Chefs, Restaurants and Event Lineup for 7th Annual Wine & Food Festival

minimainpicWESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. (May 9, 2017)Westchester Magazine’s Annual Wine & Food Festival returns for lucky number year seven! This year’s event will take place from Tuesday, June 6th – through Sunday, June 11th throughout Westchester County. Guests will love popular favorites like the Burger & Beer Blast and the Grand Tasting Village and new events like Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy, Taste & Style at Savor Westchester and Jr. Chef Experience.

The festival, which draws more than 6,500 people from across the New York Metro area including New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut, will feature 100 top restaurants and a selection of world-class wines.

“The seventh incredible year of the Wine & Food Festival will serve up even more signature bites, delicious drinks and demos by some of the greatest chefs in Westchester,” said Publisher Ralph Martinelli. “We’ve added days to bring festival goers even more so come join us for Westchester’s premier culinary event!”


Westchester Magazine’s 7th Annual Wine & Food Festival Schedule:

Tuesday, June 6
ALL NEW! Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy

Westchester Italian Cultural Center, Tuckahoe

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The event is hosted by Joe Armentano, member of the Westchester Italian Cultural Center.

Celebrate the regions of Italy during this walk-around tasting featuring the red and white wines of Tuscany, Veneto, Piedmonte, Trentino-Alto, Adige, Sicily and Sardinia while enjoying fine Italian delicacies.  Join author and wine expert Kevin Zraly in the “Gran Selezione Cellar” for tastings of special vintages.  Enjoy a lively cooking demonstration of an Italian specialty. Chef Andy Nusser of Tarry Lodge will prepare Mortadella & Robiola Panini and Peach Crostata with Lemon Thyme Ricotta. DeCicco’s will provide Italian specialty foods and desserts.

The complete list of wines is as follows:  


  • Feudi Maccari Saia


  • Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto
  • Tenuta San Guido Le Difese
  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva
  • Sette Ponti Crognolo
  • Sette Ponti Oreno
  • Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino
  • Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Doria
  • Tenuta la Fuga Brunello di Montalcino


  • Agricola Punico Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi


  • Masi Amarone
  • Masi Brolo di Campofiorin
  • Caposaldo Prosecco


  • Michele Chiarlo Nivole (Dessert Style)
  • Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco ‘Reyna’
  • Michele Chiarlo Barbera Nizza la Court
  • Michele Chiarlo Gavi
  • Michele Chiarlo Arneis
  • Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortonaio


  • Pighin Pinot Grigio Collio


Ticket Cost:  $95


Wednesday, June 7

ALL NEW! Taste & Style at Savor Westchester

Savor Westchester at The Westchester, Level 4, White Plains, NY

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Grab your friends and check out the Wine & Food Festival at Savor Westchester – a delicious new dining experience featuring exclusive eateries including Bluestone Lane,
Godiva Chocolates, Lulu Cake Boutique, Neiman Marcus Mariposa, Mighty Quinn’s, Penny Lick Ice Cream, Tomato & Co., The Dessertist and Whitman’s New York. Enjoy an evening of food, shopping, a Nordstorm fashion show and cocktails! Sample fresh and flavorful cuisine, sip delicious cocktails and check out the season’s hottest fashion trends. A live DJ will keep the tunes going plus makeovers, massages, shopping, raffles and more make this an evening not-to-be-missed! Participating Retailers include:  Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Brookstone, Hugo BOSS, Eileen Fisher, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon and Spa,

HOBBS London, J.Jill, Microsoft, Peloton, Pure Beauty Salon, Sephora, Stewart Weitzman, Sur la Table, Under Armour.  21 and over only please.  

Ticket Cost: $25 (all guests will receive a $25 Simon Giftcard*, special gift bag & complimentary parking)

*The Simon Giftcard(R) is subject to terms and conditions. Visit or Simon Guest Services for more information.

Thursday, June 8

Burger & Beer Blast
Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

6:00 PM -10:00 PM

The popular Burger & Beer Blast is back! With 30 restaurants participating, the event is sure to be a foodie’s delight. All attendees will vote to see which local restaurant out of the 30 will take home the grand prize and be crowned “Burger and Beer Blast Champion!” The competition is fierce as ticket holders will vote for their preferred burger throughout the evening and at night’s end, one burger will be crowned with the prestigious “Heineken Light Best Burger” award.  William Grant and Sons will mix up cocktails for this fun evening.

As the event’s official ground beef sponsor, Schweid & Sons, a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated meat purveyor, is providing custom blends of premium cuts of beef as well as Certified Angus Beef ®, Wagyu, All-Natural, Hereford, Angus, Chuck and more for the participating restaurants.

Empire City Casino Tent, will once again offer festival-goers a taste of gaming and gambling with “funny money” (forged money), with food by Nonno’s.  Beers, wine and spirits and the best local food trucks including Bona Bona Ice Cream, Dough Nation, Empanada Mania, Longfords Ice Cream, Souvlaki Truck and Walter’s Hot Dogs makes this event not-to-be-missed.

The complete list of restaurants serving up burgers are:

  • 105-Ten Bar & Grill (Briarcliff Manor)
  • AJ’s Burgers (New Rochelle)
  • Bareburger (Hartsdale)
  • Cedar Street Grill (Dobbs Ferry)
  • Chappaqua Tavern (Chappaqua)
  • Coals Pizza (Bronxville and Port Chester)
  • The Craftsman Ale House (Harrison)
  • Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub (Yonkers)
  • Emma’s Ale House (White Plains)
  • Gaucho Burger Company (White Plains)
  • License 2 Grill (Thornwood)
  • Little Big Bites Burger Bistro (Thornwood)
  • L’Inizio (Ardsley)
  • Madison Kitchen (Larchmont)
  • Memphis Mae’s (Croton-On-Hudson)
  • Mighty Quinn’s BBQ (White Plains)
  • Mill Street Bar & Table (Greenwich)
  • Peekskill Brewery (Peekskill)
  • Piper’s Kilt (Eastchester)
  • Pow! Burger (New Rochelle)
  • Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers (Pelham)
  • RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen (Tarrytown)
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Tarrytown)
  • Rye Roadhouse (Rye)
  • Shake Shack (Yonkers)
  • Smokehouse Tailgate Grill (New Rochelle)
  • Westchester Burger Company (White Plains, Rye Brook, Mt. Kisco)
  • Wooden Spoon (New Rochelle)
  • X20 Xaviars on the Hudson (Yonkers)
  • Zuppa Restaurant & Lounge (Yonkers)

Ticket Cost: $75 individual; Burger & Beer Blast Party Pack (10 tickets) $700

Friday, June 9

An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers

The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester – The Grand Ballroom – White Plains

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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.

The delicious 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 cocktails, Casamigos Tequila Margarita, 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, Italian Trade Agency, Riedel, Wilson & Son Jewelers and Zwilling Cooking Studio.

Ticket Cost: $150 or $1200 (table of eight)
Saturday, June 10

Grand Tasting Village
Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Chef Demos: 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM)

Known as the World’s Fair of the Wine & Food Festival, the Grand Tasting Village is a celebration of the most exciting chefs and culinary trends in the County, plus more than 200 world-class wines from some of the top internationally known wineries. 60 restaurants will serve samples of their signature dishes featuring their new or favorite summer ingredient.

The 2017 lineup includes:


  • 105-Ten Bar & Grill
  • 3 Westerly
  • 808 Bistro
  • 808 Social
  • Amore Cucina & Bar
  • Basta
  • Bar Sugo
  • Benjamin Steakhouse
  • Blue Moon Mexican Café
  • Cathy’s Biscotti
  • Chutney Masala Indian Bistro
  • Coffee Lab Roasters
  • Cooper’s Mill
  • Dan Rooney’s
  • Dolphin Restaurant
  • El Balon
  • Equus
  • Fantasy Cuisine
  • E. Brown
  • La Bocca Ristorante
  • Mason Sandwich Co.
  • Mediterraneo
  • Mighty Quinn’s
  • Mima Restaurant
  • NoMa Social
  • Nonno’s
  • Posh Pretzels
  • Poppy’s Cheesecake
  • Quenas Restaurant
  • Raasa Indian Cuisine
  • Rita’s of Elmsford
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Serafina
  • Small Cakes
  • Sonora
  • Sofrito
  • Texas De Brazil
  • Tacos El Poblano
  • The Bayou
  • The Taco Project
  • The Twisted Oak
  • The Turk
  • Tomato & Co.
  • Tredici North
  • Village Social – Rye
  • Westchester Milk
  • Winston
  • Zero Otto Nove

Food Trucks:

  • Jimmy’s Soft Serve

Chef Demos:

12:30pm: Bernard Janssen of Zwilling J.A. Henckels
1:00pm: Christian Petroni of Fortina
2:00pm: Michael Pskilakis of MP Taverna
3:00pm: Peter Kelly of X20 Xaviars on the Hudson & David DiBari of The Cookery
4:00pm: Charlotte Voisey of The Proper Pour
Party Line Connoisseurs Tent Restaurants:

  • Raw bar courtesy of Eastchester Fish Gourmet
  • Catering courtesy of Turcos

Party Line Connoisseurs Tent Wine:

Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Anniversary
Cakebread Chardonnay
Masi Amarone
Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet
Tenuta san Guido Guidalberto
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris
Mullan Road Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
Sette Ponti Crognolo
Taittinger Champagne
Sette Ponti Oreno
Silvio Nardi Brunello Di Montalcino
Taittinger Comtes de Chamapgne 2006
Taittinger Brut La Francaise
Cakebread Chardonnay
Cakebread Cabernet
Mullan Road Cellars
Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Anniversaire
Zind Humbrecht Gewurz Calcaire
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenberg
Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot
Arrowood Cabernet Knights Valley
Freemark Abbey Napa Cabernet
Stonestreet Cabernet
Stonestreet Upper Barn Chardonnay
Penner Ash Willamette Pinot Noir
Chateau Minuty Et Or Rose ’16
Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet Clavillons ’13
BV Tapestry ’13
Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Reserve ’13
Stags Leap Ne Cede Malis ’12
Penfolds Grange ’12
Chateau Minuty 281
Pierre Matrot Puligny Montrachet Combettes 2012
Sterling Platinum Reserve 2013
Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2009
Beringer Quantum Red Blend 2013
BV Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet 2013
Macallan 12 Year Sherry Cask
Macallan 12 Year Double Oak
Partida Tequila Blanco
Partida Tequila Reposado
Highland Park 12 Year

Ticket Cost: $85

Connoisseurs Ticket Cost: $125, includes admission to the Grand Tasting Village and exclusive access to the Party Line Connoisseurs Tent with rare, high-end wine and food. Ticket also includes reserved seating at Chef Demos (first come, first served).

Sunday, June 11

ALL NEW! Jr. Chef Experience – SOLD OUT!

PLAY at The Westchester, Level 4, White Plains, NY

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Spend the morning with your little ones as they learn the basics of cooking. This hands-on event encourages creativity as kids learn basic cooking techniques from working chefs. Your little culinary artists will also practice pizza making courtesy of Tomato & Co and cupcake decorating courtesy of Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma…and don’t worry, they’ll share their finished treats with you! Characters from Nick Junior’s Paw Patrol and Chopped Junior champion Elizabeth Oakes will be on-hand for meet & greets, so be sure to have your phones ready for pictures. Little chefs will also receive a complimentary chef’s apron.  This event is limited to 150 participants so purchase your tickets today. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ticket Cost: $10 per child, $25 for 3 children (ages 5-10 years old)

Visit for complete details on ticket sales.