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2018 Iron Event best-bite fundraiser set for Oct. 28

The eighth edition of The Iron Event, one of Buffalo’s most anticipated culinary fundraisers, has been set for Oct. 28.

The annual best-bite competition, at Buffalo RiverWorks, offers $2,500 in prizes for winners in audience voting. Tickets, starting at $50, entitle the bearer to a sample of 22 restaurants' work.

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.

“It is estimated that people with ALS will require $250,000-$350,000 a year beyond the second year of diagnosis to prolong their survival time,” Tracy wrote.

Participants at the 2017 Iron Event posed around Dan Tracy, lower center in purple shirt. (Mary Mammoser Machnica)

“It is for this reason that after several successful fundraisers, with the help of dozens of volunteers, I am in the process of planning another bigger and better one for Sunday, October 28th, all from a small desk inside my room at a nursing home, despite not being able to talk or move much.”

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 10 and under free.

Here’s the chef lineup:

Christopher Daigler, Falley Allen; Joshua and Satomi Smith, Sato Brewpub; Jill Gedra, Lait Cru Brasserie; Bruce Wieszala, Heritage Cured Meats; Daniel Lawrence, Niagara Falls Country Club; Jeffrey Cooke, This Little Pig; Joanna Congi, Alex Nickolai, and Michael Hogan from Osteria 166; Michael Obarka, Ristorante Lombardo; RJ and Lindsey Marvin, Barrel + Brine; Jennifer Boye, Churn; Beth and Joe Kennedy, Spar’s European Sausage & Meats.

Also: Michael Dimmer and Christian Willmott, Marble + Rye; Kristopher Haisch, Black & Blue; Ross Warhol, Oliver’s; Brad Rowell, The Grange Community Kitchen; Krista Van Wagner, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute; Jake Strawser, Billy Club; Ellen and Steven Gedra, The Black Sheep; James Roberts, Dobutsu; Alex Diaczenko, Lucia’s on the Lake; Matthew DiCamillo, DiCamillo’s Bakery; and Edward Forster, The Dapper Goose.

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