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

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

All Taste, No Travel: Explore Street Food at El Segundo

There is no doubt the culinary world has been influenced by pop culture. As the Food Network became a household name, chefs’ profiles increased dramatically, shedding some serious light on the previously-mysterious activities of the back of the house. New restaurants popped up with windows into the kitchen, where diners get an inside look at the life of a professional food prep, the craziness of the Friday dinner rush fully exposed. Local chefs became mini-celebrities. The rise of social media has certainly helped things along. Encouraging collaborations from the restaurant next door, to the restaurant across the globe, chefs have [...]

Craft Beer & Smoking Cocktails with Killer B in Norwalk

A dude walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a Fuzzy Baby Duck. There’s no punchline, and it’s bound to happen at Killer B in Norwalk, where bacon, burgers, bourbon, and (you guessed it) beer rule the menu. The beer mecca is one of the only bars in Norwalk bound to have the Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA, brewed by New England Brewing Co. out of Woodbridge, CT, on tap. And if you consider yourself a craft beer connoisseur, you’ll know just exactly how hard it is to get your hands on. When it comes to building the best [...]

Egg Whites + Instagram: What’s Shaking with Eli Brazell of Harper’s Bar

When I first tasted Eli Brazell's cocktails, I didn't know the man behind the mixology at Harper's Restaurant & Bar. I just new craft cocktails were at the finest at the Dobbs Ferry eatery. But recently, I became obsessed with @The-Alcoholist on Instagram, and realized the connection. And I knew in an instant—those tantalizing, high-end photos of bar fare were just as good as they looked. The likes averaging in the hundreds on each photo, looks like I'm not the only one who knows what's good. Eli, who says he is relatively new to the mobile app, is already #instafamous, building a virtual [...]

IntoxiKate Guide to Summer Cocktails

When I think of summer, I think of backyard barbecues, al fresco dining, and beaching it up with friends. And all three have one thing in common—they are not complete without your favorite adult beverage in hand. Enjoyed in moderation, of course... When this summer came around, I felt my usual go-to selection was a little tapped out. So I consulted with my experts—from Yonkers, NY to Ridgefield, CT—to find out what our favorite mixologists were whipping up for the summer. I’ve got cocktail recipes from Westchester’s own Chef Peter Kelly to cookbook author Arlen Gargagliano (who makes one killer [...]

Crafty Libations + Upscale Pub Food at Rye House in Port Chester

ON THE MENU Click on the images below to dive in to some serious #foodporn. THE DETAILS Seasoned restaurateurs Michael Jannetta, Robert Lombardi, Dan Forrester, and Jeffrey Skiba offer a spirited American tavern combining upscale pub food with a master mixology program, with craft beer, lively libations, and a very accessible wine list. Rye House in Port Chester offers  sharable small plates, seasonal salads, and hearty entrées, taking culinary cues from the many cities, ports, and cultures that [...]

By | 2017-04-17T13:54:28+00:00 April 17th, 2017|cocktails, craft beer, eat + drink, savory, sweet, westchester|0 Comments

Celebrate Season 6 with Game of Thrones Cocktails

Season 6 of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones kicks off tonight at 9 p.m. EST, and I, for one, am looking for a lot of answers. (Say it isn't so, Jon Snow!) Whether you are gathering friends around the TV for a viewing party or if you just need a little liquid courage to make it through the potential lost of your favorite face, I've got some character-inspired craft cocktails created for the occasion. "The Crows' Old-Fashioned" by Tad Carducci, bartender, mixologist and co-founder of Tippling Bros. Highlighting a rustic, old-world brandy from Chateau du Tariquet, the Crows' [...]

By | 2016-04-24T17:42:17+00:00 April 24th, 2016|cocktails, recipe|0 Comments

IntoxiKate Paint Night with Alvin (+ Friends!)

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Join me for an Alvin + Arlen’s Double Header Bring-on-Spring Paint and Sip IntoxiKate Event! Thursday, March 31st • 7 to 9 p.m. Alvin & Friends: 14 Memorial Hwy, New Rochelle This paint party is a paint party like no other, featuring background and painting tips from artist Alvin Clayton and inspired libations created by Arlen Gargagliano. RSVP now below! […]

By | 2016-03-23T12:45:35+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|westchester, wine|0 Comments

Restaurant Trends You Can Taste in Westchester

The StarChef’s International Chef Conference featured chefs from all over the world showcasing the latest culinary trends. Here’s a quick roundup of some of my favorite finds from ‘15, and where you can taste restaurant trends locally! RAMEN Ramen is here to stay, and includes more originality when it comes to ingredients. Westchester’s very own Chef Mogan Anthony (Village Social in Mount Kisco) competed in the StarChef’s Ramen challenge. TASTE THE TREND Anthony’s MURA Ramen + Gastropub not only showcases his playfulness with ingredients, but also features his noodle-making skills! VISIT MURA pops up every once in a while, and tickets go fast, so [...]

By | 2015-11-21T17:26:09+00:00 November 27th, 2015|westchester|0 Comments