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Calling all tattooed cooks: Monday is 'Smoked and Inked' night at IN

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

The Monday installment of IN, the free biweekly industry night for kitchen pros and others at SeaBar, will include smoked snacks and chef skin.

Not on the same plate. The smoked chicken wings will be made by J.J. Richert of Torches, his brother Kevin will offer pork belly tacos from Smoke on the Water, and Michael Obarka of Ristorante Lombardo will contribute arancini (rice balls) with squid ink. Get the details here, with Kathryn Pryzbyla's article.

Separately, photographer K.C. Kratt will be documenting food-related tattoos borne by Western New York kitchen professionals.

Sign-up is required by Saturday for photos. "Many industry peeps bearing themed ink have already signed up to have their image captured, but if you have tattoos of food, drink, or kitchen equipment, and want to be added to the schedule, email before Saturday, September 28," organizer Christa Glennie Seychew posted.


Buffalo's top culinary evangelist, Christa Glennie Seychew, in the spotlight at

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Christa Glennie Seychew is usually behind the scenes, organizing something that results in food. But's Nick Mendola caught up with her recently to shed a little light on what drives the Buffalo foodscene booster behind Nickel City Chef.

Besides being responsible the Iron-Chef-like live culinary battle that is Nickel City Chef, Seychew helped start IN, Buffalo's free biweekly industry mixer at SeaBar on Monday nights, and was repsonsible for two cookbooks, including the upcoming "Food for Four Seasons."

On Nov. 6, the annual local farmer aid fundraiser called A Big Fuss will feature food from local chefs at Artisan Kitchens on Amherst Street. If it's like the last two, it'll feature some of the best fundraiser food of the year at a ridiculous price: $35.

Tickets for A Big Fuss 2013 will go on sale Oct. 11.

Buffalo Eats: Nickel City Chefs' Beard House rehearsal shows depth of Buffalo restaurant talent

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Alli Suriani and Donnie Burtless were two of the fortunate souls who got to test out the dinner that the Nickel City Chef home team will unveil to Manhattan gourmets on Oct. 16. Here's their report, with many hungrymaking pictures. (Worth the click to just to see the crazy veal and potato chip plate offered by Chef Brian Mietus of Bacchus.) 

It was held Sunday at the Mansion on Delaware, where Nickel City Chef Jennifer Boye runs the kitchen. There's still tickets available for the James Beard House dinner, if New York City is an option for dinner that night.


Bistro Europa gets OK for West Side site

By Jill Terreri

Bistro Europa's plans to move from a small space in the Elmwood Village to a larger building on Connecticut Street won approval Tuesday from the city Planning Board. 

The restaurant is planning some changes to the Golden Key Tavern, including demolition of some additions and a new one-story addition, which will allow for a commercial kitchen and expanded dining space. 

Ellen Gedra, who owns the restaurant with her husband Steve, told the board that they are deciding on a new name for the restaurant.  

The restaurant already has approvals from the Preservation Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. 

More Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin, and other restaurant news from around Western New York

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Larkin Square is extending its Food Truck Tuesdays, welcoming popular Rochester food trucks back to the unparalleled collection of street food options the event represents.

Larkin’s Tuesday night food truck events will be extended through tomorrow night and Oct. 1, said Larkin’s Leslie Zemsky. Past Tuesdays have seen about 20 food trucks and carts at the event, she said. That collection of eats options, all in one spot, rivals major festivals and fairs.

The regular contingent of Buffalo trucks at the 5 p.m. event (745 Seneca St., 362-2665, has been joined by Rochester standouts Brick N Motor, Hello Arepa, The Meatball Truck, and new this week: Macarollin.

* Merge (439 Delaware Ave., 842-0600,, one of Buffalo’s standouts in organic vegetarian cuisine, is helping raise money for an organic farming group on Sept. 28. 

That night, 15 percent of the restaurant’s revenue will be donated to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). It’s part of the organization’s Locavore Challenge, a monthlong series of events designed to “inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities held around the state and online.” Learn more at

* Essex Street Pub will start serving a dinner menu of Bavarian classics, plus the revamped bar’s extensive burger and smoker-centric tavern menu, owner James “Macky” Moberly said.

Plates on the Bavarian menu are $12, and they’re scheduled to run Sept. 27 through Oct. 11. They include jagerschnitzel, breaded pork cutlets fried to order, with a rich mushroom gravy; Bavarian goulash, a German beef, onion and red wine stew; smoked Spar’s German bratwursts, from Spar’s European Sausage. Plates include warm German potato salad, cold cucumber salad, sauerkraut and bread.

* Delhi Chaat (3545 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, 837-3038, has reopened after renovations, owner Bobby Varun said.

 * Closed recently: Sonoma Grille, Main Street, Amherst; Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Galleria Mall, Cheektowaga. Zonies, the calzone delivery specialist, has closed its Eggert Road, Amherst location. Phone calls to other locations went unreturned.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opening on Franklin Street pushed to January

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Buffalo's outpost of the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant empire won't open until 2014, according to Dinosaur chief executive officer John Stage.

The planned 180 seat restaurant, under construction at 301 Franklin St., was previously expected to start serving customers in October. Now the company is targeting the third week in January, Stage said. 


Buffalo chef Edward Forster unveils kernel of restaurant concept in Silo City soiree

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By Lauren Newkirk Maynard

On Thursday, Chef Edward Forster gave Buffalo a glimpse of his dream restaurant of the future, surrounded by icons of the city’s past.

At Mike A’s, Forster’s inventive dishes earned News restaurant critic Andrew Galarneau’s only 10-plate rating. In Forster's first public outing since his August departure, he boldly went where no chef has gone before: Silo City. His new venture, The Workshop Buffalo, held its public debut on Sept. 19 at a pop-up culinary event called “An Exploration of Grain.” The stage he chose was the looming South Buffalo grain elevators along the Buffalo River that have become a destination in their own right.

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Buffalo Eats: A second trailer offers real Mexican tacos in Medina

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Donnie Burtless and the Lloyd's guys went to Medina to check out the taco trailer next to the Monte Alban Mexican grocery (507 E. Center St. (Rt. 31), Medina, 585-798-9767), home of the killer $5 torta.

It was closed for the night. Tragedy? Nope. Because the grocery cashier directed Burtless and company to a second taco trailer called El Gran Burrito (the UrbanSpoon listing has it as 12484 Rt. 31, Medina, 585-354-5617, a number I called but got no answer).

They loved it. Read all the details and viddy all the hungrymaking photos here. Sounds like the barbacoa is a can't-miss. Butless notes: "El Gran is also only open Friday, Saturday (both 11am – 9pm) and Sunday (11 to ?) and they only take cash."

Medina is not that far if you're hungry. On the way back, you can stop at Lake Effect Ice Cream's snazzy new parlor in Lockport.



Buffalo Beer Week starts tomorrow with tasting of brewed-for-the-occasion beers

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

The fourth edition of Buffalo Beer Week, starting tomorrow, offers a vast array of events that should give any lover of craft brews opportunities to enjoy something new.

It kicks off with a “Brewed in Buffalo” release party at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore Ave., 847-0839) where local breweries like Flying Bison, Community Beer Works, Pearl Street Brewery and Big Ditch will be tapping brews concocted for the occasion. You can buy pints.* There will also be a complimentary light buffet of Polish eats. That’s 7 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday comes the Ballpark Brewbash, with a selection of craft brewers from across the country in attendance pouring their products. It’s from 4 to 8 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field. Tickets are $35 and up.

“Beer Hunter,” a documentary film exploring the world of influential beer and whiskey journalist, Michael Jackson, will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday in the Pan American Grill and Brewery (391 Washington St., 856-0062).

On Saturday, the Buffalo Beer Geek Festival aims to present “unique, high-quality beers of the finest and rarest variety.” There are two sessions, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Sessions are $40 in advance, $45 at the door.

The week also includes restaurants with beer pairing menus, like Dick & Jenny’s on Grand Island (tonight, Sept. 19), Medici House, East Aurora (Sept. 23),  and on Sept. 25 at Shango Bistro; Gordon Biersch, Cheektowaga; and August Bistro, Hamburg.

Check out the complete schedule of events and tastings at For the freshest #BuffaloBeerWeek info, including updates and specials, tune in to @bflobeerweek - that's the tag to tap.

*CORRECTION: An earlier version of this item said the commemorative beers at "Brewed in Buffalo" were a free tasting.



Check out these old menus from Buffalo restaurants: Blue pike, 60 cents

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

I could read old menus for hours. (Not at work, though! That would be wrong!) I can't be the only one, either.

I noticed this link in the Buffalo Reddit, and found myself lost in the Buffalo collection in the New York Public Library's menu archives, which they have scanned and posted online.

The Internet's bad enough for making you crave exotic delicacies you can't experience without a plane ticket. Now you can get hungry for dinners you can't have without a time machine. 

My favorite so far, from the 1933 Hotel Buffalo menu: broiled shad roe with bacon, parslied potatoes and green beans. $1.


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