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Award winning food author David Rosengarten at Grand Central Oyster Frenzy

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Award-winning food author David Rosengarten will be one of the headliners at the Grand Central Oyster Frenzy on Saturday, September 16, at the Grand Central Oyster Bar.

His recipe that he will share with the public at the Frenzy is Cajun Green Oysters, and visitors can have a taste following the demonstration, the finale of four. The full recipe is below.


David is a two-time James Beard Award winning author for his cookbook “It’s ALL American Food” and newsletter “The Rosengarten Report.” He appeared on Food Network’s first show and went on to appear in approximately 2,500 Food Network shows, including his own cooking show “TASTE.”

Rosengarten is currently the content director for a new national food experience, Flavored Nation, that is researching and exploring the iconic dishes of the 50 states. Flavored Nation’s inaugural event will be held Oct. 27-29 in St. Louis, Missouri.


He has written hundreds of articles and contributed hundreds of original recipes to publications such as Gourmet (where he was Restaurant Critic from 1996 to 2000), The New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Harper’s Bazaar, Departures, The Wine Spectator and Newsday.

Cajun Green Oysters


  • 2 teaspoons green Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 cup celery leaves
  • 2 ounces diced tomatillos
  • a dozen oysters


  1. Place the Tabasco sauce, celery leaves and tomatillos in a food processor. Purée.
  2. Shuck the oysters. Divide green sauce among the 12 oysters, and serve immediately.

Maloney & Porcelli’s Aaron Bashy at Grand Central Oyster Frenzy Sept. 16

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 Maloney & Porcelli’s Aaron Bashy at Grand Central Oyster Frenzy

A product of the Culinary Institute of America, Maloney & Porcelli’s executive chef Aaron Bashy will share his culinary wizardry at a chef demonstration at the 15th Annual Grand Central Oyster Frenzy on Saturday, September 16.

A native of Boston, Bashy will be joined by notable food author David Rosengarten, the Oyster Bar’s very own pastry chef Januz Noka, and Sean Telo of Island Creek Oysters in whipping up concoction to share with the seafood aficionados in attendance at the historic Grand Central Oyster Bar’s annual bivalve bonanza.

Bashy will present his unique version of Oysters Casino which will have the crowd salivating. His recipe is below.

His cuisine is influenced not only by his New England roots, as well as his diplomat father’s entertaining of foreign dignitaries which expanded Aaron’s palate and knowledge of flavor.

After using the CIA as his launching pad, Bashy secured a position at Le Bernardin under Gilbert LeCoze and Eric Ripert for three years, and subsequently, went to Aureole to learn from Charlie Palmer, who appointed the young phenom executive chef of Alva. Bashy then went to work for Marc Meyer at Five Points before opening his own updated take on the New England seafood restaurant, The Minnow with his wife Vicki, which they owned and operated together for five years. Bashy later joined Prime Hospitality Group, opening Prime Grill in Beverly Hills and returning to New York to run Solo. Bashy then went to work for Buzzy O’Keeffe as executive chef of Pershing Square, then was promoted to executive chef at The Water Club. Bashy brings years of experience and passion to bear in his role as executive chef of Maloney & Porcelli.

Admission is free and food is priced by consumption, but the tastings are complimentary.



(Preheat oven to 375)


Casino Butter

½ pound unsalted butter [Softened]

¼ cup dry sherry

3 OUNCES NUESKE Bacon- Small Dice

4 Cloves Garlic Chopped

½ cup Shallots Chopped

¼ cup red pepper very small dice

¼ cup celery peeled and small dice

Pinch chili flake

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 sprigs oregano

2 teaspoon lemon zest

2 teaspoons lemon zest

¼ cup chopped parsley for garnish

Slowly cook bacon in a pan rendering the fat, Add the shallots red peppers and garlic, cook slowly until opaque deglaze withy sherry and reduce

Add herbs and seasonings, rest of the seasonings. Pour into softened butter and chill for approx., 10 minutes.

Roll in plastic to look like a log, and set aside

Open the oysters, and set them so they are straight. Slice the butter into ½ inch slices and place onto oysters.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve on a bed of large sea salt and garnish with chopped parsley

Signature Triple Crown Events: Yonkers Trot, Messenger Stakes, Both Worth $500,000 Saturday Night at Empire City Casino’s Historic Yonkers Raceway

By John Cirillo
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Yonkers Raceway’s two signature races for three-year-old trotters and pacers – the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes – each worth $500,000, will be contested this Saturday night, September 2, over Empire City Casino’s historic half-mile harness track.

Guardian Angel AS pairs with Jason Bartlett

The 63rd edition of the Yonkers Trot for sophomore colts and geldings has a field of nine, led by last week’s elimination winners Guardian Angel AS with leading driver Jason Bartlett in the sulky, and Yes Mickey, driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt, leaving from post positions four and six, respectively. The Trot, second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown, goes as the fifth race (post time 8:35 PM).


YES! Yes Mickey scores in Yonkers Trot elim

Yes Mickey, is a gelded son of  Muscle Hill who is three for 10 this year. Guardian Angel AS  was bred in New York and is a son of 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel. The colt has won seven of 12 races as a sophomore.

The nine-horse field instead of customary eight finalists resulted after Di Oggi and Southwind Hydro finished in a dead-heat for fourth in the second of last weekend’s two elimination races.
The field for the Yonkers Trot in post position order is as follows:
1-Devious Man (Andy Miller), 2-Di Oggi (Montrell Teague), 3-Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley), 4-Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett), 5-Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson), 6-Yes Mickey (g) (Ake Svanstedt), 7-Money Macintosh (Jordan Stratton), 8-Another Chapter (Dan Dube), 9-Top Flight Angel (Brian Sears, second tier).

Downbytheseaside all alone, except for driver Brian Sears, in Messenger elimination

The 62nd Messenger (race four, post time 8:15 PM) is headed by last week’s elimination winner  Downbytheseaside, the Art Rooney Pace champ who matched the fastest local pacing mile of the season with a 1:51 scorcher. The colt scored by 8½ lengths in his elim for pilot Brian Sears. The Messenger is the second jewel of the Pacing Crown., also for 3-year-olds.

Here’s the field for the Messenger in post position order:
1-Mac’s Jackpot (g) (Jason Bartlett), 2-Summer Side (Tim Tetrick), 3-Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley), 4-Art Scene (Jordan Stratton), 5-Funknwaffles (g) (Corey Callahan), 6-Blood Line (Mark MacDonald), 7-Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears), 8–Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague).
The ladies’ companion events three-year-old fillies are the $119,010 Hudson Filly Trot and $113,880 Lady Maud Pace.
The Hudson goes as the third race (post time 7:55 PM): 1-Dangle Then Deke (Eric Goodell), 2-Chapter Too (Jeff Gregory), 3-Lexie Marie (George Brennan), 4-Celebrity Ruth (Bartlett), 5-Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci), 6-Sunshine Delight (Brettt Miller), 7-Evelyn (Andy Miller), 8-Ice Attraction (Svanstedt).
The Maud wraps the stakes portion of the evening as the sixth race (post time 8:55 PM) 1-Angel’s Pride (Kakaley), 2-Tori Hanover (MacDonald), 3-Awash (Stratton), 4-Gurl Band K (Yannick Gingras),6- Ella Christina (Tetrick), 6-Robin J (Bartlett), 7-World Apart (Bartlett also listed).
g- indicates gelding
Post times are approximate
Free T-Shirt, Yonkers Trot Exacta Box
The evening also has a pair of giveaways: the first 3,000 Empire Club members to visit the promotions booth beginning at 4:00 PM will receive a free Yonkers Trot/Messenger Stakes T-Shirt, one per customer while supplies last. And the first 500 Empire Club members to visit the booth starting at 4 PM will receive a free Yonkers Trot, two-horse, $2 exacta box ticket.

Eliminations for $500,000 Yonkers Trot This Saturday at Empire City Casino @ Yonkers Raceway

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The three-year-olds will be front and center at Yonkers Raceway this Saturday night (August 26) when 12 sophomore trotters vie for eight spots in two $40,000 eliminations for the 63rd edition of the $500,000 Yonkers Trot, the second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown set for the following Saturday (September 2).
The elimination fields, set for the sixth and seventh races, that will be contested over Empire City Casino‘s historic half-mile oval, are as follows:
1st elimination: 1-Enterprise (Tim Tetrick), 2-Another Chapter (Scott Zeron), 3-Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley), 4-Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt, lone gelding, lone $30,000 supplemental entrant), 5-Devious Man (Andy Miller), 6-Andy M (Dave Miller).
2nd elimination: 1-Money Macintosh (Andy Miller), 2-Di Oggi (Montrell Teague), 3- New Jersey Viking (Svanstedt), 4-Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett), 5-Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson), 6-Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller also listed). Macintosh and Top Flight Angel are coupled.
The pacing sophomores are also on stage with nine three-year-old lads were entered for the 62nd Messenger Stakes, second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. This presents another edition of musical chairs, with all going in a $40,000 elimination (9th race) to get the octet for the $500,000 final.
Here is the field for the Messenger elimination:
1-Art Scene (Zeron), 2-Mac’s Jackpot (g) (Bartlett), 3-Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears), 4-Summer Side (Ray Schnittker), 5-Blood Line (Brett Miller), 6-Henry the Dragon (Teague), 7-Miso Fast (Kakaley), 8- Funknwaffles (g) (Corey Callahan), 9-Beyond Delight (g) (Dan Dube). e Mac’s Jackpot/Beyond Delight are coupled, as are Downbytheseaside/Blood Line.

Labor Day Weekend A Big Winner at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway

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Things to do on Labor Day Weekend: Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway

 Looking for action over the Labor Day weekend while bidding adieu to the summer? Look no further thanEmpire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway!

The raceway’s two signature stakes races for three-year-old trotters and pacers – the Yonkers Trot andMessenger Stakes – will be contested on Saturday night, September 2. A pair of promotions center around those Triple Crown events with a T-Shirt giveaway as well as a free wager on the Yonkers Trot (2-horse exacta box). And since there’s still plenty of barbecuing still to do, the casino is giving away a nifty, three-piece BBQ set with the Empire City logo on Labor Day. While at the casino, attendees can take a chance on the record-breaking $2-million jackpot currently available only at Empire City Casino on the IGT Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars® slot machine in the Gotham Palace.

Details on the promotions are below:

Yonkers Trot/Messenger Stakes T-shirt Giveaway

Saturday, September 2

The first 3,000 Empire Club Members to visit the promotions booth beginning at 4pm will receive a free Yonkers Trot/Messengers Stakes T-Shirt, while supplies last.

Yonkers Trot Free Exacta Wager on Yonkers Trot

Saturday, September 2

The first 500 Empire Club Members to visit the promotions booth beginning at 4pm will receive one 2 horse exacta box for the Yonkers Trot. Limit to the first 500 Empire Club Members. One race ticket per Empire Club Member, while supplies last.

Labor Day BBQ Set Giveaway

Monday, September 4

The first 3,000 Empire Club Members to visit the promotions booth beginning at 10am will receive a free gift, a 3-piece BBQ Tool Set with the Empire City logo on each handle, while supplies last.