SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL TO BE HELD SEPT. 19, 20, 21
This year’s SOWE Food and Wine Festival will be a moveable feast: hosted by the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Mamaroneck, highlighting some of Westchester’s culinary best along with special guests. Among the different events scheduled will be a ‘Best Chef Battle’ on Friday, Sept. 19th; BBQ Bash, Concert and Food Truck Parade on Saturday, Sept. 20th; and a Grand Tasting Village on Sunday, Sept. 21. The events will take place in a fully-tented area in Scarsdale Village, and on Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. At this writing, special guests include: Rocco DiSpirito, Graham Elliot, Franklin Becker, Westchester’s own Dave DiBari, and Jacques Torres, Mr. Chocolate. For additional info and to purchase tickets go to: www.sowefwf.com
EDIBLE GARDEN HARVEST FESTIVAL AT NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN, Sept. 27 & 28
I try to visit the beautiful New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx as often as possible. It is a treasure! I love watching the seasons change thru this special filter. I support their Greenmarket held every Wednesday; though small, it is just a wonderful setting. The NYBG Greenmarket will run thru Nov. 26 from 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is free for the market. While there go on an edible plant crawl and visit the Louise Loeb Vegetable Garden, a special Curator’s Spotlight Cocktail Garden (featuring herbs used in mulling your favorite spirits), and the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden.
This year the Garden is also hosting the Edible Garden Harvest Festival and Family Picnic. It will include such sponsors as Whole Foods Market and such culinary pacesetters as renowned Chef Mario Batali, a board member of NYBG, and Carla Hall who co-hosts the “The Chew” on TV. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27th and 28th, there will be book signings by Carla Hall, and a special cooking demo with Batali and Hall at the helm. Throughout the weekend you can participate in the Harvest Market with Craft Beer & Wine Tastings from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be samplings and talks by purveyors, brewers and vintners, including a variety of special food trucks. Tickets are required, so check the NYBG website. Proceeds will go to building the new Edible Academy site at the Garden. www.nybg.org
CULINARY DEMOS AT BLOOMINGDALES
Theresa Venuti, Culinary Director at Bloomingdale’s, White Plains, has announced her September schedule and it sounds most timely. Leading up to the Jewish New Year celebration of Rosh Hashanah there will also be demos on how to prepare such traditional holiday fare as: Rugelach, the popular pastry, using Cuisinart Food Processor on 9/18; Challah Bread using Kitchen Aid on 9/19; and Sweet Honey Apple Cake using Kitchen Aid on 9/24. All demos will take place from 1 pm to 3 pm. For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
A TASTE OF WESTCHESTER AT WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Beginning later this month, the Westchester Community College Division of Continuing Education is taking its classes on a food crawl with visits, culinary demos and tastings at some of the county’s most popular restaurants. The cooking demos will run thru December and include such venues as: Iron Horse, Pleasantville; Roasted Peppers, Mamaroneck; Peter Pratt’s Inn, Yorktown Heights; Village Social, Mt. Kisco; Royal Palace, White Plains; The Beehive, Armonk; Elia Taverna, Bronxville; Haymount House, Briarcliff Manor; and Café of Love, Mt. Kisco, among others. Registration is necessary. For further information, dates and registration fees go to: www.sunywcc.edu/ce, or call: 914-606-6830.
(Morris Gut is a restaurant consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for over 25 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: email@example.com)