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January 24, 2014

Soup's on for local restaurants

Fourth Buffalo Soup-Fest features local restaurants' specialties


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"I think as Buffalonians, that's one thing we have in common is good food and the love of it."

Mallare said the restaurant will be featuring its lemon Tabasco clam chowder, beans and greens soup and her Mayan Chocolate Stout chili at the event. The clam chowder, she said, is a Village Inn signature soup. 

"It's a Village Inn favorite, so we tend to bring that every year because we know people are looking for it," she said. The beans and greens is "comforting," and the chili, an award-winner for its category last year, is an entry in the event's Brooklyn Brewery Soup Challenge for soups using the brewery's beers.

Mallare said the soup is "very complex," with chocolate stout beer, more chocolate, guajillo peppers, a tomato base, cilantro in there, three kinds of meat (ribeye, ground beef and grilled chicken), bean and more. 

"It's a really hearty chili," she said. "It's going to have a bit of heat, but it's not overpowering with the heat."

Saffire Grill on Grand Island is also taking part, serving its chicken quesadilla soup, caesar soup and hot banana pepper soup.

In addition to the soup offerings, a handful of local venues will be providing other forms of nourishment from gelato to baked goods — including the Oliver Street Bakery of North Tonawanda. Owner Nick DiPalma said his bakery will have its cannoli, raspberry pretzels and cookies available for those who might want a soup break.

"It's really popular and it's really good to be the guy with dessert,"  he said. "We'll definitely be there."

Due to the ever-growing crowds — there were more than 7,000 visitors last year — the event moved from the Millenium Hotel in Cheektowaga, where it began, to Hearthstone Manor in Depew last year and now to the convention center.

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