By Claudia Lutzky
The smartest “taste” of the season is the Rotary Club of The Pelham’s “Tastings”. It is an afternoon of culinary delights, on October 15 from 4-7 PM at the Pelham Country Club. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the area’s most wonderful restaurants in a lovely atmosphere with music courtesy of the Pelham Jazz Ensemble and enjoy a glass of wine at the full-pour wine bar.
The event started 13 years ago when an idea was launched to have an event to help the Rotary raise funds for their philanthropic endeavors. With the assistance of several supportive Pelham restaurants the first “Tastings” was born. The cooperating restaurants brought a simple chaffing dish to sample their food and the wine was served in thimble size glasses. Well, it has grown over the years to a fantastic overflowing selection from some of the area’s best food purveyors and more substantial tastes of wine have replaced the thimbles.
This year look forward to a spread from DeCicco & Sons (a longtime supporter) with their table featuring pumpkin-sage Risotto and a Cannoli bar with fall-themed toppings. Many of the chefs are still planning their menus. Last year’s selections included: Tequila Lime Chicken from Chef Denis Cruz at Cantina Lobos; Pineapple Fried Rice, Pad Thai and yummy Spare Ribs from Bangkok City; Pork Sliders and Kebobs from Prime 16; Patsy’s served Filet Mignon Bruschetta and Crab Cakes. Chef Bill Rosenberg from NoMa Social brought outstanding Tuna & Watermelon Poke Salad and BBQ Duck & Mushroom Tacos. Not to be outdone Modern Pizza served Chicken Scarpariello with Penne Vodka and Garlic Bread Bruschetta. AJ’s Burgers from North Avenue featured a menu of delightful Shrimp Bisque along with their fabulous Sliders. Many more dishes from a variety of local restaurants including Dubrovnik, Texas Roadhouse in New Rochelle, Provisions and others were available to sample.
Joe LaRocca from the French Wine Shop is in attendance with generous tastings of a specifically curated selection of wines from around the world. Each year the selection is different ranging from a lighter style to a full bodied variety. As an incentive to purchase, all selections are reduced below in-store prices and you can mix and match your custom case. Generously – 10% of each purchase goes back to the Rotary.
Rotary President Lyn Roth Jacobs states, “Through its annual Tastings Event each Fall, The Rotary Club of the Pelhams raises funds to cover the costs of providing life-saving medical intervention for children in developing countries, this year in Kosovo, Uganda and El Salvador. They also help local children in need and honor individuals or families who have made a significant difference in Town through their volunteer efforts.
Rotarian Joe Nunziata adds, “Our free CPR courses are unique to the community and in keeping with our theme of providing life savings initiatives around the world.”
According to Pelham Rotary Past-President Bob Rendon, “Our organization is comprised of wonderful individuals who volunteer their time and talent for the good of the community.”
Last year over 200 people attended this outstanding culinary event. Tastings Committee Chair Betty Bucher was delighted. “It could not have gone any better! The restaurants were fabulous; the wine - both the ‘tastings’ and our newly incorporated Wine Bar with full-pours - were extraordinary; the silent auction items were a huge hit; and the benevolent spirit was at an all-time high. We are encouraged that this year’s event will be even bigger and better!”
What began as a “Tastings” has become a local “Food and Wine Festival” on a scale that really lets you savor the restaurants of the area. You can eat and drink and enjoy the afternoon and know that you have helped a great local charity continue to meet its goals in enhancing the lives of individuals and families in our community and around the world.
Get tickets and details at pelhamrotary.com or call Rotary President Lyn Roth-Jacobs at 738-0701.