Sunday, January 16, 2011

Nickel City Chef Season Three Dates & Ticket Sales Announced!

Nickel City Chef’s production company, Feed Your Soul, has been hard at work lining up secret ingredients, judges and challengers for our third season of cooking competitions which will feature celebrity judges, WNY’s top chefs and WNY's very own homegrown ingredients.

Taking place in the stunning loft showroom of Buffalo’s Artisan Kitchens & Baths, Season Three’s schedule of dates is listed below. Tickets for Season Three go on sale Friday, January 14th. Tickets are $35 each and include catered gourmet snacks and access to a cash bar during the event. We do not recommend this event for children.

Links to online ticketing are available on our website at

This year some of our favorite judges have returned, along with special celebrity guests like Kevin Brauch from the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, acerbic food writer Regina Schrambling, Toronto food writer Ivy Knight, Canadian food writer and television producer Mary Luz Mejia, talented Chef Don Salamone of Philadelphia, and wildman Chef Matt Mytro of Cleveland. We are all looking forward to an excellent season.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Jenn Air, SubZero, Wolf, GE Monogram, Wegmans, Mansion on Delaware Avenue, Kemper Cabinets, the Buffalo chapter of the Chaine de Rotisseurs, and our partners: Buffalo Spree, Artisan Kitchens & Baths and Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops.

Below you will also find Nickel City Chef’s Mission Statement. Please contact us if you are in need of hi-resolution photos or HD video footage. Each show is hosted by WBFO's Bert Gambini and Buffalo's top chef, Chef Mike Andrzejewski of SeaBar.

Sunday, February 20th
Nickel City Chef Krista Van Wagner of Curly’s
Challenging Chef Jennifer Boye of Mansion on Delaware Avenue
Featuring judges Chef Jim Guarino, Mary Luz Mejia & Nelson Starr


Sunday, March 6th
Nickel City Chef Brian Mietus of Bacchus
Challenging Chef Mary Ann Giordano of Creekview Restaurant
Featuring judges John Bourdage, Chef Matt Mytro & Chef Don Salamone


Sunday, March 27th
Nickel City Chef JJ Richert of Torches
Challenging Chef James Roberts of Park Country Club
Featuring judges Kristen Becker, Kevin Brauch & Chef Ivy Knight


Sunday, April 10th
Nickel City Chef Adam Goetz of Sample
Challenging Chef Louis Zanghi of The Delaware
Featuring judges Alan Bedenko, Chef Steven Gedra & Regina Schrambling

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot? Not a chance!

It is difficult to believe that we are living in the second decade of the 2000 Millennium. Where did the time go?

There have been many changes in the past 10 years and as I look back on those years I am immersed in emotions. I am nostalgic for the people who have passed away, I feel fortunate for the new people I’ve met and I am most grateful for the friendship that they have extended to me. They all have touched me in ways I could never have imagined and my life is richer because of them. I thank you all!

So, when I listen to the melody of this version of Auld Lang Syne and the beautiful words and voice of Dougie MacLean I am reminded that people are too important and that life is too short to risk unspoken love.

Happy New Year 2011!