Pamper Your Palate and Quench Your Thirst at SoWe (Southern Westchester) Food & Wine Festival, in Scarsdale Village, September 22, 2013

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PRESS RELEASE (06/13/2013)- Circle your calendar for the SoWe (Southern Westchester) Food & Wine Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2013. Taking place in Scarsdale Village, Westchester County, NY, this festival is the one truly exciting, outdoor culinary event you won’t want to miss.

The SoWe Food & Wine Festival ( will bring community together through food & wine sampling, while generating awareness and raising funds to fight hunger, obesity, and malnutrition. From 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday, September 22, 2013 Scarsdale Village will be closed to traffic, to accommodate celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, tastings from top restaurants, bakeries, & caterers, award winning wines and beer, live music, children’s activities, tips on healthy eating and nutrition, great give-aways, kitchenware raffles, and much more.

The festival will highlight the work of Food Bank for Westchester (, WhyHunger (, the Don Bosco Community Center (, and Greyston Bakery (, plus other organizations supporting those in need.

Experience up close and personal demonstrations from great chefs such as David Burke, Rafael Palomino, David DiBari, The Sneaky Chef, Ken Arnone, and more. Pamper your palate in our Grand Tasting Village, with signature dishes from top restaurants in Southern Westchester, Connecticut & NYC, (including Lusardi’s, Moscato, Savona, Café Love, Dolphin Café, Chat, Hudson Grille, LaBocca Ristorante, Meritage, Le Jardin Du Roi, Zuppa, Mima Vinoteca, Andiamo To Go, Massa’, Benjamin’s Steak House, Flourish Bakery Company, ZaZa’s Italian Kitchen, Palomino, Chutney Masala, Patisserie Salzberg, River City Grille, The 808 Bistro, Sonora, The Willett House, Bistro Latino, Thyme, Gus’s Franklin Park Restaurant, Blue Moon Mexican Café, Fig & Olive, Café Azzurri, The Cookery, Gaucho Grill, etc.). Sip your way through our Grand Wine & Beer Village, as Zachy’s ( provides hundreds of top wines from all over the world, while Captain Lawrence Brewing Company ( presents fine micro brewed beer to quench your thirst. Tanya Wenman Steel, Editor-in-Chief of (, will introduce the chefs, announce the SoWe Best Dish Award for the restaurant serving the most creative samples, and the SoWe Five Star Award for exemplary community service. Additional food and beverage samples are being provided by Godiva, Sunsweet, Lucy’s, 34 Degrees, Cabot Cheese, Skinny Pop, Polar Beverages, Taza Chocolate, and many more.

The festival will take place on Chase Road, Spencer Place, Harwood Court, and Boniface Circle, and will be completely tented for rain or shine access to all the festivities.  Carolyn Stevens and Lewis Arlt, of the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce ( explained, “We are excited to sponsor the SoWe Food and Wine Festival. We look forward to a first class event that shows off the wonderful array of food and wine in Scarsdale and all of Southern Westchester.”

Join our media partners: Journal News (Presenting Media Partner), News 12, Cablevision, Hometown Media Group, WAG, Westchester Family Magazine, WFUV, WVOX, Examiner Media, Newsday Westchester,,,, Westchester County Business Journal etc.), corporate sponsors (Country Bank, Verizon, DeCicco’s, Mrs. Greens, Aurora Natural, Red Oak Transportation, Morgan Stanley, Wilson & Sons Jewelers, The Vitamin Shoppe, Houlihan Lawrence, Fagor, Scarsdale Improvement Corporation, Analon, Cayman Island Tourism, Coldwell Banker, Nueskes, Empire City Casino, Julia B. Fee, Gaucho Grill, Party Line Tent Rentals, etc.), and your neighbors from Southern Westchester, for an indulgent, epicurean adventure you’ve never experienced before, complete with live music from The B Street Band (

Admission to the festival is free, while food tastings are available via paid tickets redeemed at each restaurant booth. Entrance to the wine & beer tasting tent requires a small fee. A one price “all you can eat” voucher will also be available. Tickets will be available prior to the event online, as well as at the festival, the day of the event. Event goers will receive an oversized, four color festival directory, with details of all the activities. Attendees sampling food & wine will also receive a   gift bag complete with samples, coupons, special offers, information, and products.

For updates, ticketing information, participating chefs and restaurants, schedule of events, sponsorship opportunities and more, follow us on, twitter @SoWeFwF, and visit our website at

About SoWe Food & Wine Festival: ( Located in Scarsdale Village, the SoWe (Southern Westchester) Food & Wine Festival showcases gourmet food samplings from Southern Westchester’s top restaurants, caterers, and bakeries, plus award winning wines and beer from around the world. Attendees will experience celebrity-chef cooking demonstrations, product displays, book signings, live music, children’s activities, and more! Baumer Ventures, Inc. (BVI, Inc.) is producing the festival, hosted by the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce.

About David Burke: ( Blurring the lines between chef, artist, entrepreneur and inventor, David Burke is one of the leading pioneers in American cooking today. His fascination with ingredients and the art of the meal has fueled a thirty-year career marked by creativity, critical acclaim and the introduction of revolutionary products and cooking techniques.

About Rafael Palomino: ( When a celebrity chef opens a new restaurant, you hardly expect him to pick up the phone at the place he opened fifteen ago. Then again, Rafael Palomino is no ordinary celebrity chef. Palomino, who’s also a cookbook author and caterer, has built his reputation as a master of Modern Latino cuisine, a style of cooking that blends Latin ingredients with classic techniques and puts a modern spin on both.

About David Dibari: ( David DiBari is the chef/owner of The Cookery restaurant in Dobbs Ferry New York. David has been cooking since the age of fifteen. His training began in his grandmother’s basement kitchen and has advanced to some of the most prestigious kitchens in Manhattan. Whether in your kitchen or his, passion, warmth and creativity will always be his guiding philosophies, resulting in a joyous experience for chef and guest alike.

About The Sneaky Chef: ( Missy Chase Lapine is best known as the creator of the wildly successful Sneaky Chef series of books, including her first, a New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals

About Ken Arnone: ( Chef Ken Arnone has achieved the highest level of certification in his craft, Certified Master Chef (65 in the US) and Global Master Chef (300 worldwide). His culinary expertise was honed at the Culinary Institute of America, Cuisine Actuelle, The Salish Lodge and the New York Marriott Marquis as he traversed across the country. 

About Tanya Steel: ( Tanya Steel is a well-known food writer and Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning food Web site, Before joining Epicurious, Steel was the New York Editor of Bon Appetit magazine. touches 22 million people a month through web, print, social media, etc.

About Polar Beverages: ( A family-owned Worcester bottler and distributor, Polar Beverages is a  purveyor of premium seltzers, dry sodas, fruit-flavored sodas, bottled spring water and mixers (including heritage products Birch Beer, Golden Ginger Ale and Grape Soda). Focused on quality ingredients, product innovation and natural flavors, Polar Beverages is available at major grocery stores, specialty retailers and convenience stores.

About WhyHunger: ( WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WhyHunger works to put an end to the hunger suffered by 49 million Americans and nearly 1 billion people worldwide.

About Zachys: ( Founded in 1944, and growing ever since, Zachys has built its business on offering one of the most complete selections of fine wine & spirits in America.

About Food Bank for Westchester: ( The Food Bank mission is to lead, engage and educate the Westchester community in creating a hunger-free environment.

About Don Bosco Community Center: ( The Don Bosco Community Center offers multi-lingual youth and adult social/support services to the community-at-large without regard to sex, race, and religion.

About Greyston Bakery: ( Greyston Foundation was created to help individuals forge a path to self-sufficiency. Today, Greyston Foundation has become a national model for comprehensive community development. Recognized as a pioneer in social enterprise, Greyston uses entrepreneurship to solve the problems of the inner city and reduce reliance on external funding sources.

About The B Street Band: ( The BSTREETBAND, originally known as Backstreets, was formed in Asbury Park, New Jersey in May of 1980 by musicians Will Forte and the late Bob Chipak. Since that time, the top drawing band has performed from Maine to the Bahamas for well over 3 million people

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