Star of Food Network's 'Iron Chef America' to host live cooking demonstration, sign books
The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops recently announced chef Marc Forgione will appear at the festival for a live cooking demonstration at noon on Saturday, July 7. One of the Iron Chefs on Food Network's "Iron Chef America," Forgione is also a restaurateur and cookbook author.
Presented by Fisher & Paykel and Artisan Kitchens & Baths, the demonstration will take place on the Taste of Buffalo Culinary Stage in the New Era Cap parking lot at 160 Delaware Ave. Chef will prepare chili lobster on Texas toast and Kona kampachi tartare with avocado mousse, featuring sashimi-grade fish with a clean, rich, slightly nutty flavor. Guests will be able to sample the dishes while supplies last. He will also sign copies of his book, "Marc Forgione, Recipes and stories from the Acclaimed Chef," which will be available to purchase at the Culinary Stage.
"With a modern twist on fine dining, Marc Forgione has earned widespread acclaim and a stellar reputation for amazing food," said Rich McDermott, 2018 Taste of Buffalo chairman. "Taste guests can look forward to watching his artful food presentations come to life, listening to stories about his time as an Iron Chef, and tasting a few of his signature recipes."
Forgione is the chef/owner of Restaurant Marc Forgione in New York City and American Cut in New York City and Atlanta. He is also partner at Khe-Yo in New York City
Celebrating its 35th birthday this year, the Taste of Buffalo is the nation's largest two-day food festival showcasing the delicious tastes, delectable smells, sights, and sounds of the city it calls home: Buffalo. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, along Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo, beginning at Johnson Park and heading south around Niagara Square to West Eagle.
Fifty-three locally owned restaurants and food trucks will be featured, along with unique craft beers, New York state wines, live music and family-friendly entertainment.
Admission to the Taste of Buffalo is free. Food items range in price from 2 to 10 tickets. Food tickets are sold in $5 sheets and each food ticket is valued at 50 cents. Cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted at any of the ticket tents during the Taste of Buffalo.
A complete list of restaurants participating in the 2018 Taste of Buffalo, along with more than 250 different menu items to be served, is available at tasteofbuffalo.com
The Taste of Buffalo is a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. Each year, the event allocates funds to support the community through donations to local charities. In addition, the Taste of Buffalo partners with select nonprofits to staff ticket and beverage booths with volunteers, in return for a donation. The festival also offers five annual $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree. To date, more than $500,000 has been donated back to the community thanks to purchases made by Taste of Buffalo festivalgoers.
New this year, two additional one-time scholarships have been made possible thanks to Smithfield Foods and a generous partner. For more information, visit www.tasteofbuffalo.com