Donnie Burtless Resume


Food Judging:

  • Buffalo Soupfest Chicken Wing Soup Judge [Jan 2011]
  • Taste of Buffalo Festival Judge [July 2011]
  • Nickel City Chef Battle: Taco Judge @ Taste of Buffalo [July 2011]
  • Buffalo Soupfest Event Judge [Jan 2012]
  • Buffalo Winterfest Chili Judge [Feb 2012]
  • Taste of Buffalo Festival Judge [July 2012]
  • Nickel City Chef Slider Challenge Judge @ Taste of Buffalo [July 2012]
  • Nickel City Chef Fireman Cookoff Judge @ Taste of Buffalo [July 2012]
  • Beer Bacon Boobs Bacon Judge [Sept 2012]
  • Nickel City Firing Line Match Two [Nov 2012]
  • Buffalo Soupfest Southern Tier Beer Soup Judge [Jan 2013]
  • Polar Bites Celebrity Judge [Feb 2013]
  • Canalside Food Fight Challenge #1 [May 2013]
  • German Festival Cake Off Judge [June 2013]
  • Taste of Buffalo Festival Judge [July 2013]
  • Nickel City Chef Battle: Taco Judge @ Taste of Buffalo [July 2013]
  • Wines In The Wild Celebrity Judge [July 2013]
  • Canalside Food Fight Challenge #2 [August 2013]
  • Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival Sauce Off Judge [August 2013]
  • Beer and Bacon Fest Bacon Judge [August 2013]

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8 Comments on “Donnie Burtless Resume”

  1. July 20, 2009 at 1:42 am #


    I was a bit surprised to stumble across your website and find a youtube video entry posted by my son Douglas McCausland. He is as you may well imagine, a quite a thoughtful and opinionated twelve-year-old boy. By all means, you may with my blessing post the video, I just wanted to let you know that I saw it. My son was of course, beaming with pride and some shock to see the link and your kind write-up.


    Bruce McCausland

  2. Trevor Ecklund
    December 15, 2009 at 6:27 am #

    Hah, Hoegaarden. Delicious and amazing, yes. Just don’t pronounce it properly, or bartenders will stare at you funny.

  3. January 26, 2010 at 1:39 am #

    Came across your website today as I am constantly craving Buffalo foods. Reading your blogs have made me terribly hungry! I was thinking we share a common interest and am planning on putting a link to your site on mine, if that’s okay. My sister and I recently started a business in NC, selling foods from home. We are a new business here in Charlotte. The Buffalo transplants are eager to find foods from home. We are adding products as quickly as we can and take many special requests. Maybe we could be linked to your site as well!

  4. October 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Hi there! As a fellow Buffalonian who has been transplanted to NYC 10 years now I just wanted to say your site is a breath of fresh air. I thought I was the only one who sang the praises of Buffalo food! Nice blog and good content. Let me know if you ever make it into the NYC area. I have a food blog as well
    I try to do Buffalo posts whenever I go home.

    I could give you some tips on food to eat if you come to NYC. Btw I’m visiting home this weekend. Any word yet on the new Blue Monk bar? thinking about trying it out.

  5. November 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi Don —

    In accordance with the dictum that it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission, I used a photo that I googled from your website in the following post:

    If that’s a problem please let me know and I will take it down immediately. (I was scrambling to get that correction posted.)

    It was a delightful surprise to come across your website, which I hadn’t seen before, and I’m wondering if you would be interested in posting items from BuffaloEats to the WGRZ community websites? If you just want to do a “teaser” story with a link to the original, I’m down with that.

    If you’re interested, drop me a line or give me a call.

    Patrick Klinck
    Community Web Producer
    259 Delaware Avenue
    Buffalo, NY 14202
    716-849-2288 – Desk
    716-819-7862 – Cell

  6. Ryan
    March 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Hi Don,

    A group of friends and I are going to the Sabres vs. Habs game on the 21st and traveling from Rochester. We’re looking for a good restaurant for pre-game food with good wings. Right now, we’re thinking about Gabriel’s Gate, but was wondering if you had any other relatively inexpensive suggestions.



    • Don Burtless
      March 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Hey Ryan,

      Gabriel’s Gate is a safe bet, a lot of people love their wings. Personally my favorite in the city is Nine Eleven Tavern. It’s about 10 minutes south of the arena and it’s cash only but they are really unique but great tasting wings.

      Otherwise Swannie House is walking distance from the arena and I think also cash only, but it’s in a really old location and they have good wings, fries.

      Hope that helps, enjoy the game and feel free to ask anything else.

  7. Ryan
    March 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Thanks for the help, Don!

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