Third Annual Putnam Best Chefs and Fine Wines Event

Display from Best Chefs 2010

Proceeds will help support health initiatives in Putnam County 

In a region praised for its culinary expertise, the best of the best come together for United Wayof Putnam’s third annual Putnam Best Chefs and Fine Wines. Held at The Garrison from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, the event features tastings of signature dishes, delectable edibles, wines and micro-brews from the region’s best establishments. Proceeds will help United Way reduce childhood obesity, get healthy foods to low-income families and steer teens away from risky behaviors like drugs and alcohol. In addition, the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, Professional Women of Putnam and other local Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to help support the cause. Community residents and business men and women will mix,  and mingle while enjoying spectacular views of the Hudson River. “Our Best Chefs fundraiser is a culinary evening to remember, showcasing the most accomplished chefs,” said Naomi Adler, president and chief executive officer of United Wayof Westchester and Putnam. “Partnering with regional business groups has only added to the excitement this year.”   

Tasting plates

Event attendees will sample cuisine from a growing list of Putnam County’s  dining venues, including; Arturo’s Tavern; The Bird and Bottle Inn; Brewster Pastry; Bucci Deli & Catering; Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill; Countryside Kitchen; Cross Roads Deli and Catering; Fresh Company; Hudson Hill’s Café & Market; Johnny Gelato; Junction 52; La Cucina Toscana; Olive Oil of the World; Putnam Ridge; Tavern Restaurant at Highlands Country Club; Thai Golden Restaurant; The Stadium; and Valley Restaurant at The Garrison. Their  offerings will be paired with tastings of  wines from around the world provided by Depot Wine & Liquors of Brewster and beers from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. There will also be a silent auction and musical entertainment provided by Art Labriola.
       Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Discounts are available to members of the partnering business groups. A limited number of sponsorships are available starting at $250. To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorships, visit or contact Liz Garger 914-997-6700 x725, [email protected] The Garrison is located at 2015 Route 9 in Garrison.  United Way of Westchester and Putnam is located at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, N.Y. 10606. They can be reached at 914-997-6700 or by visiting

Sample dishes

Featured sponsors providing support for the culinary evening include Entergy and Health Quest -Putnam Hospital Center.  Additional businesses also supporting the event at various levels include Spain Agency, Inc., Madeo Multimedia, Inc., PARK Ford of Mahopac, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Raymond Passero, CPA, Putnam Ridge, Patterson Auto Body, Professional Financial Services, Joe Lucia & Associates, ATI, Allan Twitty Insurance, AMAXX, Inc, and Intercounty Paving Company.
Photos courtesy of UWWP

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