Panaro’s Wins Nickel City Cake Challenge!

Saturday’s Nickel City Cake Challenge: Wedding in Buffalo was a smashing success! Of the three professional competitors, Tony Concialdi II of Panaro’s on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo won the trophy with his delicious chocolate cake filled with a sweet, whipped ricotta and topped with fondant. What appeared at first glance to be a traditional wedding cake was actually an ode to WNY’s favorite foods. The base layer was made up of individually sculpted beef on weck sandwiches and a pepperoni pizza made of fondant and white chocolate. Sculpted suicide wings dripping with “sauce” augmented the individual layers, and to top it off, a poured sugar beer bottle topper took the place of the more traditional bride and groom. Concialdi’s cake may have been the epitome of the challenge’s theme. Stunning interpretations of the theme were also delivered by Zilly Rosen of Zillycakes and Susan Spider of Pumpernick n’Pastry Shoppe. Rosen’s cake depicted edible an homage to a dozen of Buffalo’s most architecturally stunning buildings–buildings where, as recently as the morning of competition, Rosen has delivered wedding cakes to blushing brides. Spider of Pumpernick used her tried and true painting skills to decorate each layer of her cake with a different season. She and her assistant–Pumpernick’s owner, Suzanne Linde–were a shining example of preparedness and teamwork with each step of their project timed out and perfectly executed. Taking place in the stunning showrooms of Buffalo’s Artisan Kitchens & Baths, the Cake Challenge‚Äôs audience of nearly 200 Western New Yorker’s sipped from a Willy Wonka-esque DIY hot chocolate station and sampled sweet snacks fromBistro Europa, Lake Effect Ice Cream, Niagara Popcorn, and Niagara Culinary Institute. The Institute’s students provided savory nibbles for guests in addition to demonstrating technique-based decorating skills to interested audience members in the downstairs kitchen. – Hide quoted text – Host Bert Gambini of WBFO 88.7 hosted the event, entertaining the audience with facts and trivia about cakes and the world of cake artistry. When time was called the panel of professional judges (made up of ECC Pastry Instructor Kyle Haak, NCCC Pastry Instructor Maria Iacovitti, and food writer/newlywed Sarah Wally) deliberated while winners of the amateur contest were announced. Of the amateur entries that arrived, all were impressive, but the winners were Heather Harzewski of Lockport, NY and a trio of ladies from Cheektowaga–Jennie Wodzinski and sister Jackie, along with friend Dawn Stroh. Both of the cakes were voted to be the best of the bunch by the panel of professional judges and the audience.

Nickel City Cake Challenge: Wedding in Buffalo was the first-ever sweet event for Feed Your Soul, the culinary event company responsible for the hit Nickel City Chef series. Tickets for Season Two of Nickel City Chef are on sale now (but not for long), and anyone interested in staying up-to-date on Feed Your Soul’s events can join the Nickel City Chef fan page on Facebook. A second Nickel City Cake Challenge is slated for October 2010.

Panaro’s Restaurant Available for Private Parties!!!
Reserve your date now for your upcoming events! We are available for drop off catering or rent the restaurant out for your private event. Download a copy of our updated catering and specialty dessert menu by clicking on the link above. If you have any questions regarding drop off catering or renting the restaurant please contact Mike at 716-884-1033 or via email at

Panaro’s Caters!!
We offer a wide range of catering which includes breakfast, lunch, & dinner catering. We have catered 500 person parties as well as any party with 10 or more people. We have a complete catering menu available to download. If there are any food items not currently on our catering menu feel free to ask and we would be glad to look into it for you. Pharmaceutical Reps welcome – we cater to many doctor’s offices throughout WNY.

* Drop off catering is available for 10 or more people
* Delivery charges vary on distance-minimum charges are usually $5.00 delivery fee

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