I have the utmost respect and adoration for Christa’s accomplishments on the Buffalo food scene. Her vision for coalescing the treasure trove of talented chefs, artisans, farmers, and tastemakers into the story and heritage of Western New York is admirable. As a tireless ambassador, she helped elevate Buffalo to the national food conversation. And has engaged the James Beard Foundation in smart ways to share that story. I’ve been so thoroughly impressed in all my interactions with Christa. She brings an infectious passion, diligence, intelligence, and respectable grit to all her projects and collaborations. I don’t think there is a truer champion of Buffalo! —Izabel Wojcik, director of programming, James Beard House
I have had the pleasure of working with Christa Glennie Seychew for almost nine years. I watched as she took her vision for Nickel City Chef from a mere idea to a highly successful event that has produced thirty-four shows over the past eight years. The challenges of overseeing every detail and managing every personality imaginable is an amazing accomplishment. Christa has done everything from scratch, from creating the format, designing the logo, creating the brand, marketing the event, attracting sponsors, and managing every imaginable challenge that can happen during a live cooking event. —Kevin Telaak, president, Artisan Kitchens & Baths
Christa Glennie Seychew is one of the smartest, most passionate individuals I’ve ever known, but what truly impresses me is her ability to inspire the passions of others. From Nickel City Chef and Industry Night to her writing for Buffalo Spree and beyond, she has shown an innate talent for stimulating our collective interest in the local food scene. Her enthusiasm is infectious. And on a personal level, she inspired me to better market my writing, and to find new ways to share my own passions. I can’t say enough about Christa, and I’m so excited to see her work continue to flourish. —Christopher Schobert, former senior editor, Buffalo Spree magazine; owner, FilmSwoon.com
As a business person and chef in Buffalo, I’ve worked very closely with Christa Glennie Seychew over the last ten years. I have observed, firsthand, the incredible range of Christa’s talents and abilities, which are too numerous to list. But her most impressive traits are the intangibles. She is a tenacious worker, one who gives all of her energy to a project. She is one of the most dependable people I have dealt with, both on a professional and personal level.
One of the most important traits I look for when partnering with someone on a project or event is leadership ability, and Christa’s knack for getting the most out of the people around her is truly amazing. She can motivate and inspire a team, as well as mentor and motivate individuals. Along with leadership, organization and preparation are key to any type of success, and Christa has the experience and dedication to understand just how important these things are. She is never unprepared or without a plan.
Christa has been a leading force in the service industry for a long time, and she got there by being an honest professional, passionate advocate, and a trusted friend and confidant to the most influential people in our business. —Mike Andrzejewski, chef/owner and operator, Seabar and Cantina Loco
Christa is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. She has a no-nonsense attitude that has helped her become the premier ambassador of Buffalo’s artisan food movement. Her knowledge and resources have helped us collectively break into a new threshold. —Chris Dorsaneo, co-owner, Lloyd
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Christa single-handedly raised the level of thought about food in our entire city and community. Her efforts in creating awareness about what quality means and why local is so important have been paramount in our evolution as a culinary destination. She has been an advocate for change, and I am grateful for her stubbornness when it comes to not compromising her standards. Working with her has been an absolute pleasure and much of our success is owed to her. —Peter Cimino, co-owner, Lloyd
Christa Glennie Seychew: The Pusher. Now I know this term has many meanings, but in relation to Christa, it couldn’t suit her any better. Since the first day I met her to sharing dive bar drinks, Christa has pushed me to be better. She has this effect on everyone she meets. It’s in her nature, and I couldn’t love that more. She has single-handedly done more for the food scene in Buffalo than anyone else I can think of. Tirelessly promoting local farms, new establishments, community events, and yes, young kids who have a dream and are willing to work hard. She’s a pusher. No matter who she works with on whatever project, she’s pushing it, and them, to their highest potential. She is a constant pillar of support for hardworking people, good ideas, and a great city. —Michael Dimmer, chef and co-owner, Marble + Rye
Christa has quite literally helped put Buffalo’s food scene on the map, working with Visit Buffalo Niagara for more than five years to tell our region’s story of culinary tradition and innovation to potential visitors. She has served as a contributor to our website and touring guide, as a content expert for press releases and backgrounders, as a host for visiting writers, and as a spokesperson in our Buffalo: You’ll Eat it Up video. In recognition of her enormous contribution to culinary tourism, we presented her with a Beacon Award in 2013—the local hospitality industry’s standard of excellence for innovation. In a town full of foodies, she has been the rare thought leader who also rolls up her sleeves and gets things done. —Edward Healy, vice president of marketing, Visit Buffalo Niagara
Christa Glennie Seychew has been a knowledgeable, wise, and truthful voice of reason to me over the past several years. She’s always an honest sounding board on some of the issues I have faced, and never holds back her objective opinion—which I have learned in my years in business is an extreme rarity, so I take her opinions and outlook to heart, because I know she has her finger on the pulse of food and hospitality scene in Buffalo. —Joe Lyons, owner and operator, Joe’s Deli and The Buffalo Catering Co.