A Few Things Simmering on the Front & Back Burners
by Brenda Alesii,posted Aug 15 2011 12:00AM
For the second year in a row, the weather was rainy for part of the day at the Taste of Williamsville, held Sunday, August 7 at Island Park in the village. The skies were threatening when we arrived in the late afternoon, but it didn’t deter a good-sized crowd from sampling some terrific food from 20 local eateries. Kudos to Al Yates and the other organizers who added new restaurants, a classic car show, and a seating area under the pavilion, which proved to be a good move given the intermittent showers. I also liked how many of the vendors had delicious choices that weren’t necessarily gut-busting. I loved the Caprese Salad on a skewer from 800 Maple, the refreshing Mango Lassi from Kabab & Curry, and the peanut butter gelato from Sweet Melody’s. If I were designating an overall winner, I would agree with the judges, who awarded Milo’s Rookie-of-the Year. I had a sampler of their fresh and fabulous dips and pita, spinach pies, rice pudding and grape leaves. Outstanding! Can’t wait for next year’s edition, the 24th annual, under sunny skies for a change.
Have you been to Thursday in the Tent at the Ramada Hotel on N. Forest in Getzville? My hubby and I met another couple there last week; we enjoyed a wonderful picnic menu and free music courtesy of Soul Providers, a live band rocking hard under a large tent in the park-like setting outside the hotel. I ordered off the Embers menu (the restaurant inside the hotel) while my dining mates all enjoyed picnic fare and great appetizers like veggie empanadas and cheeseburgers from the barbecue menu, cooked outdoors by the patio. Drink specials are available and the festivities run from 6 – 9 pm each Thursday through Sept. 1st. With the proliferation of outdoor seating and patios, it’s a wonder more businesses don’t do what Rick DiVita and his company have done at the Ramada. We had a terrific time dining al fresco and soaking up every bit of summer weather.
Heads up on the upcoming Local Restaurant Week. Dry clean your bib and enjoy the fall edition of Western New York Restaurant Week, running from September 26 through October 2.