Sunday, June 30, 2013

Free tours of ethnic grocery stores on July 13

To celebrate Buffalo’s ethnic diversity, Slow Food Buffalo Niagara, in conjunction with the International Institute of Buffalo, will conduct tours at six of Buffalo’s ethnic grocery stores on Saturday, July 13.

Free and open to the public, the tours will give participants an opportunity to expand their culinary knowledge and to discover new food sources in Buffalo.

Tour guide and chef Scotty Harris will discuss products he buys at An Chau Asian Market

Slow Food Buffalo Niagara, like its parent Slow Food USA, believes that the pleasures of good food can help build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity.

The International Institute of Buffalo, as a fundraiser and to publicize Buffalo’s growing food diversity, has developed a “Map for Adventurous Eaters” highlighting ethnic grocery stores and restaurants in the City of Buffalo. Copies of the map may are available at the International Institute, 846 Delaware Ave.  A donation of $10 is suggested for the map.

The July 13 tours will start promptly at the schedule times. Participants should meet the tour guide at the entrance to the store.

A vegetable stand at Buffalo's Broadway Market

The ethnic grocery stores to be featured and the tour guides at each are:

9:30 a.m. — Guercio & Sons, 250 Grant St., tour guide Michelle Stevens

10:45 a.m. — Horsefeathers Market, 346 Connecticut St., tour guide Niki Klem

11:00 a.m. — Sinbad Market, 2896 Delaware Ave., tour guide May Shogan

11:45 a.m. — West Side Bazaar, 25 Grant St., tour guide Erin St. John Kelly

1:00 p.m. —  An Chau Asian Market, 3306 Bailey Ave., tour guide Scotty Harris

2:00 p.m. — Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, tour guide “Airborne Eddy” Dobosiewicz

Monday, June 17, 2013

Join our June 14 field trip to Community Beer Works

Our first summer “field trip” will take Slow Food Buffalo Niagara and its friends to Buffalo’s award-winning Community Beer Works for a tour and sample tasting.
We also will be joined by the Roaming Buffalo food truck for individual food purchase.
The event will run from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Community Beer Works, 15 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo. The tour/tasting will cost $5.
New York’s first nanobrewery, Community Beer Works began providing fresh, high-quality, local beer in April 2012. Its motto is “Embeer Buffalo.”
”Our goal is to foster a sense of community and place, enriching our hometown through the production of damn good beer,” CBW says on its website.
The crew behind New York's first nanobrewery
It adds:” The founders of CBW all have roots in Buffalo and we want our brewery to be an integral part of our city and the neighborhood our brewery is located in. We are donating our spent grain to the Massachusetts Avenue Project, disposing of it in an ecologically friendly, mutually beneficial manner, and are planning similar partnerships with other community organizations in the city.”
Community Beer Works was named Best New Brewery in New York State in the RateBeer Best 2012 Awards.
CBW’s The IPA took second place in the Brewing News2013 National IPA Championship, beating six other breweries head-to-head, including Founders, Bear Republic and Fat Heads.
Christopher and Valerie Taylor are the proprietors of the Roaming Buffalo, one of our region’s first food trucks. Their menu features the B-Lo Classic Burger, “Dizzle Burger” and the notorious WTF!?!? Burger, topped with bacon jam and peanut butter.

Chris and Val were introduced to the readers of The Buffalo News in a recent People Talk column.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Spring Convivium Photos


A huge “thank you” to the friends of Slow Food Buffalo Niagara who attended the May 29 spring dinner and fundraiser at Shango Bistro and Wine Bar. A special shout out goes to the growers and producers who were represented in the dinner: Dan and Jane Oles from Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm, Julie Blackman from Blackman Homestead Farm and owner of Farmers & Artisans, Ethan Cox and Rudy Watkins of Community Beer Works, and Robin and Duncan Ross from Arrowhead Spring Vineyards.

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