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Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile Opens in Elmwood Village

Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile Opens in Elmwood Village

By Nina Barone

Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile, a full service, European inspired, neighborhood cheese and specialty food store, recently opened in the Elmwood Village. In 2010, the Elmwood Village Association conducted a consumer needs survey and identified a cheese shop as one of the top five businesses people would like to see open on Elmwood Avenue. Respondents identified the need for five specific niche businesses: cheese store, hardware store, sporting goods store, butcher shop and seafood store.

Located at 423 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile’s current hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.

Buffalo’s Best Mac & Cheese Challenge

Buffalo’s Best Mac & Cheese Challenge

Twenty area eateries are offering specials of everyone’s favorite comfort food, thanks to Buffalo’s Best Mac & Cheese Challenge, sponsored by Lactalis Foodservice. The promotion runs through March 31. Chefs must include at least one of Lactilis’ artisan brands of cheeses, and those receiving the highest percentage of “like” votes will win. The winning restaurant’s Chef and wait staff will win prizes, as well as customers.

There are three great restaurant options where you can dine in the Elmwood Village. Here’s a rundown of the special dishes they’re serving:

Blue Monk: “Smoked Chorizo, Tiger Shrimp with Pancetta, Onions, Bell Peppers in a Brie Fondue” (President Brie)

The Place: “Veggie Mac & Cheese” and a “Meat Mac & Cheese” (Sorrento Provolone and Asiago)

Shwarma King has its Ups and Downs

Shwarma King has its Ups and Downs

I’m not exactly sure how I first found out about Shawarma King but for the last 6 months it’s been on my to d

Walden Galleria to Host "Red Cross Night"

Walden Galleria to Host "Red Cross Night"

March is Red Cross Month, and Walden Galleria is supporting the local Chapter through “Red Cross Night” this Wednesday, March 7th. From 5pm until closing time, three Walden Galleria restaurants-Bravo, Gordon Biersch and The Melting Pot-will donate 10% of every customer’s bill to the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties.

“We are so grateful to Walden Galleria for supporting our mission of preventing, preparing for and responding to disaster here in Western New York,” said Emily Shafer, American Red Cross Development Associate. “The best part of this event is that customers can support the Red Cross by doing nothing more than enjoying a great meal with their friends or family on Wednesday evening.”

Lancaster Firefighters Ditch Ladders, Grab Serving Trays

Lancaster Firefighters Ditch Ladders, Grab Serving Trays

On Tuesday, February 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Lancaster, NY will join forces with members of the Lancaster Fire Department to put out meals, not fires. The event is part of Applebee’s “Tip-A-Firefighter” fundraiser and will help the firemen and women raise key funds to support the Lancaster Fire Department Explorer Program. The Explorer program is an initiative for youth ages 14 to 18 and teaches the importance of fire safety and prevention.

South Buffalo Set to Welcome Brick Oven Bistro & Deli

South Buffalo Set to Welcome Brick Oven Bistro & Deli

Brick Oven Bistro & Deli, offering a unique mix of artisan brick oven pizzas, delicious entrees served in new and exciting ways, gourmet deli sandwiches and much more, is set to open at 3 p.m. Monday, February 13. South Buffalo’s newest restaurant is located at 910 Abbott Road and breathes new life into a former neighborhood market that stood vacant for several years.

The behind-the-scenes team that has been busy creating this new eatery includes South Buffalo natives Charlie Goodspeed and John Glavey, with Goodspeed bringing more than 30 years of restaurant experience to the table. Overseeing the kitchen is Boston, N.Y., native Andrew Murtha. Chef Murtha built his fine dining resumé in both Buffalo and Philadelphia.

Farm-to-table Dining Featured at Braise Food & Wine

Farm-to-table Dining Featured at Braise Food & Wine

Following is the first of a series of articles focused on the many incredible restaurants awaiting visitors in nearby London, Ontario.

Braise Food & Wine has a particular glamour with its chic, ultra-sophisticated decor combined with deliciously intelligent and artful cuisine. The eco-friendly restaurant design incorporates organic materials mixed with contemporary surfaces for a crisp, eclectic, urban sensibility. A solid walnut-topped bar is one of the focal points in the 126-seat room, which includes a 30-seat bar and comfortable lounge.