Celebrity Chefs Graham Elliot and Rocco DiSpirito To Duke it Out During The Weekend’s Festivities
The Southern Westchester (SOWE) Food and Wine Festival is pleased to announce its epic Chef Battle, Graham Elliot vs. Rocco DiSpirito, and musical lineup for 2014. Musical acts include Gary U.S. Bonds, Marshall Crenshaw, The Ramps and Gil Parris.
The SOWE Food & Wine Festival is a unique culinary celebration showcasing the talents of renowned restaurants, wineries, pit masters, cheese mongers, breweries, specialty culinary providers, spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce and The Village of Mamaroneck, the Festival brings community together through food, wine, and beverage sampling, while generating awareness and raising funds to fight hunger, obesity and malnutrition. This fun-filled weekend also includes music concerts, book signings, cooking demos and even activities for kids.
SOWE 2014 will feature a variety of activities:
- Friday, September 19, 2014
o SOWE “Best Chef Battle” at Pepe Infiniti in White Plains from 7 pm to 10 pm
- Saturday, September 20, 2014
o SOWE Grand Culinary Village, featuring Healthy Eating/Healthy Living Pavilion, demonstration by pastry chef Jaques Torres, BBQ/Grilling Expo, Concert, Kids’s Zone, & Food Truck Parade at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck from 11 am to 5 pm
- Sunday, September 21, 2014
o SOWE Grand Tasting Village, featuring Healthy Eating/Healthy Living Pavilion, Music, and Kid’s Zone, in the Village of Scarsdale (Chase Rd., Spencer Pl., Harwood Court, Boniface Circle & Woodland Rd.) from 11 am to 5 pm
A partial roster of celebrity chefs participating in this year’s festival includes: Dan Amatuzzi, Wine Director, Eataly, NYC (named a “30 under 30 to Watch” by Forbes), and Nick Coleman, Oleologist (olive oil specialist), Eataly (NYC). They will be conducting a wine and olive oil demonstration. Also, attendees can view culinary demonstrations from Franklin Becker; Kamal Grant, Owner and Chef of Sublime Doughnuts, Atlanta; Joe (JJ) Johnson, Chef of The Cecil in Harlem, NYC (named a “30 under 30 to Watch” by Forbes); Nisa Lee; Rafael Palomino and Dave DiBari. Look for some of your favorite personalities to be added to the schedule at a later date.
SOWE introduces its lineup of renowned chefs, from across the country, for a chef face off: Chef Graham Elliot joins SOWE from Chicago, IL and brings a unique dining experience for all. Elliot, a cultured chef who has traveled the globe, as well as all fifty states, combines fine dining and exceptional creativity to all of his meals. Chef Elliot was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2004 and was featured on Crain’s Chicago Business list of “40 Under Forty.” His restaurant in Chicago, Graham Elliot Bistro, has captivated not only the city, but President Obama, who recently dined at the restaurant for an intimate birthday dinner. Elliot will face off with Rocco DiSpirito in SOWE’s Chef Battle. Rocco DiSpirito is an award-winning chef and author of ten highly acclaimed cookbooks, including his newest #1 New York Times best seller The Pound A Day Dietand bestselling series Now Eat This! The Scotto Family (Marion, Elaina, Rosanna, and Tony, Jr.) will be judging the SOWE Best Chef Battle on September 19th.
SOWE will be hosting a chocolate lovers demonstration by Jacques Torres on Saturday, September 20th in Mamaroneck: For chocolate lovers, pastry chef Jacques Torres will be featuring his notorious, indulgent chocolate treats. His chocolate delicacies combine all natural ingredients, as well as traditional French techniques, to deliver the tastiest sensation. In 1986, Torres became the youngest pastry chef to receive the elite Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman of France) medal in pastry.
A sampling of restaurants partaking in SOWE 2014 includes: 8 North Broadway, 808 Bistro, Restaurant 42, ABC Cakes, An American Bistro, Artuso Pastry, Benjamin Steakhouse, BLT, Chutney Masala, Crabtree’s Kittle House, Pinch, Dolphin, Enrico’s Pastry Shop, Gaucho Grill, Havana Central Ridge Hill, Imagine Candy, Le Jardin Du Roi, Le Moulin, Longford’s Ice Cream, Lu Lu’s, Massa, Melting Pot, Palominos, Bistro Latino, Sonora, Parkway, Pete’s Saloon, Pizza & Brew, Savona, Serafina, The Sneaky Chef, The Cookery’s Dough Nation, Thyme, ZaZa’s, Chef Johnson, and Dan Rooneys. Restaurants will be added daily, so please check out our website for updates.
SOWE provides live music including acts from: Gary U.S. Bonds, an American rock and roll rhythm and blues singer; Marshall Crenshaw, an American Top 40 singer; The Ramps; and Gill Parris, a Grammy-nominated rock, blues, jazz and pop guitarist.
SOWE’s current sponsors and partners include: The Pepe Auto Group (title sponsor); Dannon and Houlihan Lawrence (presenting sponsors); Southern Wine & Spirits; Zachy’s; Geico; Wilson & Son Jewelers (naming partners at the Scarsdale event); Inspiria Media; Buzz Creators; Manhattan Beer Distributors; Cayman Island Tourism Board; Douglas Elliman; Whole Foods; Yogibo; Platinum Drive Realty; Skinny Pop; Pretzel Crisps; Mrs. Green’s Natural Market; and 34 Degrees.
As part of its title sponsorship, The Pepe Auto Group is offering a lease give-away contest for the SOWE Food & Wine Festival. People can enter to win a two-year lease on their choice of a 2014
Infiniti Q50 Sedan; 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Coupe; or a 2014 Cadillac ATS Sedan. The winner will be announced live on September 21st at the SOWE Food & Wine Festival. People can enter the contest at: www.sowegiveaway.com.
An important part of the SOWE Food and Wine Festival is giving back to the local community. This year’s beneficiaries include: WhyHunger, Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corp., Food Bank for Westchester, Greyston Foundation, and others. SOWE is also excited to partner this year with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world’s premier culinary college, which will be providing cooking demonstrations and tasty samples from their world famous restaurants.
Additional events and activities will be added in the weeks leading up to September 2014. Sign up for email alerts to get all the details as they are announced at www.sowefwf.com. For additional information about the event, sponsorships and partnerships, please contact: Rich Baumer at email@example.com. For information on becoming a SOWE volunteer, please email: Stacey Baumer at firstname.lastname@example.org. SOWE has also created a new blog on its website, called SoWeTaste, which reviews local restaurants, interviews top chefs, TV hosts, and more! Check it out at: http://sowefwf.com/blog. Tickets are now on sale at our website too!
About SOWE Food & Wine Festival: (www.Sowefwf.com) Join us at the SOWE Food & Wine Festival, September 19 – 21, 2014. Pamper your palate and quench your thirst throughout the weekend’s festivities, showcasing gourmet food samplings from hundreds of Southern Westchester’s top restaurants, caterers, bakeries, and pit masters, plus more than 300 award winning wines and craft beers from around the world. Attendees will also 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 and the Village of Mamaroneck.
Last year’s SOWE event attracted more than 7,500 attendees to an incredible epicurean celebration, featuring more than 100 sponsors, 75 restaurants, celebrity chefs, and more. Highlights of the 2013 event can be viewed at http://sowefwf.com/highlights2013/