Cinco De Mayo Celebration at The Beehive Restaurant in Armonk


Sometimes it is the least likely places that throw a great party. The Beehive Restaurant is best known for its hospitality. Run by 3 generations of the Modroukas family, this restaurant knows how to throw a party. This week they are celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Like their other fun themed celebrations, such as Tea parties, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Mother’s Day, they really do it right – including music, in this case a Mariachi band.Mariachi BandDo you know the Mexican victory over the French invasion took place over 150 years ago in 1862? Here in America we have adopted Cinco de Mayo as a day to celebrate Mexican heritage with great food and drink. Our WCC cooking demonstration took place on Wednesday to give us a sneak peak of what is in store for the celebration taking place this weekend and again on Tuesday, May 5. ChefsChef and Owner Dean Modroukas, of Greek descent, along with chef Eric Lopez, born in Mexico, served a sampling from the special menu being featured! Here are some of the lessons learned from our cooking class and an idea of how seriously they create an authentic party atmosphere.

Chef Eric shared his mother’s mole recipe containing over 20 ingredients including Mexican cookies and chocolate for an amazing depth of flavor.TostadoThere is even table-side guacamole prepared in a traditional Molcajete.Tableside gaucamoleSteak tacos served with a healthier version of refried beans using olive oil to replace the usual lard or animal fat, thus making them vegetarian.Steak TacosDinner was complete with a traditional fried ice cream set afire with rum and cinnamon for sparks.Flaming Ice CreamI am Donna Monaco Olsen, coordinator for the Taste of Westchester Continuing Education program and Chef Dean will be teaching a cooking class again next spring.

I recommend you call to book a spot now for this fabulous night out Mexican style.

Go to: The Beehive Restaurant, 30 Old Route 22 | Armonk, NY 10504 | (914) 765-0688

Sunday – Thursday 8:00am – 9:30pm
Friday, Saturday 8:00am – 10:00pm


About Author

As a contributing blogger and the author of "Chef’s Tip", Donna Monaco Olsen recaps great cooking demonstrations from local restaurants. As the the coordinator for Westchester Community College’s Continuing Education program, named “A Taste of Westchester,” she writes the program, which offers more than 35 cooking classes each semester, and recruits chefs to do cooking demonstrations in their restaurants. She holds a full time position in the education field, and in her off time develops and contributes recipes for cookbooks. She is an avid baker and a former cake decorator who created many custom designed specialty cakes. Along with her husband, she reviews restaurants on Small Bites during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.

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