Nickel City Chef

Nickel City Chef Nickel City Chef was a cooking competition series that featured WNY's top chefs and local secret ingredients. NCC was staged at Artisan Kitchens & Baths and produced by Christa Glennie Seychew of Feed Your Soul culinary productions.

NickelCityChef.com During the first week of October, Nickel City Chef opens up the application process to potential challengers. As an organization, we seek competitors who are employed as chefs or sous chefs in independent restaurants, hotels, or country clubs located within WNY. Applicants accepted for competitors are notified in December, and tickets for our series go on sale to the public on t

NickelCityChef.com During the first week of October, Nickel City Chef opens up the application process to potential challengers. As an organization, we seek competitors who are employed as chefs or sous chefs in independent restaurants, hotels, or country clubs located within WNY. Applicants accepted for competitors are notified in December, and tickets for our series go on sale to the public on t

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08/02/2020
Nickel City Chef 2017 - Ep. 04 - Boye v Marvin

As Nickel City Chef Jennifer Boye's sous chef/partner in crime throughout the bulk of her time with the project, Dan Borelli contributed a ton of talent, creativity, and a bundle of nerves to each competition. This show in particular, featuring RJ Martin and his sous, Anthony Pitrelli, just happens to be one of the best competitions of the series. Rest in peace, Dan. You and your contributions to Buffalo's culinary scene will be missed.

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06/20/2020
Nickel City Chef - Food For Change

Dear friends and supporters,

As many of you know, when Daniel Oles passed away in February, we hosted a GoFundMe campaign and set up an exciting fundraiser called Good Grace.

Due to Covid-19, Good Grace was put on hold, likely until 2021 as our restaurant friends work hard to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. In the wake of the event's postponement, many took heart that the Go Fund Me would tide the farm over.

I am devastated to share that the person responsible for supporting the Oles family with the process of withdrawing donations from GoFundMe was unable to complete his task in a timely fashion. Despite extensive efforts to repair the damage done, everyone's well-intentioned and generous donations were automatically refunded in accordance with GoFundMe's standard policies. (In my head I can hear Daniel suggesting that perhaps some of those original donors needed the money and that all things happen for a reason!)

If you would still like your donation in Daniel's honor to go to the farm or to Jane, please message Nickel City Chef here on Facebook or, if you know me and have my email address, a personal note works too! I am happy to offer some insight and direction in this matter. This situation has been deeply upsetting to me and very disappointing to Jane. However it will likely come as no surprise that her wonderful attitude is allowing her to stay focused on remaining touched by the motivation behind everyone's initial contributions even if those funds never make it to the farm.

The season is well underway at Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm and she and Ben are hard at work in the fields every day. Your support means so much. Despite the frustration this situation has caused to many, I am here and happy to help!

And, for any of you who miss Daniel as much as I do, I watch this video Nate Peracciny made so many years ago, posted by our friends at Artisan Kitchens and Baths back in 2011. It's got some great Daniel action, especially here at the 32-minute mark.

Nickel City Chef is unique to Buffalo. No other city hosts a culinary challenge featuring local chefs and local ingredients before a live audience. The Nicke...

BREADHIVE: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020As a worker-owned cooperative, BreadHive Bakery &...
03/13/2020
BreadHive Worker Cooperative

BREADHIVE: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020

As a worker-owned cooperative, BreadHive Bakery & Cafe is all about community. Consider this, along with its monthly 5% donation to worthy causes and the relationships it has built with local farmers after many long summers spent at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, and it’s easy to see why the team at BreadHive reached out to Good Grace to become part of this event.

BreadHive bakes some of the best bread in WNY and ‘gram famous pretzels. At its adorable west side cafe, diners fine killer sandwiches, excellent bagels, neighborly service, and so much more!

**BreadHive’s Good Grace Offer**
On March 19, 2020, BreadHive will contribute 20% of its total sales from Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner to Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm in honor of Daniel Oles.

As a worker-owned cooperative, BreadHive is all about community. Consider this along with its monthly 5% donation to worthy causes and the relationships it has built with local farmers after many l…

THE DAPPER GOOSE: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020The brainchild of WNY native Keith Raimond...
03/13/2020
Dapper Goose: Chef Jessie Ross

THE DAPPER GOOSE: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020

The brainchild of WNY native Keith Raimondi and his wife Peggy, The Dapper Goose quickly earned fans when it opened its doors in 2016. Relocating from Philadelphia to Black Rock, the couple—along with chef Jessie Ross and bar manager Tim Leary—made its mark by employing the one special ingredient that truly resonated with Queen City diners: incredible hospitality and good neighborliness.

The Oles family are frequent diners at the wine-centric establishment, and the farm’s weekly deliveries can be found on the menu among other local producers.

**Dapper Goose’s Good Grace Offer**
On March 19, 2020, Dapper Goose will contribute 20% of its food sales to the Oles family as part of Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles.

The brainchild of WNY native Keith Raimondi and his wife Peggy, Dapper Goose quickly earned fans when it opened its doors in 2016. Relocating from Philadelphia to Black Rock, the couple—along with …

OLIVER'S: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020Ross Warhol is the executive chef at Buffalo’s Oli...
03/12/2020
Oliver's: Chef Ross Warhol

OLIVER'S: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020

Ross Warhol is the executive chef at Buffalo’s Oliver's Restaurant. He trained at CIA and earned a second degree in pastry from the esteemed school’s Greystone program in California before going on to work as a stagiaire at some of the finest restaurants in the world, such as The French Laundry, Ubuntu, el Bulli, and Franzen Lindeberg.

In the summer months he’d return to Western New York, working as the executive chef at the Chautauqua Institution. As early as 2009 Warhol began incorporating the produce, proteins, and cheeses of Chautauqua’s local farmers into his menu, which ultimately led to planting and tending his own restaurant garden on the Institution’s campus.

Warhol’s commitment to local hasn’t wavered since his 2016 arrival at Oliver’s. There, inside the well-regarded and elegant Delaware Avenue restaurant, Warhol creates some of the most beautiful and exciting food in the Western New York region.

You can find local ingredients on the Oliver’s menu yearound.

**Oliver’s Good Grace Offer**
On March 19, 2020, in honor of Daniel Oles, Oliver’s will contribute 20% of its food sales to Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm

Ross Warhol is the executive chef at Buffalo’s Oliver’s. He trained at CIA and earned a second degree in pastry from the esteemed school’s Greystone program in California before g…

CASA AZUL: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020Casa Azul, chef/owner Zina Lapi’s downtown taco o...
03/11/2020
Casa Azul: Chef Zina Lapi

CASA AZUL: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020

Casa Azul, chef/owner Zina Lapi’s downtown taco outpost, is a sure bet for diners seeking to sate their taco appetite with fresh, innovative, and high quality tacos. Fresh is the key word here, and it’s how Casa Azul finds itself among the Good Grace crew. Ingredient-driven, Casa Azul is all that and an ice cold margarita.

Casa Azul’s other pedigree comes in the form of community-minded good neighborliness, as the restaurant has become a gathering place for many.

With a degree from Johnson & Wales and several years cooking in some of the city’s best kitchens under her belt, Zina takes the presumably simple and makes it superb.

**Casa Azul’s Good Grace Offer**
Casa Azul will contribute 20% of its food sales from both lunch and dinner to Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm as part of Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles on March 19, 2020.

Casa Azul, chef/owner Zina Lapi’s downtown taco outpost, is a sure bet for diners seeking to sate their taco appetite with fresh, innovative, and high quality tacos. Fresh is the key word her…

TRATTORIA AROMA: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020Aroma on Bryant's owner David Cosentino was...
03/11/2020
Trattoria Aroma

TRATTORIA AROMA: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020

Aroma on Bryant's owner David Cosentino was one of the Oles’ family’s first restaurant customers.

For almost a decade the restaurant hosted one or more dinners on the farm each summer, bringing city guests out to enjoy what Dave and his staff had found when they first visited in 2009: peace, beauty, and produce that far exceed anything a chef or shopper could source in WNY.

In 2012, when a barn fire at the farm looked like it might set the Oles’ back, David was among the many who raised or donated funds to the family.

**Trattoria Aroma’s Good Grace Offer**
On March 19, 2020, Trattoria Aroma will donate 20% of its food sales to Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm. Additionally, its happy hour, which runs from 5-6pm that day, will donate 50% of its proceeds, so stop in for a glass of wine!

Trattoria Aroma’s owner David Cosentino was one of the Oles’ family’s first restaurant customers. For almost a decade the restaurant hosted one or more dinners on the farm each su…

Thank you Andrew Galarneau and The Buffalo News for helping us spread the word on Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel...
03/11/2020
Restaurants rally around Oles Farm with one-day fundraiser

Thank you Andrew Galarneau and The Buffalo News for helping us spread the word on Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles.

In honor of Daniel and his legacy, join us in support of Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm at any of the following restaurants on March 19:
100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry, Billy Club, Buffalo Barrel + Brine, Black Iron Bystro, The Black Sheep, BreadHive Bakery & Cafe, Cantina Loco, Casa Azul, CRāVing Restaurant, The Dapper Goose, Dobutsu, Lloyd Taco Factory, Marble + Rye, Oliver's Restaurant, Osteria 166, Ristorante Lombardo, Toutant, Aroma on Bryant, and Waxlight Bar a Vin

Farmer Daniel Oles was an expert at cultivating vegetables, but he was also adept at cultivating relationships, including ties with a gro...

Chef/owner James Roberts met Daniel Oles in 2011 on a farm tour for chefs. Shortly thereafter he began sourcing produce ...
03/11/2020
Dobutsu: Chef James Roberts

Chef/owner James Roberts met Daniel Oles in 2011 on a farm tour for chefs. Shortly thereafter he began sourcing produce from the Oles family farm while working as the executive chef of Park Country Club. When he left PCC to launch Toutant—and later its sister and Roberts’ passion project, Dobutsu—James continued to nurture, support, and rely on his relationship with Daniel Oles and Promised Land, as well as other local farms.

Seasonal specials featuring local produce are a regular part of Dobutsu’s menu.

**Dobutsu’s Good Grace Offer**
Dobutsu will donate 20% of its food sales to Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm on March 19, 2020 as part of Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles.

Chef/owner James Roberts met Daniel Oles in 2011 on a farm tour for chefs. Shortly thereafter he began sourcing produce from the Oles family farm while working as the executive chef of Park Country…

RISTORANTE LOMBARDO: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020Hertel Avenue’s beloved Ristorante Lomb...
03/10/2020
Ristorante Lombardo: Chef Mike Obarka

RISTORANTE LOMBARDO: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020

Hertel Avenue’s beloved Ristorante Lombardo has been operated by the Lombardo family since 1975. While it has evolved a lot over time, it has also always held true to its roots.

Executive chef Mike Obarka was an early adopter of the farm-to-table concept. It’s a concept so tied to what makes the food in Italy so remarkable, and operator Tommy Lombardo and Chef Obarka quickly recognized how the quality of Daniel’s crops could truly impact the restaurant’s offerings.

Weekly deliveries from Daniel Oles were a special thing, and it wasn’t only the exceptional produce that made them that way. After all this time, Chef Obarka’s become accustomed to Promised Land’s high-quality vegetables and so have his customers. Deliveries from Oles’ to Lombardo’s will continue under the supervision of Ben, Daniel’s son.

You can find Oles’ produce and other local ingredients on the Lombardo’s menu yearound.

**Ristorante Lombardo’s Good Grace Offer**
On March 19, 2020, Ristorante Lombardo will contribute 20% of its food sales to Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm as part of Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles.

Hertel Avenue’s beloved Ristorante Lombardo has been operated by the Lombardo family since 1975. While it has evolved a lot over time, it has also always held true to its roots. Executive che…

BARREL + BRINE: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020RJ and Lindsey Marvin’s Buffalo Barrel + Bri...
03/09/2020
Barrel + Brine: Chef RJ Marvin

BARREL + BRINE: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020

RJ and Lindsey Marvin’s Buffalo Barrel + Brine makes use of local produce whenever it can, and has since it was founded as a tiny pickle shop on Buffalo’s West Side. Today, located in the area called Chandlerville, the couple’s growing fermentation business adheres to that practice, in addition to its new-found role as one of the best breakfast/lunch spots in town.

Stop by for a jar and pickles, but be sure to sample some of Lindsey’s incredible kombucha and the shop’s over-the-top sandwiches and pickle plates.

**Barrel + Brine’s Good Grace Offer**
On March 19, 2020, Barrel + Brine will contribute 20% of both its food and alcohol sales to Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm as part of Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles.

RJ and Lindsey Marvin’s Barrel + Brine makes use of local produce whenever it can, and has since it was founded as a tiny pickle shop on Buffalo’s West Side. Today, located in the area …

CANTINA LOCO: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020Three-time James Beard nominee Mike Andrzejews...
03/08/2020
Cantina Loco: Chef Mike Andrzejewski

CANTINA LOCO: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020

Three-time James Beard nominee Mike Andrzejewski first met Daniel Oles when Promised Land CSA was the farm featured in the third episode of Nickel City Chef in 2009. Andrzejewski, the cooking competition's official co-host, would interact with Daniel and his family many times over the following ten seasons of the show, as Promised Land was the selected provider of the secret ingredient more often than any other producer in WNY.

Chef Andrzejewski is not only a big fan of Daniel's work, but a leader in the restaurant community himself, co-founding Local Restaurant Week, representing Buffalo at Taste of the NFL for almost a decade, competing (and winning) on Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay," and bringing Buffalo's culinary gifts to national attention through his associations (and nominations) with the noteworthy James Beard Foundation.

**Cantina Loco's Good Grace Offer**
Cantina Loco will donate 50% of its food sales to Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm and the Oles family as part of Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Three-time James Beard nominee Mike Andrzejewski first met Daniel Oles when Promised Land CSA was the farm featured in the third episode of Nickel City Chef in 2009. Andrzejewski, the cooking compe…

MARBLE + RYE: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020Marble + Rye’s chef/co-owner Michael Dimmer ha...
03/08/2020
Marble + Rye: Chef Michael Dimmer

MARBLE + RYE: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020

Marble + Rye’s chef/co-owner Michael Dimmer has been working with produce from Daniel's farm, Promised Land, since the Genesee Street restaurant opened its doors in 2014. With a large percentage of its menu featuring locally sourced ingredients yearound, farmer Daniel Oles and Dimmer made a good pair. Dimmer looks forward to carrying this tradition forward with Daniel’s son, Ben Oles.

Thanks to a long and varied specials menu, Marble + Rye offers a well-rounded and highly-varied selection of scratchmade offerings, featuring local ingredients from here to the Finger Lakes. Known for its incredible house burger (and rightly so), frequent guests would be unwise to skip the handmade pasta of the day and the other exciting seasonal offerings created by Marble + Rye’s well-oiled culinary team.

**Marble + Rye’s Good Grace Offer**
Marble + Rye will donate 20% of both its food and liquor sales to Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm as part of Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Marble + Rye’s chef/co-owner Michael Dimmer has been working with produce from Promised Land since the Genesee Street restaurant opened its doors in 2014. With a large percentage of its menu …

BLACK IRON BYSTRO: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020Chef/owner Bryan Mecozzi wasn’t located i...
03/07/2020
Black Iron Bystro: Chef Bryan Mecozzi

BLACK IRON BYSTRO: Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles | March 19, 2020

Chef/owner Bryan Mecozzi wasn’t located in a place where he and his kitchen could be on Daniel Oles’ distribution route, but that didn’t stop Daniel and Jane Oles from popping by with heaps of peak produce when they were in the area for dinner.

Holding down a seasonal and ever-changing menu of delicious and approachable dishes in Blasdell, Chef Mecozzi has created a gem of a place. Black Iron Bystro features killer cocktails, a modern and fun vibe, as well as some of the best food in its part of our beautiful region.

**Black Iron Bystro’s Good Grace Offer**
Black Iron Bystro will donate 20% of its food sales to Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm as part of Good Grace: WNY Chefs Celebrate Daniel Oles on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Chef/owner Bryan Mecozzi wasn’t located in a place where he and his kitchen could be on Daniel Oles’ distribution route, but that didn’t stop Daniel and Jane Oles from popping by …

05/20/2018
Nickel City Chef Final Season: Boye v Lomo Lomo

Nickel City Chef - Final Season - Episode 4
(Subtitled: Better Late Than Never!)
Nickel City Chef Jennifer Boye of Churn Soft Serve versus Challenging Chefs @Matt Pauzek and Sam Geyer of Lomo Lomo.
Secret ingredient: shallots, onions, and leeks from Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm in Corfu, NY.
Judges include Kristen Becker, Alan Bedenko, and Daniel Oles.
Videowork by Highwatermark.

Battle Onions featured shallots, leeks, red onions, and yellow onions from Promised Land CSA at Oles Family Farm. This installment of WNY's best culinary com...

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After ten seasons of serving WNY live cooking competitions featuring the region’s best chefs and homegrown ingredients, Nickel City Chef ceased production in 2018.

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The Nickel City Chef Finale was awesome, also watching all the Previous Videos, reading in the Book and checking out Photos, these are the 6 Battles I would've loved to have Judged (based off the Dishes I saw). Maple Syrup, Cherries, Beer, Pancetta & Lardo, Coffee and Apples !!!
I look forward to coming to see Jennifer go against the Lomo Lomo Boys. She invited me as her Guest and that she put a Ticket aside for me. Also I wonder what the Secret Ingredient will be for the Finale. My guess would be (due to it being Spring) Peas !!!
oh thank goodness, some new blood! good f-ing riddance to this lame clique of unbelievably overrated cooks suffering from big fish in small pond syndrome. but they were all at the james beard house! pffft. james would roll over in his grave for these posers. go choke on your roasted confited beet charcuteried flambed quail egg salad. losers
I gotta ask, will you be doing another Nickel City Chef Book (since the only you have only features Battles & Ingredients from the first Three Seasons). !!!