What better way to unwind mid-week than to enjoy a refreshment, sample a bunch of delicious food, and listen to great music with friends? There’s not! Be sure to mark your calendar for Crisis Services’ 11th Annual MEN Who COOK !
If you are unfamiliar with the event, men who are well-known or recognized locally for their business and/or community accomplishments take on the role of chef for the evening. They donate, prepare, present, and serve their favorite culinary delights in a festival/tasting style atmosphere as a fun way to raise financial support and awareness for Crisis Services, the most comprehensive crisis center in upstate New York. Also participating are several area restaurants that both complement and enhance the dishes of the amateur chefs. Guests visit the food stations to sample each exquisite preparation. This signature event will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Adam’s Mark hotel, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Dee Adams will be providing live music. There are also silent auction and raffle items, and the return of the popular wine wall.
Last year’s participating restaurants included: The Left Bank, Ballyhoo, Fairy Cakes Cupcakery, Platter’s Chocolates, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Lloyd Taco Factory, the Deerhead Inn on Cayuga Lake, Wegmans, Tops Lockport, and Buffalo State Hospitality & Tourism Dept..
The roster of chefs included: Dr. Jason Adsit, D’Youville College | Dan Barrett, Buffalo Police Department | Dr. Anthony Billittier, UB|MD Emergency Medicine | Brian Brault, PURE Solutions | Dan Kieffer, Coldwell Banker Chubb | Jim Kuryak, Niagara National Insurance | Jim Lenker, University of Buffalo | Lt. Dave Mann, Buffalo Police Department & Nate Nixon (Mes Que) | Jeff Pirrone, The John R. Oishei Foundation Basic Human Needs Initiative | Michael Ranney, Erie County Commissioner of Mental Health | Chris Spicer, Planned Parenthood | Dave Zack, Cheektowaga Police Chief | Father Paul Seil, Our Daily Bread, was the “Chef of the Year”, awarded by Nickel City Chef’s own, Christa Glennie Seychew