Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Westchester Magazine's 5th Annual Wine and Food Festival

Restaurants Announced!
Westchester Magazine’s 5th Annual
Wine & Food Festival June 3rd- 6th

Westchester County - New York

Chefs Begin to Line Up for Burger & Beer Blast and Grand Tasting Village!

Westchester Magazine’s 5th Annual Wine & Food Festival, to be held June 3rd - 6th, will feature more than 100 of the County’s top restaurants over the course of four days.  

As one of the premier culinary gatherings in the Northeast, the Festival draws more than 4,500 people from across the New York Metro area and beyond. The event will also feature 150 world-class wines selected by the experts at Zachys of Scarsdale.

“The buzz surrounding Westchester Magazine’s 5th Annual Wine & Food Festival has continued to grow since we began five years ago. This year’s theme is farm-to-table, giving our participating restaurants the opportunity to spotlight some of their favorite locally sourced seasonal ingredients,” said Ralph Martinelli, Publisher of Westchester Magazine. “We are pleased to welcome back many of our favorite chefs along with numerous trendsetting new restaurants to our lineup.”

Burger & Beer Blast

This extremely popular event will be held at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla on Thursday, June 4 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Participating restaurants will feature top-rated burgers from a wide array of restaurants from all corners of the county. The 2015 lineup includes:

  • 5 Napkin Burger (opening soon in Yonkers) 
  • 42 Restaurant and Events (White Plains)
  • 105-Ten Bar & Grill (Briarcliff Manor)
  • An American Bistro (Tuckahoe)
  • AJs Burgers (New Rochelle)
  • Beascake’s Bakery (Armonk)
  • Brother Jimmy’s BBQ (White Plains)
  • Bull and Barrel Brew Pub (Brewster)
  • Cedar Street Grill (Dobbs Ferry)
  • Coals Pizza (Bronxville and Port Chester)
  • Dan Rooney’s Café & Bar (Yonkers)
  • Emma’s Ale House (White Plains)
  • Good-Life Gourmet (Irvington)
  • Le Jardin du Roi (Chappaqua)
  • License 2 Grill (Thornwood)
  • Memphis Mae’s (Croton-On-Hudson)
  • MP Taverna (Irvington)
  • MTK Tavern (Mt. Kisco)
  • Nonna’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant (Peekskill)
  • Peekskill Brewery (Peekskill)
  • Piper’s Kilt (Eastchester)
  • Rye Roadhouse (Rye)
  • Thyme Restaurant (Yorktown Heights)
  • Westchester Burger Co. (White Plains)
  • X20 Xaviars on the Hudson (Yonkers)

Specialty food trucks will also be featured including the Souvlaki Truck, Road Hog, Jimmy’s Soft Serve, Walter’s Hot Dogs and Dough Nation. Additionally, beer will also be provided by Manhattan Beer Distributors and live music will set the tone for an exciting evening!

Grand Tasting Village

Entirely new this year, the Grand Tasting Village will also take place at Kensico Dam Plaza on Saturday, June 6 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. Chef Demos will be held at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Guests can revel in the best of Westchester’s food and wine scene with a special focus on farm-to-table including a first-ever Mini Farmers’ Market. Among the participating restaurants to date are:

  • Amore Cucina & Bar (Scarsdale)
  • Brother Jimmy’s BBQ (White Plains)
  • BLT Steak (White Plains)
  • Blue Moon Mexican Café (Bronxville)
  • Cafe of Love (Mt. Kisco)
  • Campagna (Bedford)
  • Cathy’s Biscotti (White Plains)
  • Chocolations (Mamaroneck)
  • Clock Tower Grill (Brewster)
  • Coffee Labs Roasters (Tarrytown)
  • Cooper’s Mill (Tarrytown)
  • Crabtree’s Kittle House (Chappaqua)
  • Dan Rooney’s Café & Bar (Yonkers)
  • Dolphin Restaurant (Yonkers)
  • Fifty Two Soups
  • Good-Life Gourmet (Irvington)
  • Iron Horse Grill (Pleasantville)
  • Ladle of Love (Mt. Kisco)
  • L’inizio (Ardsley)
  • Lola’s Mexican Kitchen (White Plains)
  • Mambo 64 (Tuckahoe)
  • Nonna’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant (Peekskill)
  • One Twenty One Restaurant (North Salem)
  • Penny Licks Ice Cream (Irvington)
  • Polpettina (Eastchester and Larchmont)
  • Red Plum (Mamaroneck and White Plains)
  • RiverMarket (Tarrytown)
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Tarrytown)
  • Sonora (Port Chester)
  • Texas de Brazil (Yonkers)
  • TRUCK Restaurant (Bedford)
  • Wolfert’s Roost (Irvington)
  • Zuppa Restaurant (Yonkers)

The Mini Farmers’ Market, which will feature a variety of meats, cheeses, produce and baked goods, will include: John Boy’s Market, Plum Plum’s Cheese, DoReMe Farms, Larchmont Charcuterie and Meredith’s Bakery. And Roaming Pizza will have its food truck on site. Stay tuned! More restaurants are being added each week.

In addition to these events, the Wine & Food Festival will include:
  • Wednesday, June 3: Celebrity guest Kathie Lee Gifford will be back to host a special evening of Fashion, Food and Wine at Bloomingdale’s in White Plains.
  • Friday, June 5: An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers at 42 Restaurant and Events in White Plains will showcase 10 of Westchester’s top chefs at a “dinner by the bite” reception (chefs to be announced soon!).
  • Saturday, June 6: Jr. Chefs Academy - Kids in the Kitchen at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains will give children ages 7-17 a unique culinary experience.

Westchester Magazine’s 5th Annual Wine & Food Festival proudly supports two local not-for-profit organizations: Friends of Westchester County Parks, committed to the preservation and conservation of 18,000 acres of parks and trails, and the Food Bank for Westchester, dedicated to ending hunger in Westchester County.

Zachys returns as a partner with Westchester Magazine’s 5th Annual Wine & Food Festival. A multi-generational business, Zachys is devoted to promoting the connection between great food and high-quality wines and spirits.

Tickets on Sale Now!  Visit westchestermagazine.com/winefood for complete details.

Westchester Magazine’s 5th Annual Wine & Food Festival brings together the top chefs and wine experts in Westchester County with more than 100 top restaurants and 200 world class wines from June 3-6, 2015. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Food Bank for Westchester and Friends of Westchester County Parks. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring into New Haven Restaurant Week March 22-27th 2015

New Haven Restaurant Week returns March 22 – 27, 2015


Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am? The days are warmer, daylight is longer, and it's time to go OUT!!

What better place to start then New Haven, to celebrate New Haven Restaurant Week!

Thirty-six of downtown New Haven’s award-winning and diverse restaurants are featuring $18 lunch and $32 dinner prix fixe menus during the week of March 22nd through March 27th!

Participating restaurants will offer a multi-course, prix fixe menu typically consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert.

Reservations are highly recommend, so be sure to make your reservations early!

116 Crown – RW Menu – (203) 777.3116
Adrianna’s – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 865-6474
Barcelona – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 848.3000
Basta Trattoria – RW Menu – (203) 772.1715
Bentara – RW Menu – (203) 562.2511
Briq – RW Menu – (203) 891-7155 
Caffé Bravo – RW Menus – (203) 772-2728
Caseus Fromagerie Bistro – RW Menus – (203) 624-3373
Cask Republic –  RW Menu Coming Soon – (475) 238-8335
Christopher Martin’s – RW Menus – (203) 776-8835
Fornarelli’s Ristorante – RW Menus – (203) 745-5677
Goodfellas – RW Menu – (203) 785.8722
Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant – RW Menus – (203) 777-2500
Heirloom – RW Menus – (203) 503-3919  
John Davenport’s – RW Menus – (203) 974.6858
L’Orcio – RW Menus – (Lunch on Friday only) – (203) 777.6670 
Miya’s Sushi – RW Menus – (203) 777.9760
Oaxaca Kitchen – RW Menus – (203) 859-5774 
Olea – RW Menu – (203) 780-8925 
Pacifico – RW Menus – (203) 772.4002 
Roía – RW Menus – (203) 200-7045 
Soul de Cuba Cafe – RW Menus – (203) 498.2822
Stone Hearth – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 691-1456
Tarry Lodge – RW Menus – (203) 672-0765 
Taste of China – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 745-5872
Temple Grill – RW Menus – (203) 773-1111
Thali – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 777.1177 
Tre Scalini – RW Menus – (203) 777.3373
Union League Cafe – R W Menus – (203) 562.4299  
Zafra Cuban Restaurant & Rum Bar –  RW Menus – (203) 859-5342
Zaroka – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 776-8644
Zinc –  RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 624.0507 

For more information visit InfoNewHaven at http://www.infonewhaven.com/restaurantweek


Connecticut Restaurant Week at http://www.connecticutrestaurantweek.com/restaurant-weeks-ct/new-haven-restaurant-week

The Fall 2015 NHRW will be Nov 1-6, 2015.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

St. Patrick's Celebrations all Week at Parallel Post in Trumbull CT

Social Media Promotion

The Luck of the Irish - Parallel Post Celebrates St. Patty's Day with Weeklong Specials ‏            

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Parallel Post at the Trumbull Marriott in Trumbull CT is switching things up by offering patrons a week-long opportunity to celebrate and enjoy traditional Irish menu samplings. 

That's right! The Irish are coming to Parallel Post!

From Tuesday, March 10 through Tuesday, March 17, get into the shamrock spirit and enjoy dishes such as Corned Beef Sandwiches, Shepherd's Pie, and Irish Themed Cocktails!

Never one to pass up a good Irish meal - we ventured out to Trumbull this weekend to sample some good Irish fare!  Our hosts for the evening were Chef Chris and Mixologist Greg (aka Bootleg Greg!)

Bootleg Greg and Chef Chris Molyneaux

We started with that delicious Corned Beef Sandwich! Made with house cured corned beef!

Corned Beef Sandwich made with sliced house cured corned beef,
stone ground mustard, Gruyere cheese served on Peasant Rye Bread

And then moved on to the delicious Shepherd's Pie! So good we asked for spoons to get every last morsel!

"Ox Hollow" Shepherd's Pie with sautéed beef, 
seasonal vegetables, and truffle mashed potatoes ($17)  

And the Irish Breathylzer was minty good! Similar to a grasshopper - but a bit more potent!

Irish Breathalyzer Test Cocktail 
blended with Godiva, Creme de Menthe and Vodka ($8). 

Irish Breathlyzer Test cocktail recipe 

1 part Godiva  
1 part Creme de Menthe  
1 part White Godiva 
1 1/2 vodka   
Combine all ingredients and shake well.  Garnish with Irish colored thin mints or colorful candies

Of course we finished the night with some amazing desserts!

And we finished the night off with an Irish Coffee!

The Irish Specials are all available through March 17th, 2015!  

The Irish are Coming to Parallel Post!

My sister Sue and Me!

Stop by and enjoy some modern Irish Fare now until March 17, 2015!

180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull CT 06611
Phone/Reservations  203-380-6380
Located in the Trumbull Marriott - Merritt Parkway

Follow them on twitter: https://twitter.com/ParallelPostCT

 visit www.parallelpostrestaurant.com for more information

Overseen by James Beard nominated Chef Dean James Max, Parallel Post  www.parallelpostrestaurant.com is a modern-American restaurant based in Trumbull, CT. focused on seasonal and regional cuisine. Offering a bold and flavorful menu featuring modern American cuisine with Northeastern regional flair, Parallel Post brings an unseen level of quality and creativity to the culinary landscape of Trumbull, Connecticut. The intimate, yet casual eatery uses seasonal, local ingredients prepared with contemporary, healthy techniques. The menu is comprised of a wide array of options from snacks to small plates, large entree, and a multi-course tasting menu. 


Disclaimer: Although some of the items shown in this post were complimentary through Parallel Post's Marketing and Management, the views expressed are herein our own. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Versace at Milan Fashion Week for Fall-Winter 2015-2016

Versace blasts pops of primary colors against black neutrals in the Milan Fall-Winter 2015-2016 show.

Versace at Milan Fashion Week 2015-2016
Photo Courtesy of Beauty Press

Versace tailoring dominates – neat-shouldered pinstripe jackets, long cutaway coats in double-faced cashmere.

Versace at Milan Fashion Week 2015-2016
Photo Courtesy of Beauty Press

 The debut of #GREEK, revolutionising the iconic Versace Greek key with playful emojis. It appears on clothing, and a brand new line of accessories.

Versace at Milan Fashion Week 2015-2016
Photo Courtesy of Beauty Press

 Geometric shapes run throughout, whether it’s a circle-cut skirt, the triangle of a flared pant, or the circular shapes cut into silk cady dresses.

Versace at Milan Fashion Week 2015-2016
Photo Courtesy of Beauty Press

 A print of #GREEK is exploded to different scales in primary colours on dresses, zip-up cropped jackets, and shirts circle-cut in the back.

Versace at Milan Fashion Week 2015-2016
Photo Courtesy of Beauty Press

Outerwear is saturated in colour, like a yellow swing coat and red cape both in double-faced cashmere, or a green parka of bonded suede and leather.

Versace at Milan Fashion Week 2015-2016
Photo Courtesy of Beauty Press

 Cut-outs slash through black dresses, some intersected with flashes of colour. Shirts and sweaters are circle cut in the back, while slim-leg pants are cut out at the hem to reveal the boot.

 Suede jackets and coats are quilted in the #GREEK pattern, then handstitched in vivid shades, while alpaca zip-up coats pop in strong yellow.

 Remixed as if by a DJ are the letters of VERSACE on jersey tops and leather jackets, as well as cocktail dresses embroidered in vivid crystals.

 The quilted #GREEK bag comes unstructured in the softest leather, as quilted suede clutches and colour-printed quilted leather with a Greek key chain.

 Thigh high leather boots are patent at the front, suede at the back, while suede sandals come with #GREEK metal stack heels and platform soles.

“This is my Versace for today, and forever. #GREEK symbolises everything: the traditions of craftsmanship and the Greek key, the emoji of the future.” 
                                             --- Donatella Versace

A powerful silhouette in vivid primary colours of red, yellow and green, along with classic black.

Versace at Milan Fashion Week 2015-2016
Photo Courtesy of Beauty Press

Versace Press Office
 Via Borgospesso 15/A
 20121 Milan - ITALY
 T: +39 02 76093981

Photos and press release courtesy of Beauty Press

Friday, February 27, 2015

Elm City Market March 2015 Event Schedule

Elm City Market to Hold Special Events in March 2015

All are welcome to drop by the market for International Women’s Day, March Mardis Gras, Soul de Cuba, a Night of Noodles, and Cheese 101; the market will also hold special discount days

Elm City Community Market, Inc., an employee-owned marketplace located in the heart of New Haven, Conn announced that it will be holding several tasting events  and celebrations throughout the month of March. At these events, patrons are invited to enjoy various foods and celebrate special days throughout the month while learning about the history and preparation of several ethnic dishes.

This month, we’re holding a Day of Indulgence just for women, March Mardis Gras, a Night of Noodles, a special Cheese 101 event focusing just on sheep’s milk cheeses, and much more,” said Elm City Market event organizer Alexa Apotria. “Customers also won’t want to miss our $2 off our house-made hot bar every weekday in March from 3 to 5 pm, and National Cold Cut Day discounts on March 3.”

Special tasting events include:

  • March 8 A Day of Indulgence: March 8th is International Women’s Day, and Elm City Market will celebrate by inviting all women to shop on this day and enjoy free minute massages, delectable samples throughout the store and special prize giveaways. Some wellness items will also be available for purchase at a discounted rate. All day.

  • March 10 – Mardi Gras ECM Style!: At 5:30 pm, Elm City Market invites all patrons to celebrate Mardi Gras in March, as it displays the tastes of New Orleans for customers to sample and purchase.   

  • March 19 - Soul de Cuba @ ECM: Soul de Cuba returns to Elm City Market to stir up some culturally inspired dishes through the Cuban and African tradition of food and art. Patrons are invited to enjoy this cooking demonstration at 5:30 pm.

  • March 20 – A Night of Noodles: Elm City Market will host a storewide tasting event from 5-7 pm for patrons to explore various noodle dishes including cold and hot, spicy and sweet, and from every corner of the world. The market will provide information and history about the noodles, samples and recipe cards for patrons to take home.

  • March 25 - Cheese 101: All About Sheep’s Milk: At 6:30 pm, Elm City Market invites customers to learn about and taste a variety of sheep’s milk cheeses from around the country. At the end of the class, a pop quiz winner will receive a surprise treat to take home. 
Special discount day events include:
  • March 3 – National Cold Cut Day!: Elm City Market will offer 20% off all freshly cut deli meats and cheese for the entire day.

  • Monday-Friday, throughout March - ECM Happy Hour: From 3-5 pm each weekday in March, Elm City Market will offer patrons a special “Happy Hour” discount of $2.00 off of the normal price per pound of food from its house-made hot bar. 
About Elm City Market
Elm City Market is an employee-owned, customer-centric marketplace located in the heart of New Haven, Conn. The market provides a large selection of fresh, sustainable and organic options, as well as day-to-day food staples and groceries, including meat and seafood, produce, bulk foods, baked goods, dairy, frozen foods, cheese, craft beers, vitamins & supplements, and body care.  The market employs over 75 full and part-time employees. Located at 777 Chapel Street, the store is open 7 days a week from Mon., through Sat., 8am to 9pm and Sun, 9am to 9pm.  Visit www.elmcitymarket.com or find the store on Facebook at ‘Elm City Market.’

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Celebrate Carnevale with Redpack‏ Tomatos and a Fun Giveaway

Promotional Giveaway

Don't you love comfort food during the long cold winter?  I know I do! 

Especially the savories - items like yummy snack bites, soups and and pasta with sauce. ANYTHING with sauce is always a favorite. And, just about anything made with tomatoes!  

I know, I know, there is NOTHING quite like a fresh summer garden tomato...but when they can't be had, I love the ones that I can pick up in my local supermarket...Redpack tomatoes!

Redpack tomatoes are grown in the Midwest, where true seasons positively impact flavor — with just the right angle of the sun, perfect temperature, and soil that seems made for growing tomatoes. 

That's why I was happy to team up with the great folks at Redgold Redpack Tomatoes to help them get the word out about their giveaway  --- and was thrilled when they asked me help them host  ANOTHER mini-giveaway right here on the Home Place Blog!!!

And here's what will be in the HOME PLACE mini-giveaway!
  • 1 28-oz can of Redpack crushed tomatoes 
  • 1 28-oz can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 28-oz can of diced
  • 1 6-oz can of tomato paste 
  •  PLUS recipes like Pizza Stromboli featured below courtesy of Redpack! 
Enter the Home Place mini-giveaway below using the rafflecopter entry!
Disclaimer: Home Place Blog is not liable for the awarding of prizes. Winners must reside in the continental U.S. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the contest end. At that time a valid U.S. mailing address must be provided. Contest ends March 3rd 2015.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Redpack is having a FUN Facebook Promotion, running Feb. 11th - March 4th, during which 1,000 Redpack followers will get a Redpack tote bag EACH WEEK (for a total of 3,000 tote bags!!). 


A grand prize winner will receive a pasta stock pot, pasta-related serveware and Redpack products. The total value of the grand prize is $300.00.  


Photo Source: Redpack / RedGold 

Preparation Time:
20 minutes
Cook Time:
1 hour

tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
small onion, chopped
garlic clove, minced
cup vegetable broth, or white wine
teaspoon red pepper

Salt and black pepper to taste
teaspoons balsamic vinegar
(8 ounce) tube refrigerator pizza crust, or crescent roll sheet
cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend
cup chopped assorted fresh vegetables, green pepper, onion, muchrooms and spinach leaves

Spicy Pizza Sauce - Makes 2 1/2 cups
  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and sauté until they are soft, about 4 minutes.  Add the garlic and wine; cook for an additional minute.
  • Stir in REDPACK® TOMATO PASTEREDPACK® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GARLIC & OLIVE OIL, pepper flakes, salt and black pepper.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in the vinegar; cool.
  • Freeze leftover pizza sauce for a future Pizza Braid or regular pizza.

Pizza Braid - Makes 1 braid
  • Preheat oven to 375o F.  Remove pizza dough from tube and place on sheet of parchment paper.  Roll dough into a 10” X 14” rectangle.  Place on baking sheet.
  • Spread ½ of cheese down the center third of the dough.  Top with 1 cup Spicy Pizza Sauce and 1 cup of shopped vegetables.  Top with remaining cheese.
  • Cut 1” crosswise strips down the sides of the rectangle.  Starting from one end, bring one of the dough strips across the filling diagonally.  Repeat on the other side, crisscrossing the dough strips.  Continue down the rest of the braid, alternating strips to form the loaf.  Brush with egg wash (one egg beaten with a pinch of salt).  Sprinkle with dehydrated onions or poppy seed.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Option:  Meat lovers??? Pepperoni or crumbled cooked sausage could be added when placing the vegetables.
Note: Recipe above used with permission from Redpack

For more recipes for Carnevale season visit http://www.RedpackTomatoes.com/Carnevale

Disclaimer: I was gifted with a mini-promotional giveaway Redpack pack courtesy of Redpack to help facilitate this promotion. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The 22nd Annual Taste of Stamford sponsored by the Stamford Chamber

The 22nd Annual Taste of Stamford returns to the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa!

Save the date and get your advance tickets now!

EVENT: 22nd Annual Taste of Stamford
PLACE: Marriott Stamford Hotel & Spa
ADDRESS: 243 Tresser Boulevard
DATE: Thursday, February 26, 2015
WHEN: 5:30PM Until 8:30PM
COST:  $60.00 Prepaid Ticket, Register HERE
             $70.00 At the Door Ticket
ABOUT: Experience Fine Cuisine, Wine and Spirits from the Areas Premier Establishments

Experience Fine Cuisine from the Menus of:

  • Amore Cucina & Bar
  • Bar Q
  • Bar Rosso
  • Capital Grille
  • Capriccio Cafe
  • Columbus Park Trattoria
  • David's Soundview Catering
  • DiMare Pastry Shop
  • Dinosaur BBQ
  • Fairway Market
  • Fiesta Atlantic
  • Grade A ShopRite
  • Kona Grill
  • Little Gourmet Shop
  • Myrna's Kitchen
  • Olio Restaurant
  • Riko's Pizza
  • Rizzuto's Catering & Events
  • Sign of the Whale
  • Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa
  • Tabouli Grill
  • The Inn at Long Shore
  • Villa Italia
  • Volta Gelateria Creperia
  • and More!

Enjoy Libations and Refreshments from

  • Acqua Panna
  • Bev Max Warehouse Liquors
  • Coffee Distributing
  • Dichello Distributors
  • Nestle Pure Life
  • Perrier
  • Poland Springs
  • Robeks
  • Shearwater Coffee
  • S. Pellegrino 
Want to know what to expect? Read my recap of last year's event HERE

For more pictures from last year's Taste of Stamford visit the Home Place facebook page HERE and don't forget to "like" us!

Stamford Chamber of Commerce

773 Summer Street

Stamford, CT 06901

Phone: 203.359.4761

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