Jennifer Boye of Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora has been invited to present dinner at the James Beard House in Manhattan.
The Oct. 2 dinner starts at 7 p.m. The Beard House, once the home of the famed chef and celebrator of American regional cuisine, now showcases regional cuisine from visiting chefs.
Boye, who has been a professional cook for 21 years, was previously the chef at Mansion on Delaware. She became the Elm Street Bakery's chef in 2015 and has been part of the home team in the Nickel City Chef live cooking competition.
Boye said the invitation spoke to the work of the entire Elm Street Bakery team, not just her own skills. It made her appreciate "the work of your team and the relationships that you've built over the years to give you an opportunity to represent the city you were basically born and raised in."
A Beard House invitation means a chance to represent "yourself, your restaurant and your city in a way that people who aren't so familiar with Buffalo can catch a little glimpse of what we're about."
Buffalo culinary talents invited in recent years include Ross Warhol, Mike Andrzejewski, Adam Goetz, Steven and Ellen Gedra, Edward Forster, Jon Karel, JJ Richert and Brian Mietus.
The Oct. 2 dinner menu, of passed appetizers and five courses with wine, blends end-of-summer bounty with the first flush of fall. Hors d’oeuvres will include lamb sausages with harissa on butter-egg buns, rutabaga blini with caviar and gin-soaked salmon with caraway onions on vollkornbrot bread.
The five-course dinner will include sunflower soup with saffron crème fraîche and sunflower seed za’atar; celery leaf salad with lemon balm, strawberry confit, tomatoes, ricotta, and tomato vine vinegar; short rib caramelle with lobster butter and creamed sweet corn; and blueberry cake with pistachio cookie and rose ice cream.
Seats are available to the public at the price of $135 for Beard Foundation members and $175 for non-members. Go to jamesbeard.org/events/autumn-in-upstate to purchase.
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