ON THE COVER
Getting down and saucy at Chef’s
Photo by kc kratt.
Cover design by Chastity Taber.



THE KIDS ISSUE
This month, Spree is where the wild things are. Of course we’re talking about kids, those whirling dervishes of fun and energy. Our experts find unique places to take the wee ones (book stores, eco-tours, star-gazing), along with ways they can be creatively nurtured (Science First Hand, art and music classes), give back to the community (Carly’s Club and Bald for Bucks), and have an awesome, educational time. We believe children are our future—give them the tools and the opportunities, and let them lead the way.
By William C. Altreuter, Larry Brooks, Jana Eisenberg, Lisa Kane, Elizabeth Licata, Ronald S. Montesano, Nancy J. Parisi, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Naomi Spencer, and Jennifer Wettlaufer


33 cool things 4 kids (excerpts)
By Bruce Adams
Young order
By Catherine Berlin

SPRING GARDENING
Plants have never been so popular, especially the ones you can eat, and Spree has some great advice on growing food organically at home, as well as stories on gardening with children, and a look at killer new garden accessories. Plus, a profile of author Amy Stewart and info on must-have books for the green thumb.
By Sally Cunningham, Elizabeth Licata, and Kathy Purdy.

Grow some food at home,
the organic way

By Sally Cunningham
Wicked Plants: Following the trail of botanical bad actors
By Elizabeth Licata


THE 716 / CALENDAR
Q&A: WNY artisans: strategizing in hard times
By Jana Eisenberg; photos by kc kratt
Books: WNY artisan
By Travis Braun
Spree Insider: A Springfest for ECMC
By Naomi Spencer
Cool Stuff: Changing the world, one entrepreneur at a time
By Caroline Huftalen
Ames brings Lockjaw to life
By Christopher Schobert
The Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert
Slice of WNY: Delaware Avenue in Kenmore
By Lisa Kane; photos by kc kratt
Picture This: Our readers show off as shutterbugs
By Spree readers
Great Buildings: From a date with the wrecking ball to restored and enhanced splendor
By Barry A. Muskat; photos by kc kratt


ARTS
Review: Buffalo: the acropolis of the avant-garde
By Meg Knowles
Preview: Pietrzak talks Hatchett
By Elizabeth Licata
Review: The action of Abstraction at AKAG
By Bruce Adams
Theater: Dogs, Bings, Moliere, and Miller in May
By Darwin McPherson



DINING
A review of Merge’s vegan and more menu; revisiting Hillebrand Winery; Allentown’s small plate options; the Foodies explore Pad Thai; tasting Dr. Frank, how to cook Portuguese in your own kitchen; a Hertel pubcrawl; a better burger at Rock Bottom; and the month in charity galas.
By Lisa Brown, Rick Criden, Ron Ehmke, Elizabeth Licata, Vicki G. Marshall, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Sarah Quintal, Margaret M. Toohey, and Jennifer Wutz-Lopes.

Take one: Merge offers vegan and more
By Jessica Keltz; photos by kc kratt
Take one: Bottom’s burger is tops
By Alan Bedenko; photos by kc kratt


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