Event Recap: Books & Cooks Fundraiser at the Greenburgh Library


A perfect evening was set for last night’s Greenburgh Public Library’s Books & Cooks event, where local authors and restaurants were on hand to raise money for the children’s library.

Greenburgh Library Books & Cooks

Guest-goers mingled to the sweets sounds of jazz, sipped wines provided by The Seeker and bid on silent auction items including Brunch for two from Xaviars Restaurant Group and a one-hour facial at Skin N.Y Westchester.

Authors Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Biscuit), Christopher Grant (Teenie), Geoff Loftus (Lead Like Ike), Susanna Reich (Minette’s Feast), and Lisa Wexler (Secrets of a Jewish Mother) were all on hand to sign and talk books during the ‘literary feast.’

The event featured two honorary chairs—Steve Apkon, founder and executive director of  The Jacob Burns Film Center, and Chef Phil McGrath, of Iron Horse Grill and the highly-anticipated Seahorse Seafood Shack in Pleasantville. The Seahorse will open in the old Pony Express location and feature both fried and grilled fish. The honorary chef was on hand serving a roast golden tomato gazpacho with lump crab—a possible nod to his new New England-style venture.

Greenburgh Library Books & Cooks Bistro Z

The upstairs of the library was lined with rows of tables, where restaurants like Tarrytown’s Bistro Z, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Irvington’s Good Life Gourmet and Umami Sushi served small representations of their food catering-style.


Sugar lovers in the crowd enjoyed Girl Scout Cookie-inspired coffees from Bonjo Coffee Roasters, homemade ice cream from Johnny Gelato and red velvet cupcakes from Sweetooth Katonah.

Greenburgh Library Books & Cooks Bonjo Coffee

Caffé Azzurri, 42 The Restaurant, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, The Great American BBQ Co., SB&G, and Silver Tips Tea also served samples.

Greenburgh Library Books & Cooks

Diners also received a glimpse of Village Social’s Chef Mogan Anthony. The Mount Kisco chef competed on this season of the Food Network’s CHOPPED, where chefs create an appetizer, entrée and dessert from mystery ingredients on the fly. The episode will air next Thursday, June 13th at 9 p.m.

Greenburgh Library Books & Cooks Village Social

As the evening came to a close, gift bags were given out, which included a journal full of recipes from both the authors and restaurants. While the authors included some of their own home recipes as well as nods to their favorite chefs, guest-goers will be able to cook a little bit of their favorite menus from Westchester restaurants at home.


About Author

IntoxiKate.com creator Katie Schlientz started her love affair with food after she cooked her first dinner for her family. On the menu? Straight out of the box mac 'n cheese. While her cooking skills and palate have certainly matured since then, she still loves watching people experience good food. To join the Westchester #foodienation, visit IntoxiKate.com.

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