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ArtsWestchester Featuring 25 Chefs At ARTSBASH Weekend In White Plains

Leslie Lampert, chef at Café of Love
Leslie Lampert, chef at Café of Love Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – ArtsWestchester’s fun-filled ARTSBASH will feature 25 chefs from some of Westchester County’s best restaurants.

The weekend will kick off Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at the ArtsExchange building, 31 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains, and will feature cocktails and a tasting menu created by leading chefs from 42, The Restaurant, Benjamin Steakhouse, Café of Love, Empire City Casino, Crabtree’s Kittle House, Sofrito and many other dining destinations from throughout the county.

Following the Friday fundraiser, there will be a free Family ARTSBASH day Saturday, May 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., featuring children’s arts workshops, art exhibitions and open artist’s studios. The workshops cover a variety of interests from kaleidoscopes, clay creations, LEGO animation and model making. The latest exhibition, “50 for 50: New Works,” which showcases works by ArtsWestchester’s “50 for 50” awardees, will also be on display in the gallery.

“ARTSBASH weekend has something for everyone. Fourteen years in the making, we’re pleased to tease the palettes of our guests with spoonfuls of caviar, oysters on the half shell, meatballs and ricotta, eggplant marino, USDA prime, dry-aged porterhouse bites, assorted sushi rolls, salads and sweets. Also featured on the menu are retro treats from Lulu Cake Boutique, Dark Chocolate fondue from Chocolations and mini biscotti from Cathy’s Biscotti,” said Janet T. Langsam, CEO of ArtsWestchester.

“The pairing of exceptional cuisine with original art throughout our historic downtown building makes this one event not to miss.”

The event is part of ArtsWestchester 50th anniversary celebration, which is a yearlong celebration of the arts in Westchester County. Adults interested in the Friday evening fun will enjoy an array of food, such as crispy pork belly tacos with corn tortillas, dry-aged porterhouse bits, local baby Kale salad with sustainable Scottish salmon and Churrasco skewers as well as retro-style desserts, Ben & Jerry’s New Jimmy Fallon flavor, Raspberry Greek Frozen Yogurt and more.

“Without the arts, there is no source of creativity,” said Leslie Lampert, owner of Café of Love in Mount Kisco. “Whether you're in finance, hospitality, the medical industry or education, inspiration is derived, wittingly and unwittingly, from Fine Arts and the visual interpretations of our cultures. I’m so pleased to be part of this event in support of the arts.”

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