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Nickel City Chef celebrates book release with all-star party, casting call

As Buffalo's answer to "Iron Chef" heads toward its fourth season, it's throwing a party tomorrow night. Everyone's invited.

It's Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5:30-9 p.m., at Artisan Kitchens, 200 Amherst St. Yes, there will be food. To attend, RSVP at its Facebook page, and bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the WNY Food Bank.

The event celebrates the stars that have made the show's three successful seasons possible. Not just the folks in chef's whites, but some of the people in jeans and boots who raised the vegetables and meat and fruit they exploited so well.

It also celebrates "Nickel City Chef," a book-and-DVD set authored by NCC organizer Christa Glennie Seychew. Now some of the best recipes unveiled by competitors, along with glimpses inside the lives of cooks and producers, are available for $24.95. The DVD features interviews with "chefs, farmers, foodies and fans."

Nickel City Chefs Krista Van Wagner of Curly's, Brian Mietus of Bacchus, Adam Goetz of Sample, and J.J. Richert of Torches, will be there to chat, and sign books, and try to relax in that kitchen for once.

The "Iron Chef"-style culinary show, which pits the home team Nickel City Chefs against other local kitchen ninjas, gives competitors 60 minutes to exploit a secret, locally-produced ingredient. Professional cooks from Western New York - whether toiling in fine dining kitchens or food trucks - can apply through the Nickel City Chef site.

Application deadline is Dec. 2.

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