Chef Central equips seasoned ingredient slingers and aspiring culinarians alike with kitchen essentials including cutlery, cooking tools, and quirky gadgets, earning the crown of Best of Westchester in 2010 by Westchester magazine. Breakfast champions can transform eggs into palatable packages by snagging a pair of silicone poach pods ($9.99) that float the yolky goodness in boiling water like a canoeist in a volcano until it’s perfectly cooked. The metal teeth of a corn-zipper ($15.99) scrape kernels clean from their cob residence, and a nonskid mincer ($17.99) safely slices onions into ribbons and saves tears from spilling. Behind acrylic safety shields, the glistening guillotine of a bagel biter ($19.99) spits out equal halves of doughy rations, and the olive stuffer ($19.99) plunges into pitted olives to produce flavor-detonating hors d'oeuvres for a retirement party of a revered spoon. Additionally, mincing mess sergeants sharpen a pair of knives until their edges are as honed as razors, which may take up to five days to complete.
At any given time, more than 200 pieces of unfinished ceramics can be found on the shelves at Brushes & Bisque. Though the pieces will soon find use as coffee mugs, dinner plates, and jewelry boxes, they still require a final glaze before they can hold treats or treasures. During classes for kids and adults, painters work with provided tools and materials to coat the pieces with an artistic touch.
In addition to pottery painting, Brushes & Bisque offers clay classes, also with provided tools and materials. Kids’ clay classes cover the basics of coiling, pinching, and glazing, and adult pottery classes equip sculptors with a pottery wheel.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
For 23 years, Heaven Hill Farm has opened its verdant doors to 100 acres of scenic countryside for their annual Pumpkin Land Festival. Nestled among the Appalachian Mountains, the fall sanctuary honors the season with hayrides, the Pigtucky Derby pig races, and pumpkin patches where jack-o'-lanterns-to-be can roam freely in their natural habitat. With a bevy of activities to choose from, fall fanatics can race through the hay maze, pet furry friends at the animal farm, and buy, nibble, or juggle fresh apple-cider donuts. During the weekend, guests can also have their faces painted with fall images, take jaunts atop a pony, or hop onto a carnival ride.
Helmed by husband-and-wife team Benny Aziz and Stephanie Cohen, Benjamin Rugs and Furniture supplies home decorators with modern and classic furnishings. The two-level showroom, laid out by Stephanie who is also an interior designer, encapsulates a wide range of styles, from dignified, conservative pieces of dark varnished wood to tradition-bucking designs that use translucent material and geometric shapes.