“We just basically want to get out past Grand Island, keep marketing our restaurant and gain new customers,” Kristina said. “We’re just excited to part of the whole experience.”
The Buleras will offer samples of their ahi tuna nachos, bleu heron burger and house-smoked bacon served with Jim Beam maple butter.
Kristina said Chaz, who helped develop the restaurant’s menu back when he was chef, prides himself on using unique ingredients and innovative flavor combinations.
The bleu heron burger, for instance, is accented by housemade bacon jam, and the ahi tuna nachos include fried wonton and seaweed salad.
What sets the restaurant apart, Kristina said, is that they smoke all their meat themselves, and Chaz makes everything from scratch.
“Anything Chaz makes isn’t going to be average,” she said.
Also representing Niagara County at the two-day event will be Spring Lake Winery, one of seven wineries at this year’s Taste.
Rico Varallo, co-owner and tasting manager of the winery, which is located in Lockport, said they’re excited to offer a food item for the first time: wine ice cream.
In addition to three estate rieslings — a dry, a semi-dry and a semi-sweet — and a blush wine, they will have three varieties of wine ice cream.
The flavors include red raspberry chardonnay, peach zinfindel and chocolate cabernet. The ice creams are sold by the pint at the winery, but samples will be on hand next week for those who want to cool down a little with their alcohol.
This will be the winery’s fifth visit to the Taste of Buffalo and Varallo said they’re always eager to return. They go through some 500 bottles of wine over the course of the weekend.
“It’s a great time, great food, great wine and great people,” he said.