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Seats for Nickel City's new cooking battle, Snout-to-Tail dinner on sale now

Following four years of sellout success with Nickel City Chef, Christa Glennie Seychew is adding a new series to Feed Your Soul’s lineup of events showcasing local culinary talents and the farmers they adore.

Nickel City Firing Line is a live cooking competition that resembles Food Network’s popular show “Chopped.” Buffalo-area sous chefs will have mere minutes to create dishes before facing a panel of critics. Unlike the television show, Firing Line will feature fine snacks and a cash bar for the audience, plus a chance to vote on the winner.

Preliminaries Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 will narrow the field from six to two. The survivors will tackle a market basket and a secret ingredient in the Dec. 2 finale, all at Artisan Kitchens, 200 Amherst St.
Tickets, $32, go on sale online this morning through eatlocalbuffalo.com, and will probably sell out quickly.

There’s also $29 tickets available for Nickel City Cupcake Challenge, a Nov. 4 event featuring three local cupcake specialists battling for Buffalo’s cupcake crown.

On Monday, $30 tickets go on sale for Big Fuss, an Oct. 24 party raising money for a local farmer, organized by Seychew’s Feed Your Soul events. Bistro Europa’s Steve Gedra is in charge of the food, and 100 percent of proceeds go to a farmer helping feed Western New York.

Another hot ticket: Gedra, along with Carmelo Raimondi and Bruce Wieszala of Carmelo's in Lewiston, are among a tiny group of chefs who use local pork extensively, from pigs they butcher themselves. The trio will present a nine-course dinner with beverage pairings at Bistro Europaon Oct. 28, celebrating the fine swine from T-Meadow Farms in Lockport.

It's $150 per person, not including tax and tip. Call 884-1100 for reservations.

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