July-August 2011

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In the Field: Daniel & Jane Oles of Promised Land CSA

"Some may consider Oles traditional in harkening back to former customs, but in most people’s eyes, he is setting the trend for Western New York growers and restaurants."

Best of WNY 2011: Eat This V

The people (and cocktails) that make WNY restaurants special.

We're more than the sum of our parts

Best of WNY 2011: Eat This IV

Dining out!

Best of WNY 2011: Eat This III

Western New York's best sweet treats.

Best of WNY 2011: Eat This II

Fan of breakfast? You'll love this list from our Best of WNY feature.

Celebrity Bartending Annual Fundraiser

Stephen Besecker

Move over, Tom Clancy; here comes a WNY-born spy franchise

Best of WNY 2011: Eat This I

Burgers, and beer, and fish fry, oh my! Burgers, and beer, and fish fry, oh my! The Best of WNY's casual dining options.

The Dirt: Best of WNY, the plant edition

So many plants, so little time and space!

Best of WNY 2011: Shopaholic IV

The final web installment of our favorite places to shop in WNY!

We’ll Drink to That: A toast to botanical cocktails

Summer gardens can easily translate into delicious and refreshing cocktails.

Best of WNY 2011: Shopaholic III

WNY's best massage, pedicure, haircut, and more.

Budget Crunch: Shish Kebab Express

Big bites for under five bucks

NOTL—always an extraordinary destination

Best of WNY 2011: Shopaholic II

Fashion, fashion, fashion!!

Hot 5: Chalk Walk Competition

A highlight at Lewiston's Art Festival

Summer affair

A fun fundraiser for Hospice Buffalo

Best of WNY 2011: Shopaholic I

An interesting start to the four web posts that will showcase our "Best of" winners in this category

Burger DIY/Making your own burger mix is the key to a better burger

"You don’t have to own a restaurant, or a lot of gear, to get burgers worth bragging about off your own grill or griddle."

America’s Grape Country Wine Festival

The world's largest Concord grape growing region celebrates!

Theater Review: Shaw marks its first half century

"Shaw Festival marks its fiftieth anniversary by paying homage to its past while looking to the future."

Best of WNY 2011: It's the people IV

Most colorful WNYer, favorite local scandal, best dressed, and more!

Best of WNY 2011: It's the people III

Spree's picks for best people and teams in the WNY sports scene

Labor Day weekend at the Detroit Jazz Festival

"Held for the past thirty-one years ... the Detroit Jazz Festival features many of the hottest and most revered names in jazz ... "

Hot 5: Buffalo Brewfest

One of summer's hottest events!

The Foodies: Mary Tomaselli: A foodie not to be forgotten

Tomaselli was one of the WNY restaurant industry's most incredible people.

Game On: Bob Rich's sporting life

One of Buffalo's favorite people pens his memoir

Best of WNY 2011: It's the people II

Some of our best local personalities

Hot 5: The Hip are here!

Buffalo's favorite Canadian band plays the Central Wharf

"Best of" crossword solution revealed!

The answers to the July/August crossword puzzle.

Best of WNY 2011: It's the people I

The Arts and a few of those who make WNY's art scene so extraordinary

Golf is part of the plan at Chautauqua

Golf the day away at one of WNY's most beautiful courses.

Chautauqua Institituion's Athenaeum Hotel

"Higher learning and finer lodging"

Frederick Law Olmsted Gala

Don't miss this year's themed gala

Wines in the Wild

A favorite annual fundraiser supports the ever-improving Buffalo Zoo

Star Lights at the Buffalo Museum of Science

Cocktails under the stars

Best of WNY: Eye Candy Part II

Some of our favorite places and spaces

Best of WNY: Eye Candy Part I

WNY's best neighborhood, sights, parks, and photo ops top the list...

Jewish culture gets a home of its own in Chautauqua

"The newest of the denominational houses on the Chautauqua Institution's grounds."

Burger Battle: She says plancha, he says charbroil

Spree writer Alan Bedenko and food editor Christa Glennie Seychew quibble over some of WNY's best burgers.

Get Outside: Wilderness, WNY-style

Camping, hiking, and exploring in Allegany State Park.

Best of WNY: Out & About Part IV

Eating and drinking around town

Best of WNY: Out & About Part III

Some of our favorite places and things to do!

A collector-collection mash-up at CAM

"Mead and curator Michael J. Beam have assembled a visually diverse, conceptually unified exhibition lovingly spotlighting the symbiotic relationship that binds artists, museums, and collectors."

Ted's and Theodore's: Family shake-up in hot dog heaven

"With locally owned mom-and-pop restaurants becoming as rare as independent book stores, ... discord among the family behind one of Buffalo’s most iconic establishments is newsworthy by definition."

MusicalFare takes another shot at Sinatra

"My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra" marks a significant evolution in how MusicalFare creates new musicals

Putt for penguins with the Aquarium of Niagara

2011 Calendar of Garden Walks

Looking to enjoy a lovely garden walk? We've got a list of WNY walks taking place in July & August.

Gallery View: Videosphere

World on a screen

Best of WNY 2011: Out & About Part II

Our taverns and music houses

Hot 5: Buffalo Society of Artists Gallery at Artpark

Local artists on view at Artpark

Best of WNY 2011: Out & About Part I

July/August 2011 Spree Insider

Buffalo Spree's Best of Western New York Winners

All the winners from our 2011 list.

Welcome to the 2011 Best of WNY!

July/August 2011 Editor's Letter

Our annual "Best of" issue also brings crossword puzzles and double covers.
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