Chocolations’ Chocolate Strawberry “Nazi”

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Chocolations owner Maria Valente, you know she’s as sweet as the delicate chocolates she creates. But when it comes to strawberries, the chocolatier sees red—the self proclaimed “Strawberry Nazi” is super-protective over her chocolate covered variety. {IntoxiKate Tip!} A little birdie told me the later male customers visit the chocolate shop, they are more likely to dip further into the wallet. So ladies, maybe it's not so bad your man waits until the last minute! Weeks before the big day, Valente is making calls to research where the berries are coming from. [...]

By | 2014-02-25T21:43:42+00:00 February 12th, 2014|entertaining|0 Comments

The IntoxiKate Valentine’s Day Guide

To some, Valentine’s Day is a manufactured holiday—invented by the evil masterminds behind Hallmark cards or even Russell Stover chocolates. To me, Valentine’s Day has always been about celebrating the things I love. And I happen to love food. {Yeah, no secret there!} So this February 14th, I challenge you to avoid the last-minute checkout lines at CVS, and plan a little ahead. You’ve got a few days here, Westchester #FoodieNation, so take a few minutes to look through the IntoxiKate Valentine's Day Guide. Savor the flavor, relish in that moment, and do something you love. Live life deliciously! #fortina [...]

By | 2014-02-11T03:45:41+00:00 February 10th, 2014|entertaining|0 Comments

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Westchester

Best Place to Listen to Live Tunes Chat 19, Larchmont The Deal: No cover here! Mange, mange on some of Chat 19's tradition offerings will you listen—or dance the night away—to the sweet sounds of Sugarush. Music starts at 10:30 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight. Make reservations: 914-833-8871 {Chat 19: 19 Chatsworth Ave., Larchmont, 914-833-8871,}   Budget Friendly Party Infusion American Tapas Lounge, Pelham The Deal: With two seatings (6:30 and 9 p.m.), Infusion offers a three-course NYE's dinner for $35—open bar packages also available. The evening includes two music acts as well as a champagne toast. Think cool, [...]

By | 2013-12-27T22:25:41+00:00 December 27th, 2013|entertaining|0 Comments

Westchester Restaurants Open on Christmas

If Christmas ham and plum pudding isn't really your forte in the kitchen, don't worry. Although most restaurants are closed for the day, there are a few places where you can find a beautiful holiday meal on Christmas Day. The halls are decked and chefs have whipped up menus to make the evening special. So make that reservation now—if you're not a chef, but love to eat, it may be the best gift you receive this season! (For restaurants open on Christmas Eve, click here!) {IntoxiKate Tip} With limited eateries opened for the holidays, seats will fill up fast so [...]

By | 2013-12-20T11:53:31+00:00 December 19th, 2013|entertaining|1 Comment

Westchester Restaurants Open for Christmas Eve

Looking for the best places to go for Dec. 24th Look no further—with places celebrating with a special brunch or the seven fishes dinner, you'll be holiday happy with these Westchester restaurants open for Christmas Eve! (For restaurants open on Christmas Day, click here!) {IntoxiKate Tip} With limited eateries opened for the holidays, seats will fill up fast so make you're reservations soon.   Christmas Eve Beehive Restaurant Armonk Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve, so this place has you covered (last seating will be at 7 p.m.).  For breakfast, start with the Bloody Mary that's served [...]

By | 2013-12-20T11:35:21+00:00 December 18th, 2013|entertaining|1 Comment

Holiday Cocktails Give Back at Moderne Barn

Moderne Barn is adding a little holiday sparkle to the season. Sure, you can visit the eatery for the festive decorations—the halls were decked by famed designer Fred Schwan (who also hangs the holly at Radio City Music Hall)—but swing by to enjoy one of their holiday cocktails: ·         Hot Toddy Scotch Whiskey, Lemon, Raw Sugar, Nutmeg $9 ·         Mulled Wine Red Wine, Apple Cider, Orange Zest, Mulling Spices, Honey $9 ·         Hot Buttered Rum Dark Rum, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Allspice $9 Added benefit? A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these seasonal spirits will [...]

By | 2013-12-13T10:53:15+00:00 December 12th, 2013|entertaining|0 Comments

Book Review: Great Balls of Cheese

Looking for a cheesy way to kick off your holiday party? Before heading to your local grocery story (or cheese monger), and head straight to the bookstore! Michelle Buffardi created Great Balls of Cheese, a recipe book filled with brilliant ways to incorporate cheese balls into any occasion. Recipes include: • Bored with your bean dip? Try crowd-pleasers like the zingy Mexican Black Bean Ball, a Cranberry Cheddar Ball, an updated Port Wine Cheese Ball (minus the scary pink color), and a bacon-filled Pigskin that’s perfect for game day. • Fun shapes like an adorable Herbed Caterpillar and Nacho Cheese [...]

By | 2013-12-02T22:40:40+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|entertaining, recipe|0 Comments

Cowboy Steaks, Wine and Fireside Dining at Cellar 49

East Sunnyside Lane. If you ventured down Route 9 any further, you'd swear you were in Irvington. If the hidden location of the Tarrytown House Estate wasn't enough to keep you guessing, the windy roads and surprising number of buildings may be enough to throw you off the trail. But hunger always wins, and let me tell you my friends—this meal is well worth the journey. Venture down the stairs of this beautiful mansion, and a surprise awaits you—although this eatery's coined a tavern, don't expect a dive bar full of fried foods and ice cold beers. Here, you've got [...]

By | 2013-11-11T20:50:05+00:00 November 12th, 2013|entertaining|1 Comment

Plan a MonStar Mash with Evite Gatherings and Party Bluprints

The gals at Party Bluprints have done it again! Party planner extraordinaires Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali, co-founders and owners of Party Bluprints Inc. and The Party Bluprints Blog, teamed up with to create a MonStar Mash party you're sure to love! Chock full of design tips, crafts and recipes, the Evite Gatherings online magazine is the perfect last minute game plan to pull off a Halloween party guest-goers are sure to remember! Click on the cover below to view the magazine.

By | 2013-10-24T17:18:09+00:00 October 25th, 2013|entertaining, recipe|0 Comments

New Chef in the Mansion: Matthew Safarowic

Next time you're walking through the Hastings or Irvington farmer's markets, you may want to look for this face. Pay attention to what he picks up, because you're rubbing elbows with a New York Times rated-chef (rated "worth it" during his stint as executive chef at Butterfield 8). He may be the new chef at the recently renovated Mansion on Broadway  in White Plains, but don't expect any frills from Matthew Safarowic. He certainly didn't run a comb through his hair or press his chef's jacket before my visit, but that's not what I expect. Chef Safarowic gave me Chef Safarowic, [...]

By | 2013-08-01T01:36:55+00:00 August 1st, 2013|entertaining|0 Comments