Niagara Gazette

April 18, 2013

More than "Pasta and Jazz" at Sunday's event

By Michele DeLuca
Night & Day

Night & Day — The first time Tracy Gillick was asked to participate in “Jazz and Pasta” she cooked up her chicken picatta. It never occurred to her that the classic Italian dish — of gently fried chicken breasts infused with lemon juice — had no pasta to its name.

No matter.  Everybody loved the picatta and it’s back on the menu at Sunday’s annual fundraiser for the Lewiston Jazz Festival.

Gillick, owner of the Hillview Cafe, is happy to participate in the eighth annual fundraiser for the Lewiston Jazz Festival being held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Waterstreet Landing. Like all the other restaurants involved, it’s an opportunity to support the annual jazz festival and also showcase area restaurants best pasta dishes.

While the Hillview’s picatta won’t have pasta, the cafe’s offering will allow Hillock to showcase the capabilities of her  breakfast and lunch restaurant, including a catering menu that include more upscale offerings.  

Other participating restaurants include: Apple Granny Restaurant; Brickyard Pub & BBQ; Casa Antica; Como Restaurant; De La Casa; Destino’s Pizzeria; DiCamillo Bakery; Favorite’s Pizzeria; Fortuna’s Restaurant; Frenchy’s Restaurant; Macri’s Italian Grille; Smith Brothers Pizza;  Town Hall American Bistro; Village Bake Shoppe; Water Street Landing; Wegmans; Wine on Third and the Youngstown Village Diner.

Chairpersons for the event are Lucy Muto of M&T Bank and Janet Brown of M&T Bank Mortgage. According to Muto, “The fifth annual event was held last spring with hundreds turning out to support the jazz festival. We are hoping for an encore performance.”

The event will include live jazz, cash bar and a basket and silent auction. Various local jazz musicians have offered their talents for the enjoyment of ticket holders. There will be performances by The Ron Corsaro Trio, Christian Campos, My Cousin Tone, Caputi and Co. with Special Guests and Janice Mitchell, Jim Beishline & Friends.

Carol Calato, board chairman of the jazz festival, said that while the popular event is free, the cost to hold the festival exceeds $150,000, which is why the committee continues to fundraise.

“We are appealing to the community for help and support. This fundraiser really is a great value and helps us keep jazz alive and free in Western New York,” Calato said. 

Tickets are $25 each and are available at the following locations: Lewiston Village Hall, 145 North Third Street, Lewiston,  754-8271; Water Street Landing Restaurant, 115 South Water Street, Lewiston  754-9200, Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, 895 Center Street, Lewiston, 754-9500, First Niagara Bank, 500 Center Street, Lewiston  754-2901; Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce, 6311 Inducon Corporate Dr., Sanborn, 285-1702. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For more information, call Lucy Muto (after hours and on weekends) at 308-4792.

 The 2013 Jazz Festival is scheduled for August 23 and 24. It is hosted by the town and village of Lewiston and the Lewiston Jazz Festival, Inc. The event draws more than 40,000 people annually.

Lewiston Jazz Festival Executive Director, Sandy Hays Mies noted that the Board of Directors is working hard to keep the Jazz Festival alive and free. “With cuts in state funding we must generate revenue from those who support live jazz and who wish to see this event kept free to the public.” 

The group is seeking donations through the website at www.lewistonjazz.com  or through contributions mailed to the Lewiston Jazz Festival, P.O. Box 663, Lewiston, New York 14092. Checks can be made payable to the Lewiston Jazz Festival. For more information on donating or sponsorship opportunities, call  628-9583.

IF YOU GO WHAT: Jazz and Pasta, fundraiser for the Lewiston Jazz Festival WHEN: 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Water Street Landing Restaurant, 115 South Water Street, Lewiston. MORE INFO: Call the restaurant at 754-9200 or visit www.lewistonjazz.com