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Food for Thought – Middle Eastern Dining at Its Best

by Linda Viertel –  One of the joys of life along the river is that the melting pot of cultures that have come to live and work here has produced a wide range of restaurants offering the food of many lands. Still, Melike, featuring the cuisine of Turkey and the Middle East, comes as a refreshing – and delicious – ... Read More »

Tarrytown Ranked as Foodie Fave

by Barrett Seaman Get ready for the stampede: Tarrytown has been named as one of the top five foodie destinations in the northeast—just behind tony Newport, Rhode Island. The rankings were done by RewardExpert, an online newsletter whose mission is to help those with credit card, airline and hotel rewards points make the best use of them. The site described ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Corn and Tomatoes: Simple Recipes for Enjoying Late Summer’s Bounty

by Linda Viertel September is harvest season, the most vibrant time at our farmers’ markets, when corn is at its freshest, tomatoes are bursting with flavor, cucumbers and radishes are crunchy and delicious, and leafy greens are in abundance. It’s when simple cooking reveals clear and robust tastes because the ingredients have just been harvested at their peak. Dinner can ... Read More »

Food for Thought – July Smoking, Grilling and Barbecuing

by Linda Viertel July 4th is the unofficial holiday when Weber grills, electric and coal smokers, and barbecues of all dimensions become the preferred cooking method for summer dining. Who doesn’t love that smoky aroma wafting through the air while a perfectly grilled steak, hamburger, pork chop or fish fillet is sizzling away? This summer, take time to purchase sustainably ... Read More »

Food for Thought – A Delicious New Season at The Irvington Farmer’s Market

by Linda Viertel For those who love to cook, reconnect with farmers, friends, fish-mongers, artisanal bread bakers and cheese purveyors, and who delight in joining our diverse community – kids and dogs included – celebrating the start of summer at a farmer’s market is one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. While TaSH’s first seasonal outdoor market opened Saturday, May 27th ... Read More »

The TaSH Farmers Market is Back in Season

TaSH Farmers Market

by Suzanne Sorrentino “What’s in season?” may be the most-asked question at the farmers market, but this year that simple query has lofty aims at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market. Along with growing to more than 30 vendors per week — with a roster of more than 50 vendors, some who will rotate to keep things exciting — ... Read More »

Irvington Activists Group Sponsors Cake For Change Event in Support of Community Voices Heard

by Diana Rubin On Sunday, May 7, the local group, Irvington Activists, is sponsoring its second annual fundraising event to raise money for the grassroots organization, Community Voices Heard Power (CVHPower). The fun and festive event, Cake For Change, will be held at the Irvington Presbyterian Church (25 North Broadway, Irvington). After a successful event last year, Irvington Activists is ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Celebratory Dining in May

The arrival of spring signals a time for festive dinner gatherings, outdoor seating, and family celebrations. What better way to honor mothers and grandmothers than to treat them to a wonderful repast where they won’t have to slave away in the kitchen or clean up the dishes? Tarrytown’s RiverMarket and Elmsford’s Rini’s are offering special experiences on Mother’s Day, one ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Barbecue Heaven in Irvington

Jacob Styburski

Revenge BBQ by Linda Viertel “Happiness is the best revenge,” said Jacob Styburski, owner and pitmaster of Irvington’s newest culinary destination and take-out eatery. In fact, he is so passionate about barbecue, Texas-style brisket in particular, that he has named his new place Revenge BBQ (Revenge is his three-year old son’s middle name as well.) This guy is serious! Styburski ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – The Winter Warm-Up

Hot Cocao

by Marcie Cuff Well, the holidays have quickly passed us by. I only hope that wherever you spent them, you were with the people you love, eating the food you adore, and singing your favorite holiday songs. And I hope that, at some point, somebody handed you something sweet and warm to drink when you walked in the door. Every ... Read More »

Red Zebra: Sleepy Hollow’s New Italian Restaurant Destination

  by Linda Viertel Red Zebra – not only the catchy name of a beautiful heirloom tomato, is now also the notably memorable restaurant appellation that represents co-owners David Starkey’s and Neil Benson’s farm-to-table take on fresh local ingredients. Together, with their Culinary Institute of America (CIA) trained chef, Beau Widener, they have combined a love of Italian street food ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Recipes for Christmas Puddings

by Linda Viertel Every family has a favorite holiday dessert, no matter what celebration brings friends and family together. Tastes vary wildly between those who adore chocolate or vanilla, others who love fruit-based confections, and those who crave nut-based creations. So, why not prepare a few “Christmas puddings” that satisfy everyone’s cravings and combine taste preferences? You can flame them ... Read More »

“Feed a Family Campaign” Launched During Holiday Season

by Robert Kimmel Indulging heartily in food during the festive holiday period from Thanksgiving through Christmas is a practice followed by many of us; however, that is not the case for the tens of thousands of Westchester residents who don’t have the means to obtain a proper meal. Long a resource to help people in need, The Food Bank for ... Read More »

Red Zebra in Sleepy Hollow

Red Zebra, a new restaurant in the heart of Sleepy Hollow that opened late November, is taking a modern look at Italian cooking with locavore integrity. Hand-cut pastas, fresh baked breads, Italian small-batch wines, micro beers and craft cocktails. The food, like their favorite heirloom tomato, is beautiful on the outside, deep and flavorful on the inside. A striped beauty with no equal. Red Zebra joins Sweetgrass ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – The Zero Waste Thanksgiving

by Marcie Cuff It’s November, and if you’re anything like me, you’re already leafing through dog-eared pages of beloved holiday cookbooks. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and I love everything about it—family gathered around the table, and turkey with all the fixings—gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, green beans, stuffing and pie. And more pie. In the end, we always ... Read More »

Places to Give Locally During the Holiday Season

by Dorothy Conigliaro Most residents in the river towns are fortunate enough to look forward to a Thanksgiving holiday, celebrating with friends and family at a table laden with the plentiful foods of the season. For others, even close neighbors in this area, there are no such celebrations and certainly no such bountiful tables. We think of America as the ... Read More »

Happy Fall Harvesting with Apples and Pumpkins

by Marcie Cuff October in the Hudson Valley is just magnificent with its crisp days, fiery foliage and cornflower blue sky. If you’re anything like me, you spend the majority of the month bundled up leaf peeping and craving anything apple-y or pumpkin-y. My all-time fall favorites are acorn, buttercup, kabocha, macoun, jonagold, and crispin, and I’ll do just about ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Sambal: Irvington’s New Thai/Malaysian Restaurant

by Linda Viertel Malaysian cuisine, a complex and diverse mélange of flavors garnered from the multi-ethnic populations that inhabit the region, combines Dutch, Portuguese, British, Chinese, indigenous Indonesian, and Indian culinary traditions. So, it makes total sense, that Navjot and Anu Arora, owners of Irvington’s Indian food gem, Chutney Masala, would create Sambal, a modern Thai/Malyasian restaurant. Situated at their ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Westchester’s Only 21st Century Butchery + Charcuterie Opens in Dobbs Ferry

by Linda Viertel “Everything that happens here is an effort to utilize the whole animal,” said Matt Campbell, owner of Campbell Meats Butchery + Charcuterie in Dobbs Ferry, which opened on August 2. And, he means it. Campbell and his co-butcher, Darin Theuret, whom he met when both fabricated meats at the famed Harlem Shambles butcher shop, prepare cuts of ... Read More »

Warner Oral Histories: Food Memories of 10591

From the Aroma of Alter’s Bread to that Squirmy Bucket of Greene County Snails by Krista Madsen Our memories related to food – the smells, tastes, the scene surrounding what we ate – are often our strongest. The most vivid recollection that came out of last month’s Warner Library Oral History food-focused session had to be those giant baskets of ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Local Eateries Perfect for Picnic Fare

by Linda Viertel Picnics are one of summer’s great delights. Enjoying free summer evening jazz concerts at Pierson Park or Lyndhurst and spreading a blanket on the ground, or climbing onto picnic table benches and “dining out” surrounded by the beauty of our Hudson River and Westchester greenery provides glorious relief from the heat and a hard day’s work. But, ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Restaurants Move Outside for Summertime Dining

by Linda Viertel Summer has finally arrived; patios are being swept off, gardens replanted and seasonal furniture is making appearances throughout our river towns. Sidewalk dining on our Main Streets has become ubiquitous – a touch of Manhattan’s culinary atmosphere in Westchester. But, several new restaurant gardens have cropped up over the past year or two, in addition to patios ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Irvington Farmer’s Market Vendors

Sundays 9:00-1:30 starting June 5th Main Street School 110 Main Street Irvington, NY 10533 Arlotta Food Studio – Watermill, NY Arlotta Food Studio is a family-owned business based in Watermill, NY. Their story began generations ago, raising olives in orchards in southern Italy. Today, their organic olives are grown and harvested in California on a small family farm using the same ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Farmers Dish the Dirt at First TaSH Talk

by Suzanne Sorrentino Melons that look like beach balls, tomatoes that taste like lychee fruit, bouquets beautiful enough to grace a dining room table but delectable enough to eat. That’s just a taste of what some Westchester County farmers plan to showcase at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market, which opened May 28 in Patriots Park. The farmers spoke ... Read More »

Food for Thought – PikNik in Tarrytown

by Linda Viertel A delectable smokey scent now wafts along Tarrytown’s Main Street, thanks to the opening of PikNik, the newest restaurant/take-out venture from Hassan and Alberta Jarane, whose thriving Mint Premium Foods is just up the block. Real southern barbecue has arrived in our river towns! Whether your favorite is vinegary-based sauce on ribs and pulled pork from the ... Read More »