Top Five Things You Should Know to be in the Know
Buffalo has an ever-growing number of food events, clubs and gatherings for foodies, including several under the radar happenings. To be in the know, you should know about the following:
5. Feed Your Soul: Founded by Christa Glennie Seychew, a freelance food writer and Buffalo booster, this organization is dedicated to offering events focused on the food and agriculture of WNY. The events, including the popular Nickel City Chef series, always sell out quickly.
4. Midnight Mass: The brainchild of Bistro Europa’s talented Chef Steven Gedra, it’s a late night pop-up restaurant series that regularly books to capacity. Each month features a different chef and concept.
3. The Workshop: Chef Edward Forster’s work-in-progress restaurant is an exciting project that reflects his culinary expertise and creativity. Its first handful of events left guests swooning for more. The Workshop’s first incarnation, “An Exploration of Grain,” featured cocktails and food at Silo City, with a menu including poached shrimp, burnt nori, kaffir matcha gel, cilantro, rice puff; braised beef tongue, malted barley yoghurt, candied Munich malts, pickled shallot; and molten Painted Meadows rabbit and puy lentil croquette, mustard jus, dijon, mustard chiffonade. With dynamic locations and the creator’s original ideas, the possibilities are seemingly limitless.
2. Industry Night, “IN”: Held at SeaBar (475 Ellicott St., Buffalo) and hosted by Feed Your Soul’s Christa Glennie Seychew, IN is an industry night that’s open to the public, but focused on creating a fun opportunity to socialize with restaurant people — namely, those who work in or with restaurants. IN events feature free tastings, fun competitions and camaraderie.
1. Omakase: An invitation-only underground supper club, it’s determined to raise the bar of culinary expectation, thanks to the talent of area restaurant professionals who wish to remain anonymous. The menus vary with each event, ranging from hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to a multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings. The guest list is rotated in order to provide the experience to many and keep things fresh. Seating is limited and some secrecy is required in order to be a part of the fun.