BEST OF WESTERN
NEW YORK
Welcome to Buffalo Spree’s “Best Of” issue—Part II. As with last year’s introductory stab at figuring out what’s tops in WNY, we’ve included more than 200 categories and combined a reader’s poll with panels of experts to come to a final result. Each category includes winner and second place choices, along with panel remarks and editorial comments. The section also includes alternate picks, profiles, sidebars, and random commentary (some of us just wanted to vent).
By Spree writers and panelists Bruce Adams, William Altreuter, Stefani Bardin, Catherine Berlin, Ron Ehmke, Jana Eisenberg, Cynnie Gaasch, Jessica Keltz, Elizabeth Licata, Vicki G. Marshall, Darwin McPherson, Gerald Mead, Lauren Newkirk Maynard, Nancy Parisi, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Christopher Schobert, Joe Sweeney, Margaret M. Toohey, and Catherine Young; participants in the Readers Poll; and outside panelists Jade Chen, Ellen Amy Maxwell, Mogavero, Kevin Purdum, Susan Tanner, and Jim Walkowiak.

TESTING THE WATERS
Water, water, everywhere: some of it we can access and enjoy; some it it we can’t. Spree writers look at the highlights (boating, waterfalls, and beautiful waterfront condos) and the lowlights (miles of underutilized lakefront) of our WNY waterways.
By Bruce Adams, Larry Brooks, Donna Evans-Deyermond, Anna Geronimo Hausmann, Allissa Kline, Jeffrey Levine, Gerald Mead, Barry A. Muskat, Philip Nyhuis, Maria Scrivani, Jennifer Wutz-Lopes, and Catherine Young.

INFO @ SPREE/ CALENDAR
Mikey’s blog, the Nash House, Flower Confidential, KidBiz, Infringement Festival, and special summer calendars.
By Ron Ehmke, Elizabeth Licata, Christopher Schobert, and Stephanie Schomer

CITY
A sideways renovation
By Elizabeth Licata
Buffalo Old Home Week
By Christopher Schobert
South Buffalo entrepreneurs
By Leeanne Shear
Blog baby fever
By Jennifer Wutz-Lopes

LIVING
Golf: Amateur events

By Ronald S. Montesano
Style: Style watch

By Catherine Berlin
Gadget Planet
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin

ON THE COVER
Art direction by Chastity
Taber and digital art by
Joshua Flanigan.
Special thanks to Ted’s.

ARTS
Arts profile: the legacy of
Martha Visser’t Hooft

By Dean Brownrout
Visual arts review:
Francis Bacon at the Knox
By Bruce Adams
Visual arts review:
Ansel Adams at Eastman House
By Nancy J. Parisi
Music preview:
Summer at Artpark
By Heather J. Violanti
Music preview: Kingdom Bound
By Bruce Eaton
Music essay: Getting the Hip
By Christopher Schobert
Theater review: Two at Shaw
By Ron Ehmke
Book review: The Story is True
By Ron Ehmke

FOOD
Three reviews, waterfront dining with the Foodies, letters to the oenophile, ratatouille, a Kaisertown pub crawl, and backyard bouillabaisse.
By Alan J. Bedenko, Lisa Brown, Ron Ehmke, and Joe George.
Palace of Dosas

By Sandra Firmin
Water, water everywhere
By Vicki G. Marshall
and Margaret M. Toohey
The existential oenophile
By Mark Criden