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Chefs representing Buffalo at Super Bowl raising money for hungry

Chef Mike Andrzejewski is heading to Atlanta at Super Bowl time to bring home another big win for Buffalo.

Working with Chef Frank Mercado of the M&T Executive Dining Room, the owner of Seabar and Cantina Loco will represent the city at the Taste of the NFL.

The annual tasting event and culinary celebration raises money for hunger relief organizations in NFL cities. A local fundraising page for each town tracks giving, with donations matched up to $50,000 by Pepsi.

Once again, the Buffalo portion of funds raised will go to the Food Bank of Western New York. “Last year we brought back $14,000 for the food bank, topping $50,000 over the last few years” from the Buffalo share of event proceeds, he said. Anything donated to the local page stays here in Western New York as well.

Mercado and Andrzejewski are representing Buffalo for the sixth year. “This year we’re doing a variation of our Hawaiian salmon poke, using Verlasso salmon, organically farmed in Chile,” Andrzejewski said. “It should be fun to make something we’re so well known for over here,” at Seabar.

The event is Feb. 2, Super Bowl eve, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

“With the way the economy is, and the government closing down, people are needing more help,” Andrzejewski said, “and this is something we can do to help our community, especially this year.”

A link to the Kick Hunger Challenge Buffalo Bills page can be found on the kickhungerchallenge.com website.

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