Monte Dolce was always full of fun and energy combined with a passion for his craft and never strayed too far from a kitchen.  He loved family, was generous to friends and strangers, and understood that good food can bring a community together.   From supplying fresh-baked cookies on the sidelines of his kids’ sports games to creating elaborate displays for culinary competitions, Monte’s cooking was his driving force.

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Monte learned his trade at The Culinary Institute of America and while serving as Mess Sargent in the U.S. National Guard.  Following his Honorable Discharge in 1974, he opened and operated Monte’s Pizzeria in Buffalo.  In 1983, he launched New York Caterers and Colonial Grove in Williamsville hosting parties and fundraisers along with catering events and earning a reputation for great food, service, and value.

He taught at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo from 2006 to 2008 and in Niagara County Community College’s culinary trade program from 2008 to 2016.

Monte passed away on March 9, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. The Monte Dolce Memorial Fund has been established by friends of Monte and the Dolce Family to honor his long career as a chef, caterer, and teacher of the culinary arts. The Fund will be used to assist local students who wish to follow in his professional footsteps. Please consider giving to this cause in memory of a great man who spent a lifetime giving to the community he loved.

The Monte Dolce Memorial Fund will be used by the Dolce Family to provide:

·        Funding for educational endowments at schools that Monte taught at or attended (Niagara County Community College, St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, The Culinary Institute of America)

·        Establish memorial scholarships in Monte’s name for students pursuing degrees in the culinary arts

·        Support for other community organizations or causes that are meaningful to the Dolce Family

Thank you for your love during this difficult time and your support to enable an enduring legacy.

You can donate to the Monte Dolce Fund here.

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