick for second-placea cocktail called Bellweather by Ristorante Lombardo’s Tommy Lombardo. For this unique riff on the classic Aviation, Tommy mixed cucumber-infused Nolet’s Gin with Dolin Blanc Vermouth, crème de violette, lemon juice, and fresh lavender. I worried that the drink would be overwhelmingly floral, but the bright acidity of the lemon and the drink’s ice-cold presentation tempered but didn’t mask the violet and lavender. It’s a drink that should put the bar at Ristorante Lombardo on every cocktail connoisseur’s must-try list. If you’re planning on attending the Italian Festival in August, note that the restaurant will be serving specialty drinks on its patio throughout the event.

A full rundown of how the judges scored each drink is available on IN’s Facebook page, where you can also find details on the group’s August 5 event: a pie bake-off and coffee tasting.

Your Monday Just Got Better: IN Invites You to Its Second Annual Cocktail Competition

At IN's 2012 competition, Vera served the North Star, a blend of tea-infused Rittenhouse Rye, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, egg white, and absinthe, with cinnamon, Angostura bitters, and star anise garnish.

At IN’s 2012 competition, Vera served the North Star, a blend of tea-infused Rittenhouse Rye, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, egg white, and absinthe, with cinnamon, Angostura bitters, and star anise garnish.

Just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean you can’t party like it’s the weekend. Tonight at Seabar, four of Buffalo’s best mixologists—Michael Green of Bacchus, Tommy Lombardo of Ristorante Lombardo, Kerry Quaile of Vera Pizzeria, and Tony Rial of Mike A at Hotel Lafayette—will compete for the honor of best drink at INdustry Night’s One-Year Anniversary/Second-Annual Cocktail Competition, and you’re invited.

The event, sponsored by Empire Merchants North and KegWorks and hosted by Chef Mike Andrzejewski and Feed Your Soul’s Christa Glennie Seychew, runs from 9:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public. If you are at least 21 years old and enthusiastic about good food and drink, stop by for complimentary tastes of all four craft cocktails and vote for your favorite. Attendees can also expect giveaways, samples of gourmet Luxardo-brand maraschino cherries, a cash bar, and, to satiate cocktail-induced taco cravings, a special appearance by Lloyd.

Check out IN’s website for more info on the boozy, fun-filled party. For those who can’t make it, I’ll be posting an event recap later this week.

Spring and Summer Sips Worth Savoring

summer wineIf you are looking for a great warm-weather wine for your Memorial Day barbeque, look no further than downtown Buffalo’s own City Wine Merchant. This locally-owned boutique wine shop just got in a great selection of refreshing white and reds perfect for washing down your favorite grilled fare or just sipping outside as you soak up the sun. What’s better, many of them are under $20, and all of them are hand-selected by proprietor Eric Geneau, who takes pride in stocking high-quality, often small-production, wines

City Wine Merchant holds free tastings every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. (as well as special tasting events throughout the year), so I had the pleasure of trying two of the spring/summer selections: a lip-smacking, lemony white Bordeaux and a delicious merlot- based blend that is light enough to enjoy when temperatures run high but not so light that it couldn’t stand up to food. It even comes in a convenient half-bottle for you solo imbibers out there.

Among the other spring/summer offerings, I was particularly excited to find a Txakolina. This effervescent white is consumed in mass quantities across Spain’s Basque Region but is much harder to find in the United States, and I spent too much time last summer trying to hunt down a bottle locally. I am happy to report I can now pick some up anytime I want (or until stock runs out) just a few blocks from my workplace.

Eric calls this Txakolina complex and really interesting, and I am wondering if that has something to do with its 11% potency (many Txakolina are young and lower in alcohol). I can’t wait to find out this weekend.

Salud, Buffalo!