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Buffalo Proper Chef Edward Forster and Beverage Manager Jon Karel have been invited to present a showcase dinner at the James Beard House in Manhattan. The June 15 dinner starts at 7 p.m., and $170 tickets are available to the public; go to jamesbeard.org/events/buffalo-proper to purchase. The Beard House, once the home of the famed chef and celebrator of American regiona…

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Cinco de Mayo is the St. Patrick’s Day of Mexican culture, a fauxliday not particularly celebrated in the place it purports to honor. But that can’t kill the buzz of the greatest tequila-fueled day of the American restaurant calendar. Here’s what some Buffalo places have cooking next week. On May 2, Cantina Loco, 191 Allen St., offers a five-course dinner for $55, plus …

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Tickets for the eighth season of Buffalo’s live cooking competition, featuring local chefs exploiting local ingredients in an Iron-Chef-style format, went on sale Jan. 1. The lineup of Nickel City Chefs, the “home team” in the contests, now includes Victor Parra Gonzalez, whose Mexican-inflected fine dining has drawn customers to his Youngstown restaurant, Jaguar at the B…

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One way to judge if a restaurant has range is to look at its treatment of vegetables. Deep-frying animal proteins into crispy nuggets or crisping up another slab of braised pork belly for the plate are low-risk moves with high satisfaction rates. Taking vegetables seriously by giving one a starring role in a dish isn’t something every restaurant dares try. Sorry, fr…

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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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Hungry people interested in the development of dining possibilities in Western New York can now add a “Grain of Salt” to their diet. “Grain of Salt” is a podcast, an audio recording of conversations between people involved in the local restaurant world, from chefs to farmers. The second episode, released last week, features chefs at two new restaurants – Edward Forster of…

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Trying to surprise restaurant customers is a mission fraught with peril. Two, three or more experiments might soar, only to have customers remember most vividly the one that blew up on the launch pad. Edward Forster of Buffalo Proper is a daredevil chef. In the former Laughlin’s space, Forster offers a brief menu in his own style – local produce elevated with technical ski…

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Dropped by Buffalo Proper last night to get my first taste of the new menu by Edward Forster, whose cooking impressed me at the late Mike A's at the Lafayette. Tried a few of his dishes, and drinks designed by Jon Karel. Left impressed, anew. It's too soon for a full review, but here's some first glimpses. We tried the Ginger Baker and Blinker cocktails ($10), which were …

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The buzz in Buffalo on Friday night will focus on a usually quiet corner of downtown, the corner of Franklin Street and West Tupper, where Buffalo Proper will officially open to the public at 3 p.m. today. While a friends-and-family party allowed the restaurant's head chef Edward Forster and mixologist Jon Karel to flex their muscles on Thursday, dinner reservations have …

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Buffalo Proper is opening Friday night, and by the time you read this it might be too late to get a table. The restaurant will have some walk-in tables available but is also taking reservations at 783-8699 and through OpenTable, said Joshua Miles, an owner. Owners of the much-anticipated restaurant at 333 Franklin St., first called Blood and Sand, explained their intent …

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Blood and Sand, one of the most-anticipated restaurants of 2014, will try to open for the public on July 24. "That is our target date right now," said Joshua Miles, an owner of the restaurant, at 333 Franklin St. Executive Chef Edward Forster will lead the kitchen, with Scott Crombie, who also formerly worked at Mike A's at the Lafayette. The drinks brigade will be led…