Christa Glennie Seychew is dedicated to enhancing and highlighting Western New York’s food scene.
Seychew spent five years at Buffalo Spree magazine, first as its food editor, later as senior editor. Prior to her time at Spree, she worked as food editor for BuffaloRising.com, which was Buffalo’s top community news website and a print magazine.
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 dining 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, 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, a panel of esteemed and notable judges, a live audience, and a secret ingredient sourced from the WNY region. This series has garnered critical acclaim, sells out every year, and recently wrapped its eighth season.
In 2015, Seychew partnered with Jon Karel of Buffalo Proper, co-founding an entity centered on showcasing Buffalo’s growing cocktail culture. Along with five other purveyors of drink, they formed the League, an organization responsible for executing Buffalo’s first craft cocktail festival, Nickel City Drink. Held in over a dozen locations, NCD developed and hosted over fifty-five cocktail themed dinners, classes, parties, and events between October 12 and October 16 of 2016. A success from the jump, NCD’s proceeds were donated to Crisis Services of Erie County. Nickel City Drink will return in 2017.
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.
-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.
-Developed and operated the programming at the Culinary Stage for The Taste of Buffalo, the country’s largest 2-day food festival (2009-2013).
-Provided advice and assistance to more than two dozen charity events and fundraisers that featured food and chefs at their core.
-Acted as a consultant to dozens of first-time restaurant owners, farmers, and artisan foodmakers.
-Named a finalist for the 2010 Buffalonians Making a Difference award.
-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.
-Assisted the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitor’s Bureau in the initial stages of development for its Green & Mean It Hospitality Program.
-Developed content for the culinary portion of the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitor’s Bureau’s website (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015).
-Co-founded and produced the annual Big FUSS farmer fundraiser with Chef Steven Gedra of The Black Sheep (2010–2015).
-Offered insight to a Buffalo-based artisan food project, Horsefeathers Community Market (2009–2011).
-Worked closely with an out-of-state expert to develop a list of WNY farmer and artisan vendors for a proposed market at Canalside (2010).
-Acted as a judge at dozens of food and drink competitions.
-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).
-Continued to make connections in the national culinary world in order to increase acceptance and appreciation for WNY’s agricultural and dining scene.
-Organized a Buffalo chef group to attend (and participate in) Toronto’s annual international Terroir Symposium (2012, 2013, 2014).
-Operated several tours of Buffalo 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.