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Brick Oven, No Pizza “Popup Series”

The first of three “Brick Oven, No Pizza” events is set to get underway at the end of March. This initial collaborative culinary event will kick off a series of others – the undertaking is meant to pair together local foodies and beer aficionados at one of the city’s newest celebrated restaurants – The Hydraulic Hearth.

The series gets started with Ru’s Pierogi Chef Andy Ruszczyk, who will be serving a three-course meal at Hydraulic Hearth on March 30, at 5:30PM as part of the Brick Oven, No Pizza popup series. Tickets are $65 and include an appetizer, entree and dessert, and each course is paired with a special craft beer selected by the Buffalo Beer Goddesses. Tickets are limited and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

In the spirit of Buffalo collaboration and creativity, the Larkinville restaurant and brewery has teamed with the Buffalo Beer Goddesses to challenge local chefs to take over the oven and create a signature dinner on select Mondays, for which items will be paired with craft brews curated by the Goddesses.

Chef Ruszczyk is the first of three local chefs to prepare specialty dishes at Hydraulic Hearth and make use of their brick oven for food other than pizza. This first dinner, entitled Pussy Willow Worthy, is inspired by Dyngus Day and features authentic Polish cuisine with a modern twist.

Chef Ruszczyk is preparing an appetizer of Ru’s signature Banana Pepper & Cheese Pierogi with an arugula salad tossed in lemon vinaigrette paired with the refreshing Lagunitas Pilsner. For an entree, Chef plans on serving Golumbki with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and broccolini paired with the hearty Jack’s Abby Smoke and Dagger. And finally for dessert, a decadent cinnamon apple pierogi with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and powdered sugar served with a Boilermaker.

Brick Oven, No Pizza events at Hydraulic Hearth

Chef Ruszczyk prepares an appetizer of Ru’s signature Banana Pepper & Cheese Pierogi – Pussy Willow Worthy (see Facebook)

Chef Jill Forster of Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile will take over the kitchen on April 27 – Spring on The Farm (see Facebook)

Chef Teddy Bryant of Lloyd Taco Trucks serves up dishes on May 18 – Nacho Mama’s Cinco de Mayo (see Facebook)

Learn more about Hydraulic Hearth at their website

For more information on Ru’s Pierogi, please visit their website

You can learn more about Buffalo Beer Goddesses at the Facebook page



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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