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Chef Gonzalez represents Buffalo at James Beard dinner

Victor Parra Gonzalez, the Mexican chef behind West Side fine dining spot Las Puertas, will represent Buffalo in a Day of the Dead themed dinner at the James Beard House.

On Nov. 1, Gonzalez, who also runs upscale taqueria Casa Azul with Zina Lapi, will join with five standouts in modern Mexican fare to deliver dinner in the Manhattan culinary showcase.

Joining Gonzalez will be Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Restaurant Mixtli, San Antonio; Rogelio Garcia of The Commissary, San Francisco; Jacob Rojas of Tallulah's Raqueria, Providence, R.I., and Alex Valencia of La Contenta, New York City.

The dinner, paired with tequilas and wines, is $135 for Beard Foundation members, $175 otherwise. It starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through

At Las Puertas, a world of new sensations

Here's the menu:

Hors d'Oeuvre

Molletito de Hongos al Mojo de Ajo y Chipotle con Queso Menonita

Cereza de Puerco with Pickled Cherries and Guajillo

Charred Avocado with Camarones, Corn Nuts, and Sal de Chapulín

Chia Tostadas with Mousse de Cazón, Wakame–Serrano Powder, Ikura, and Pickled Onions

Casa Noble Tequila Cocktails with Casa Noble Reposado Tequila, Casa Noble Crystal Blanco Tequila, and Casa Noble Añejo Tequila


Striped Bass a la Plancha with Camote, Cempasuchitl Vinegar, and Pepitas

Tinga de Conejo with Calabazas

Pato with Mole de Calabaza and Sunchokes

Beef Cheek Barbacoa with Aged Chilmole, Hibiscus-Pickled Onions, Chirivias, and Confit Potatoes

Mexican Street Corn with Eden Corn Semifreddo, Cotija Snow, and Tonka Bean–Infused Faux Mayonnaise

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