Charging Buffalo Award

Charging Buffalo Award History

Since 1993, Buffalo Nite honors a Buffalonian or a friend of Buffalo with the “Charging Buffalo” Award in recognition of his/her career achievement and relationship between Western New York and the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

Do you have a Charging Buffalo Award candidate?

Buffalo Nite honors a Buffalonian or friend of Buffalo with the “Charging Buffalo” Award (CBA) to recognize career achievement. The Buffalo Nite committee is always looking for a person who reflects the values and work ethic of Buffalonians and has played a role connecting Buffalo and Washington, DC in some manner. To submit a candidate, please include a brief biography

Questions to address for proposed candidates:

  • Was the person born in Buffalo or Western New York?
  • How long did they live there?
  • What did they do there?
  • Do they reside in the Washington, D.C. area?  How long?
  • What do they do in the Metro Washington, D.C. area?
  • What outstanding actions or accomplishment has this person achieved?
  • Is the person able to be present at Buffalo Nite this September?
  • Has the person been a friend or supporter of Buffalo Nite?  In what way?

Please submit your candidate information to:

2019 Charging Buffalo Award Recipient
Jamie Stachowski - Chef & Owner

Jamie Stachowski


Chef Jamie Stachowski is a well-known chef who hails from Buffalo, New York, and is most known for his skills in the traditional craft of charcuterie. Charcuterie consists of various ways of butchering, sausage making, and preserving meats by curing and smoking-a common practice in most East European cultures. For Stachowski, it has been a family tradition, which he now excels in and which has also helped him develop an acclaimed charcuterie business. He lives in Washington, D.C., and is assisted by his wife, son, and sister in all his culinary ventures.

Professional Life of Chef Stachowski

Chef Stachowski took to cooking at age 15. He came to Washington in 1984 and apprenticed with various chefs acquiring classic training in flavors, methods, and techniques. These he added to his own family skills in charcuterie. He also trained under the legendary chef Jean-Louis Palladin and has worked with Chef Joachim Splichal and Chef Patrick Healy, as well as at fine dining restaurants in Boston and Martha's Vineyard. In 2004, he opened a restaurant in Lebanon and also owned Restaurant Kolumbia in Washington, D.C.

His brand of charcuterie is much sought after by specialty grocery shops, wine houses, and chefs.

More about Chef Jamie Stachowski

  • Chef Stachowski is a James Beard Chef.
  • He earned wide attention for the invention of "The Butcher Board," which is a variety of pâtés, galantines, and cured fresh and smoked sausages served on a butcher block.
  • Featured in the Washington Post, City Paper, Washingtonian, DC Examiner, numerous food blogs and on the Today Show.
  • Voted the "Best Sausage" in the DC area by the Washington City Paper.
  • Chef Stachowski (maestro of meat) hosted the documentary show "Meat America" on the History Channel. In the documentary, Chef Stachowski travels across the country interacting with butchers, farmers, ranchers, and chefs lifting the lid on the American melting pot to see what's cooking.

Stachowski Sausage

Stachowski Sausage is a family-owned business founded in 2009. Our Old World-style pâtés & sausages are created by Chef Jamie Stachowski from recipes handed down through generations and reflect his passion for true charcuterie.

Our products give the consumer options and flexibility to be creative with their own inspired dishes. Stachowski Sausage offers a wide variety of handcrafted gourmet fresh and cured sausages, a wide assortment of galantines, pâtés, terrines, and meats of the highest quality.

Past recipients include:

2018 - Peter M Cuviello, Senior Client Partner (Retired Alumnus), Deloitte Advisory, Defense Segment, US Federal Services; Deloitte & Touché LLP
2017 - Margaret Sullivan, Media Columnist for the Washington Post
2016 - Kim Keenan, President and CEO of Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)
2015 - Megan Smith, US Chief Technology Officer
2014 - H. David Jay, Architect
2013 - The Honorable Tom Reynolds, former Congressman
2012 - Jim Militello, Radio Sports Reporter for Associated Press Broadcast
2011 - Tracy O’Grady, Owner and Executive Chef, Willow
2010 - Erik Brady, Sportswriter for USA Today
2009 - Donald E. Will, President and CEO of Will Poultry Company
2008 - Charles W. Roesch, Owner of multifaceted restaurant and catering business
2007 - The Honorable Bill Paxon, Buffalo area Congressman and lobbyist
2006 - Michael A. Fitzpatrick, General Secretary, International Association of Iron Workers
2005 - Tom Toles, Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post
2004 - The Honorable Jack Quinn, Buffalo area Congressman
2003 - The Honorable(s) Jack Kemp, John LaFalce, and Hank Nowak, Buffalo area Congressman and Buffalo Nite founders
2002 - Gwen Ifill, Managing Editor and Moderator, PBS Washington Week
2001 - Scheduled for September 12, cancelled
2000 - The Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator, State of New York
1999 - Marv Levy, Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills
1998 - James T. Molloy, Doorkeeper, U.S. House of Representatives
1997 - The Honorable Thomas A. Constantine, Administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
1996 - David O. “Doc” Cooke, Pentagon administrator
1995 - Wolf Blitzer, CNN television correspondent
1994 - Mark Russell, Political satirist
1993 - Tim Russert, Moderator of Meet the Press, NBC Washington Bureau Chief