One of the most unusual fundraisers of the year, Catwalk for Charity is a Sabres-centered party thrown by Ryan Miller’s Steadfast Foundation to help raise money for children coping with cancer.

The main attraction of the Sunday event will be mingling with professional hockey players dressed up for a masquerade ball.

This seventh edition of the event is titled “Cirque du Sabres with a Masquerade Twist,” and it’s on the players to dress appropriately, with masks instead of helmets.

There will be live music and an auction, plus an open bar and an array of food from Buffalo restaurants.

Trattoria Aroma will be dishing up orecchiette alla lepre, Riesling-braised rabbit with fresh rosemary and goat cheese, and penne with housemade sausage and mushrooms in a tomato cream sauce. Snooty Fox brings its meatballs and stuffed mushrooms, and the Roycroft Inn will be serving lobster bisque.

The menu also includes Osteria 166’s sausage and campanelli pasta; hors d’oeuvres from the Lodge; Wellington Pub’s sweet chili meatball bomber with Asian slaw; sushi from Encore; slices from Just Pizza; and sandwiches from the Essex Street Pub. Desserts include gelato from Sweet Melody’s and cookies from Osteria 166.

The event starts at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $200, through


Foodie find:

Niagara Wine Trail’s Holiday Happening.

Wine tasters can collect Nutcracker-themed ornaments at 19 Niagara County wineries as they sample vintages. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Dec. 13; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 14; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 15. Tickets $40, or $70 per couple, through