WESTCHESTER, NY (May 4, 2017)Experience Westchester cuisine like a celebrity at the most exclusive event of the Wine & Food Festival. With the area’s top chefs and the world’s top wines being served, An Evening With Westchester’s Tastemakers is an incomparable six-course feast unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Hosted at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, this evening is sure to be truly spectacular.

World-class wines and spirits selected by Wine Expert Kevin Zraly, in partnership with Varmax Liquor Pantry, will be poured at this one-night-only event.

“This truly one-of-a-kind event is always a highlight of the festival and this year will be no different,” said Westchester Magazine Publisher Ralph Martinelli. “Once again, we are thrilled to work with Varmax Liquor Pantry and Wine Expert Kevin Zraly who have chosen the perfect wines for each delicious course.”

The evening will honor Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett for his outstanding support of Westchester’s business community.

The following lists the chefs, restaurants and delectable six-course menu:

Cocktail Hour:

Jim Dangler, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester
Assorted passed hors d’oeuvres
Specialty cocktail, Casamigos Tequila Margarita
Specialty cocktail featuring Slovenia Vodka
St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014
Sequoia Grove Chardonnay 2015


 1st Course:

David DiBari, The Cookery
Mortadella cream puff with raw honey mustard and toasted pistachio
Wine Pairing: Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2006


2nd Course:

Peter Kelly, X2O Xaviars on the Hudson
Alaskan Black Cod with honey and sake glaze, ragout of orzo, broccoli rabe and delcabo tomatoes, and morel jus
Wine pairing: Domaine Laroche Chablis Blanchots 2012


3rd Course:

Andy Nusser, Tarry Lodge
Lasagna bolognese
Wine pairing: Masi Amarone 2011


4th Course:

Ethan Kostbar, Moderne Barn
Allen Brothers NY Strip Steak and smoked short rib with sweet potato hush puppy, amish cheddar cheese corn grits, bacon-wrapped asparagus, and blackberry BBQ sauce
Wine pairing:  Sette Ponti Oreno 2014



Sherry Yard, City Perch Kitchen & Bar
Raspberry red velvet pavlova
Wine pairing: Ramos Pinto 20 year Tawny Port


After Dessert:

Macallan Rare Cask Scotch

A Live and silent auction filled with fabulous items including a four-night trip to Sonoma, CA, gift baskets filled with wines and spirits being poured throughout the Wine & Food Festival and more.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Food Bank for Westchester, dedicated to ending hunger in Westchester County.

The evening is being sponsored by Casamigos Tequila, Forevermark, Riedel, Wilson & Son Jewelers and Zwilling Cooking Studio.

‘An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers’ will take place at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester from 6:00pm-10:00pm and tickets are available for $150 (individual) or $1200 (table of eight).  For more information about all of this year’s events and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.westchestermagazine.com/winefood.