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The 34th Annual Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops announces 2017 award winners

It’s not too late to head down to the Taste of Buffalo to check out this year’s award winning restaurants and wineries. The judging took place Saturday morning by a panel of representatives from the local media, political, and business sectors. One new award was introduced this year – the Hometown Hero award won by the New York Beer Project for their mac and pork sandwich. The Taste of Buffalo partnered with Western New York Heroes to choose a local veteran family who selected this inaugural award.

Additional winners:

  • Chair’s Choice (chosen by 2017 Chair Ralph Basile): Buffalo Scotch Egg (chicken wing sausage, egg, cheezit, and panko crust) from Riverstone Grill
  • Children’s Choice (chosen by Jacob Loretz): Waygu Meatball with Carmelized Onion Sauce from Black & Blue Steak and Crab
  • Pat Sardina Memorial Award for Best Comfort Food: Prosciutto Tortellini with Truffle Cream Sauce from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
  • Lou Billittier Memorial “Rookie of the Year” Award and Best Overall Item: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Guy
  • Veteran Restaurant Award: Jerked Chicken from Caribbean Experience
  • Best of Buffalo Award: Chicketta Slider from Osteria 166
  • Best Meat Item: Dinosaur BBQ Wings from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  • Best Seafood Item: Lobster Mac & Cheese from SEAR
  • Best Dessert: Lemony Coconut Bar from Chrusciki Bakery
  • Best Sandwich: ½ Reuben from Eddie Ryan’s
  • Best Red Wine: Rose Bud Peach from Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
  • Best White Wine: Zia Minx from Spring Lake Winery

Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options:

  • First Place: Watermelon Sorbet from White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt
  • Second Place: Watermelon Gazpacho from Savor @ Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
  • Third Place: Fresh Fruit Sorbet (Italian Ice) from Sweet Melody’s


The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops runs today, Sunday, July 9 from now until 7:00 p.m. along Delaware Avenue from Chippewa Street to Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.

For more information, including a full list of restaurants and wineries, visit


Written by Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli

Jessica Marinelli is an author, speaker, coach, marketer, and business development strategist. Her professional consulting company, MEMC handles all aspects of marketing and business development planning and implementation, assisting with strategic planning initiatives and the creation of marketing action plans, as well as planning and executing private and public events, including: the coaching of individuals, multi-day conferences, as well as other development initiatives. In addition to her work with MEMC, Jessica oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic marketing efforts at Local Matters, Inc. the parent company of Buffalo Rising.

She is active in her community and serves on several non-profit boards, such as WNY Heritage Magazine, O'Connell & Company Productions, and the Women's Business Center (WBC) Advisory Board. She is also a Democratic Committee Member in the Town of Tonawanda. Most recently, She has been asked to serve as the Marketing Consultant for the WBC's COVID Recovery Task Force.

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