April Food News
James D. Roberts
An abundance of food focused events will take place in April. Here are a few favorites.
Monday, April 8
Chef Mike Andrzejewki has a sake tasting slated for the next installment of IN, Buffalo's industry night, which happens twice a month at Seabar. Typically I co-host these curated events, but I will be out of town, so Mike A is taking the lead with a little help from Gekkeikan, Horin, and Southern Wine & Spirits. Guests can expect to sample traditional warm sake, unfiltered sake, and cold sparkling sake—all served by kimono-clad servers. Izakaya-style nibbles will also be available. As usual, the event is free and open to adults 21 and over. If you haven't joined the IN crowd for an event yet, this would be a great place to start.
The Details: IN's Sexy Sake Night; FREE; Seabar; 4/8 from 9pm-midnight
Wednesday, April 10
David Setzer, co-owner of Farmers & Artisans, has recently passed after a long battle with cancer. For those who did not know David, he was an early-adopter of Buffalo's now-flourishing local food scene, and he can be credited for educating all of those he came in contact with, including me. The Williamsville shop, dedicated to carrying local foods year-round, will remain open, but his family is still in a difficult spot after years of battling Setzer's illness. Friends have gathered to coordinate a benefit that will aid the Setzer family at this difficult time.
Calvary Episcopal in Williamsville (map) is the location of the benefit, which will feature auction items, music, Flying Bison beer, food, and a 50/50 split. For more information, or to make a donation, please contact Michael Starks at 553-2570 or Sharon Osgood at 870-8646.
The Details: Setzer Family Fundraiser; $30 (includes beer, wine, and food); Calvary Episcopal; 4/10 from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, April 20
Chef Steve Gedra of Bistro Europa is hosting a new late night dining series called Midnight Mass. The first installement of the series, which happens at midnight on Saturday, April 20, will feature Gedra and friend Chef James Roberts of Park Country Club gettin' their ramen on. Featuring T-Meadow pork and handmade noodles, as well as an assortment of well-prepared accoutrements, it's an event any ramen-head (and we know there are tons of you out there) will not want to miss. Make your reservations quickly, seats will go lightening fast.
The Details: Europa's Midnight Mass; $25 (plus a cash bar), call for reservations, they are required; Bistro Europa; 4/20 from midnight-?
Sunday, April 21
The annual Taste of Culinary has returned for the seventh year. An event hosted by the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation, it's a great way to get out and support young culinary students. It's also quite a bargain, with a $30 ticket landing you access to scads of food and drink tables. I've written about this event on several occasions (here's one) and this year it will be hosted int he lovely Hotel Lafayette.
The Details: Taste of Culinary; $30 advance sales; Hotel Lafayette; 4/21 from noon-3:30pm
Monday, April 22
Bourdain will bless Buffalo with his presence again. Shea's will host his talk, but VIP ticket holders will get the ultra-exclusive experience of rubbing elbwos with him afterward at the special ticketholder-only event hosted by Chef Brian Mietus at Bacchus. For details, check out our post from January.