Staff

The Current Buffalo Eats Staff:

  • Donnie Burtless, founder – Donnie started Buffalo Eats on February 2009. He was once an extremely picky eater but overnight changed his ways and decided to keep track of his food adventures.  He hosted the competitive eating series Hungry Hungry Buffaloes, currently hosts the Eat It Up podcast every Tuesday and has been featured on several Buffalo.com videos since 2011. Donnie has also judged various food festivals, appeared on other podcasts and WGRZ, check out his blogger resume here. Follow Donnie on twitter @DonBuffaloEats
  • Alli Suriani, editor – Without Alli, Donnie’s posts would sound like they were written by a middle school-er. Along with being the dining partner in the majority of the Buffalo Eats Food Porn’s, Alli has also become quite the foodie and just recently started a new feature called Where to Eat This Weekend. Follow Alli on twitter @AlliBuffaloEats.
  • Tom Burtless, podcast producer/web designer – Tom is an occasional dining companion but has been vital in starting the Eat It Up podcast (he knows how to work the software and it’s his equipment). We are hoping to eventually start that long awaited video series at some point in 2012. Follow Tom on twitter @TomBuffaloEats.
  • Lauren Suriani, graphic designer – Lauren has been with Buffalo Eats since the beginning, helping design all of our logos for the website and merchandise. She currently lives in Vermont with her boyfriend Ted and her cat Obi. Following Lauren on twitter @Laurnnnn.
  • Alicia Greco, contributor – Alicia is currently a student at Canisius College and will be writing the occasional article for Buffalo Eats. When not she’s not studying, she also is a music blogger at BuffaBLOG. You can follow Alicia on twitter @agrexxx [click here to see all of Alicia’s posts]

Former Contributors:

  • Adam Kern – Adam has written several beer reviews for the site in the past and even detailed one of his first home brewing experiences for a multi-part post. He owns and operates My Buffalo Shirt and has made all of the Buffalo Eats T-Shirts throughout the years. [click here to see all of Adam’s posts]
  • Alexandra Farrington – Alex is a foodie who’s traveled around the world and has some serious hands on farming experience. In 2012 she wrote a review of The Remington Tavern and even got a tour of the kitchen. Follow Alex on twitter @trampabroad. [click here to see her post]
  • Ann Awad – Ann wrote 4 articles for Buffalo Eats while attending UB, she has since moved to NYC to continue her career/education in journalism. Follow her on twitter @allanntastic. [click here to see all of Ann’s posts]
  • Adam Pfleegor – Adam was one of our first guest contributors and also one of the most popular, he wrote 15 articles for the site from 2009 to 2010. He reviewed some popular institutions for Buffalo Eats like Schwabl’s, Kuni’s, Sample and Lake Effect Diner and even wrote the occasional beer review. Adam is currently going to college in Louisiana. [click here to see all of Adam’s posts]
  • Chris Williams – Chris is a childhood friend and a long time blogger, in 2009 he wrote 3 posts for the site. Chris has also written a couple articles for Sabres blog Die By the Blade and started Buffalo Urban Explorer and Buffalo Bitching.  [click here to see all of Chris’s posts]
  • Dave Goodwin – Dave is an inspiring journalist who is currently attending Canisius College, back in 2010 he wrote a couple posts for the site. Since then he’s interned at several local papers and has continued his battle against eating at horrible chain restaurants. Follow Dave on twitter @callmedgoodz.  [click here to see all of Dave’s posts]
  • Doug Szczepanski – Doug’s a former co-worker who loves to cook at home, in 2009 he provided a couple recipes for his famous Chicken Wing Dip, Veggie Pizza and Oreo Balls. [click here to see all of Doug’s posts]
  • Mike Khoury – Mike’s contribution to Buffalo Eats is much larger then the single post he wrote for the site, he is most likely the one person responsible for the foodie journey Donnie and All started in 2009. After writing his single post about Lent, he came back 3 years later to guest host Episode 30 of Eat It Up. He currently lives in NYC and continues to make Donnie really jealous.
  • Walter Smietana – Our friend Walt can occasionally get obsessed with a new hobby, in 2010 he took home cooking to a new level. He chronicled several attempts at cooking mostly healthy recipes in a series of detailed posts called ‘Cookin’ With Walt’. [click here to see all of Walt’s posts]

10 Comments on “Staff”

  1. Alli Suriani
    February 26, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    Thank you, Mike, for thinking that Burger King, Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, and especially, Red Robin are all terrible places to eat. It makes me sad that Donnie loves Red Robin and Burger King. It also makes me sad that a “great meal” to Vinny comes from Cheesecake Factory. I will admit, though, that I will eat at Friday’s on occasion and I find myself sometimes enjoying it. This makes me less of a person, I know…but everyone has their vices.

  2. February 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    Hey guys, love the site, thanks for putting up my link. I haven’t included a “links” section, I’ll have to. With all the places in WNY and the passion people have for food, what a great (and fun) thing to do.

  3. Don Burtless
    February 26, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    thanks Ian, i really like what your doing with your site. I think Buffalo is an incredibly under-rated food area, and I love trying new stuff so I thought this would be a cool way to keep track of it.

    and the links section really is more like a bookmarks for me hahah i find stuff and just throw it on there, hope people will check out something new. but thanks again.

  4. Alli Suriani
    February 27, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    ur all gonna get really fat.

  5. April 5, 2009 at 4:57 am #

    Hey Alli, I’m with you. I do have the occasional Whopper craving, maybe twice a year. And Friday’s is ok once in awhile. I actually had a pretty darned good chicken dish there.

    I used to travel a lot in my job and sometimes spent as much as 3 months straight living in a hotel. The chain stuff as regular fare can get pretty nasty. It was during those long out of town stints that I started to seek out local food, from New Jersey diners to college town pizza shacks.

    Don’t get me started on the Cheesecake Factory. My 80 yr old parents were basically treated like pieces of dirt by the snotty little hostess at the Galleria while I was parking the car. We’ll never go back. I had some kind of leather chicken. My brother’s fish entree looked like bait.

  6. May 12, 2009 at 2:23 am #

    We are setting up a new blog in Texas and would like to trade links with you. You can find your blog already linked to our site.

  7. August 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    We just opened our own little hot spot here in the village of hamburg. We are a true New York Style deli that does more than just serve the best sandwiches around. We have an amazing menu that will work for foodies and non-foodies alike. We have dishes that cater to vegitarians and carnavors. (hope I’m not graded on spelling). Our kitchen also puts out amazing Italian dishes and homemade soups. So please give us a try and tell the world what you think.
    Thanks
    Joe Caparco

  8. Chad Blanar
    April 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Hey Don and Alli!

    You should really check out Spragues Maple Farm and Restaurant! Here is the link… Their Turkey dinner is to die for… they raise their own turkeys and everything… definately worth the drive! Also have you checked out O’Briens Pub & Steakhouse in Eden ?

    Here is the site for both restaurants!

    http://spraguesmaplefarms.com/
    http://www.obrienspubeden.com/

    Let me know!

    • Emily Keddie
      July 11, 2010 at 9:11 am #

      I second Sprague’s Maple Farm- super nice place to go down near Cuba. Amazing breakfast. Think original pancake house on steroids.

  9. Tom Helles
    June 25, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks for all the posts and great info on new openings in the area. This city is so underrated when it comes to food on a national scale.

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