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Tickets remain for remaining dates in the 10th and last season of the Nickel City Chef live cooking competition. After nine sold-out seasons, the series is concluding with three shows, pitting Nickel City "home team" chefs against up-and-coming challengers. Since 2008, Buffalo-area chefs have faced off in a 60-minute contest to best exploit produce of the area's farm…

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Five years after opening, Sweet_ness 7 on Parkside Avenue is becoming an English-inspired neighborhood restaurant.Owner Prish Moran is turning her crepes-and-coffee spot at 301 Parkside Ave. into a casual place centered around English-style pies and sharing plates.Sweet_ness 7 Parkside closed Monday. It will reopen, hopefully before Valentine’s Day weekend, as P. Moran’s, …

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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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Christa Glennie Seychew is taking a break from the restaurant business. The former Pearl Street Grill office manager from Seattle first left restaurants to start working as a food editor in 2006, for Buffalo Rising. Becoming Buffalo Spree food editor, then senior editor, she worked to draw attention to Western New York’s farms and the kind of restaurants they could make p…

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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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Torches is for sale. The fine dining restaurant at 1141 Kenmore Ave., opened by J.J. Richert and brother Kevin in 2007, quietly went on the market about three months ago. The business and its contents is for sale; the Richerts lease the space. Since he put it on the market, people have told him they heard he was facing bankruptcy, divorce, a brotherly feud, J.J. Richert …

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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…