BUFFALO – MY KIND OF FOOD TOWN

I am reposting this article I wrote in 2013 – it still seems appropriate for all who have a passion for the Queen City. This is the Buffalo I remember.

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Yes, in case you have not guessed, I am originally from Buffalo. After you get all of the stinging quips out of your system let me tell you what Buffalo is really like. It is true that the press has not always been kind to the Queen City and it almost feels like Buffalo has enjoyed being the punching bag for the media. In reality, Buffalo is a very special city with tremendous history, unfaltering pride, and yes – even a healthy food scene.

OK, so the Bills never won a Superbowl and the Sabres have only gotten so far, but don’t ever try and tell a Buffalonian that these teams are not worthy. We have the right, as people from the city, to critique our teams, but other’s do not. We will defend them till the end of time (there, I got that out of my system).

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THE YIN AND YANG OF BEING A CHEF

I have always believed assessing a significant decision that you are about to make or reviewing one that is already part of your history is best served by listing the pros and cons. If there are more positives than negatives then it is (was) likely a good decision. The greater the decision the more likely…

JUST WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED?

I struggled with whether or not to write this article. It is a full departure from the intent of my blog to focus entirely on the restaurant industry and the people who dedicate their lives to food. I am not looking for agreement or even debate on what follows and am not writing this as…

SALUTE TO THE DISHWASHER

Typically discounted, often maligned, frequently abused, and rarely appreciated (until he or she doesn’t show up) – the dishwasher is actually the most important employee in the kitchen. Cooks may scoff, chefs will dismiss, and owners have no opinion whatsoever, but I stand by my statement regarding a dishwasher’s importance to the kitchen and the…

WHY CHEFS CAN’T IGNORE POLITICS

Is ignorance really bliss? Like many of you, I am tired of the political rhetoric, the discourse that is oftentimes based on hearsay, rather than fact, and the sometimes-vicious personal attacks that have dominated the stage for years. It would be very easy to say: “I’m tuning out!” Really, what does all of this have…

KITCHEN FRIENDS

It is disheartening to occasionally hear of cooks, chefs, and service staff who dislike their jobs, find the work less than rewarding, and most discouraging – fail to feel a unique connection to the people who they share a kitchen with. This has never been the case for me. What I take the greatest pride…