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Melanie Underwood founded Gather Culinary in 2022 with the goal to help individuals gain confidence and creativity in the kitchen. Through after-school programs, adult classes, camps, and even retreats, Gather Culinary hopes to inspire connection and community via cooking. Underwood has 27 years of experience as a culinary instructor and is a certified high school culinary arts teacher. She teaches in her home kitchen in Yonkers and harvests produce from her garden to use in the dishes. After the meal is complete and lessons are learned, the class sits together to enjoy the meal and converse with one another.
@westchestermag Melanie Underwood, founder and CEO of Gather Culinary, shares her easy and delicious game day sangria recipe! This is the perfect drink of choice if you’re hosting a Super Bowl party because you can make it beforehand to insure it’s ready when the guests arrive. Cheers! 🍊🍋 #sangria #westchester #gatherculinary ♬ Lunchtime Naps – Age of Departures
Along with gifting her culinary knowledge to Westchester’s hungry minds, Underwood lists recipes on her website. In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, she shared a recipe with us for you and your guests to enjoy in Westchester.
“I like making dishes that you can prepare in advance, so you aren’t rushing the day of,” she explains. In fact, making a pitcher of this sangria is probably one of the easiest routes you can take when hosting a party.
Game-Day SangriaCourse: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
This easy-to-make sangria pitcher is sure to be the star of the show this Super Bowl Sunday.
2 bottles Rioja
1 bottle prosecco
1 cup Cointreau
1 cup orange juice
2 cups seltzer
2 cups simple syrup
2 sliced oranges
4 limes cut into 8 wedges, each
1 sliced lemon
- Simple Syrup
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
- For the sangria:
- Combine all ingredients in a pitcher.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Serve cold over ice.
- Garnish with sliced oranges.
- For the simple syrup:
- Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool. Refrigerate until ready to use.
If you are on the hunt for additional Super Bowl bites, check out the most popular wing spots in Westchester that are taking orders for the big game. Be sure to place your orders soon! If you need a few vegan options in the spread, we have you covered with six local spots to secure vegan grub for the Super Bowl.
P.S. All about that presentation? Consider this sturdy glass pitcher if you’re in search of the perfect vessel to hold your homemade sangria.