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Cookin' theater, cool dates, and food for lovers


Weekend stages; news from Shea's



Happy Valentine's Day! If you're planning a theater date, Cookin' at the Cookery at MusicalFare and What I Thought I Knew at Jewish Repertory Theatre are both highly recommended!


After a nationwide search, Shea's Performing Arts Center has hired Niagara University alumnus Bill Patti as its new general manager. Patti's primary role will be oversight of Shea’s 710 Theatre season, strategic partnerships, and community engagement. For the past ten years, Patti had been artistic director and theater manager of the Highlands Playhouse in Highlands, North Carolina.



Celebrate winter with your sweetheart



It's been a mild winter, so finally getting some snow cover is nothing to complain about. Last February we had some invigorating suggestions for winter dates in the great outdoors. They included a cross-country skiing expedition http://www.buffalospree.com/Buffalo-Spree/February-2019/Great-Dates-Make-tracks-to-love/ and, always a favorite, a winter walk around Goat Island and a look at the snowy Falls. http://www.buffalospree.com/Buffalo-Spree/February-2019/Great-Dates-Winter-Edition/



Get something cooking


Toronto chef and instructor Bruno DiSarno


Food can be very romantic. Some foods are even considered aphrodisiacs, like raw oysters, dark chocolate, champagne, and Pringles (OK, maybe that's just me). Take your honey on a food-themed day trip to nearby Toronto, East Aurora, Canandaigua, or Rochester. If you can't make it this weekend, advance tickets make excellent gifts.


Cucinato Italian Culinary Studio

1338 Lansdowne Ave., Toronto, ON

Cucinato studio is the place to learn all things Italian —from making pasta to pizza, risotto and baked goods like biscotti and others made from gianduja (chocolate hazelnut spread) or Nutella. The studio also hosts popular four-course dinner events.


Flower City Food Tours


Tours include a stroll along the Erie Canal in Pittsford, the Neighborhood of the Arts full of stylish restaurants and cafés; Park Avenue, and Rochester’s City Center for an uptown-downtown tour of some of the city’s best restaurants. Tours run five days a week and last three hours. Each tour includes seven tastings with beverages included.


Delicious East Aurora


This quaint town is a burgeoning destination for food and craft beer located just twenty minutes from downtown Buffalo. Tours include a visit to the famous Vidler’s 5 & 10, The Aurora Popcorn Shop in the lobby of the 1925 Aurora Theatre, The Purrfect Tea & Tea Lounge, and the Riley Street Station, a gastropub located in what was once a railway station. 


New York Kitchen

800 S Main Street, Canandaigua
(585) 394-7070

New York Kitchen, formerly the New York Wine & Culinary Center, offers many unique options for cooking classes. You can learn everything from sushi rolling to pasta making, cooking for two, knife fundamentals and Kitchen FUNdamentals—with choices for both the novice and advanced cooks. Most of these hands-on experiences include a glass of wine.



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