Christa Glennie Seychew is dedicated to enhancing and highlighting Western New York’s food scene.
She currently works as a freelance writer, consultant, and the owner of Nickel City Chef and Feed Your Soul Productions.
Seychew spent five years at Buffalo Spree magazine, first as its food editor, later as its senior editor. Prior to her time at Spree, she worked as food editor for BuffaloRising.com, a pioneer in the field of citizen journalism and, at that time, Buffalo’s top website.
In late 2008, Seychew founded Feed Your Soul Productions. This unique company is dedicated to developing and executing both private and public events which focus primarily on Western New York’s agricultural bounty and the region’s unique and varied food and drink scene. Feed Your Soul was founded on the firm belief that agriculture and food and drink are a fundamental component of Buffalo’s renaissance, and that WNY’s terroir, ethnic foodways, and talented chefs and farmers are the key to its future. Feed Your Soul has executed more than a hundred events thus far, including farm tours, special dinners held in unique locations, various cooking competitions, and Buffalo’s Industry Night, affectionately known as IN.
Nickel City Chef is Feed Your Soul’s most sensational venture, a live cooking competition featuring top Western New York chefs, panels of esteemed and notable judges, a live audience, and an ever-changing secret ingredient sourced from the WNY region. This series has garnered critical acclaim, sells out every year, and recently wrapped its ninth season.
Christa Glennie Seychew has also:
-Been recognized for her efforts in encouraging and promoting Culinary Tourism in the Buffalo Niagara region with a 2013 Beacon Award granted by Visit Buffalo Niagara and Erie County.
-Been granted a WNY Hospitality Ambassador Award in the Year of the Innovator by Buffalo State College, 2015.
-Become the official organizer of the annual Chautauqua Food Festival (dubbed the Chautauqua Food & Film Festival for the 2018 programming year), hosted by the Chautauqua Institution.
-Spoken to dozens of audiences on a variety of subjects from local food, dining, tourism, and restaurants to WNY’s ethnic foodways and agrarian history.
-Co-hosted Grain of Salt with Buffalo Eats, a podcast focused on WNY’s food drink scene. It ran from 2014–2016.
-Coordinated Buffalo’s participation in James beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project with over thirteen local restaurants (2017)/
-Developed and operated the programming at the Culinary Stage for The Taste of Buffalo—the country’s largest 2-day food festival—for five years.
-Advised and assisted with more than three dozen food-themed charity events and fundraisers.
-Acted as a consultant to dozens of first-time restaurant owners, longtime restaurant owners, farmers, and artisan foodmakers.
-Named a finalist for the 2010 Buffalonians Making a Difference award.
-Worked with Visit Buffalo Niagara to share WNY’s culinary heritage and growth with visiting press since 2009.
-Hosted a morning segment on WKBW’s morning news, appeared frequently on AM Buffalo, and briefly offered segments on WBFO, Buffalo’s NPR affiliate.
-Co-founded Nickel City Drink. Held in over a dozen locations, NCD developed and hosted over fifty-five cocktail themed dinners, classes, parties, and events. (2016)
-Developed content for the culinary portion of the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitor’s Bureau’s website (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
-Offered insight to a Buffalo-based artisan food project, Horsefeathers Community Market (2009–2011).
-Connected chefs and farmers with one another in a way that has been both meaningful and had long term impact on Buffalo’s local dining scene.
-Worked closely with an out-of-state expert to develop a list of WNY farmer- and artisan-vendors for a proposed public market at Canalside (2010).
-Acted as a judge at dozens of food and drink competitions each year since 2007.
-Organized a Buffalo chef group to attend (and participate in) Toronto’s annual international Terroir Symposium (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017).
-Operated several tours of Buffalo’s growing urban agriculture movement, including a tour for the National Trust for Historic Preservation (2011) and the National BALLE Conference (2013).
-Hosted and coordinated a Nickel City Chef dinner at the James Beard House on October 16, 2013.
-Served as co-chair of the Buffalo and Erie County Food Policy Council in 2014.
-Drafted dozens of press releases, business plans, and marketing strategies for local restaurants and other food and drink businesses.
-Sat on panels and lectured students and hospitality professionals at various local schools and community based non-profits.
-Provided counsel, advice, or assistance to countless television producers, journalists, politicians, periodicals and newspapers, “amateur” food critics, and would-be food adventurists.
-Co-founded a non-profit (an organization with which she no longer volunteers her time).