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Five years ago, Adam Goetz brought forth on Hertel Avenue a dining room dedicated to the proposition that Western New York’s vegetables, fruit and meat were the equal of any on earth. At a time when a Buffalo chef can summon the wealth of the planet via a plane, Goetz bet the success of Craving on ingredients delivered by pickup truck. He learned to mesh farmers’ produc…

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Chef Adam Goetz is one of a small but growing group of Buffalo restaurateurs whose pursuit of the best ingredients has driven them to build relationships with local farmers. On April 24, at his restaurant called Craving, 1472 Hertel Ave., Goetz is holding a fundraising dinner for Erba Verde Farms. The star will be a veal calf. Unlike factory-farmed veal, the calf was rai…

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Chef Adam Goetz is one of a small but growing group of Buffalo restaurateurs whose pursuit of the best ingredients has driven them to build relationships with local farmers. On April 24, at his restaurant called Craving (1472 Hertel Ave.), Goetz is holding a fundraising dinner for Erba Verde Farms. The star will be a veal calf. Unlike factory-farmed veal, the calf was ra…

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We were somewhere around the third course, cavatelli pasta with lamb neck ragu, when the epiphany began to take hold.It happened last week, after I flew to Manhattan for dinner. Adam Goetz, of Craving on Hertel Avenue, was offering “Summer’s End Farm Feast,” six courses with wine, at the James Beard House. Getting an invitation to cook there has been compared to an Emmy no…

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Craving chef-owner Adam Goetz will be showcasing his farm-to-table talents in a Sept. 15 "Summer's end farm feast" in Manhattan. The invitation to cook at the James Beard House will give the chef a chance to demonstrate how far his menu has come. In 2013, Goetz cooked at the culinary foundation’s New York City townhouse as a part of a Nickel City Chef team. Working with …

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The 2015 season of Nickel City Chef adds Edward Forster of Buffalo Proper as the fifth member of the "home team." Those chefs will compete against other up-and-coming culinary talents in five live hour-long cooking battles this spring. Forster's cooking helped put Buffalo Proper on my list of best new restaurants of 2014. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They usuall…

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Chefs from some of the most ambitious new restaurants in town – and two that aren’t even open yet – will offer bites to remember at a Nov. 12 fundraiser benefiting a local farm. For the fourth year, “A Big Fuss” will give Buffalo chefs a way to support a Western New York family that makes growing food their job. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to Prudom Farm, run …

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When Adam Goetz moved his restaurant operation from Allen Street to Hertel Avenue last year and opened Craving (1472 Hertel Ave.), he changed more than a ZIP code. He changed the style of the restaurant, from focusing on tiny, deconstructed dishes to an eclectic menu punctuated with heartier choices. One of the sandwiches he started with is still on the menu: the croque m…