In addition to housing culinary marvels such as the chicken wing and beef on weck, Buffalo now has a new ‘best’ to boast about. The Taste of Culinary, which took place mid-April, has been hailed as the “best foodie festival in Buffalo”.
Run by Greater Buffalo chapter of the American Culinary Federation, the Taste of Culinary is an annual event that typically features local restaurants, producers, and chefs. This year was no different as local gems such as Chef James Robert, Chef Steve Gedra, this year’s Nickel City Chef winner, as well as 35 other local restaurants made appearances.
In addition to food professionals, there were also plenty of tables occupied by food educators from various schools in the area to inform attendees on the importance of nutrition and food education.
More than 400 attendees tasted their ways through the ECC City Atrium at the 4th annual Taste of Culinary, their best turn out yet! With a multitude of dishes, such as calamari salad, braised lamb sandwiches and even Red Bull piña coladas, guests had more than enough to fill their plates with.
Although Executive Chef of Saturn Club, Richard DiChristina described the event as a display of talents rather than a competition, the Taste of Culinary added a new facet to the event this year which was, in fact, a competition in which all tables, both professional and scholastic, contended for the prize of “Best in Show”. At the end of the day, Chef Brian Mahoney and his crew from the Seneca Allegany Casino walked away with the grand prize trophy.