Cover model Marianne Minbiole shows off some 2010 Best Ofs. Photo by kc kratt. Cover design by Chastity Taber.

The votes have been counted, the plaques are printed, and it’s time to party—Spree Best Of-style. Each year, our panel of experts and dedicated readers cast their ballots for the best of the best. You’ll notice some new categories and old favorites, as well as some tongue-in-cheek sidebars and “alt picks.” Our winners help make WNY a unique, fun place to live, work, and play. Got any categories you’d like to see included next time? Let us know!
The panelists and writers: William C. Altreuter, Alan Bedenko, Jade Chen, Mark Criden, Rick Criden, Bruce Eaton, Jana Eisenberg, Ron Ehmke, Cynnie Gaasch, Terri Parell Hilmey, Donna Hoke, Meg Knowles, Elizabeth Licata, Vicki G. Marshall, Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Darwin McPherson, Jane Mogavero, Nancy J. Parisi, Jay Pawlowski, Kevin Purdy, Christopher Schobert, Christa Glennie Seychew, Joe Sweeney, Margaret M. Toohey, Julie Wesolowski, and Jennifer Wutz-Lopes

Best of WNY 2010
Consuming passions
On the town
WNY: it's the people
Eye candy

It’s summertime in WNY, and the roadside food options are many. We salute local favorites like Taffy’s and Anderson’s—and we’re also noting a few under the radar picks.
By Donna Evans-Deyermond, Elizabeth Licata, Vicki G. Marshall, Nancy J. Parisi, Kevin Purdy, and Margaret M. Toohey

Q & A: Jim Charlier: Talking the talk about walking the (Garden) Walk
By Kelly Hayes McAlonie
Garden Walk, the director’s cut
By Elizabeth Licata
Q & A: Cokie Roberts: On women, the workplace, and the “Angry Mommy” voice
By Jana Eisenberg
Cool Stuff: Summer’s game—scavenging for fun in the heart of the city
By Joann Pan
Cool Stuff: Buffalo rocks the world
By Gerald Mead; photos by kc kratt
Issues: Seeking justice, every Wednesday
By Christopher Schobert
The Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert
Picture this: Our readers show off as shutterbugs
Spree Insider: A time for art, tributes, and wine
By Joann Pan
Summer Festivals Calendar

Visual art review: A war memorial at BPAC
By Bruce Adams
Visual art: The Warrior Emperor at ROM
By Christopher Schobert
Theater: Another summer, another Shakespeare in Delaware Park
By Darwin McPherson
Theater: Shaw Festival’s opening plays
By Ron Ehmke and Heather Violanti

Great indoors: Waterfront living
By Barry A. Muskat
Style: Three women and their jewelry designs
By Jana Eisenberg
Style: Summer bags
By Jana Eisenberg
Gardening: The basics
By Sally Cunningham
Travel: Afloat on the Oasis
By Elizabeth Licata
Health: Mind your heart
By Terri Parsell Hilmey

A review of the Shamus Restaurant in Lockport plus July and August’s galas and charity events.
By Terri Parsell Hilmey and Jennifer Wutz-Lopes

Editor’s letter, Deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Index of advertisers
Who was there

Bflo Days:
Personal bests
By Ron Ehmke, Elizabeth Licata, and Christopher Schobert