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Every ambitious chef must learn how much culinary will they can impose on customers without going out of business. That essential tension of restaurant life is one of the central attractions of "Big Night," the 1996 film starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub. Last night two chef-owners who love the movie threw a dinner in its honor. This isn't the place for spoilers. B…

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Every ambitious chef must learn how much culinary will they can impose on customers without going out of business. That essential tension of restaurant life is one of the central attractions of "Big Night," the 1996 film starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub. Last night two chef-owners who love the movie threw a dinner in its honor. This isn't the place for spoilers. B…

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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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The bars of Chippewa Street come and go, but for the last decade, Bacchus has remained a beacon of fine dining amid a sea of Long Island iced teas. Two years ago, chef Brian Mietus bought out restaurateur Steve Calvaneso and became master of his own domain. The result is fine dining without a hint of intimidation. You might goggle at the extensive wine list, but there’s no…