Karen Doman, the personal chef behind the scenes at Dishin' It, lends her expert hands to clients’ kitchens for a variety of services. As a personal chef, she consults with clients and helps them plan customized menus based on dietary needs and personal preferences. She takes care of all the shopping and cooking, and leaves dishes prepared in clients’ freezers with full instructions for reheating. Karen also plans dinner parties, romantic meals, and private cooking classes, using her knowledge as a French Culinary Institute graduate to teach customers how to prepare mouth-watering dishes such as ratatouille, poached pears in caramel sauce, and halibut with shrimp and scallops served over risotto.
From afar, a Chloe Madison Creations wedding cake may seem traditional. A closer look reveals that their wedding cakes aren’t cakes at all, but layers of cupcakes that fill out a multi-tiered cake stand. The bakery’s staff specializes in inventive cupcake flavors, such as the mousse-filled, marshmallow-topped smore and the raspberry lemonade, a lemon cake iced with raspberry buttercream. They also churn out traditional pecan, pumpkin, apple-crumb and chocolate-cream pies.
The award-winning dough punchers at Loaf flaunt a menu of sweet and savory items, all made from scratch on the premises. The shop's panoply of salads includes the thai beef ($9) and the seared-tuna avocado ($9), constructed with avocado, asparagus, lemon vinaigrette, and spicy mayo. Loaf also brandishes classic sandwiches such as the BLT ($8) and original inventions such as the smoked-tofu sandwich, festooned with mushroom and peppery arugula ($8). Fresh baked goods range from the monkey loaf ($7), which garnered a mention in the New York Times, to fresh focaccia ($5), ciabatta ($7), and cinnamon-raisin bread ($7.50). The experts behind the counter match dinners with a slice of cake, such as coconut ($5.25), lemon poppyseed ($6), or red velvet ($5.25). Guests can also complete the transition from an innie to an outie with belly-button-bursting fresh muffins, crumb cakes, and cinnamon buns ($3.25–$4.50), which pair well with homemade ginger iced tea, pomegranate iced tea, and watermelon lemonade.
Tazza Café's baristas serve a lively selection of handcrafted coffee drinks alongside light lunch fare and pastries that are baked fresh in-house. Express your support for the international caffeinated beverage of your choice, choosing from the Americano, cappuccino, and café au lait ($3.25+), or remain deliciously neutral with a steamy Belgian sipping chocolate. A refreshing iced tea ($2.25+) staves off summer's sweltering advances and a frozen hot chocolate ($4.35) bombards unsuspecting mouths with the oxymoronic warmth of an unlighted stove. Alternate caffeinated sips with fluffy mouthfuls of freshly baked treats, including scones, croissants, and jumbo muffins, available in flavors such as pistachio-walnut and cappuccino ($2.75).
Like many adults, Frannie Albanese cherishes memories of being a carefree child and visiting the "goodie shop" for hot-fudge sundaes and candy sticks. Now at her own dessert haven, she enables both children and health-conscious adults to savor creamy sweets without worry. Her premium frozen yogurts?which Westchester Magazine deemed the area's best in 2012?are rich in calcium and live, active cultures, which can aid digestive health and immune systems. Rich ribbons of Cable Car chocolate, pistachio, and dulce de leche fall from self-serve machines among many other rotating flavors, and patrons can accessorize their cups with more than 100 types of fresh fruit, candies, and syrups.
At Sweetooth Katonah, culinary-institute pastry chefs carefully curate locally sourced, premium ingredients to craft the batter for daily-made cupcakes. Treats rise from the foundation of locally sourced flour, eggs, and cream. Cake flavors range from flourless chocolate to orange essence to traditional licks such as carrot-ginger cake, with most sweets topped with dustings and dollops such as bittersweet chocolate ganache and chai spiced frosting. In addition to whipping up tiny treats, Sweetooth Katonah churns out ambrosial cakes for birthday bashes or retirement cubicle burnings and sates thirst with creamline milk and organic, direct-trade-certified Counter Culture coffee.