This Local Firm Offers Clean, Green Energy Independent of the Power Grid

No grid? No problem. BY GINA VALENTINO   VIONET/FOTOLIA Energy costs are a major issue for homeowners and families across the US, and Westchester County is no exception. When Professor Darshanand Ramdas bought his Mount Vernon home in 2006, he immediately sought ways to lower his own utility bill. Electrical energy, whether solar or traditional, … More This Local Firm Offers Clean, Green Energy Independent of the Power Grid

Former Wall Streeter Uses Investment Savvy to Sell Art in Purchase

Chappaqua’s Kenny Ackerman’s focus is on “investment-quality art” by well-known artists. BY GINA VALENTINO Kenny Ackerman With the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, and even a children’s museum in Rye, there is no shortage of art in our county. Now Purchase boasts a newly expanded collection of modern, contemporary, and … More Former Wall Streeter Uses Investment Savvy to Sell Art in Purchase

Equus’ New Chef Talks Whimsical Creativity and the Everyday Grind 

Tarrytown’s 100-plus year-old landmark welcomes Keith Suarino, who has been working in the culinary industry since 15. BY GINA VALENTINO Pickled watermelon salad with red and yellow watermelon, cucumber, red onion, crumbled feta and lime-jalapeno vinaigrette. Photo courtesy of RACHAEL ENGELHARDT/BUZZ CREATORS   The Castle Hotel & Spa has long been a desired destination for weddings, meetings, … More Equus’ New Chef Talks Whimsical Creativity and the Everyday Grind 

Food Network’s ‘Chopped Junior’ Champion to Appear at Annual Wine & Food Festival

Gather around the kitchen table to hear about Elizabeth Oakes. BY GINA VALENTINO PHOTO BY DAVID KAPTEIN Westchester is no stranger to competitive culinary talent, but most accomplished chefs have at least a few decades of experience. Dobbs Ferry is home to Elizabeth Oakes, the 13-year-old champion of Food Network’s show Chopped Junior. The eighth grader became interested … More Food Network’s ‘Chopped Junior’ Champion to Appear at Annual Wine & Food Festival