Think you need to leave Buffalo to travel the world? Think again. This past Sunday, July 28th hundreds of Yelpers gathered for an epic ethnic food celebration of culture and fun in the name of a great cause: raising money and awareness for the International Institute, a non-profit serving refugees in Buffalo.
The atmosphere had Lindsay A feeling “full of exciting, fun energy from the minute they got out of the car,” and was only amplified by “the ample portions and high quality of the sips and nibbles” provided by some of the most highly ranked businesses in Buffalo who all came together for this beautiful cause. Despite some strangers meeting each other for the first time, Jonathan D remarked that “the Buffalo Yelp community always proves to be an amazing group of people and he was made to feel welcome the moment he walked in.”
The food? We’ll let the reviews speak for themselves: Ristorante Lombardo’s “Arancini was a warm mouthful of awesome,” remarks Jonathan D and their “oxtail slider was out of this world” added Christina H.
Jamie P was not the only one to rave about The Lodge, opening soon at 79 W Chippewa St, exclaiming that their venison skewers with “tenderloin, sliced thin on naan bread with a delicious sauce spread on it,” were entirely wonderful. Lindsay A added that she “can’t wait for them to open” around August / September (us too). She also couldn’t get enough of “Thai Chili Lime Glazed Baby Back Ribs from Left Bank,” and found the soup from Sun Restaurant to be one of her favorites, along with “adoring the iced peppermint tea from TeaLeafs, with the icing making it super refreshing and a great palate cleanser.” She confesses she “wanted to sneak the whole pitcher from their table!
The Black Market Food Truck won a whole lot of new fans with their Bánh Mì, with Rachel M considering it to be one of her favorite items along with Sun’s black rice rolls. To wash all this food down and give guests a nice refreshing kick, Encompass Coffee Bar (who recently won Spree's award for best coffee) provided South African Ginger Beer, which Tom D proclaims, “was some really amazing ginger infused beverage that had me sprouting more hair!” Sean P opted to enjoy the “awesome beer from Community Beer Works,” wonderful “craft cider from Chateau Buffalo” and end the night with some delightful “gelato from the Gelato Gypsy.” And who could forget The Rooster & Two Chicks, a recently opened gift shop and bakery that cooked up a delicious storm of goodies for which Jamie P “indulged in a sea salt caramel and chocolate chip cookie AND a blueberry tarte on almond crust (gluten free).” Yum!
Entertainment was in full swing throughout the night with DJ Projex spinning eclectic beats from around the world as well as Elena M’s favorite bit: the “photo booth from Big Picture Photo Booth, which was “such a great way to be silly with friends and bring a memory back home.” Jody G loved having her “caricature drawn by Dario Mohr of DM Caricatures,” remarking that she “doesn’t know how he did such a great job so quickly; such a talented guy!”
A huge thank you to all those that made this event possible! Thanks to the sponsors, Elites, Buffalo Yelpers and all those that attended, we raised over $1,100 for the International Institute! Big shout out to Paul Fanara from Living in the Buff Studios for the wonderful photos. Peak the rest of the flickr gallery and find yourself at this link!
Until next time -- SYOY!
Alex "Adventurist" L