Chef Brad McDonald to Cook at the Boys & Girls Club on March 4


Remember my post on the first Chef Series fundraiser? Well they’re doing it again in Mount Kisco: this time with chef Brad McDonald of Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua.

All the info in a press release, after the jump.

After the success of their first Chef Series fundraiser, the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is pleased to continue the monthly dinners on Thursday, March 4 with Crabtree’s Kittle House Executive Chef Brad McDonald. The series, developed and organized by Club Board member Shelley Lewis Waln, features cooking demonstrations by top local chefs and a delicious dinner made entirely of locally sourced foods. The evening is held in the Kisco Kids Café, the Club’s state-of-the-art professional kitchen, with 100% of the event proceeds going directly to help the 2,500 children served by the Club.

Dinner guests have the rare opportunity to watch and learn from Chef McDonald as he prepares delectable hors d’oeuvres, a beautiful three-course dinner, and dessert that offers a first look at Crabtree’s Kittle House’s new spring menu items. Local flavors grace the menu with ingredients from nearby farms in the Hudson Valley. The dinner will be paired with wines selected and donated by John Bueti, owner of Mount Kisco Wines & Spirits and former Club member.

Working in some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world, including Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, per se, and noma, Chef McDonald has honed a creative “site-specific” cooking style that combines a respect for regional foodways and a passion for sourcing the best and freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Mindful of the kitchen’s role in the health of our environment, he consistently serves up sustainable dishes that are gorgeous to look at and a pleasure to eat.

“We are thrilled to have Chef Brad McDonald, whose passion for locally grown foods aligns so closely with our mission,” said Shelley Lewis Waln, Club board member and Chef Series creator. “The Chef Series is a fundraiser with the goal of bringing people into our Club to see our fabulous kitchen and resources for special events and entertaining. At the same time, guests enjoy a magnificent farm to table culinary experience.”

The Club’s Kisco Kids Café provides over 150 hot meals and healthy snacks daily since opening in March 2009. Many local children rely on the Club for after-school nutrition and do not eat a hot meal at home after leaving. Nutrition classes are offered to grade school members through the Club’s Health & Life Skills program. The Café is available for private, special event space rental.

“In addition to being fundraisers, these dinners also serve as friend-raisers for the Club,” explains Waln. “We are committed now more than ever to reaching out and deepening relationships with our community. The Kisco Kids Café is an immense resource for feeding our children and training them for potential career opportunities in the culinary arts. There are also worlds of possibilities for community partnerships.”

“The Club is so pleased with the success of our first Chef Series dinner, thanks in large part to Jonathan Pratt, and excitement surrounding the upcoming dates,” said Executive Director Brian Skanes. “We are especially grateful to Shelley Lewis Waln for organizing the event, John Crabtree, who donated all of the food, Brad McDonald, who will so expertly prepare it, John Bueti, for selecting and donating all of the wine, and John and Barbara Schumacher from Fleur, for the beautiful décor.”

Tickets for the Chef Series may be purchased individually at $125 per person or as a three-dinner package for $300. Upcoming dates include Thursday, April 1 with Flying Pig on Lexington’s Executive Chef Lesley Sutter and Thursday, May 6 with Café of Love’s Owner/Chef Leslie Lampert and Executive Chef Michael Cutney. Seating is limited. For more information or to make purchase tickets, please contact Jean Skanes at (914) 666-8069 x111 or <> .

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is located at 351 Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY and can be reached at (914) 666-8069 or by visiting <> . To contact the Club’s Teen Center, located at 317 Main Street in Mt. Kisco, please call (914) 733-0033.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester was established in 1939 as a place for “boys to get off the streets.” It is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and enabling young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Located in Mt. Kisco, NY, the 36,000-square-foot facility features an eight-lane pool, Child Care Center, gymnasium, games room, and two computer labs, and an additional 1,600-foot Teen Center facility. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester serves 2,500 youths, boys and girls ages 6 months to 18 years, from more than 60 Northern Westchester communities. The Club has been ranked among the outstanding Clubs in the national network of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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