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Hot ticket: Top Buffalo chefs launch farmer benefit today

A posse of chefs, led by some high-profile cheerleaders for locally raised pork, vegetables, fruit and dairy products, have planned a thanksgiving dinner of their own. Dubbed "A Big FUSS," it's Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Artisan Kitchens & Baths, 200 Amherst St.

The night's stars include Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa, Adam Goetz of Sample, Jim Guarino of Shango Bistro, Kate Elliott of Merge, Ross Warhol of Chautauqua's Athenaeum Hotel, Bruce Wieszala of Carmelo's in Lewiston (and Coppa Artisan Cured Meat). They wanted to give back to their partners in culinary excellence, the farmers, organizer Christa Glennie Seychew said.

They'll be using donations from local vegetable and meat producers, including Promised Land CSA/Oles Family Farm, Unfinished Farm, Painted Meadows and T-Meadow Farm.

Lloyd's Chris Dorsaneo and Pete Cimino will be serving tacos, too, suggesting folks can find their high and low cuisine needs satisfied in one place. Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile, and Tuscany on Main will pitch in too.

Tickets are $30, limited to 300, and might be gone quickly. Proceeds, including the take from the cash bar, and an auction, will benefit a local farmer who's dedicated effort to supplying local restaurants, said Seychew.

The recipient isn't being named, to spare them embarassment and further harm to their business, Seychew said. Like a local Farm Aid concert, A Big FUSS is expected to be an annual event, she said.

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