Niagara Gazette — Patrons at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel have gotten used to having a top-notch buffet available to them.
Starting today, they'll have access to a Thunder Falls Buffet fresh off an $8.5 million redesign.
"Today, a restaurant already regarded as the region's best buffet has become even better," said Barry E. Snyder Sr., president of the Seneca Nation of Indians. "Our award-winning culinary team has redefined what it means to eat at a buffet and locals and tourists alike will come to know Thunder Falls Buffet as a must-visit dining location when visiting the Niagara Falls region. More than 1 million people dine at the buffet every year and we fully anticipate that number to increase."
The complete redesign includes new food serving stations, new lighting displays and video screens and a plethora of new menu items, totaling more than 100 dining options.
Guests can sample various cuts of meat, Mediterranean seafood, Asian cuisine, pizzas, salads and fruits and even desserts, made specially for the casino by the students at Niagara County Community College's Culinary Arts Center on Old Falls Street.
The students in the pastry arts department are being asked to produce not only the highest quality items for paying guests, but also in large quantities.
"It's kind of cool," second-year student Joy Letson said during a special unveiling of the newly redesigned buffet Thursday. "This is a lot bigger than what we're used to. We get to learn how to work to prepare large quantities of food and to do it at the highest quality possible."
College President James Klyczek said the students – about 100 of the 350 enrolled in the center – work with Thunder Falls Head Chef Gary McHale to create a menu of enticing dishes, from cheesecakes to chocolate cake, each day.