There’s always something to celebrate in Buffalo. That’s why this month is all about throwing, attending, and planning parties. There are behind-the-scenes looks at what goes on in the kitchen at a wedding reception, how to put together a charity benefit and hold a perfect dinner party, mistakes to avoid, and party disasters. We’ve also got profiles of wedding producers, caterers, and event and party planners. Plus, pet parties. You read that correctly. Even our four-legged friends need to get down once in awhile.
By Donna Evans-Deyermond, Joe George, Gwen Ito, Julianna Jacoby-Patrowski, Jessica Keltz, Maria Scrivani, Joe Sweeney, and Julie Weslowski.

The man behind the world’s
largest disco

Story and photos by Nancy J. Parisi
Dining in high style
By Barry A. Muskat
Dinner table design
By Elizabeth Licata,
designed by Martin Kemp Designs;
photographed by kc kratt.
Celebrate good times
with the right soundtrack—
your guide to party music

By Joe Sweeney
2008 Charity Event Calendar

Twelve months of the
Botanical Gardens, restoring the Hull House, the Allentown Association’s new website, Freedom Run Winery,
BECHS’s new archivist, and
a special holiday calendar.
By Ron Ehmke, Julia Friedman,
and Christopher Schobert

Style: Party dresses and more
By Catherine Berlin
Gadget Planet
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin
Gardening: Orchids on display
By Elizabeth Licata
Blog Cabin: Grammar police
By Jennifer Wutz-Lopes
Vanity Wars
By “Ambrose” and “Faith”
Staying Alive:
Occupational hazards
By Bruce Adams

Review of Brick Oven
Bistro; Kelsch’s cold cider;
the Founding Fathers experience; making hors d’oeuvres; cooking with NY’s farmers; contemporary fondue; and the month in galas.
By Lisa Brown, Ron Ehmke,
Joe George, and
Terri Parsell Hilmey.

Thanksgiving wines
By Mark Criden
Revisiting La Dolce Vita
By Alan Bedenko
The Foodies: Sea Bar
By Vicki G. Marshall and
Margaret M. Toohey

The great name debate,
Buffalo Bills memories, and
bloggers on winter.
By Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Christopher Schobert,
and Jennifer Wutz-Lopes


Film: A visit to the 2007
Toronto Film Festival
By Christopher Schobert
Visual art:
Beyond/In looks ahead

By Bruce Adams
The Wright pieces
By Barry Muskat
Theater: Brother Augustine
Towey on O’Neill and more

By Ron Ehmke
Theater: Classic choices
By Darwin McPherson
Music: BPO fall preview
By Jeffrey S. Levine
Literature: Babel begins
By Christopher Schobert
P22 Type Foundry
By Julie Wesolowski
Plus, Beyond/In WNY highlights and the music of Charles Haupt.

A festive holiday tablescape designed by Martin Kemp
of Martin Kemp Designs.
Photography by kc kratt.