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Iron Event best-bite competition expands into RiverWorks

The Iron Event has burst its bounds once again.

The annual best-bite competition, involving some of Buffalo's young chefs, will move to Buffalo RiverWorks in its seventh year after overflowing Hotel @ the Lafayette. It's set for Oct. 15, which happens to be the Buffalo Bills' bye week.

Tickets, starting at $50, entitle the bearer to a sample of 23 restaurants' work. The chefs are engaged in a competition for the championship, voted on by eaters, and the competition is sincere.

We're not talking cheese cubes. Last year Richard Hamilton, Deep South Taco chef-owner, won with a bite that combined osetra caviar, king crab, scallop, and Meyer lemon. Second place was a foie gras macaron with Concord grape jelly, from Andrew Murtha of Carte Blanche.

The event is a fundraiser for Daniel Tracy, a former chef living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's Disease. Chefs Tracy worked with at Black & Blue, Mother's and Oliver's have pitched in to help. Many participants met him after Tracy was diagnosed in 2009.

As in previous years, Tracy was the event's primary organizer, using Facebook Messenger. But it couldn't happen without the extensive efforts of Michelle Stevens, RJ Marvin, Sam Insalaco and Gene Pohancsek, Tracy said.

"It's exceptional that there is a tool that brings us closer together and binds our communities through the internet," he wrote. "I have been extremely lucky to be able to understand and use Facebook and lucky that people understand my limitations enough to promptly respond."

Tickets are available through $50 presale, $60 door, $85 VIP, including signature cocktails and 5 p.m. early entry. Doors open 6 p.m. at 359 Ganson St. Children under 10 free. Admission is limited to 800.

This year's participants include: Christopher Daigler, Falley Allen; Richard Hamilton, Deep South Taco; Joshua and Satomi Smith, SATO Ramen; Jill Forster and Will Petersen, Lait Cru Brasserie; Bruce Wieszala, Coppa Artisan Cured Meat; Daniel Lawrence, Park Country Club; Jeffrey Cooke, This Little Pig; Joanna Congi, Ritchie Brothers and Michael Hogan, Osteria 166; Victor Parra González, Las Puertas; and Michael Obarka, Lombardo Ristorante.

Also, Matt DiCamillo,  DiCamillo’s Bakery; Chaz Bulera, Riverstone Grill; RJ and Lindsey Marvin, Barrel + Brine; Andrew Murtha, Carte Blanche; Jennifer Boye, Elm Street Bakery; Beth and Joe Kennedy, Spar’s European Sausage & Meats; Frank Mercado, M&T Executive Dining Room; Michael Dimmer; Marble + Rye; Kristopher Haisch, Black & Blue; Ross Warhol, Oliver’s; Brad Rowell, The Grange Community Kitchen; Krista VanWagner and Scotty Harris, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute; and Adam Goetz, Craving.

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