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Scallop and caviar dish presented by Chef Cruz Neives

welcome to shell

Shell is the newest culinary venture presented by one of Rochester's most acclaimed chefs, Cruz Nieves. With our Experiences and Private Events, we take you on intimate and custom culinary journeys. If you have yet to experience Shell, attend one of our ticketed experiences for an evening of wine and food specially curated by Chef Cruz.

the chef

Chef Cruz Nieves is the founder, owner, and executive chef behind Shell. With nearly 20 years of industry experience, Nieves' culinary journey has taken him through prestigious kitchens such as Del Posto and Gabriel Kreuther in New York, NY, as well as Rella and Snug Harbor in Rochester, NY. His creativity, technical range, and attention to detail effortlessly blend to craft your bespoke dining experience.

Chef Cruz Neives contemplates his fine dining menu

shell experiences.
exclusive pop-ups.

Shell Experiences are exclusive ticketed dining events hosted at our favorite venues, presenting fine dining in Rochester. A new food and wine pairing menu is created for each experience so no two experiences are ever the same.

private events.
in your home.

Shell specializes in private parties ranging from 2-20 guests. Chef Cruz and his team of private chefs in Rochester will cook in your home, creating an intimate and memorable experience for you and your guests.

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