When we got there, I saw it was on a farm and there was a big tent set up. When I walked in, it was fall themed. It looked very nice. I looked to see what restaurants were there and I saw some very familiar places. I saw Frannie's Goodie Shop, Ladle of Love, Bellizzi, Little Kabab Station, Little Crepe Street, and some new places. Then I talked with people from the child care center.
I talked with Chris Meyer. the Director of Development. I asked her what was new about the event this year. She said "We have a new Executive Director." She added that the purpose is always "to raise money so that all the kids who want to come can." Parents help organize the event also. Lauren Schwarzfeld said "I was co-chair two years ago. I helped with donations. This year, the Feed Me Fresh kitchen is giving out hors d'oeuvres." Another parent Jennifer Brola said "I came to support the child care center. My son has been coming since 2010."
There were a bunch of local businesses helping out, like my friend Frannie Albanese. "My shop is Frannie's Goodie Shop. Tonight we are serving froninis." A fronini is a frozen yogurt panini filled with your favorite yogurt ice cream or gelato on a warm bun. I asked her why she came out to support Mount Kisco Child Care Center. She said "I came because I think the kids scholarship program is important." After that, I took a little break and interviewed the Executive Director of Mount Kisco Child Care Center, Dawn Meyerski. "I work with a group of women who are like a hurricane. Somebody gets an idea and it spins around and that's what happens. A lot of people work together to make it happen and I trust them. This is really a party for grownups but I wanted the kids in it so I'm showing their pictures and their artwork." Inside the tent, there were pictures of the kids and pictures they made.
Then I walked into the other part of the tent to interview one more person, one of the Wilson sisters. They are both teachers at Mount Kisco Child Care Center. Katelyn Wilson said "I came to support Mount Kisco Child Care Center and to see all the parents and have a good time. I don't think that much changed this year from last year." Then it was time to eat!
We got our plates, napkins, and food and sat at a table. The first dish was from Sunset Cove. They served a roasted salmon on top of a sweet potato puree. The puree was smooth and it felt relaxing to eat it and the salmon tasted like the sea - in a good way. The next place was called LOCAL and they were serving a West African Soup. The soup tasted like you were in Africa. It had curry, cilantro, tomatoes, pigeon peas, and bell peppers. Those were my favorite dishes. I also interviewed the chef from Sunset Cove and the owner from LOCAL. This is what Tommy Calandrucci, the chef from Sunset Cove said "We wanted to come support the daycare. We own a local business in Tarrytown and we feel it's important to give back to the community." Then I interviewed LOCAL's Adam Strahl. "I want to support Mount Kisco Child Care Center. I like food and children's events. I live in Mount Kisco and have a restaurant in Chappaqua." I had a really enjoyable night and I'm sad I can't come back. It feels special just knowing when I walked out that I was helping the daycare.
Photo credits by Jessica Rappaport (my mom)