Thursday, September 22, 2011

In support of up & coming chefs

It feels good to offer my support to the senior class of the Culinary Institute of America's (CIA) Bachelor Degree Program.

These future stars of the hospitality industry have planned "A Masked Night in Venice" which is the first of five charity events to be hosted by the senior class. These talented professionals in training have worked hard to plan and execute all aspects of this event- from development of the menu to the overall ambiance and design. Proceeds will benefit the Abilities First Charity and the Clarissa Porlier Memorial Scholarship.

A Masked Night in Venice will take place Saturday, September 24 at Anton Plaza and Farquharson Hall at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY. The festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, passed hors d'oeuvre, and silent auction. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a five-course meal accompanied by live music and dancing. Entertainment will be provided by The Big Band Sound. At the end of the evening, a prize will be awarded for the best mask.

Baron's International Kitchen has donated a tantalizing Caribbean Delectables Gourmet Gift Basket for auction.

For more details, to view the menu or to make reservations online visit the CIA at this link (at

I hope you'll join me in supporting these men and women and helping them achieve their educational and professional goals. Get the word out about the event, attend the event and tell your friends and colleagues about the event. If you do attend, I invite you to post a comment and share your experience and pictures.

Here's to tomorrow's culinary arts professionals!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

My gourmet Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinade on the menu at Ange's

Great news! Robin, owner of Ange's Restaurant in Olivebridge, NY is now using my Hot Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinade to make meals featured on the restaurant's menu. Robin plans to feature my Hot Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinade on Caribbean Baby Back Ribs this Friday (tomorrow) evening. A live band will also be performing.

Ange's, located on Rt 213 just down the road from the Post Office, was formerly the Tongore Deli. Robin plans to add Caribbean Baby Back Ribs and Hot Caribbean Buffalo Wings to the regular dinner menu so make Ange's a regular stop for Football Sunday and certainly for your Superbowl party! Robin hopes to develop Ange's into a local specialty food market and grocery featuring prepared meals and locally made pantry goods. It'll be great to have such access to tantalizing gourmet goodies right in Olivebridge, NY.

Ange's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, is open every day except Tuesday and features live bands and other family friendly events on the weekends. Contact Robin at 845 251 1029 about hosting your special event and for all your catering needs.

I hope you'll support Robin and Ange's- stop by, introduce yourself and order a tasty lunch or dinner. It's a great local business with warm and friendly people and fills a terrific need on that part of the Rt 213 corridor. Tell them Terry sent you!

I'm focused on developing and building relationships with other local restaurants and I expect to have more exciting news about new partnerships soon. Local businesses working together is what it's all about.

Here's to local helping local and to new friends!


The Tarrytown Gourmet closes it's doors

The Tarrytown Gourmet Food Market located on North Broadway in Tarrytown NY has closed it's doors.

I'm sorry to see them go. It was good to have a presence in the lower Hudson Valley, NY and I know so many of you were able to easily purchase my hot and mild Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinade, Portuguese Repolho Relish and Caribbean Hot Sauce there at the Tarrytown Gourmet Food Market.

I am seeking to build relationships with other outlets in the lower Hudson Valley to provide you easy sampling and purchasing access to my complete line of international gourmet marinades and condiments. Where do you enjoy shopping? Let me know your favorite gourmet specialty food markets located in the lower Hudson Valley and I'll give them a call.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thanks for visiting us at the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest last weekend

It was wonderful to see so many old friends and meet all you new ones at the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest this past weekend at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY.

This is my 2nd year as a vendor at the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest and it was a much better experience than last year. Mother Nature provided a picture perfect day on Saturday- it was warm and sunny and not a cloud in the sky. If you were there this past Saturday, you know how busy it was! I hope everyone who wanted a sample was able to get one. It was a bit of a challenge to keep up with the demand for samples. Sunday was more cloudy and cool but it was still a pretty busy day. The wine was flowing and the crowd both days was lively, friendly and fun. I purchased a bottle from our vendor neighbor Heron Hill. Their Semi-Sweet Riesling is truly delicious! There were many other NY state produced wineries with wines that were very, very good. I invite you to post a comment about your finds and favorites.

A big "THANK YOU" to my awesome cousins- Jeazette Lalchandani, Shaliza Thomas and Adhalia Lalchandani for their help staffing the booth and beyond. I love you guys! Couldn't have done the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest this year without you.

We had a really great time at this year's Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest but we're still recovering. It was a lot of work to prepare, set up and pack up and 2 very busy days. I've shared a few pics below. I was hoping to snap more pictures of the weekend but it was just too busy at the booth.

If you purchased one of my gourmet products at the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest , I invite you to post a comment about the meal you made and tell how it paired with the wine(s) you purchased at the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest .

Thanks again to you all for your ongoing support! Hope to see you at my next event.


Jeazette and Shaliza ready to go!

Shaliza greets the crowd

Adhalia & Jeazette making samples

A shot of the booth

A lull in the traffic

Booth visitors