WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Food Bank for Westchester, the county’s leading hunger-relief organization, has announced an evening of savor and sips with 25 top chefs' fine food creations, world-class wines, a VIP Slovenia Vodka Lounge, as well as a special appearance by WNBC’s Pete Napolitano “Produce Pete” at its 27th Annual An Evening in Good Taste on Thursday, October 26 in White Plains.
The organization’s fall fundraiser, which highlights the county’s top chefs and attracts hundreds of people from throughout the region while spreading the message to end hunger in Westchester County, is an exclusive gathering of the area’s philanthropic community and supporters. All proceeds from the event go directly to support the Food Bank for Westchester and its children’s programs. Nearly, one-third of the 200,000 people in the county who are hungry are children.
For more than 29 years, the Food Bank has led the fight against hunger in the county, serving 300 frontline programs that provide food directly to the 200,000 county residents who are hungry or food insecure. One in five residents of the county is hungry or at-risk of being hungry.
“Our annual fall fundraiser is indeed ‘an evening in good taste,’” said Leslie Gordon, president and CEO of Food Bank for Westchester. “The county’s well-renowned chefs will be there representing some of the best restaurants in the region. And, they will all have the same focus – to bring awareness to hunger in our communities, with a special emphasis on the 58,000 children in our county who are hungry. We are grateful for their support – and their cuisines. With their help, we can continue to focus on our mission driven by the belief that access to healthy food is a basic right for all people.”
New restaurants featured this year include Mediterraneo of White Plains, Harvest on Hudson, The Dessertist, Chutney Masala and Sambal. The following is a full list of the restaurants participating in the 27th Annual An Evening in Good Taste event:
- Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships
- The Atrium at Doral Arrowwood
- Bona Bona Ice Cream
- Bread and Brine
- Caperberry Events at the C.V. Rich Mansion and The Great American BBQ Co.
- Cedar Street Grill
- Coffee Lab Roasters
- The Cookery Doughnation Truck
- Crabtree's Kittle House Restaurant & Inn
- The Dessertist
- Equus Restaurant at Castle Hotel & Spa
- Harvest on Hudson
- Ladle of Love
- Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream
- LuLu Cake Boutique
- Mediterraneo of White Plains
- MP Taverna Irvington
- Mt. Kisco Seafood
- NoMa Social
- RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen
- Saltaire Oyster Bar & Fish House
- Technique Catering
- Tredici NORTH
- Xaviars Restaurant Group and Slovenia Vodka
In addition, the exclusive VIP Lounge will feature three new participating restaurants serving delicious bites with specialty drink pairings. They are: Bread and Brine and Xaviars Restaurant Group. Other beverages for the event will be provided by Pepsico, Pernod Ricard and Broken Bow Brewery
New this year is a special appearance by WNBC’s Pete Napolitano “Produce Pete,” who will be at the event to greet guests. Known for his tips and advice on purchasing and eating fresh produce, Napolitano is a grocer, chef, and celebrity spokesperson who is perhaps best known for his weekly fruit and vegetable segments that appear on WNBC. Napolitano has hosted numerous produce, food, and nutrition-themed television segments since the late 1980s. The author of Produce Pete's Farmacopeia: From Apples to Zucchini, and Everything in Between, he has also published numerous recipes and tips pertaining to picking, buying, and cooking produce.
Also, to add fun to the event this year, Food Bank for Westchester has announced a social media contest to keep everyone excited about the fall fundraiser. Now, you can enter the chance to win two VIP tickets (valued at $800) to this year’s event. Those interested are encouraged to visit one of the participating An Evening in Good Taste restaurants and take a photo of any dish they enjoy while dining there, while also tagging @FoodBankForWestchester in the Instagram photo, and mentioning #EIGT2017 in the caption. The social media contest runs now through October 16, 2017. Participants must be 21 years or older to win. The winner will be announced on October 17.
The co-chairs for the 2017 An Evening in Good Taste event are: Ken Ackerman of Ackerman’s Fine Art, LLC; Chef Alison Awerbuch of Abigail Kirsch; Chef David DiBari of The Cookery, DoughNation and The Parlor; Matt Feuer of The Leather Group, Inc.; Chef Scott Fratangelo of L’Inizio; Chef Peter Herrero of New York Hospitality Group; John Iodice of Riemann Auto Body; Chef Peter X. Kelly of Xaviars Restaurant Group/Slovenia Vodka; Jay Lippin of Crabtree’s Kittle House; Scott Sherman of Tiger Management; and Ed Steinberg of Abigail Kirsch.
An Evening in Good Taste will take place at 1133 Westchester Avenue in White Plains on Thursday, October 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (VIP reception will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.). Tickets start at $250 per person and sponsorship packages are available. To purchase tickets online, please go to http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org/events/EIGT2017.