October Food Events
October is the perfect month to get out and enjoy the local food scene. Several events taking place during the height of harvest will surely supply ample motivation for a foodie adventure.
There are few things Buffalonians love more than beer and sausage, so Oktoberfest events abound this time of year. But we are taking a foodie approach and suggesting that you catch Community Beer Works brewer Ethan Cox at Delish Cooking School on October 12. Guests will experience a live cooking demonstration and sample lovely brews paired with Oktoberfest favorites featuring great ingredients like Spar’s European sausage. Preregistration is required; the class costs $50. Contact Delish at delishblackrock.com; or 716-881-2022.
Local Restaurant Week returns
Local Restaurant Week is back! From October 15 to 21, WNYers can try out new restaurants, revisit favorites, and support the many, many locally owned independent eateries that make up the fabric of our region’s food culture. So skip that same old boring chain place you’ve been eating at all year and head out for something more exciting (and probably more affordable). As always, restaurants participating in LRW offer prix fixe meals at value pricing. Check back with BuffaloSpree.com during the week to see our picks for LRW Fall 2012!
While we’re at it, let’s examine a couple of LRW tips for dining success:
• Sort out your reservations early, since the best places always fill up fast. See localrestaurantweek.com for details.
• Remember to tip properly. Anytime you are using a coupon, gift certificate, or special discount of some kind, proper etiquette requires that the tip amount should equal fifteen to twenty percent of what you would have spent on the meal had it not been discounted.
• Order a glass of local beer or wine while you’re at it and share the LRW love with our local brewers and vintners.
• If splitting the check, let the server know before you order, or save yourself the trouble and just bring cash.
The Pork Kings
Sunday, October 28, is the date of the third annual Nose-to-Tail feast, presented by the culinary teams from Carmelo’s and Bistro Europa. All of the chefs involved are known for their dedication to the local food movement and their wildly creative use of T-Meadow Farm’s luscious pork, which is available on their menus year round. At Nose-to-Tail, supporters of these two great restaurants and T-Meadow farmer Rich Tilyou can celebrate their porcine efforts with nine amazing courses, including wine (both a red and a white are offered), and Pork Slap beer, in keeping with the meal’s theme, of course.
The meal is always tremendous fun and utterly satisfying. Last year, guests were treated to the same number of courses which included housemade pork rinds seasoned with powdered cheddar and pimenton, pork belly served with spaghetti squash and pomegranate molasses, and excellent maple bacon ice cream. It’s all so good, you might even get the “pork giggles.”
The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. on October 28 at Bistro Europa, but you can secure your seat with a credit card by calling at 716-884-1100. Nose-to-Tail always sells out quickly, so don’t hesitate. Seats are $150 (not including tax and eighteen percent gratuity).