Despite having cooked for distinguished clients such as the Clintons and Leon Panetta, and at prestigious culinary institutions such as Chicago's Palmer House, chef Jason Milanese felt restless. That is, until he opened his own restaurant: Bistro B. As the owner and executive chef, he specializes in crafting gourmet twists on classic American dishes, from small plates like sauce-drizzled chicken lollipops to entrees such as potato-and-onion-crusted halibut and a double-cut pork chop with sweet potato purée. A minimal, yet rustic decor featuring earth tones, framed mirrors, and dark-wood furnishings contributes to the restaurant's grassroots American feel.
At Vino on the Brick Walk, sapphire walls cast a nautical vibe across booths and white-clothed tables. There, dishes of Italian, Mediterranean, and seafood specialties pair with drinks from an extensive wine list. The blue hues that surround meals inside also follow diners out onto an outdoor patio, splashing across umbrellas that unfurl to shade tables or conveniently fold down to become giant toothpicks. Brick groundwork also accompanies patio visits, as do plants and flowerpots that combine to create a leafy framework.:m]]
Cuisine Type: Italian-American comfort food
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5–10
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Traditional meatballs, pasta, and salad
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Come with an appetite and an open mind. Be ready to taste meatballs in ways you never have before.
Fast Facts: Mima’s Meatballs and More is a fast casual Italian café, which uses fresh and high-quality ingredients for its menu items, such as the meatballs made in-house and pizza fritte dough fresh and fried to order. With warm, friendly, and professional service, Mima's aims to redefine fast casual dining.
What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
My whole life; it's all I've ever done. I love that every day is different. I never know who is walking through the door or what challenges the day may bring.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
It combines three generations of family recipes and transports your taste buds through classic Italian fare to new-age concepts like buffalo meatballs.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Simple and exceptional. We do what we do best, and we make sure it's great every time.
As the warm sun rises over the foothills of Sherman, the staff at White Silo Farm & Winery is already hard at work—tending the grape vines, picking fresh raspberries for jams, and bottling sweet wines within the rustic 1800s barn that houses the winery. Guests can stroll the lush outdoor gardens and pick their own berries from the raspberry and blackberry bushes. The winemakers host tastings in their winery, when guests can sample a variety of small-batch fruit and grape wines, such as the crisp rhubarb, the upland red and white grape, and the sparking red raspberry.
Wine producers from across New York gather at the Putnam County Wine & Food Fest each year, bottles of their finest reds and whites in tow. A variety of local artisans join them, peddling everything from handmade crafts to fresh produce to fiery Indian snacks. As vendors hawk their wares and guests sample sips in the wine and beer gardens, live musicians send festive tunes booming across the fairgrounds.