Third Annual Ice Bucket Challenge at Empire City Casino

I think it's pretty safe to say we all participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that circulated social media a few years back. It was one of the first active calls to action on behalf of a charity, and went viral quickly—everyone from your neighbor's kid to celebrities participated. Heck, even I did it (and donated!). What you may not know? One of the co-creators of the Ice Bucket Challenge lives in the 914, and has continued to raise awareness and funds for research to eliminate ALS. Pat Quinn, who was diagnosed with the disease in March 2013, is [...]

Food Bank for Westchester Launches ‘Gardening 101’ Series

When I first met Doug DeCandia, he was everything I wanted him to be,  introducing himself by offering a hand, covered in small cuts, a little bit of dirt still under his fingernails, matched with friendly eyes. In just a few minutes of casual conversation—before the Fork This mic went live—I knew how genuinely passionate and invested he is about his job. As Food Bank for Westchester's Food Growing Program Expert and New York Times featured farmer, Doug is an integral part of the future of food banks—while these organizations are still open to collecting canned and packaged goods, they are [...]

Fork This: Banging Burgers + Summer Sangria

Today on Fork This with IntoxiKate Fork This with IntoxiKate airs Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. on 1490 WGCH and wgch.com. Tonight's guests include: Matt Kay, Chef + Owner of Cedar Street Grill When Dobbs Ferry is a rocking, usually it's Cedar Street Grill that's a-popping. And it's no wonder why—Chef Matt Kay serves up some seriously fun, flavorful food paired with stellar cocktails. We chat with Matt about a whole heck of a lot—celebrating CSG's six year anniversary, his spring/summer menus, and his participation in this year's Burger + Beer Blast during Westchester [...]

Wine & Food’s Newest Event: Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy

Westchester Magazine is kicking off the Wine & Food Festival with a new event. Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy pairs two powerhouses—Chef Andy Nusser of Tarry Lodge and author and wine expert Kevin Zraly—for an evening celebrating the regions of Italy. Sip one of the amazing vino offerings while Nusser demonstrates how to whip up a Mortadella & Robiola Panini as well as a Peach Crostata with Lemon Thyme Ricotta.   Chef Andy Nusser talks innovation and inspiration   What's new in the world of wine? Check in with Kevin Zraly   The Deets Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of [...]

Fork This: Summer Clambakes + Westchester Wine & Food

Today on Fork This with IntoxiKate Fork This! with IntoxiKate airs Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. on 1490 WGCH and wgch.com. Executive Chef David Nevins, Siegel Bros. Marketplace If you haven't visited the Siegel Bros. Marketplace in Mount Kisco, you're missing on heck of a food experience. Offering robust, from scratch, prepared foods from their on-site kitchen, Executive Chef David Nevins sources a revolving selection of land and sea to create vegetarian, gluten-free, comforting and healthful dishes. Turns out, Nevins and New England seafood go hand-in-hand, and the chef has a passion and flare for preparing everything from clam [...]

May 19th: This Weekend’s Best Local Events

Friday, May 19th, 2017 Arts Bash 6:00-9:00 p.m. at ArtsWestchester The party circles around the gallery’s newest exhibit, “From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art,” displaying graffiti murals, photography, sculptures and mixed media street art. The Friday party is open to the public and will feature food and beverages from more than 25 local restaurants, including Baked by Susan, Coffee Labs Roasters, License2Grill, Cafe of Love, Crabtree’s Kittle House, and Meritage Restaurant.  You will also have the opportunity to hobnob with this year’s participating artists in their open studios throughout ArtsWestchester’s historic downtown White Plains building. Tickets: $75, available online at artsw.org/artsbash or at the [...]

By | 2017-05-19T11:02:51+00:00 May 19th, 2017|experience, westchester|0 Comments

Latin Cuisine + Mango Margaritas with Arlen Gargagliano

There's lots to love (and laugh about!) in my most recent interview with chef, cookbook author, and mixologist Arlen Gargagliano. While she may have hung up her apron momentarily—fingers crossed—to return to her teaching roots, Arlen still actively hosts cooking classes in her home and partakes in food events. You can catch her spicing it up with her Mango and Roasted Jalapeño Margarita at Siegel Bros. Wine & Spirits shop in Mount Kisco on May 4th (details below), and here, we chat about the event, authoring cookbooks, and her love for Latin American cuisine. [...]

Experience Thai + Malaysian at Sambal in Irvington

Join me Wednesday, January 25th at 7 p.m. at Sambal in Irvington where you can explore—and taste!—traditional Southeast Asian street food with bold flavors and an intense balance of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and spicy. Navjot Arora, co-owner of both Sambal and Chutney Masala (which relocated up Main Street), and Chef Lucky Thai created an amazing price-fixed, VIP dinner exclusively for fellow foodies—for $45 per person*, you can enjoy a signature drink, passed appetizers, family-style dinner, and a plated dessert. Wine and beer will also be served with dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, visit intoxikate.com/intoxikate-experience. EVENT MENU Experience popular street food from [...]

By | 2017-01-11T13:29:30+00:00 January 9th, 2017|cocktails, eat + drink, experience, savory, westchester, wine|0 Comments

Where to go for New Year’s Eve in Fairfield, CT

The best places to ring in the new year in Fairfield, CT.   BONNE ANNÉE (THE FRENCH WAY!) BISTRO VERSAILLES New chef J. Carlos Rodriguez offers a holiday-inspired menu to ring in the New Year. Classic French cuisine options include a Potato Leek Soup with Bacon Lardon and White Truffle Oil, Torchon de Foie Gras, Arctic Char, Pork Belly Confit, and more. Oh, and dessert includes a decadent German Chocolate Bomb with Pecan Coconut filling. TIME: Dinner hours COST: A La Carte RESERVE: 203-661-6634 GO: 339 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich   DOUBLE THE FUN BAR BQ & MCFADDENS The collaboration between [...]

Where To Go for New Year’s Eve in Westchester, NY

The best places to celebrate New Year's Eve in Westchester, NY. 80s NEW YEAR PARTY LITTLE DRUNKEN CHEF Yes, we’re headed into 2017, but Little Drunken Chef is offering a throwback to the 80s. Dress the decade and dance to music by DJ Matthew Maxwell. Enjoy “Drunken” munchies all night long and a champagne toast at midnight. Confetti, contests, and party favors are also included. TIME: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. COST: $75 per person RESERVE: 914-242-8800 GO: 36 Main St., Mount Kisco   DINNER & DANCING THE BRIARCLIFF MANOR Head to The Briarcliff Manor, and you’ll be greeted with a welcome cocktail. Dinner [...]