First Entrepreneurial Lecture for Fall 2012 will be October 3

Buffalo Nanobrewery, Artisanal Cheese Focus of October 3 Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurial Lecture at Daemen


September 7, 2012



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472


Michelle Stevens, owner of Buffalo Cheese Traders, LLC, and Ethan Cox, of Community Beer Works, a Buffalo nanobrewery, will offer the first presentation for fall 2012 in the Daemen College Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series.


Stevens and Cox will deliver a joint talk, focusing on providing fresh, high-quality artisanal cheese and locally-produced beer to the Western New York market. This event will begin at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 3, in Alumni Lounge in Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. It is free and open to the public.  A limited quantity of cheeses and Community Beer Works nanobrews samples will be available at the event.  


October is designated by the American Cheese Society as “National American Cheese Month,” in addition to “Buffalo Beer Week,” which runs from October 26 – November 4.  


Born and raised in Western New York, Michelle Stevens says high quality and personal attention are keys to Buffalo Cheese Traders’ success.


“Buffalo Cheese Traders specializes in sourcing, importing, and supplying handcrafted artisan, family farmed cheeses for Western New York’s discerning restaurant chefs and home cooks,” she notes. “We predominately work with independently owned restaurants on sourcing cheeses that are used as ingredients, as well as obtaining specialty cheeses for platters and special events.


"What truly makes Buffalo Cheese Traders stand out is the relationship we have with the independent cheese companies. Hard-to-find small batched, artisan cheeses are purchased directly from the cheese makers and delivered on a weekly basis. This provides us with a unique opportunity to offer the freshest product, with the longest shelf life available.”


Stevens lives in Buffalo with her husband, Peter.  They are the parents of two grown children whom they hope will be able to make Buffalo their home at least part of the year.


Buffalo Cheese Traders have built relationships with a number of companies who make hormone-free, whole milk products that meet their customers’ specifications.  They also source multi-level price points of specialty cheese, sausages, and pates from around the world.


Community Beer Works (CBW) is Buffalo's first nanobrewery. The company began providing fresh, high quality, local beer to selected beer bars in Buffalo in April 2012, including Cole's, Mister Goodbar, and Blue Monk.


“The founders of CBW all have roots in Buffalo and we want our brewery to be an integral part of our city and the neighborhood our brewery is located in,” said Cox.


“We are donating our spent grain to the Massachusetts Avenue Project, disposing of it in an ecologically friendly, mutually beneficial manner, and are planning similar partnerships with other community organizations in the city.


“Our goal is to foster a sense of community and place, enriching our hometown through the production of damn good beer.”


About Nancy Haberman Gacioch


Nancy Haberman Gacioch ’62 studied social studies and economics at the former Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College. Through a new lecture series that bears her name, Mrs. Gacioch hopes to provide a significant incentive for individuals in the area of business entrepreneurship. 


Widely known for their philanthropy in Buffalo and Erie County, Nancy and Bill Gacioch have had enormous success in creating a business that employs 300 people and provides housing for over 20,000 tenants around the country. National Property Management Associates (NPMA), now headquartered in Orchard Park, was founded by Bill Gacioch more than 45 years ago. 


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