Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy Brings Regions’ Best Vino to Westchester

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY (May 18, 2017) – A newcomer to the Wine & Food Festival this year is Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy. This fabulous event will take place on Tuesday, June 6th from 6 pm – 9 pm at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe.  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 provided by DeCicco & Sons.

“Not all of us have the opportunity to travel to Italy this summer, so why not enjoy special vintages from the region here in our own back yard,” said publisher Ralph Martinelli. “Buy your tickets now to join us for this unique and special evening.”

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 from Kobrand Wine & Spirits is as follows:

Sicily:

  • Feudo Maccari Saia

Tuscany: 

  • 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

Sardinia:

  • Agricola Punico Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi

Veneto:

  • Masi Amarone Costasera
  • Masi Brolo di Campofiorin
  • Caposaldo Prosecco

Piedmont:

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

Friuli:

  • Pighin Pinot Grigio Collio
  • Sassicaia Grappa

Tickets for this new event are $95 and can be purchased by visiting westchestermagazine.com/winefood (21 and over only please)

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

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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:  

Sicily:

  • Feudi Maccari Saia

Tuscany:  

  • 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

Sardinia:

  • Agricola Punico Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi

Veneto:

  • Masi Amarone
  • Masi Brolo di Campofiorin
  • Caposaldo Prosecco

Piedmont:

  • 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

Friuli:

  • 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 simongiftcard.com 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

 Dessert:

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:

Restaurants:

  • 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:

Sassaicia
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
Crognolo
Oreno
Guidalberto
Sassicaia
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 www.westchestermagazine.com/winefood for complete details on ticket sales.

‘AN EVENING WITH WESTCHESTER’S TASTEMAKERS’ BRINGS SIGNATURE DISHES, HIGH-END WINES AND TALENTED CHEFS TO WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

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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

 

Dessert:

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.

United Way Westchester Putnam Non-Profit Summit Celebrates 15 Years

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Westunitedwaywestchesterandputnamchester County, N.Y. (April 17, 2017) – The non-profit landscape may have changed since the United Way of Westchester and Putnam first launched its first Not-For-Profit Leadership Summit back in 2002 with keynote speaker Hillary Clinton, but the need for new strategies to sustain non-profits in an era of shrinking government support is greater than ever.

Non-profits are looking for ways to re-energize and redirect their efforts. The good news, according to one of this year’s keynote speakers, is that while trust in government and the media is declining, the public’s perception of non-profits continues to climb.

“When we launched the Not-for-Profit Leadership Summit with the Westchester Community Foundation 15 years ago, the idea was to provide non-profits with the tools needed to propel their organizations into the future, and that is still true today,” said Alana Sweeny, President and CEO of United Way Westchester Putnam. “Hillary Clinton, who was then our Senator, was our first keynote speaker, and her message is just as important and vital as it was back then.”

This year’s Not-for-Profit Leadership Summit will be held on Monday, May 1 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Tarrytown and features breakfast and luncheon keynote speakers, morning and afternoon breakout sessions and a networking reception. Participants will have a choice of sixteen breakout sessions with topics ranging from social media strategies and creating a buzz for your non-profit to how to use data and how to build an effective board of directors, among others.

Both keynote speakers will address how non-profits can adapt and thrive in the current culture.

The breakfast keynote, Ilsa Flanagan, Director, National Reframing Initiative National Human Services Assembly, will discuss her organization’s strategy to reframe the conversation around non-profits. According to Flanagan, research shows that the public is turned off by the traditional perception of non-profits as charities in support of the needy and responds more favorably to a positive image of an organization that adds value to the community.

Non-profits have a unique opportunity to capitalize on their elevated stature in the current climate, according to luncheon keynote David Birdsell, Marxe Dean and Professor at Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Birdsell, a highly-respected political commentator, says polling data shows that unlike elected officials and the media, the public still believes in non-profits’ ability to implement change.

“Now more than ever, non-profits need a reboot to adapt to changing priorities,” said Carlene Gentilesco, COO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “I think they will find inspiration and practical solutions from our keynote speakers and from the presenters at the many breakout sessions offered throughout the day.  It’s a chance to learn, refresh, network and share best practices.’’

The Leadership Summit is underwritten in part by the TD Charitable Foundation.  Gold Level supporters include the Westchester County Local Development Corporation and Con  Edison. Corporate sponsors are: Atlantic Westchester; Goldstein Hall Attorneys at Law; Robert Half Company; Bright Energy Services; CS Plus; Rose and Kiernan Inc.; Non-profit sponsors are: The Arc Westchester; Association of Development Officers; Fordham University – Westchester Campus; Mutual of American; Non-profit Westchester; Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University and NPCC.

There is a $35 non-refundable event fee for a nonprofit’s initial reservation. Each additional participant from the same organization is $30. Walk-in registration is $45, space permitting. Sponsorships and vendor tables are also available. The Doubletree Hotel Tarrytown is located at 455 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. For more information, please call the Summit Hotline at 914-997-6700 x706. To learn about sponsorships, workshops and early registration, please visit www.uwwp.org/summit.shtml

About Our Keynote Speakers:

Ilsa Flanagan

Director, National Reframing Initiative

National Human Services Assembly

Ilsa Flanagan partners with forward thinking leaders to design groundbreaking solutions to society’s most complex problems. She is currently leading the National Human Services Assembly’s Reframing Initiative, mobilizing and training the sector to use rigorously tested communications that have been demonstrated to deepen understanding of human needs and encourage more vibrant civic participation for social change.

Prior to launching her own consulting practice, Ilsa was the founding director of several organization-wide initiatives to create social and environmental change in the corporate and higher education sectors, including the University of Chicago and LaSalle Bank. Earlier in her career she spent several years in the United Way system, most notably as vice president for public policy at United Way of America where she led national advocacy efforts for 14 local United Ways.

Ilsa is an attorney and graduate of The American University Law School in Washington, DC.  She received her undergraduate degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.  She has been on the boards of several organizations including Foresight Design Initiative and Midwest Pesticide Action Center. She also volunteers with a Chicago-based refugee resettlement program.

David Birdsell

Marxe Dean and Professor at Baruch College’s

Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.

Marxe Dean of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College and Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness, David Birdsell has centered his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. An expert on political debating and widely published on communication theory and practice, David is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for television and print media. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the IBM Endowment for the Study of Business and Government, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the United Way of New York City, the Markle Foundation, and other funders. David is President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, and serves on NASPAA’s Executive Council. He chairs the boards of Governance Matters and of the New York Federal Statistics Research Data Center. He is a member of the board of the New York Council of Nonprofits. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. David received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.

About United Way of Westchester and Putnam
United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) helps local residents in Westchester and Putnam become self-sufficient and thrive in a stronger community by helping people in crisis through the 2-1-1 helpline, making sure children are reading on grade level by 3rd grade, providing job skills training and offering support programs for the nonprofit sector. UWWP works with agency partners, government, business and community leaders to solve complex problems.  United Way’s 2-1-1, which covers Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties, answers thousands of online inquiries and calls each week ranging from tax, heating, and mortgage questions to childcare, basic needs, natural disaster and crisis calls.

UWWP is located at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, NY 10606. Phone: 914-997-6700 Website: www.uwwp.org. Facebook: (www.facebook.com/UnitedWayWP) and Twitter (@UnitedWayWP)

Yonkers Downtown BID Announces Sixth Annual International Restaurant Week

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Yondolpinkers’ Celebrated Chefs Offer Delicious Dining Specials April 3-9

Yonkers, NY (March 2017) – Foodies will once again have an opportunity to enjoy delicious international flavors and cuisines at some of the region’s finest restaurants during the Sixth Annual Yonkers Downtown BID International Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer diners this once-a-year opportunity to have a delicious meal at an affordable price.

“We are thrilled to once again be hosting Yonkers International Restaurant Week and to showcase our downtown as a true culinary destination,” said Jaime Martinez, Yonkers Downtown BID Executive Director. “Residents and visitors can choose from a diverse range of delicious cuisines at affordable prices. Come downtown and to our waterfront to enjoy a great meal in Yonkers.”

“The Houlihan Lawrence Yonkers Brokerage is thrilled to sponsor Yonkers Restaurant Week. The participating restaurants have incredible cuisine that reflects the soul of the city,” said Aaron Velez, Houlihan Lawrence Brokerage. “As the top selling real estate company in the city, Houlihan Lawrence is proud to align ourselves with the best Yonkers has to offer. Bon Appétit!”

International Restaurant Week will offer something for everyone to enjoy as some of the most celebrated chef’s in the region serve up their specialties.

The following restaurants are participating:

Dolphin Restaurant

1 Van Der Donck Street

(914) 751-8170

Dolphinrbl.com

 

La Bella Havana

35 Main Street

(914) 920-9777

Labellahavana.com

 

Giovanni’s IV

25 Main Street

(914) 375-1429

Giovannis54.com

 

Guapo Cocina

Mexicana

10 Warburton Ave

(914) 920-5900

Guaporestaurant.com

 

Khangri

22 Warburton Avenue

(914) 968-2134

khangrijapaneserestaurant.com

 

Nawab Restaurant

2 Hudson Street

(914) 909-9700 Nawabny.com

(excludes all-you-can-eat)

 

Le Moulin

1 Pierpointe Street Yonkers

josyane@lemoulincatering.com

(914) 469-6762

lemoulincatering.com

 

Tacos El Poblano

200 New Main Street

(914) 963-1111

 

The Pizza Place

92 Main Street

(914) 709-1050

Thepizzaplace.com

 

X2O Xaviars on the Hudson

71 Water Grant Street

(914) 965-1111

Xaviars.com

 

Yonkers Brewing Co.

92 Main Street

(914) 424-9918

Yonkersbrewing.com

 

Zuppa Restaurant & Lounge

59 Main Street

(914) 376-6500

Zupparestaurant.com

All restaurants will offer 20% off lunch and 25% off dinner.  To receive the discount, diners must enter their email address at www.YOrestaurantweek.com to receive the required discount voucher. Diners must make reservations over the phone and mention Yonkers International Restaurant Week. This offer is not redeemable through online reservations. Prices do not include alcoholic beverages, gratuities and taxes. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer.

The Yonkers Downtown BID, which maintains the economic vitality of the district by providing the local business community with a variety of services, and by presenting year-round special events for the entire family. Our free signature events include the annual Jazz, Blues & More Concert Series, Arts, and the Yonkers Riverfest, which attracts more than 30,000 visitors from throughout Westchester. For more information, visit www.YonkersDowntown.com

 

 

Stagg Group Gets Approval for New Apartment Building in Yonkers

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By Working with City Officials and Neighbors, Developer is Turning an Abandoned Property into an Asset for the City and Neighborhood.

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Architect’s rendering of 705 Bronx River Road, Yonkers

YONKERS, NY (March 23, 2017) – In what is the culmination of three years of review by City officials and numerous meetings with neighbors, Stagg Group announced today that its plan for transforming a rundown abandoned property in Yonkers into a new luxury rental building is finally moving ahead.

The Yonkers City Council voted March 21 to rezone 705 Bronx River Road from commercial to residential which allows Stagg Group to move forward with its plans to develop a 160-unit, nine-story apartment building, with parking.

After investing $7 million into the project, Stagg plans to begin demolition within the next 30 days and start construction later this spring. The new complex will take up a city block on Bronx River Road, Crescent Place and Reyer and Springer avenues. Currently, the block has an empty commercial building, parking lot and the 5 houses Stagg Group has acquired on Crescent Place.

For the past three years, Stagg Group has met repeatedly with neighbors and worked with City officials to adjust the number of units and address parking and density concerns so that it could proceed with plans to raze the existing structure and build new apartments there.

“We want to be part of the solution,” said Mark Stagg, President of the real estate development company that is best known for the many units of housing it has built in Westchester and the Bronx since 1996. “We wanted to find out what works best for the neighborhood, what works best for the city.”

When Stagg first acquired the rundown property at 705 Bronx River Road in 2013, he envisioned it as the new headquarters for his company. “We liked its central location and the fact that the building could accommodate all of our employees under one roof,” he said.

But after inspecting the abandoned building, which had undergone four awkward additions over the years, Stagg realized that renovating the existing structure was not economically feasible. “It’s completely unworkable as is. It’s a tiny commercial island surrounded by residences. If you look at a map, it looks like a missing tooth,” he said.

After meeting with neighbors, it became clear that their primary concerns were about density. To address those concerns, Stagg and his team reduced the number of units several times, going from as high as 224 apartments to its current plan for 160 rental units. “We realized that 160 is the right number,” Stagg said. “This is what the neighborhood wants.”

In response to community concerns, a new traffic pattern for the intersection of Bronx River Road, Midland Avenue and Broad Street to reduce back-ups was also added to the plan. “We realize this was a pre-existing condition however, we feel it’s the right thing to do for the entire community,” Stagg said.

The site at 705 Bronx River Road in Yonkers is within walking distance of two Metro-North train stations — Fleetwood and Mount Vernon West. Both Yonkers and Westchester County have planning policies in place that promote the construction of dense housing near train stations, also known as transit oriented development.

The end result is that an abandoned eyesore is being turned into an asset for the City and neighborhood while putting the property back on the tax rolls. It also helps unify the zoning map by inserting what Stagg said was “the missing tooth.”

Yonkers City Council President Liam J. McLaughlin said, “The City Council has worked closely with the surrounding coop boards in the area to craft a plan that addresses community concerns including parking, traffic and overcrowding. Stagg has worked with the community in a truly meaningful way on those issues and what we have is a finished product that puts a valuable parcel on the tax roll and creates good construction jobs. I’d like to thank everyone involved from the City, Stagg Development and the members of our coop boards who worked together to bring this project to fruition.”

“We went the extra mile, spent the money, and listened and worked with the community to put together a workable plan, something that will benefit everybody,” Stagg said. “We wanted to do what is right, what is sensible. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

GDC Celebrates Entry into White Plains with Debut of The Metro, a Luxury Rental Located Just Steps from White Plains Train Station

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From left, GDC Principal and Founder Martin Ginsburg and White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach

WHITE PLAINS, NY (March 20, 2017) – Ginsburg Development Companies (GDC), the area’s leading developer of luxury rental apartments, joined with White Plains officials today to celebrate the debut of GDC’s first residential rental property in downtown White Plains. The 124-unit, 12-story building, formerly known as Halstead White Plains, was recently purchased from DSF Group for $35.25 million and is being rebranded as The Metro by GDC.

“These are exciting times for downtown White Plains which is undergoing a dynamic transformation with several major residential and retail projects under way. GDC is delighted to be part of the excitement with the debut of The Metro,” said Martin Ginsburg, Principal and Founder of GDC. “Transit oriented developments, such as The Metro, are a driving force in today’s multi-family market especially with Millennials. With its easy access to Manhattan and vibrant retail and restaurant scene, White Plains has all the ingredients for continued economic growth,” he added.

“We are seeing tremendous investment in our city and Ginsburg Development’s investment in 34 South Lexington Avenue is an important part of that. This property is in the heart of the White Plains Transit District, an area for which we have recently completed extensive study and which we will soon begin to address short and long term improvements,” said White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach.  “Like us, Ginsburg Development clearly recognizes the potential of the Transit District as an integral node of our downtown and the importance of White Plains as a regional business, retail, and entertainment hub. I welcome their investment in our city and look forward to working with them,” he added.

The Metro becomes GDC’s fourth luxury rental building and its first acquisition that is located with easy access to Metro-North train service. Last year, GDC completed Harbor Square, a 188-unit luxury rental located on the Hudson and next to the Ossining train station. Harbor Square features a public park, waterfront promenade and restaurant. The new restaurant is scheduled to open next month.

In Yonkers, GDC is currently completing the construction of River Tides at Greystone, a 330-unit luxury rental in Yonkers overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The project features a direct walkway to the nearby Greystone Metro-North train station. GDC is also building 1177@Greystone, a 55-unit luxury rental apartment building located one block north of River Tides with similar easy access to the Greystone train station.

The College of New Rochelle Launches Program to Provide Advanced Education to Teachers of English Language Learners

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52 Teachers in Westchester and Rockland School Districts Already Onboard for RESET

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (March 13, 2017) – The College of New Rochelle has launched a new program to address the critical need for advanced education for teachers of English Language Learners (ELL) through graduate-level teacher certificate programs.

The program, Rigor for the Educational Success of English learners through their Teachers (RESET) has already recruited 52 teachers from Westchester and Rockland school districts with high populations of English language learning students and limited number of skilled faculty to serve them, including Ossining, Peekskill, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon. The program was made possible through a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

“This is a major initiative to meet the growing demand for teachers who are certified to educate English language learners in the region,” said RESET Program Director Dr. Estee Lopez, an instructor in the graduate education program at CNR. “Our goal is to build a greater capacity of skilled educators in the school system. It is an ambitious grant and one that is extraordinarily needed.”

Lopez added that New York at 4 percent has the fourth highest number of ELL students in the country, behind California at 29 percent, Texas with 18 percent, and Florida with 5 percent.

“School districts throughout the country are struggling to meet the growing need for certified teachers of English language learners, a need that is particularly acute in the New York area,” said Dr. David Donnelly, dean of the Graduate School at CNR. “RESET creates pathways for teachers in New York State to advance best practices in educating English language learners and is reflective of The College of New Rochelle’s overall commitment to provide innovative educational programming that is responsive to the changing needs of our region.  We are pleased to take the lead in providing much needed professional development to area educators so that they, in turn, are able to effectively serve these students.”

The program will provide full tuition funding for approximately 50 graduate students annually for the next five years, totaling more than 250 graduate students. The College of New Rochelle is currently partnering with Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (SWBOCES) and several public schools districts in the Greater Hudson Valley region, including New Rochelle, Ossining, Peekskill, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Tuckahoe, Yonkers, and Nyack. As CNR continues to build capacity in the program, they have plans to partner with additional area school districts.

Area school superintendents recognize that the program meets a growing need in their districts. Notes Ossining School District’s Superintendent Ray Sanchez, “I am ever thankful for this opportunity to collaborate with The College of New Rochelle. I know that these courses will help staff ensure excellence for all children.”

Mirla R. Puello, Ossining School District’s Director of ENL (English as a New Language) and Bilingual Programs, added: “The professional collaboration between The College of New Rochelle and our school district demonstrates the optimal standard in raising the level of teacher expertise. We are looking forward to seeing the impact on student achievement.”

“We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity to partner with The College of New Rochelle on this important program that will benefit both our teachers and ultimately our students and aid us in meeting a critical need in the New Rochelle community,” said Brian Osborne, New Rochelle School District Superintendent.

The students receiving this training are also excited about this new program, including Aysha Williams from the New Rochelle School District: “RESET is a great program that allows us as educators to better understand our students,” she said. “I have developed a heightened awareness of my students’ needs through this program.”

Kathleen Lowell of SWBOCES echoed those sentiments: ”The RESET program is greatly needed. Districts struggle to find teachers who have both the credentials and background knowledge to teach and support English language learners and the track-records for effective teaching. The CNR RESET program further develops teachers who demonstrate instructional expertise in their classrooms.”

For more information about the RESET program, call 914-654-5412.

FASNY HOPEFUL THAT SCHEDULING OF FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON REDUCED COURT-ORDERERD SCHOOL PLAN SIGNALS FINAL APPROVALS ARE IN SIGHT FOR 6-YEAR REVIEW PROCESS

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fasnyCommon Council Schedules Final Public Hearing for April 5

WHITE PLAINS, NY (March 16, 2017) — Better late than never. That is the reaction of The French-American School of New York (FASNY) following the vote Wednesday night by the White Plains Mayor and Common Council to schedule a final public hearing on the School’s plan to create a Middle and High School on a portion of the abandoned Ridgeway Country Club.

Commenting on the vote, John Botti, a member of the FASNY Board of Trustees who is overseeing the plan for the new School, said: “We’re obviously pleased that the Counil is at last moving forward toward making a final determination on the reduced plan that has now been under review for more than six years, and we’re confident that we will obtain the votes required to approve the project. Frankly, the drastically reduced plan we have agreed to merits a 7-0 vote.”

 
The modified plan reduces the number of students by 33%, traffic by a further 42%, building square-footage by 39% and Hathaway Lane is maintained as a public roadway. Development is limited to 28 acres solely on Parcel A. At the same time, FASNY has fulfilled its commitment to create a publicly accessible open space park by having placed a conservation easement on 51 acres on August 29, 2016. This has become the largest conservation easement in southern Westchester offering miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails, all at no cost to the taxpayers of White Plains.

 
Botti said “It is unfortunate that the leadership of the Gedney Neighborhood Association continues to engage in personal attacks and a war of attrition against the City and School. They have been willing to enter costly and wasteful litigation in an attempt to keep the failed country club as a private backyard for their exclusive use, keeping others out. This is despite the fact that they are 0-4 in prior litigations.”

 
He added: “The vast majority of City residents continue to support the reduced School plan put forth in the Settlement to the prior litigation. We’re hopeful that tonight’s vote signals that the end of this unnecessarily lengthy approval process, by far the longest and most arduous in City history, is finally moving toward a final approval.”

 Westchester Magazine Announces Tickets On Sale for 7th Annual Wine & Food Festival

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. (February 24, 2017)Westchester Magazine’s Annual Wine & Food Festival is back 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.

 

“All of us at Westchester Magazine are excited to be kicking-off the seventh incredible year of the Wine & Food Festival,” said Publisher Ralph Martinelli. “We’ve added days to bring festival goers even more delicious food and drink. Come join us for one of the region’s best culinary celebrations!”

 

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
Celebrate the regions of Italy with world-renowned wine expert, Kevin Zraly, 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.  Enjoy a lively cooking demonstration of an Italian specialty by Chef Andy Nusser of Tarry Lodge.

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. Enjoy an evening of food, shopping, fashion and cocktails! Sample fresh and flavorful cuisine, sip delicious cocktails and check out the season’s hottest fashion trends. Makeovers, massages, shopping, raffles and more make this an evening not-to-be-missed! 21 and over only.

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 simongiftcard.com 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!” Beers, wine and spirits and the best local food trucks makes this event not-to-be-missed.

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

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join Westchester’s top chefs for an exclusive one-night-only dining experience. Enjoy a memorable six-course meal with wine pairings at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton’s Grand Ballroom.  Purchase your tickets now for this unforgettable evening.

Ticket Cost: $150

 

Saturday, June 10

Grand Tasting Village
Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Chef Demos: 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.
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

 

Sunday, June 11

ALL NEW! Jr. Chef Experience

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 cupcake decorating…and don’t worry, they’ll share their finished treats with you! Characters from Nickelodeon’s most popular kids shows 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 75 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)

 

Westchester Magazine’s 7th Annual Wine & Food Festival proudly supports the Westchester Parks Foundation, committed to the preservation and conservation of 18,000 acres of parks and trails in Westchester County.

Visit www.westchestermagazine.com/winefood for complete details on ticket sales.