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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.

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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.  

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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 TheProvidenceSocial.com.

Photo Credit: Hannah Epstein

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

The Rooster & Two Chicks Bakery to Open on Allen Street This July

Rooster and2Chicks logo5cropA two-in-one eclectic gift shop and bakery, the Rooster & Two Chicks, is set to open at 93 Allen Street, between Virginia Place and Delaware Avenue, on a to-be-determined date in July.
 
The shop is the vision turned reality of longtime friends Barbara Buchnowski, Arlene Rung, and Rick Smith, who came up with the idea to open a business that put to optimal use the talents each brought to the table. Rick, who owned a store in New York City before moving back to Buffalo, will repurpose items into unique housewares and other collectibles to sell in the gift shop; Arlene, who has years of experience baking extensively for friends, family, and co-workers, will create the inventory for the bakery; and Barbara will serve as the trio’s marketing and public relations guru.
 
In its pursuit to become Buffalo’s “sweet tooth-curbing destination between business hours,” the Rooster & Two Chicks will target downtown workers in need of a quick afternoon pick-me-up and sales representatives looking for a unique treat to bring on calls with a variety of cookies, cupcakes, individual-sized pies and sweet quick breads, and other goodies rooted in American baking traditions. Here is sneak peak at the menu (note the vegan, gluten-free, and paleo offerings): (This post continues; click to read more…)

On Corn Cookies and Food Trucks

Corn CookiesDo yourself a favor and head over to Blackbird Sweets at Horsefeathers Market and get your hands on a freshly baked corn cookie.

I discovered this unassuming treat at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, where Blackbird vends on Saturdays, and I can tell you with certainty that it is my favorite cookie from a Western New York bakery to date.

It is not particularly beautiful, but don’t let its simple appearance deter you. It’s dense, moist, and chewy in the center; crunchy and caramelized around the edges; and peppered with just the right amount of corny grit to keep things interesting. It is rich and nuanced with the flavor of nutty butter and sweet corn, and it is subtly sweet, not cloying, which perfectly balances the salty finish that lingers after each bite. I ate mine plain but have since thought about using them to make homemade ice cream sandwiches or crumbling one over a bowl of chili.

Blackbird Sweets owner Andrea Amodeo tells me she is experimenting with a gluten-free corn cookie recipe and hopes to have both versions at the farmers market this Saturday. In addition to corn cookies, Blackbird Sweets carries an array of cupcakes and other baked goods, and makes custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies by special order. Check out the bakery’s Facebook page for store hours.

Food Truck Tuesdays Kicks Off at Larkinville

While you’re downtown grabbing a corn cookie, stop by Larkin Square today from 5 to 8 p.m. for a veritable food truck smorgasbord. Lloyd Taco Truck, R&R BBQ, Roaming Buffalo, Sweet Hearth, and the Whole Hog Truck will be there selling grub to the public as part of the summer event series Food Truck Tuesdays. Regular Larkin Square vendors Square 1 Sandwiches and the Larkin Ice Cream Cart will also be open, and beer and wine will be available for purchase, so grab some friends and seize the opportunity to sample the cuisine of some of the area’s finest mobile kitchens.