Chef Chanelle Watson has a talent that most superheroes would envy: she can turn liquids into (delicious) solids. At Chanelle's Heavenly Treasures, some of her most popular desserts are liquor-infused cakes and cupcakes, all of which are inspired by cocktails. The Patron cupcake, for example, features a tequila-infused cake and tequila frosting, and is garnished with a slice of lime. Other intoxicating concoctions include a Hennessey and Coke variant?decorated with Hennessey-infused chocolate buttercream and drizzled with a Coca Cola reduction?and mimosa, made with a Grand Marnier and champagne-infused orange cake, and topped with Grand Marnier buttercream and crystalized sugar.
These cocktail cupcakes might seem ultra-modern, but Chanelle's baking style skews traditional. She makes all of her gourmet desserts from scratch?that means no added preservatives, stabilizers, or dust from a sugar plum fairy's wings. The only extra ingredient added is a personalized touch, whether it's a sorority logo on a cake pop or your favorite type of cookie in an edible bouquet. And for custom orders, Chanelle always schedules a dessert planning session with her clients, and follows up with them after they've received?and devoured?their confections.
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Since he entered the culinary world two decades ago, Chef Bruce Beaty has honed his skills and climbed the ranks at numerous acclaimed establishments, including Le Bernardin and Jonathan Waxman's Jams, and most recently working as Executive Chef at the Red Hat in Irvington for five years. He learned from the celebrated New York chef Alfred Portale at Gotham Bar and Grill, continued to develop his unique style while working in restaurants in France, and served as Executive Chef of two New York restaurants before taking the reins in the kitchen of Hudson at Haymount House, named one of the Best New Westchester Restaurants of 2012 by Westchester Magazine.
To create Hudson at Haymount House's dishes, which have been lauded by the New York Times, Chef Beaty highlights the natural flavors of fresh, in-season ingredients. Sommeliers complement meals with locally sourced, imported, and organic wines, while barkeeps pair feasts with cocktails inspired by the Prohibition era.
Meals unfold in Haymount House, a southern-colonial-style mansion that was custom built in 1910 by industrialist William Fuller. Before garnering accolades for its eatery, the estate earned renown for its alleged portrayal of Tara in Gone with the Wind. Though restoration modernized its interior, the mansion's original architectural flourishes remain, including marble fireplaces and wrought-iron doors. Overlooking the Hudson River from its four hilltop acres often shrouded in the fiery hues of Westchester County's characteristic fall foliage, Haymount House accommodates guests in its main dining room as well as private dining areas and a bar and lounge on the second floor.
Donna Shari started out as an early childhood teacher whose hobby was painting pottery. At first, she was a familiar face at a paint-your-own-pottery studio. Then she started attending seminars on pouring molds and glazing bisque, until she’d been to more than 250. After an injury cut her teaching career short and the owner of the pottery studio announced his plans to close the place, Donna jumped at the chance to “make my hobby, my passion, into my business,” and took over the studio.
Donna’s new career taps into her talents as both a teacher and an artist as she helps painters of all ages choose plates, figurines, and mugs to personalize with paint, glaze, and territorial tongue licks. After artists perfect their creations, they leave the masterpieces for Donna to fire in a kiln and pick them about up a week later. Donna also teaches students to manipulate clay as it whirls atop a potter’s wheel or a pirouetting ballerina’s head.
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Steven Burchard is used to entertaining an audience—he spent 13 years commanding the stage as a magician. So when he established Magical Memories Entertainment, he already boasted a solid understanding of what keeps crowds captivated. That’s why he and his team provide all the trappings for a memorable bash: DJs and bands; clowns, fortunetellers, and caricaturists; photographers and photo booths; and even arcade and carnival games.
Kids go to the Golden Life Resource Center for not only for tutoring, but also for assistance in planning their futures—the tutors helps them with college applications and job searches. The nonprofit doesn't focus exclusively on kids, though; the team also strives to enrich the lives of senior citizens with resources such as technology training and fitness classes.