Tonawanda News — It’s a Western New York tradition.
And when the 31st Taste of Buffalo — the largest two-day food festival in the country — takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 13 in downtown Buffalo, a number of Niagara Region restaurants will be there to take part.
Among the 60 participants for 2014 are Manhattan’s in Lockport, the Riverstone Grill in Grand Island, Chrusciki Bakery (now with its third location in Kenmore) and Taste institution Louie’s Hot Dogs of the Town of Tonawanda. Among the seven participating wineries will be Niagara Landing Wine Cellars of Lockport, Spring Lake Winery of Lockport and The Winery at Marjim Manor of Appleton, all of the Niagara Wine Trail.
Seventeen restaurants will be taking their first bow at the event, including The Meeting Place in the Bergholz area of Niagara Falls, T.C. Wheeler’s in the City of Tonawanda, The Village Inn in Grand Island and Paula’s Donuts in the Town of Tonawanda.
The Meeting Place, located on Niagara Road, will be serving chicken souvlaki, Italian sausage parmesan sliders, spinach and artichoke dip with toasted pitas, and as its required healthy option, vegetable skewers with balsamic vinaigrette over a bed of lettuce with feta cheese, said manager Jeffrey Jamieson.
“We go to a lot of different outside venues and we had people from the Taste of Buffalo stop by ... and they said it was better than anything they’d had all day,” he said. “So we decided it was something we should do.”
Jamieson said that the restaurant offers all homemade products and that all marinades and dressing are made on site. They try to use local products, including sausage from the local Niagara Sausage Co. They also do a lot of catering at other sites, including the Canalside Concert Series in Buffalo.