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Join us at several of Westchester’s most exciting restaurants for a
culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds. Each chef will
offer a private cooking demonstration, followed by a tasting of the
prepared items. Fees include non-alcoholic beverages. New menu items are
explored each semester. Menu
substitutions may occur when necessary.
Demonstrations will begin at the
times designated. Sampling
fees are payable in CASH only directly to the chef at the time of the
class. Call restaurants or visit their linked websites for directions.
No refunds are given for these
classes. A one-time per semester student fee of $3.25 will be
added to the final tuition calculation.
is the class number for all Taste of Westchester classes.
NEW! Butterfield 8 American Gastro Pub
147 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains
One of several restaurants owned and operated by the dynamic duo of Ralph
Batistta and John Gazzola, this spot is where business professional meets
social scene in this contemporary American gastro pub. Surrounded by warm
wood-paneled walls and leather booths, this bi-level restaurant offers a
unique dining experience. Chef Matt Safarowic (formerly from The Cookery)
will teach us the techniques used in his winning dishes.
Our lesson begins with creole shrimp and grits (rock shrimp, coarse
ground grits, and smoked tasso). The makings of French quarter jambalaya
(jumbo shrimp, roasted chicken, andouille sausage, creole rice, and beans)
is next on the menu. The chef will share his secrets for a scrumptious
PB&J bread pudding: brioche, chunky peanut butter, and strawberry jelly.
1 Mon., July 29, 5:30-7:30 pm, $15 (+ $20 sampling fee, payable
to instructor). #6009
The Cupcake Kitchen
Main St., Irvington
914-231-6261, Follow them on
HANDS ON: Let them eat cupcakes! This adorable breakfast and lunch spot is
also known for the prettiest and most delicious cupcakes in town along
with custom fondant cakes for every occasion. Located on historic Main
Street in Irvington, owner Jennifer O’Connell will give a hands-on
instructional demonstration on decorating patriotic cupcakes in a
summertime theme. This will be an interactive class using decorating tips
from a pro and the outcome will astonish you. You will use pastry bags
outfitted with all the tools needed to create six fabulously decorated
cupcakes to bring home in a gift box. You can translate the techniques to
upcoming holiday or family functions. The luncheonette only uses fresh
ingredients and will tell you how to make their fabulous butter cream
icing. You will get to sample a cupcake along with the shop’s hot or iced
coffee and tea. Come out and play with us!
1 Thurs., Aug. 1, 4:30-6:30
pm, $15 (+ $21 sampling fee, payable to instructor). #6010
Ave., New Rochelle
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Chef Alan, aka AJ, is a graduate of our college and the former owner of
the Original Wedge Inn. The sliders are still cooked on a flat grill with
grilled onions like the original White Manna from the 1964 World’s Fair.
Burgers are not the only focus at AJ's, as they are known for the best
thin crust pizza in Westchester. One of their special dishes just happens
to be Mariano Rivera’s favorite, lobster and shrimp positano. Our
demonstration will be a lesson on delicious hot tomato and ricotta cheese
bread and spinach salad topped with hot bacon dressing, followed by shrimp
francesse with grilled portobello mushrooms and red roasted peppers. He
will create a seasonal dessert of strawberry shortcake. Come join us for a
terrific demonstration and a delicious meal as AJ's always promises to
leave you satisfied but wanting more!
1 Tues., Aug. 6, 5:30-7:30 pm,
$15 (+ $21 sampling fee, payable to instructor). #6011
Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck
This American bistro with strong Latin influences is the collaboration of
Mexican born brothers Juan and Roberto Lepe. They have been chefs in
Westchester for over twenty years. The culinary experiences from their
past have combined with their expertise and creativity to flourish into
Roasted Peppers, their first restaurant venture. Chef Juan along with Chef
Darrell Belcher, a 1987 CIA graduate, will show us their techniques. We
will start with their signature dish, a stuffed roasted picadillo pepper,
followed by a lesson on chipotle-apricot glazed pork chops, served with
summer squash and couscous with cranberries. We will end with a jalapeño
brownie served with coconut ice cream for a very different dessert.
Mon., Aug. 13, 5:30-7:30 pm, $15 (+ $25 sampling fee, payable to
115 Cedar St.,
HANDS ON: Don Coqui is the latest and most exciting authentic Puerto Rican
dining experience. The vast first floor is a gourmand’s dream and is the
perfect place for our class. This restaurant features an interactive
professional demonstration kitchen with all the latest cooking gadgets.
Chef Jack D’Angelo will prepare our meal for the evening: we’ll start with
mixed green salad with queso blanco sofrito vinaigrette, then a lesson on
seafood paella with clams, mussels, shrimp, and chorizo. Sangria will be
the beverage lesson for the evening, made with fresh fruit. To end our
evening on a sweet note, we will make coconut flan with a deep caramel
glaze and shaved toasted coconut.
1 Tues., Aug. 20, 6:00-8:00 pm, $15
(+ $25 sampling fee, payable to instructor). #6013
Attention Restaurant Owners and Chefs
Interested in hosting a class at
your restaurant or offering a cooking class on campus? Please call Sarah
Fowler-Rogers at 914-606-6985 to discuss your ideas.