Five Great, Local Westchester Foodie Gifts, Classes to Help You Choose Holiday Wines at Wine Geeks Armonk, and HotPlate: Jolo’s Cleansing Juices (the Rx for Overindulgence)
Support Your Local Food Scene!
This holiday season, skip the national chains—the big boys can make their money in Peoria. Instead, give the foodies on your list one of these five Westchester-centered food-and-drink gifts.
• T-shirts from The Cookery: so offal they’re fabulous. These sexy, black crew necks insist “Eat More Bone Marrow” or “Eat More Duck Tongues.” They’re available for purchase by phone and email, or just stop by the restaurant. $18, S-XL
• Gift cards from Birdsall House. You know this is what that beer geek on your list wants. These gift cards can be ordered in denominations from $25 to $200. You might even pair it with the 960-page Oxford Companion to Beer by Garrett Oliver—ordered from independently owned Anderson’s Book Shop, of course.
• Comb Vodka, Comb 9 Gin, and Comb Brandy. These trendy spirits are distilled from mead right in Port Chester. While you will find them behind the bars of many top-tier tear restaurants (like most of J.G. Vongerichten’s places), you can also stop into liquor stores and buy a bottle for a gift. Find these pretty cylindrical bottles in the list of stores here
• Table, service, and decor items from Blue Hill Market. Many of the elegant, locally made objects that you see at Blue Hill at Stone Barns are available for purchase at the restaurant’s new online catalog.
• Tarry Market and Tarry Wine gift cards http://tarrymarket.com/. Give your favorite foodies the opportunity to shop for themselves—which is what a real foodie wants to do, anyway. If you really want to be swell, charge up an Enomatic card so your foodie can sip while shopping.
Holiday Wine Classes at Wine Geeks Armonk
Choosing holiday wines for celebrating can be rather stressful. Let Derek Todd of Wine Geeks Armonk take the whine out of wine with great, informative classes. From the site: “There is a $35 per person fee for educational materials associated with each class. Reservations required as seating is limited.” Call (914) 273-WINE (9463) for details.
December 2, 7pm
Wanna pose around dropping the word “cab” and not meaning a vehicle? Drop by this intimate shop to learn about what they term “big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon to get you through the chilly Holiday season!”
“Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles!”
December 15, 7pm
Take the time to learn how to discern swill from swank. This class promises “the perfect Holiday sparklers with which to ring in the New Year!”
The Cure for “I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing:” Vegan/Ital Juices at Jolo’s Kitchen
Pop went the top pants button, nearly taking out Aunt Emmie’s eye. If you find yourself this Monday regretting your previous four days of overeating, it’s time to check back into the nutrition pyramid and replenish the micronutrients you sacrificed in favor of butter, mini-marshmallows, and sausage stuffing. Our favorite local juice bar is Jolo’s Kitchen, a Rastafarian-owned vegan restaurant that also happens to serve delicious food. When we feel ill, or wan, or like we just ate our body weight in animal fats, the curative kale juice that Jolo blends to order with ginger and lemon feels like just the ticket to health.