Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester Continues Chef Series Fundraiser with Flying Pig on Lexington
03/11/2010

Dinner guests at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester recently enjoyed a rare opportunity to watch and learn from Flying Pig on Lexington’s Chef Adam Strong. The cooking demonstration and dinner fundraiser was held in the Club’s Kisco Kids Café, a state-of-the-art professional kitchen, and is a continuation of their new Chef Series. The monthly dinner series, which features locally sourced foods prepared by celebrated guest chefs, was developed and organized by Club Board member Shelley Lewis Waln. 100% of the event proceeds go directly toward helping the 2,500 children served by the Club.

Online PR News – 11-March-2010 – – Dinner guests at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester recently enjoyed a rare opportunity to watch and learn from Flying Pig on Lexington’s Chef Adam Strong. The cooking demonstration and dinner fundraiser was held in the Club’s Kisco Kids Café, a state-of-the-art professional kitchen, and is a continuation of their new Chef Series. The monthly dinner series, which features locally sourced foods prepared by celebrated guest chefs, was developed and organized by Club Board member Shelley Lewis Waln. 100% of the event proceeds go directly toward helping the 2,500 children served by the Club.

Dinner patrons learned cooking tips from Chef Strong as he prepped, cooked, and presented a beautiful three-course dinner and dessert – spaghetti squash pomodoro with basil, toasted garlic, and brown butter; Giannone chicken pot pie with winter root vegetables, Béchamel sauce and golden flaky puff pastry; and red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing. Each dish was created using fresh ingredients from nearby farms in the Hudson Valley. The dinner was also paired with wines donated by Suburban Wines of Yorktown Heights and presented by Jonathan Pratt, co-owner of Peter Pratt’s Inn in Yorktown and ümami café in Croton-on-Hudson. John and Barbara Schumacher of Fleur in Mount Kisco provided stunning décor for the evening.

Chef Adam Strong started cooking at age 11 and hasn’t stopped yet -- 11 years later. He earnestly explained each step of the courses’ preparation and cooking processes – starting with why he prefers to blend his own cooking oils. The Flying Pig’s Executive Chef Lesley Sutter mentored Chef Strong and immersed him in the local flavors and slow cooking precision methods that make the Flying Pig such a draw.

“We are so lucky to have had the Flying Pig’s Chef Adam Strong visit our kitchen and share his cooking expertise. Chef Strong truly appreciates the Club’s mission for healthy cooking and providing locally grown fresh foods to our youth,” said Brian Skanes, the Club’s Executive Director.

The Club’s Kisco Kids Café provides more than 150 hot meals and healthy snacks daily since opening last March. Many local children rely on the Club for after-school nutrition and do not eat a hot meal at home after leaving. Nutrition classes are offered to members through the Club’s Health & Life Skills program. The Café is available for private, special event space rental.

“In addition to being fundraisers, the Chef Series dinners serve as friend-raisers for the Club,” explains Shelley Lewis Waln, Club board member and Chef Series creator. “We are committed now more than ever to reaching out and deepening relationships with our community. The Kisco Kids Café is an ideal resource for feeding our children and training them for potential career opportunities in the culinary arts.”

Tickets for the Chef Series may be purchased at $125 per person. Upcoming dates include Thursday, April 1 with Crabtree’s Kittle House Executive Chef Brad McDonald and Thursday, May 6 with Café of Love’s Owner/Chef Leslie Lampert and Executive Chef Michael Cutney. Seating is limited. For more information or to make purchase tickets, please contact Jean Skanes at (914) 666-8069 x111 or jskanes@bgcnw.com.

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is located at 351 Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY and can be reached at (914) 666-8069 or by visiting www.bgcnw.com. To contact the Club’s Teen Center, located at 317 Main Street in Mt. Kisco, please call (914) 733-0033.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester
The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester was established in 1939 as a place for “boys to get off the streets.” It is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and enabling young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Located in Mt. Kisco, NY, the 36,000-square-foot facility features an eight-lane pool, Child Care Center, gymnasium, games room, and two computer labs, and an additional 1,600-foot Teen Center facility. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester serves 2,000 youths, boys and girls ages 6 months to 18 years, from more than 60 Northern Westchester communities. The Club has been ranked among the outstanding Clubs in the national network of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.