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Sampling the Taste of Ellicottville 2012

by Barbara Kozlowski

Are you ready for the annual Taste of Ellicottville this weekend? It’s time to enjoy the wonderful fare prepared by 17 of Ellicottville’s finest restaurants – in sample size. As you amble between café-style vendors, tempted by the aroma of freshly prepared dishes, you can also enjoy the musical sounds of Bill Todd, EZ3, The Strangers, Susan Rozler and the Tombstone Hands set up in various locations on both days (see schedule page 8).

Make it a point to stop in Ellicottville this Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12., 2012, from noon to 4 p.m. to enjoy the varied flavors of this quaint village. Bring your family and friends and safely stroll along sections of Washington and Monroe streets, which are open to pedestrian only this weekend (see map page 8).

It’s always a good idea to peruse the menu, pinpoint the items you want to try first and then go back through again to sample more of your favorites. This is a two-day event, so you have plenty of time to try a variety each day. If you love food and love to try new dishes or revisit familiar ones, this is your event.

Interviews with some of the participating restaurants revealed mouthwatering details on some of their fare with interesting ingredients. This is just a small sampling of what you have to look forward to this weekend and I doubt anyone will go away hungry.

Tips Up’s Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Sage Butter is a taste I’ve not had the opportunity to try. It’s a ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and served with a brown sage butter made with portabella mushrooms, spinach and red peppers – a dish I’m looking forward to trying.

John Harvard’s is offering a Cuban Sandwich Slider, a mini version of their Cuban sandwich already on their menu. This slider is filled with smoked, slow-roasted pork, Black Forest ham, pickles, Creole mustard and Swiss cheese on top of grilled French bread. This sounds like another winner.

The Barn restaurant is preparing their Taste of Ellicottville favorite – Hungarian Stuffed Peppers. Get ready to sample hot peppers stuffed with Andouille sausage and a four-cheese blend. This is also available on their regular menu.

Katy’s Café is offering festivalgoers a unique way to give tribute to the King – Elvis, that is. Her Elvis Sundae is a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with peanut butter sauce and sprinkled with bacon. Sounds quirky, but I bet it›s a taste you won›t forget.

Be sure to use the Ellicottville Times as your menu, map and entertainment guide, which includes ticket costs, menu item costs, street layout and ticket sellers› sites.

The additional 13 restaurants in this event will also be showcasing some of their most popular dishes in bite-sized portions. In addition to food items, many of the restaurants will be offering non-alcoholic liquid refreshments. I have found in the past, I like to share with someone so we can try more of the fare being offered. I have taken a box in which to place some of the dishes to savor later in the day. It›s a great way to extend the Taste of Ellicottville into the evening hours for a late supper.

This event brings many of our winter visitors and it’s always a pleasure to renew friendships with them. A motto for the Taste of Ellicottville could be “Come early, come hungry and enjoy.” See you there!

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