Delish! Cooking School, whose classes were voted as some of the Best of WNY by Buffalo Spree, is known for its quality instruction and taste. Within a comfortable urban space, customers can pick up sweet selections such as fresh fudge, scones, bar cookies, and hand-dipped chocolate. Fresh-brewed espresso drinks accompanied by baked goods or housemade ice-cream sandwiches tempt tongues, while a range of cooking tools, sauces, and spices line shelves for at-home chefs to use in their own kitchens.
Experienced chefs lead cooking classes geared toward the home cook looking to hone skills without memorizing transcripts of the Food Network’s full broadcast. Students sip wine during classes such as The Exciting Foods of Thailand, Casual Italian Supper Party, or The New Vegetarian Cuisine.
After honing her stress-melting techniques in local clinics and chiropractic offices, Holly Mazurkiewicz scooped up her massage license and took over a corner of AllenTan’s salon in the heart of Elmwood Village, where she launched a career that continues to this day. Holly’s passion for bodywork has led her to learn techniques that span modalities and degrees of pressure. She invites clients to recline on her massage table and slip into a world of relaxation as her nimble fingers impart soothing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue therapy. She also metes out specialized modalities that focus on the needs of expectant mothers, seniors, and athletes injured while slam-dunking basketballs or shot-putting nosy journalists.
Canvas@1206's comforting American fare accompanies a wealth of spirited drinks and live musical performances. In the evening, amours and amigos cluster together, sipping libations, nibbling on salads and sandwiches, and sharing appetizers such as a creamy baked brie. Cofounders Dawn Kirchmeyer and Steve McCarthy merged their mutual love for food and entertainment to create memorable meals scored by jazz and acoustic performances. Going beyond the bounds of the interior space, each in-house performance streams live on the restaurant's radio app. Canvas@1206 also keeps patrons stimulated with breakfast offerings and complimentary WiFi.
Genga Ponnampalam wanted to make it easier for people to eat healthy food, so after a long stint as a computer programmer, he founded Go Veggies?a vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan outfit that culls local produce and morphs it into hearty dishes, some of which hail from his native Sri Lanka. At farmers markets, grocery stores, and a caf? space, he and his staff delight taste buds with healthy cuisine that?s good for the environment, like carpooling or bikepooling to work. They also positively impact the community by composting their food waste and recycling their packaging.
Chefs at Amici Ristorante stir pots of their house made sauces to pair with linguini and tortellini or bake with their veal parimgiana. Along with their menu of classic Italian dishes, the restaurant owners also stock their bar with wines from Italy and around the world.
Niagara Cafe offers a menu filled with fresh, tasty Puerto Rican–style cuisine that makes mouths water like panting clouds. Start with tostones ($2.50)—chips made from expertly sliced plantains—or a beefy deep-fried empanadilla ($1.84), and then taste test a quarter rotisserie chicken served with fries ($5.52). For lunch (11 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday through Friday), patrons can try the fried pork chops ($4.60); dinnertime guests, on the other hand, can enjoy the chicken stew ($8.28). All lunch and dinner plates are accompanied by yellow or white rice and beans, which are side staples for most Caribbean culinary traditions and Tritons. For dessert, appraise the custardy contents of homemade flan ($2.30) before escorting leftovers down the gullet with a small gulp of parcha juice ($1) or a 16-ounce soft drink ($1.50).