MT KISCO, N.Y.—Gathering some of the best food and wine from restaurants around Mt Kisco, Bedford and Westchester County makes for a great party, and fundraising effort.
The United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s held its third annual Top Chefs of Northern Westchester on Tuesday, June 14 at the Mount Kisco Country Club raising nearly $13,000.
All proceeds went to the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. They event highlighted the organization’s “Teach Me to Fish… Work Skills for Life” initiative.
“This has been a tremendous year with many success stories,” said MaryAnn Luna, a United Way of Westchester and Putnam vice president who helps coordinate the Teach Me to Fish program. “We hope to grow the program so more people can find and keep jobs in this difficult economy.”
“Teach Me to Fish…Work Skills for Life” is designed to help people who have been unemployed for a long time, individuals with disabilities and youth, find a job. They offer financial education, job placement, workforce readiness programs and employment follow-up to its participants.
“Being part of this initiative has helped us tremendously. There is a real need for this in Westchester in particular but in the state as a whole,” Seth Berman, director of Family Service Society of Yonkers said. “We are training and hiring and meeting a real need for the county, and we are so fortunate to have the support of the United Way behind us.”
Attendees enjoyed dishes from all over Westchester County, including 42 Restaurant of White Plains; Bellizi of Mount Kisco; Benjamin Steakhouse of White Plains; Café of Love of Mount Kisco; Crabtree’s Kittle House of Chappaqua; Happiness Is… of Greenwich; Le Chateau of South Salem; Lexington Square Café of Mount Kisco; Mount Kisco Seafood of Mount Kisco; Myong Gourmet of Mount Kisco; and Travelers Rest of Ossining. Their delicious offerings will be paired with fine wines from around the world provided by Chappaqua’s Hilltop Wines & Spirits and Pleasantville’s Captain Lawrence Brewing Company.