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Haute To Hearty Burgers Cap Westchester Magazine's Burger, Beer Blast

Lobster sliders from Tavern at Croton Landing in Croton. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
A smokey Bleu slider from Smokehouse Tailgate Grill in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
The pretzel burger at Westchester Burger Company was served with a side of peach sangria. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Chef Peter X. Kelly of Yonker's X2O, Xaviars On the Hudson serves pork belly sliders on a brioche bun. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
42 Restaurant in White Plains offered a hot dog on a burger bun. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Thornwood's License 2 Grill showcased its Angus beef patty with carmelized onions and American cheese on Texas toast. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Burgers and cheeseburgers were on tap at An American Bistro in Tuckahoe. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Owner Alan J. Cohen of AJ's Burgers in New Rochelle with his Buffalo chicken burgers. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Cupcakes from Armonk's Beascake's Bakery. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Desserts were as popular as the bugers. Here, Armonk's Beascake's Bakery. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Hundreds turned out for Westchester Magazine's annual Burger and Beer Blast at Valhalla's Kensico Dam.

The event, held Thursday, June 4, featured 30 kinds of burgers, from brie cheese, bacon jam and tuffle aioli to a Buffalo chicken burger with gorgonzola, minced garlic, hot sauce and celery to chorizo burgers, lobster sliders and pork belly with pickled kirby cucumber, scallion and local cherry hoisin.

There was also a wide variety of spirits, from Slovenia vodka from Yonkers' Chef Peter X. Kelly, wines from Scarsdale-based Zachy's, and beers from Elmsford's Captain Lawrence, along with Blue Moon, Hendrick's Gin and Tullamore Drew Irish whiskey.

Desserts were offered from Armonk's Beascake's Bakery and Chappaqua's Sherry B. Dessert Studio.

Proceeds from the event went to Friends of Westchester County Parks, the only organization dedicated exclusively to promoting and supporting Westchester County parks.

The Burger and Beer Blast is just one of many events taking place during Westchester Magazine's Fifth Annual Wine & Food Festival, going on now through Saturday.

Go to for complete details including information on the new Grand Tasting Village June 6 at Kensico Dam.

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