At least one vendor will be celebrating just about the same three decades of involvement with the Taste of Buffalo, aside from a couple years when they bowed out: Louie’s Hot Dogs.
Louie’s owner Angelo Turco said it’s been a trying year for the restaurant chain, which suffered the loss of its founder, his father, Louie, and the loss of their Elmwood Avenue location in Buffalo due to fire.
But there’s no way he’d miss his favorite food festival, Turco said.
“Anybody’s who’s anybody is in the Taste of Buffalo,” he said.
“It’s a great event because it really showcases Buffalo as a city that loves its food and all different types of food,” he added. “With a city with such a small population, it’s amazing the people that go to the festivals, especially the Taste of Buffalo.”
Louie’s is offering the same menu it’s stuck with most of its years in the Taste: regular hot dogs, jumbo hot dogs and sweet potato fries.
“We go pretty standard because people know who we are,” Turco said.
And being involved in the Taste of Buffalo isn’t all fun and games, Turco said, it can be hard work.
He goes through a truck-full of hot dogs and sweet potatoes on the first day alone, and always has to place a second order for supplies on Day Two.
“We’ve been doing it so long we keep all (our supplies) stored in the same place,” Turco said. “We get better every year.”
For those worried about just how their waistline will fare with the abundance of food options at the Taste, Lane wants to remind attendants that each restaurant is required to offer a healthy option. The Taste of Buffalo is the only food festival in the country that has such a requirement in place.