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, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Chef 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 theironevent.org. $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 and Ryan Weber, 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.
New Kenmore Asian: Power Sushi & Thai started serving its menu of sushi, Thai and Burmese dishes on July 8.
The restaurant, 1609 Kenmore Ave., was last home to Amigo's.
Power Sushi & Thai is the latest Thai-sushi-Burmese hybrid in the Buffalo area. Owner Win Win "Snow" Thaw used to work in a restaurant in her native Burma, but this is her first place of her own. She came to Buffalo eight years ago.
The bar remains, now stocked with wine, sake, bottled beer and draft beer, including two local craft options.
The menu offers a extensive array of Thai dishes, with noodles and salads, curries and stir-fries, topping out at curry lobster ($21.99), crispy whole fish ($22.99) and whole roast duck ($39.99).
The sushi side includes an array of nigiri pieces, salads ($4.99-$10.99), rolls ($6.99-$12.99) and Japanese dishes such as shrimp tempura ($15.99). Burmese tastes include tea leaf salad ($7.99).
A ribbon-cutting has been scheduled for July 19, Thaw said.
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; closed Sunday. Phone: 783-9688.
Stadium restaurant redone: The Buffalo Bisons have overhauled the restaurant at Coca-Cola Field, renaming it Consumer's Pub at the Park and introducing a local craft beer concentration.
The move was made in cooperation with local beer retailer Consumer's Beverages, the team said in a June 30 statement.
Formerly Pettibones Grille, Consumer's Pub will revamp its pub-style menu, the statement said. New features will include an extensive group of locally brewed beverages added to its draft picks.
Local brewers represented will include Resurgence, Big Ditch, Flying Bison, 12 Gates, 42 North, Labatt, New York Beer Project, Buffalo Brewing Company, Pearl Street Brewing and Blackbird Cider.
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