Bartender Shake-Off At the Taste & Style Event

This past Wednesday, SAVOR—The Westchester's gourmet dining experience—hosted Westchester Magazine's Taste & Style event, part of this year's Wine & Food Festival. The evening was dedicated to food and fashion, but the main event featured a Bartender Shake-Off with the county's top mixologists. The Rye House's Sarah Pyles, Rivermarket Bar + Kitchen's Emilio Ugarte, Daniel Chang from the Birch Collective, NoMa Socia's Serena Costello, and Keven Ordonez of Mima Restaurant all competed to create the best cocktail using a Peruvian brandy called Pisco 1615. The Bartender Shake-Off was hosted by yours truly and cocktails were judged by John Turiano (editor of [...]

Win A Pair of Tickets To Wine + Food’s Grand Tasting

Win a pair of tickets to Westchester Magazine's Grand Tasting event Saturday, June 9th, at the Kensico Dam Plaza. (Value: $170). For more chances to win, make sure to check out @IntoxiKateFoodie on Instagram and Facebook! Loading...   Image courtesy of Westchester Magazine

By | 2018-05-30T10:12:40+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Contest, westchester|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Westchester Magazine Instagram Takeover

TGIF, everyone! I am very excited to be kicking off the holiday weekend with my Instagram takeover of Westchester Magazine! I'm highlighting some of the best features of one of my favorite events of the year—Westchester Magazine's Annual Wine & Food Festival. Please show me some love and share your favorite events/memories of the festival (I know you go to the Burger & Beer Blast every year!). This year’s event has a killer lineup of participants, including some newbies (I see you, The Spread), food crushes (Heather Frantangelo of L'inizio), and new events like brunch at Kanopi. Plus, keep it [...]

By | 2018-05-25T11:53:46+00:00 May 25th, 2018|eat + drink, photo recap, westchester|0 Comments

RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen’s Emilio Ugarte Participates in the Bartender Shake-Off

Fork This! Mixologist Emilio Ugarte talks with IntoxiKate Kate Schlientz about his participation in the Bartender Shake-Off (hosted by yours truly!) during the Taste & Style event at The Westchester, part of this year's Westchester Magazine's Wine & Food Festival. Ugarte also gives us the skinny on directing the beverage program at RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen in Tarrytown, explaining how the restaurant's bar is heavily influenced by the kitchen and season. To learn more about this year's Wine & Food Festival, visit www.westchestermagazine.com.  IntoxiKate (v): to excite or elate foodies to the point of enthusiasm or frenzy; to live life deliciously* [...]

By | 2018-05-25T13:10:57+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|cocktails, eat + drink, Fork This Radio, night life|0 Comments

John Turiano Gives the Scoop on the Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival

Westchester Magazine’s 8th Annual Wine & Food Festival, one of Westchester's most delicious events of the year, features a series of events showcasing food, wine, chefs, bartenders, and more in and around Westchester County. Editor John Turiano chats with IntoxiKate Kate Schlientz about this year's lineup of festvities, including the new bartender shake-off during the Taste & Style event at The Westchester's gourmet dining experience, SAVOR. Learn more at www.westchestermagazine.com. IntoxiKate (v): to excite or elate foodies to the point of enthusiasm or frenzy; to live life deliciously* Tune into Fork This with IntoxiKate on 1490 WGCH Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and [...]

By | 2018-05-25T13:05:30+00:00 May 21st, 2018|cocktails, eat + drink, Fork This Radio|0 Comments

“Simple” Italian Fare at Bar Sugo in Norwalk

Like all great stories, this one starts with a cocktail. As I sit down at the bar at Bar Sugo, the bartender takes a break from squeezing fresh limes to ask me what I’d like to drink. I briefly peruse the cocktail list, eyeing the list of contenders, before I select “My Grandfather’s Watch”—a concoction of Tito’s Vodka, St. George Green Chile Vodka, grapefruit liqueur, and that freshly squeezed lime juice. He quickly wipes the remnants of citrus pulp off his hands before whipping up a killer cocktail I down a little too easily. With one drink in and another [...]

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Westchester

Looking for the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the 914 and the 203? I've got a round-up of the best parties to get your margarita on! Westchester County Fork This: I can't get enough of Vega Mexican Cuisine's Chimichurri Skirt Steak served with fried plantains and market veggies. Go: 189 E. Hartsdale Ave., Harstdale, NY, 914-723-0010, www.vegamexican.com Traditionally, Cinco de Mayo is all about the margaritas. Any while they have plenty of delicious options, I can't get enough of El Balon Cantina's spicy Bloody Mary. Just look at this bad boy! Go: 211 Market St., Yonkers, NY, 914-376-6800, [...]

Make the Perfect Cinco de Mayo Cocktails at Home

Listen, I love a good Cinco de Mayo party out and about, and this year, there's no shortage of parties. But you know how much I love hosting theme parties—it's always fun to be creative and learn some new tricks along the way. If you're looking to up your margarita game, check out these Cinco de Mayo Cocktails that'll leave them thinking you've got some serious mixology game: Mandarina Rosa This unaged and vibrant Blanco tequila meets its match in this fresh and simple citrus cocktail. Ingredients: 2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila 2 part Fresh Squeezed Tangerine Juice 1 [...]

By | 2018-05-03T20:08:51+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|cocktails, eat + drink, entertaining, holiday|0 Comments

Janet Langsam Honored at Westchester’s Magazine’s “Tastemakers”

Arts & Culture Visionary to be Honored at Westchester Magazine’s “An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers”  ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam will be Recognized as one of Westchester’s Most Respected Community Leaders; Wine & Food Festival Signature Event Features Westchester’s Top Chefs Serving Six-Course Dinner with World-Class Wine Pairings WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 30, 2018) – Arts and culture visionary Janet Langsam will be honored with Westchester Magazine’s 2018 Community Leader Award during the annual “An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers,” which will return as the signature event of Westchester Magazine’s 8th Annual Wine & Food Festival on Friday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. “‘An Evening [...]

By | 2018-04-30T17:22:40+00:00 April 30th, 2018|news|0 Comments