Big FUSS 3.0

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Join us November 6th for the third annual Big FUSS, an amazing food and drink event featuring delicious dishes from local chefs and food artisans, an awesome food-centric auction, and tunes from DJ Cutler, all benefiting a local farmer.

Tickets are $35 each** and will be available online until 11/6 at 9a.m. (After that, it’s cash only at the door):

See the menu and auction items after the page jump…

Wednesday, November 6th
5:30-8:30 pm
Artisan Kitchens & Baths
200 Amherst Street
$35** (ID required)

Food from:
+Steve Gedra of Bistro Europa
+Christian Wilmott and Michael Dimmer of Black Market Food Truck
+Deb Clark of Delish
+Luci Levere of Elm Street Bakery
+Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo of Lloyd Taco Trucks
+Jill Forster of Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile
+Michael Obarka of Ristorante Lombardo
+Chef James Roberts
+Jim Guarino of Shango
+Bruce Wieszala of Tabree

Tunes from DJ Cutler
Awesome Auction Items (you’ll want then all!)

Samples from Community Beer Works and Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

View the evening’s menu here, at

Big FUSS 3.0 is made possible through the efforts of Bistro Europa, Feed Your Soul, and Slow Food Buffalo Niagara

Tickets are $35 each and will be available online until 11/6 at 9a.m. (After that, it’s cash only at the door):

What Big FUSS is all about:
While WNY is home to over 7,500 farms, very few of those farms sell their product directly to the consumer, and fewer still go to the trouble of becoming suppliers to Buffalo’s restaurants. Those who do have proven to be dedicated and talented folks, ensuring that Buffalonians enjoy fresh-from-the-farm veggies, meats, and eggs while dining at Buffalo’s finest establishments.

Several local restaurants have embraced the local food movement and offer their guests delicious menu items featuring sustainably raised food year round.

Over the last few years, chefs have donated their efforts to a variety of causes connected to Buffalo’s burgeoning local food scene, but none may be more important than lending aid to a small farm that is one of their chief suppliers. This year, all funds from Big FUSS 3.0 will go to T-Meadow Farm in Lockport, NY.

T-Meadow Farm is in the process of development and implementation of an on-farm USDA single-species slaughterhouse and charcuterie processing/educational facility. T-Meadow Farm specializes in pasture-raised heritage Tamworth and Gloucestershire Old Spot (GOS) pork in Lockport, NY. This collaborative project is in partnership with many businesses and culinary institutions in both Erie and Niagara Counties. This project will be the first of its kind in NYS.

The goals of this project are:

1)  To ensure animal welfare by following recommendations of humane slaughter by Temple Grandin.

2)  Provide the most fresh, nutritionally dense product possible to WNY businesses and consumers.

3)  Complete a state of the art USDA inspected on-farm processing facility.

4)  Keep WNY food dollars in WNY, expand the WNY work force in culinary arts, and add to the diversity of local products offered in WNY.

5)  Act as an incubator business, helping other local businesses with the opportunity to utilize both the facility and product to enhance their local food product.

**Under no circumstances are refunds available, but tickets are transferable.

Auction items include (updated often):

Osteria 166’s Best of Both Worlds!
Be the guest and chef, and then be the Chef’s guest!
Private meeting with Chef Jeff Cooke and Osteria’s wine expert to design your five course custom menu, paired with wines for you and five guests. Receive a custom embroidered ‘Osteria’ chef coat with your name on it. Assist the Executive Chef and his professional staff in preparing you and your guests’ menu.Enjoy custom tablescape/table treatment for your dinner. Executive Chef Jeff Cooke will introduce each course and wine to your guests. Enjoy a complimentary after dinner ‘shift’ drink at the Osteria bar.
Value: $750.00

Rhone Valley wine tasting with Mark Criden
Mark Criden,
 wine geek and former wine and restaurant writer for Buffalo Spree, will tour you and seven guests (a total of 8) through the great wines of the Rhone Valley and the south of France in your own home. Winner provides snacks, glassware.
Value $500

Master the crepe with Prish Moran, owner of Sweet_ness 7
You and a friend will experience this fun and informative tutorial with the mistress of crepes , and you will leave with mad crepe skills. Sample Sweetness on Parkside’s crepe menu and learn to make amazing crepes, what more could you ask for?
Value: $250

Le Petit Chocolatier
Basket: $100 “voucher” for private confection tasting, drinking chocolate for 4 made with Raaka chocolate and scratch made marshmallows, Parisian macaron and bonbons (pâté de fruit, Mayan spiced, jasmine and chartreuse, mendiant). Also includes a coupon for 10% of your next Raaka chocolate purchase.
Value of $150

Oles Farm/Promised Land CSA
One twice-monthly share for a family of four from Nov-April from this top-notch all-natural family farm, located in Corfu. Oles Farm is known for its premium vegetables. (City and Amherst-area pick-ups available)
Value: $500

T-Meadow Farm Gift Certificate
All the heritage breed pasture raised pig you can handle!
Value: $75

Dispenza’s Meatmarket
 & Slaughterhouse Basket
Includes a $100 gift certificate to this excellent meat market which specializes in fresh, local meat. The basket also includes a variety of tasty local products sold in the store.
Value: $150

Private wine tasting from Dr. Mont Stern for 6-8 people
The winner will be able to have a wine tasting hosted by Dr. Mont Stern at a mutually agreed time from his personal cellar which is extremely diverse. The tasting
will be tailored to the interest of the winner and will be wines of a significantly greater current market value than whatever the winning bid is at this auction.
“I am a passionate supporter of our local farms and chefs and will reward your support appropriately. There is no cheap wine in my cellar so the minimum value of what I will
pour is $200 but if a generous supporter wants to taste over $1000 worth of wine and bids accordingly, I am willing to share wine at that level.
Please be as generous as possible to support my friends at T-Meadow Farm.” —Mont Stern
Value: commensurate with bid

Let them eat cake (cheesecake, that is)!
Two cheesecakes, made just for you! Don Williams will prepare two tempting cheesecakes for you and your guests! One at a time, or both at once—it’s up to you! Why hassle with baking dessert for your upcoming dinner party when you can have delicious, scratch-baked cheesecakes made just for you!
Value: $50

“Fat Gives Things Flavor” —Julia Child
This certificate form Buffalo Cheese Traders entitles the winning bidder to one case of Vermont Butter & Cheese Company’s award winning Cultured Sea Salt butter.
Value: $115

A Cut Above
A buffalo-shaped cutting board, made in Vermont and sold by Buffalo’s best locally-owned kitchen shop, Blue Hill Kitchen & Home.
Value: $30

Jeroboam (Double Magnum) of Concha y Toro, Cabernet Sauvignon Casillero del Diablo, 2007
Donated by Dennis Kozuch
Value: $100

Welcome Magazine’s Italian Taste of Buffalo Basket
Includes $50 gift certificates to Chef’s, Ilio DiPaolo’s, La Nova & Orazio’s. Plus specialty items and a copy of “WELCOME – The premium guide to the Buffalo/Niagara region”
Value: $250

Flat #12 Mushrooms (6 weeks of oyster mushrooms, ½ lb per week)
Receive a half pound of fresh, locally raised oyster mushrooms for six weeks. These excellent mushrooms, raised in the Elmwood Village, will win your heart after you enjoy your first delivery.
Value: $30

Pampered Chef Gift Basket
PC representative Art Page has donated a basket chock-full of cooking gadgets and tools sure to thrill any homecook.
Value: $85

Hockey Package
Four tickets to a Sabres game in the 100 level plus a parking pass, Saturday, Dec. 14th at 2pm, in section 109 (shoot twice side)
Donated by: Vertex Solutions and Buffalo Eats
Value: $270

Italian pottery, kitchen goods gift basket
This stunning basket was donated by Tracy Heneghan of Evelyn Gray Interiors
Value: $100