Past Events

INferno, IN’s 2nd Annual Hot Sauce CompetitionFebruary 17, 2014Featured Bottled Sauces included: Buffalo Tom’s Gourmet Hot Sauce; Koops Kitchen; Krista’s Jamaican Hot Sauce; Lloyd’s Rocket Sauce; Toasted Jaws’ Morumba Sauce, and
Headstone Heat. Guests could also sign a waiver to taste the spicy hot Suzumebachi sauce! Congrats to Lloyd’s for sweeping this year’s competition and to Toasted Jaws for coming in second!

IN’s 2nd Annual Red Hot Chili CompetitionJanuary 27, 2014 – Chefs whipped up their best chili in hopes of winning the audience vote. Guests sampled chilis from Frank Mercado at M&T’s Executive Dining Room, Jennfier Boye at the Mansion on Delaware Avenue, Jeffrey Cooke of Osteria 166, and Prish Moran of Sweetness 7. Congratulations to Jeffrey Cooke for another win!

Tongue Tied - December 28, 2013 – IN’s Christa Seychew employed three proven methods for determining the type of palate each of our guest’s have. Tongues are as unique as fingerprints—no two tongues are alike! We put tongues to the test, and then used wine flights from Empire Merchants North to help guests understand why they like what they like!

IN’s 2nd Annual Meatball ThrowdownNovember 25, 2013 – Meatballs were offered up by the fine chefs at Panaro’s Restaurant, Osteria 166, Tappo Restaurant, Savor Niagara, and Sato. Osteria 166 won the audience vote! Congratulations to chef Jeffery Cooke!

Cracked & CarvedOctober 28, 2013 – Guests participated in an on-site pumpkin carving contest, we screened the original version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,  and got all cracked out on a Wonka-esque candy feast of delectable sweets, featuring amazing handcrafted nibbles from La Petit Chocolatier, Oh Pour L’amour Du Chocolat, and Chef James Roberts.

Smoked & INked – September 30, 2013 – Guests enjoyed crispy squid ink arancini with smoke paprika aioli and white anchovy from chef Michael Obarka of Ristorante Lombardo, and chef JJ Richert of Torches and The Garage Deli showed up with his custom built smoker—which is housed in an old 1966 Corvair. He made guests smoked bologna and Budweiser onion sandwiches and his brother, chef Kevin Richert of Smoke on the Water grilled up some pork belly tacos. Pro photographer KC Kratt documented food and culinary themed tattoos LIVE at Seabar that night.

Apple Celebration, hosted by Buffalo.com - September 16, 2013 - Apples, apples, apples! Apple Pumpkin Soup from Cafe 59, amazing Apple Dumplings from Mazurek’s Bakery, Salty Caramel Apple Pie and Cider ice creams from Sweet Jenny’s, and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery’s award-winning Steampunk Cider.

Crunchy, Crazy Chips - August 19, 2013 – Attendees sampled over a dozen odd potato chip varieties including Canadian Neal Brothers and PA’s Herr’s chips.

Pie Night - August 5, 2013 – IN’s Annual Pie Competition featured WINNER Luci Levere of Elm Street Bakery, Ellen Gedra of Bistro Europa, Deb Clark of Delish, and Cynthia Richert of Torches.

IN’s Annual Cocktail Competition and One Year Anniversary - July 22, 2013 – IN’s Annual Cocktail Contest featured excellent artisan cocktails from WINNER Tony Rials of Mike A at Hotel Lafayette, p;us Kerry Quaile of Vera, Tommy Lombardo of Lombardo’s, and Michael “Greenie” Green of Bacchus.

Flavor TrippIN’ - July 1, 2013 -  A very special Industry Night where guests sampled miracle fruit tablets and their magical ability to transform the palate. All funds raised were donated to chef Daniel Tracy, who is living with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

SPAMtastic SPAMapalooza - June 8, 2013 – Three chefs had their way with the IN crowd. Chef Mike Obarka of Lombardo’s served handmade english muffins topped with spam, quail eggs and hollandaise. Chef Chris Dorsaneo of Lloyd prepared spam musubi, and Chef Andrzejewski served saimin noodles with spam

Frozen - May 20, 2013 - Guests kicked off summer by sampling four of Lake Effect Ice Cream’s artisan flavors: Wrath of Pecan, Salty Caramel, Peanut Butter Epiphany, and Blood Orange with Bitters

Slinky & Seductive SausageMay 6, 2013 – A blind tasting of five sweet Italian sausages made by Buffalo butchers. A special Umbrian-style sausage was made by Chef Bruce Wieszala of Tabree

Sexy Sake – April 8, 2013 – Samples included traditional hot sake, unfiltered nigori sake, and chilled premium Gekkiakan Horin. Chef Andrzejewski served Japanese izakaya-style hors d’oeuvres

INdecent – March 18, 2013 – An evening of COPPA’s  charcuterie and whiskey pairings, courtesy of Empire Merchants North

Maple Madness – March 4, 2013 – Three maple-infused tasting sessions included bites from Chef James Roberts, Chef Edward Forster, and maple bacon donuts from Paula’s Donuts with Cabin Fever maple whiskey shots, courtesy of Empire Merchants North

INsatiate – February 18, 2013 – High-end butter tasting with bread from Elm Street Bakery

INsulateFebruary 4, 2013IN’s Annual Chili Championship featured chilis from Dustin Swaciak of Shango, Andrew Murtha of Brick Oven Bistro, and WINNER Frank Mercado of M&T’s Executive Dining Room

INoculationJanuary 21, 2013 – Cheese tasting with Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile

INspireJanuary 7, 2013 – Three pairing sessions of fresh oysters (with Gabe the Fish Babe and Rick Criden of Schneider’s) and sparkling wines (with Empire Merchants North)

IN rotationDecember 17, 2012IN’s Annual Meatball Throwdown (Mark Sciortino of Marco’s, Jonathan Diati of Blue Monk, Rich Hollister of Cantina Loco, and WINNER Chris Dorsaneo of Lloyd)

IN synchNovember 19, 2012 – Local craft beers paired with junk food (with special guest host Julia Burke, featuring Community Beer Works, Flying Bison, Custom Brew Crafters, Southern Tier Brewing)

INtoxicated with ZamirNovember 5, 2012 – A special ticketed IN event where guests met and spent time with Zamir Gotta of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” sponsored by Double Cross Vodka

IN respiteOctober 22, 2012 – A shot and a beer for every industry person who survived Local Restaurant Week!

INspirit - October 8, 2012 – Four chefd created imaginative pairings for four single malt scotches provided by Empire Merchants North (featuring Frank Mercado of M&T’s Executive Dining Room, Chris Daigler of Encore, Brian Mietus of Bacchus, and Chris Salvati of Buffalo Catering Company)

INdulgeSeptember 24, 2012 – A special pro-foie gras event featured Hudson Valley Foie Gras in three forms—seared, torchon, and mousse, all created by the staff at Seabar and Mike A’s at Hotel Lafayette

INfernoSeptember 10, 2012IN’s Annual Hot Sauce Competition (featuring Lloyd, Headstone Heat, Buffalo Fire Sauce, James Roberts, and WINNER Curly’s)

IN ‘s Nuit BlancheAugust 20, 2012 – Four chefs created dishes showcasing the soft white cheese of Vermont Butter & Cheese (featuring Jennifer Boye of Mansion on Delaware Avenue, Edward Forster of Mike A at Hotel Lafayette, Corey Kley of Rue Frankling, and Michael Obarka of Ristorante Lombardo)

IN’s Slick & PittedAugust 6, 2012 – Fabulous cured meats and housemade breads were featured alongside varietal olive oils from D’Avolio. Guests sampled cured meats from Fermin Iberico and Bistro Europa, olives from around the globe, and amazing oils.

IN’s Cocktail Kick-offJuly 27, 2012IN’s Annual Cocktail Contest featured excellent artisan cocktails from WINNERS Jon Karel and Cameron Rector of Vera, Tony Rials of Mike A at Hotel Lafayette, Drew Love of Cantina Loco, and James Roberts of Park Country Club. Special guest, author Christine Sismondo joined us, acting as judge and celebrity guest.