Oliver’s, one of the best dinner places in town, started serving lunch last week.
It’s been about 10 years since that happened, said owner David Schutte, the Creekview owner who bought Oliver’s (2095 Delaware Ave., 877-9662) in February.
So from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, the fine dining establishment will give the neighborhood another choice besides Bagel Jay’s and Subway.
The lunch menu tops out at $19, for the chilled Maine lobster salad with black garlic and orange vinaigrette. Most dishes are $13 or less, though, including George’s Bank sea scallops with warm spinach and fingerling potato salad, and vegetarian bucatini with roasted cauliflower and crème fraiche ($10).
In Niagara Falls, Ont., the Falls Avenue Resort has launched a culinary showcase series starring Canadian celebrity chefs Jamie Kennedy and Massimo Capra, who have restaurants in the complex. (Windows by Jamie Kennedy is at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, while Capra’s Rainbow Room by Massimo is at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview.)
On Oct. 25, Kennedy will host a meet-and-greet style event featuring a Niagara harvest menu and pairings from two new local artisanal breweries, Oast House Brewers and Silversmith Brewing Company. It also features a stand-up cocktail reception with beer and cider aperitifs.
The Capra event, “An Evening in Tuscany with Massimo Capra” on Nov. 8, will feature wine pairings from Antinori Winery of Florence, Italy. Both events are $125 (Canadian) plus tax and gratuity. Call (800) 263-2552.
During October, Park Edge Sweet Shoppe (325 Abbott Road, 824-0228, parkedgesweetshoppe.com) is selling pink sugar cookies and non-pareil candies to raise money for breast cancer research.
For $1 each or $9 a dozen, supporters can buy a bag of cookies – or $3.50 for a 3.25 ounce bag of candy – as part of the “Chocolate for a Cure” fundraiser during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds go to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Open: Teton Kitchen (415 Dick Road, Depew, 393-3720) started serving a broad menu of Japanese, Thai and Asian fusion dishes on Sept. 3. Yakitori, sliced pork with kimchi and Thai duck salad are on the menu, as are 30 special sushi rolls.
Almost open: At Reuben’s N.Y. Deli (714 Maple Road, 636-0546, reubensnydeli.com), owner Rich Balogh has the beef brining and bagels coming in from New York City, but he’s one smoker part away from opening. “We’re doing everything we can,” he said Monday, offering his hopes that he’ll be open by the weekend. Call or check the website before you go, though. Opening restaurants is an inexact science.
Closed: Rocky’s Indian, Millersport Highway, Amherst; Encompass Café, Hertel Avenue; O3 Organic Cafe’s 739 Elmwood Ave. location. O3 Organic Cafe’s original location, 4446 Main St., Snyder, remains open.