R5 Local Foodies and Writers Share Their Personal Picks for Local James Beard Winners

Mulino’s of Westchester
(White Plains, mulinosny.com)
FOR: Consistency Through the Years
NOMINATED BY: Ex-Chef, Food Writer, and New England Culinary Group Director, Linda Kavanagh
     “Since I was a child, nothing has changed at this stalwart, and that’s a good thing. The food is unfailing—real Italian cuisine sans pretense. Even their holiday winter wonderland still blows me away to this day.”

• Anthony Goncalves 42 The Restaurant
(White Plains, 42therestaurant.com)
FOR: Most Innovative Chef
NOMINATED BY: Private Chef and Freelance Food Writer Rachel Mariani
     “He’s terrific at keeping food interesting, new, and yet still approachable for the less venturesome diner.”

Birdsall House
(Peekskill, birdsallhouse.net)
FOR: Creative Beer List
NOMINATED BY: Freelance Writer/Editor Jeanne Muchnick
     “This very adult, cool-without-being-pretentious, and a bit eccentric tavern offers a constantly rotating selection of delicious beers.”

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Scott Vaccaro Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

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(Elmsford, captainlawrencebrewing.com)
FOR: Pioneering the Craft Beer Movement in Westchester
NOMINATED BY: Food Writer and Personal Chef Diane Weintraub Pohl
     “His education and European apprenticeships have resulted in award-winning, nationally recognized, Belgian-style brews. Environmental awareness is a component of his business; residual grains are donated as cattle feed. His exceptional success demanded expansion, necessitating an upcoming move from Pleasantville to bigger digs in Elmsford.”

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Local Restaurants and Grocers Are Offering Proprietary Beers.

Back in the day, all a restaurant needed was to pay a designer for a logo to use on some matches. Nowadays, restaurants (and grocery stores) are stepping up the branding with proprietary, craft-brewed beers. Says Joe DeCicco, scion of the local DeCicco grocery store dynasty, whose beers, made with Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, include Limone Luppulo, proprietary beers “offer a unique product that brings customers in. DeCicco’s Session IPA (brewed by Sixpoint), a good drinking beer with a sweet, malty finish, also has enough hops to offer some bite, while the Polpettina Pilsner (brewed by Captain Lawrence) is a lighter-flavored beer that pairs well with pizza and fries. Hops (as well as herbs, honey, and some vegetables) grown at Blue Hill at Stone Barns provide the flavor for a series of six beers brewed by Kelso of Brooklyn.

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