Proceeds will support health initiatives

The region’s best culinary experts will come together once again for United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s fourth annual Putnam Best Chefs and Fine Wines event. The event will be held on Monday, Sept. 10 at The Garrison from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will go towards helping United Way achieve their goals of reducing childhood obesity and getting healthy foods to low-income families, as well as steering teens away from dangerous behaviors like drugs and alcohol abuse.

Johnny Gelato

Local Chambers of Commerce and Professional Women of Putnam have teamed up to support the cause. Business men and women, along with community residents, can enjoy the beautiful view of the Hudson River while mingling and forming professional relationships.

“Our Best Chefs event has become one of the most anticipated evenings throughout Putnam and its surrounding communities,” said Naomi Adler, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “The opportunity to showcase many of the most accomplished local chefs at one location makes for an exciting event that will benefit our efforts toward a healthier and happier region.”

Event attendees will enjoy cuisine from a growing list of Putnam County’s finest food establishments, including Arturo’s Tavern; Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill; Fiesta Mexicana & Las Mañanitas; Fresh Company; Hudson Hil’s Café & Market; Johnny Gelato; La Cucina Toscana; Olive Oil of the World; Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish; Putnam Ridge; Thai Golden Restaurant; The Stadium; and Valley Restaurant at The Garrison.

Offerings will be paired with tastings of fine wines from around the world provided by Depot Wine & Liquors of Brewster and great beers from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. There will also be a silent auction and musical entertainment provided by Art Labriola.

The Putnam Best Chefs and Fine Wines event is part of United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s 50th anniversary celebrations this year, which will also include an online auction, Top Chef Celebration in Westchester, and a classical pianist concert by Ang Li. To get a full list of 50th anniversary activities visit

Featured sponsors providing support for the culinary evening include Entergy, Health Quest and Mount Kisco Medical Group. Additional businesses also supporting the event at various levels include PARK Ford of Mahopac, Kensico Cemetery, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Putnam Ridge, Patterson Auto Body, Professional Financial Services, Joe Lucia & Associates, AMAXX, Inc., and Intercounty Paving Company.

The Garrison is located at 2015 Route 9 in Garrison. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, with discounts available to members of the partnering business groups. Sponsorship availability is limited, starting at $250. To purchase tickets, or to learn about sponsorships, please visit or contact Liz Garger at 914-997-6700 x725 or [email protected].

About United Way of Westchester and Putnam

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, United Way of Westchester and Putnam operates with the fundamental belief that all people deserve a quality education, enough income to support a family, and opportunities for a healthy lifestyle. The not-for-profit organization works with agency partners, government, businesses and community leaders to solve problems that are too complex for any one entity alone.

All contributions go toward improving the education, income, and health of the children, youth and families throughout Westchester and Putnam. United Way’s Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1, covering Westchester and Putnam as well as Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties, answers up to 500 calls and 1,000 online inquiries per day ranging from tax, heating, and mortgage questions to childcare, basic needs, natural disaster and crisis calls. United Way of Westchester and Putnam is located at 336 Central Park Ave. in White Plains.

They can be reached at 914-997-6700 or by visiting Follow United Way on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

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