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   Fans of the Nickel City Chef cooking competition, Buffalo's own version of "Iron Chef," have a rare opportunity to feed their curiosity.    Nickel City Chef Adam Goetz of Sample (242 Allen St., 883-1675), will present a menu of his competition dishes on Friday, Dec. 2. As part of the Nickel City Chef "home team," Goetz has ta…

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has been helping train "Emerging Business Leaders" in Western New York for the last year. To celebrate, it's hosting the first-ever Buffalo food truck summit tonight in Amherst. The new one - The Place to Go, operated by Kenny Moriarty of Lexington Avenue's The Place - makes six. It's supposed to join the u…

Here's how Nina Barone, the News' November Cook of the Month, makes her long-simmered tomato sauce and meatballs for family gatherings. Interestingly, she prefers bison for the meatballs, providing a softer texture in the finished dish. Nina Barone's Sauce 2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes (no seasoning)18 ounces tomato paste1 small onion or 1/2 large onion (…

Saveur magazine's web staff has curated a tasty selection of food blogs from around the globe. It's an enthralling culinary journey, with no passport needed. Of course, you may find yourself hungry for dishes you've never tasted, but that's the risk you take. And also the point. Helen Rosner writes: These writers are committed to celebrating regional re…

In September, Dining Rumor had its soft opening. The blog's anonymous author, pen name Dining Roomer, wrote: "It has been said that Buffalo is not a small town, it's a large room." And Dining Roomer has been publishing stuff hot off the chit-chat telegraph. There's ruminations on the future of Buffalo's restaurants, too, and even a long, …

Mike Andrzejewski is keenly aware that folks are waiting to try his take on tacos and other Mexican favorites. After a series of construction surprises and license tangles, the Seabar chef is crossing his fingers and saying Cantina Loco will open at noon on Thursday, Nov. 17. He plans serve take-out tacos, burritos and more from the new restaurant, at 1…

Here's a recipe from "The Extraordinary Cookbook," featured in today's Buffalo News. One of Stefan Gates' simpler party ideas is turning cherry tomatoes into little vodka bombs. The recipe comes complete with a cautionary tale: Be very careful when you pass these around, since they are disarmingly tasty and sneakily alcoholic. They are also perfect…

   Will you have the 15-course black truffle tour de force? Six courses from a four-star Hamburg gem? Or dinner of traditional Burmese favorites, prepared by a recent immigrant?    Before dinner planning turns to turkey and Tofurkey, here's a few special menus to consider. Reservations required.    The truffle feast, "Luxury and Excess," might…

There's a hearing set for 2 p.m. today to discuss food truck regulation in the City of Buffalo. Aaron Besecker reports that the committee will hear from more people about whether and how to permit mobile kitchens in the city. A committee of brick-and-mortar restaurant representatives and food truck types have met in recent weeks, but no progress towards compromise has been…

As Buffalo's answer to "Iron Chef" heads toward its fourth season, it's throwing a party tomorrow night. Everyone's invited. It's Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5:30-9 p.m., at Artisan Kitchens, 200 Amherst St. Yes, there will be food. To attend, RSVP at its Facebook page, and bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the WNY Food Bank. The e…

Culinary students will be serving up crepes, Bananas Foster, pork stir-fry and more tomorrow night, Thurs. Oct. 20, at the Ormsby Educational Center in East Aurora. For 50 cents to $1, visitors can sample dishes that will also include pizzas and soups. Watching the students demonstrate the dishes is free. So is information about the BOCES Culinary Arts Program, which gradu…

Raj Gohil, the talented artist and chef who shares recipes in today's Buffalo News as our October Cook of the Month, had these appetizers ready before I arrived with photographer Sharon Cantillon. They're not beginners' work. Between making the seasoned potato mixture, batter, chutney and frying the little balls of delight, Gohil estimated he spent thre…

TEDx Buffalo, an eclectic "conference about ideas" running today at Canisius College's Montante Center, includes Ethan Cox, a community beer activist, and Patrick Lango, whose White Cow Dairy makes artisanal yogurt and dairy products that are sold primarily in Manhattan and Buffalo. Cox cofounded Community Beer Works, which wants help to return beer culture …