Restaurants/Breweries Announced for Fall Chef Showcase





Matt Frohman and Rich Marshall, co-hosts of the exciting new culinary adventure and travel show, Rogues on the Road, in partnership with Clock Tower Grill, Evans & Evans Farm, and The Simple Brewer, will be holding a chef showcase and brewing demonstration October 5, 2014 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Clock Tower Grill in Brewster, NY.


Restaurants participating include: Sesame Seed, Ibizia, Maple Wood, and Market Place Café (Danbury, CT); Vox (North Salem), Clock Tower Grill (Brewster), Northern Smoke (Croton Falls), Val Ben’s (Somers), Crown Maple (Dover Plains), Healy’s (Carmel), Dutch’s Distillery (Pine Plains), Beacon Bread  Company (Beacon), Cold Spring General Store; and a team from BOCES Yorktown’s culinary program.


Slovenia Vodka will also be presenting at the showcase. Slovenia was created by Chef Peter X. Kelly and his team to be “the culinary vodka” – the perfect vodka for pairing with exquisite dishes; for use in the creation of these dishes; and for the creation of the most dramatic cocktails by chef mixologists.


The Simple Brewer will have six teams brewing 5-gallon batches, and Plan Bee Farm Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Bad Ass Cider, Whitecliff Vineyards, MS Walker Wine Tasting, and Dutch’s Distillery will be showcasing their beers, wines, and spirits. Representatives from Ryder Farm, Agway, Mission Theater, and “Space at Ryder Farms” will also be at the showcase.


Each restaurant will feature tastings incorporating a common ingredient – Kathadin sheep – which will be provided by Evans & Evans Farm. Kathadin sheep are a local, sustainable, and tasty ingredient.


The chefs are encouraged to be creative and collaborate to best represent Kathadin’s flavor profile. Evans & Evans Farm raise pasture-grazed grass-fed Katahdin hair sheep, an American breed developed in the 1950’s near Mt. Katahdin, Maine. The meat is from stock that has been nurtured on grass with no artificial growth hormones, no antibiotics in the feed, no corn, and no GMOs. Evans & Evans Farm’s labor-intensive methods include moving flocks onto fresh pastures every day, which produces consistently mild, healthy, flavorful meat.


Tickets for the event can be purchased through third-party ticket host Ticket Leap. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

About Rogues on the Road: Changing the way you look at food, Rogues on the Road will be a weekly culinary/adventure/travel show with a focus on local sustainability and education. Past event photos and other information can be found at or on Facebook at


Contact: Gil Kaminer


Phone: (914) 776-3379


Putnam Family & Community Services Hosts “Imagine” Dinner Benefit: Friday October 17th, 6:30pm-10:30pm @ the Salem Golf Club

Putnam Family & Community Services Hosts “Imagine” Dinner Benefit


In the Midst of Hudson Valley’s Heroin Epidemic, Annual Benefit Raises Funds in Support of Those Who Struggle with

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues


1st Annual Sid Gibson IMAGINE Award Honors DRUG CRISIS IN OUR BACKYARD
Co-founders, Steve & Susan Salomone and Lou & Carol Christiansen

PUTNAM COUNTY, NY (September, 11, 2014) – Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS), the only private, not-for-profit agency providing licensed counseling and treatment for mental health and substance abuse in Putnam County, has announced the agency’s annual fundraising benefit dinner dance to be held on Friday, October 17th from 6:30pm – 10:30pm at the Salem Golf Club, North Salem, NY. All proceeds from the event will support the mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs of PFCS, reaching 1 in 12 residents in the community.  More information is available and tickets may be purchased via the website at


“This year we said goodbye to our dear friend and longtime patron, the late Sidney Gibson.  In his memory, we have established the Sid Gibson IMAGINE Award to celebrate those who have dared to imagine a world where everyone has hope for wellness and recovery,” said Diane Russo, Executive Director, Putnam Family & Community Services.  “Our first honorees, Steve and Susan Salomone and Lou and Carol Christiansen, will be recognized at the event for their tireless work to drive awareness for intervention and prevention in the face of our current drug crisis.”


When Senator Charles Schumer visited Putnam County last month, he declared heroin abuse in Putnam County an “epidemic” in need of the federal government’s attention and resources.  According to Putnam Sheriff Donald Smith, heroin arrests have increased by more than 300% in two years and heroin deaths have increased four-fold.

Susan Salomone, co-founder, Drug Crisis in Our Backyard , stated, “It is the intention of our organization to keep spreading the word that addiction is a disease and recovery is possible as in any illness.  We IMAGINE that through our collective effort, people will be free from the bonds of secrecy and shame so that they may seek the help they want and need.”

IMAGINE Dinner Benefit Entertainment, Raffle & Auction

The IMAGINE benefit will be highlighted by dinner, dancing and music by Tony Merando and The Crossroads Band. PFCS will also host an exciting silent auction, including a host of valuable items: sports and entertainment tickets, jewelry, quilts, getaway vacation accommodations, and much more.

Raffle prizes include a 46” SMART HDTV, a Bose Sound Dock, and a Blu-ray Disc Player.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting our website, at the front desk of the agency or by contacting  The drawing will be at the event, and winners do not need to be present to win.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the IMAGINE Dinner Benefit on October 17th, please visit the website at or contact Debbie Levin at 845-225-2700 x 136 or

About Putnam Family & Community Services
Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. (PFCS) is the only private non-profit agency providing
recovery-based mental health, chemical dependency treatment and prevention services in Putnam County, NY. PFCS offers hope and healing to people of all ages through a comprehensive range of services including individual and group treatment, care management, family advocacy, parenting education, community outreach, psychiatric rehabilitation, and medication management. For more information, visit or