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White Plains Food Fest Kicks Off With Burger Bash

This story was updated at 3:30 p.m.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. --  More than 5,000 visitors, 100 chefs, and a who's who of the culinary scene in Westchester will fill the Ritz-Carlton for the four-day Food and Wine Festival, which kicks-off Thursday night with a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the hotel, according to a press release.

The first of 18 weekend offerings is a Burgers, BBQ and Beer Bash . The cost is $75. The Bash will feature 23 chefs including Peter Kelly, of X20 Xaviers on the Hudson, Anthony Goncalves, of 42 The Restaurant, Anthony Micari, of BLT Steak, and Eric Gabrynowicz, of Restaurant North, among others.

"The Food and Wine Festival is a destination showcase and signature event that promotes Westchester County's exceptional culinary variety creating fun, unique experiences for visitors and residents,” said Natasha Caputo, director of tourism and film for the county.

The second-annual event, sponsored by Westchester Magazine, is touted as the "largest gathering of Westchester's restaurants at one event in one place in the county's history," according to a press release. Proceeds will benefit The Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless.

The festival begins Thursday evening with a 7 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony outside the Ritz Carlton in a 250-foot tent at the corner of Main Street and Court Street. Court Street will be closed during the proceedings.

"For 2012 we’ve kept the best of what we began last year and have expanded our programs, our foods and our wines to create what will be a truly world-class event," said Ralph A. Martinelli, publisher of Westchester Magazine. "This year’s event brings together more restaurants, chefs, wines, spirits, classes and tastings and tremendous partners."

For a full listing of Food and Wine Festival events and ticket prices, check out our calendar page .

Mamaroneck Participants

  • Zitoune
  • Chocolations

White Plains Restaurants

  • 42
  • Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
  • Asian Temptation
  • Crowne Plaza White Plains
  • Elements
  • Emma's Ale House
  • Full Moon Asian Thai
  • Haiku
  • Benjamin Steakhouse
  • The Iron Tomato
  • La Bocca
  • Legal Sea Foods
  • Pane D'oro
  • Pranzi Ristorante
  • Ritz-Carlton
  • Season's Japanese Bistro
  • Sofrito
  • The Melting Pot
  • Tre Angelina

White Plains Artists

  • Eric Wildrick
  • David Licata
  • Mari Ogihara

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