2018 Restaurant & Winery Award Winners

Will be announced after 4pm on July 7th


2017 Restaurant & Winery Award Winners

Lou Billittier Memorial "Rookie of the Year" Award
and Best Overall Item

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake
from The Cheesecake Guy

Chair's Choice

Buffalo Scotch Egg (chicken wing sausage, egg,
cheezit, and panko crust) from Riverstone Grill
(chosen by 2017 Chair Ralph Basile)




Best of Buffalo Award

Chicketta Slider from Osteria 166

Lou Billitier Memorial "Rookie of the Year" Award

Jerk Corn, Curly's Grille & Banquet Center


Best Seafood

Lobster Mac & Cheese from SEAR

Children's Choice 

Waygu Meatball with Carmelized Onion Sauce
from Black & Blue Steak and Crab
(chosen by Jacob Loretz)




Best Dessert

Lemony Coconut Bar from Chrusciki Bakery

Pat Sardina Memorial Award for Best Comfort Food

Prosciutto Tortellini with Truffle Cream Sauce
from Salvatore's Italian Gardens




Best Meat Item

Dinosaur BBQ Wings from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Best Sandwich

1/2 Reuben from Eddie Ryan's


Veteran Restaurant Award

Jerked Chicken from Caribbean Experience

Hometown Hero Award

Mac and Pork Sandwich from New York Beer Project
(The Taste partnered with Western New York Heroes
to choose a local veteran family
who selected this inaugural award.)


Best Red Wine

Rose Bud Peach from Niagara Landing Wine Cellars

Best White Wine

Zia Minx from Spring Lake Winery


2017 Independent Health Foundation's Healthy Options

First Place

Watermelon Sorbet from White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt

Second Place

Watermelon Gazpacho from Savor
@ Niagara Falls Culinary Institute


Third Place

Fresh Fruit Sorbet (Italian Ice) from Sweet Melody's