WNY chefs Michael Sinatra (Sinatra’s),
Daniel Johengen (Daniel’s),
Chris Salvati (Ristorante Lombardo),
Nancy Grimaldi (San Marco Ristorante),
and Kuni Sato (Kuni’s).
Photography by kc kratt.
Cover design by Chastity Taber.

Gone are the days when chefs were hidden in the background, toiling away in the kitchen while diners took their skills for granted. Now, we choose a restaurant because of its chef. This month Spree talks to some of the greats of Buffalo food, the purveyors of splendid sushi and sumptuous steaks, the geniuses behind Daniel’s, Hutch’s, Torches, and other local cathedrals of cuisine. Where do they like to eat? What do they love to cook? And just how does one go about becoming a top chef, anyway? These answers and more have been prepared and served for your reading pleasure.
By Michelle A. Blackley, Mark Ciemcioch, Rick Criden, Bruce Eaton, Jana Eisenberg, Donna Evans-Deyermond, Sandra Firmin, Joe George, Donna Hoke Kahwaty, Jeffrey Levine, Elizabeth Licata, Vicki G. Marshall, Ronald S. Montesano, Lauren Newkirk Maynard, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Kevin Purdy, Maria Scrivani, Joe Sweeney, Margaret M. Toohey, and Jennifer Wettlaufer.

Speaking French in Hamburg:
Daniel Johengen

By Sandra Firmin
Locally grown,
locally marketed, locally eaten:
A roundtable discussion

By Lauren Newkirk Maynard
Cutting edge minus the attitude:
Mike Andrzejewski

By Kevin Purdy
Through the ranks with spice:
Mark Hutchinson

By Joe Sweeney

Q&A: Aaron Bartley, executive director, PUSH Buffalo
By Jana Eisenberg; photo by kc kratt
Cool Stuff: And the ADDY goes to …
By Naomi Spencer
Cool Stuff: Building architecture education
By Kelly Hayes McAlonie; photos by kc kratt
Picture This: Our readers show off as shutterbugs
By Spree readers
Mola Ram Rituals
By Joe Sweeney
Slice of WNY:
Main Street between LaSalle and Englewood

By Lisa Kane; photos by kc kratt
Spree Insider: March’s fantastic four
By Naomi Spencer
The Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert

Visual Art:
Bruce Jackson takes a wide-angle look at prison life

By Nancy J. Parisi
Music: A month of Mendelssohn
By Jeffrey Levine
Dance: Two new companies share a vision in Buffalo
By Nancy Galeota-Wozny
Theater: Sherman, George, Porter, and Gabler on the stage
By Darwin McPherson

Style: Big renovations for a Little house
By Barry A. Muskat
Controlling your own future: some words on retirement
By Toby F. Laping

Our March dining guide features a survey of local dark brews perfect for late winter, as well as our usual look at the month in galas and charity events.
By Terri Parsell Hilmey and Jay Pawlowski.

Beer: Embrace the dark side
By Jay Pawlowski

Editor’s letter, Deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Index of advertisers
Who was there
Bflo Days:
Buffalo hoop dreams
By Christopher Schobert