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Union Community Health Center’s 1st Annual October Health-Fest


THINGS TO DO– Fall is in the air and Union Community Health Center (UCHC) is celebrating the season and good health at our 1st Annual October Health-Fest!


Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of music, face painting, balloon art for the kids, health screenings, and lots of great giveaways!


Stop by our seasonal arts and crafts tables and learn to make fall inspired art mosaics using beans, squash and pumpkin seeds sponsored by the Bronx Children’s Museum.


Don’t miss healthy sweet and savory food demos with Chef Heymi and Chef Wilson!!!


Health Fest Location:


Union Community Health Center, 2021 Grand Concourse

at Grand Concourse between Burnside Ave & Bush Ave


Date & Time:


Thursday, October 18 from 2 pm – 6 pm


Sponsored by Wellcare


*WellCare Health Plans is not providing health screenings and are solely participants/sponsors of the event.*


For more information, please contact: Serena Muñiz at 718.960.3206 | or Shannell Arroyo at 718.960.3287 |


260 East 188th Street • 2021 Grand Concourse • 470 Fordham Road • 4487 Third Avenue • 2101 Quarry Road • 2016 Bronxdale Avenue



Foodies Delight in Fall Fare



By Morris Gut


FOODIES– Oktoberfest harvest season is upon us, and many folks enjoy the hearty flavors of Bavaria in the fall. 


Here are suggestions where you can take in the German-style beers and ethnic foods. 


You can also check with your local pubs and taverns who often serve Oktoberfest dishes this time of the year. Pace yourself. More culinary events coming, too…





The food and sounds of Bavaria will take over the streets of White Plains for the 10th Annual White Plains Oktoberfest on Sunday, Oct. 7th on Mamaroneck Ave. between East Post Road and Maple Ave. 


The festivities will take place from 1 to 6 pm. and include German inspired beers and food along with live music provided by the Alpine Squeeze Band. There will also be a ‘stein holding’ competition. $5 wrist bands and proof of age will be required for beer purchases. 


Participating restaurants at this writing include: Freebird, Iron Tomato, Black Bear Saloon, Brazen Fox, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, Copper Face Jack’s, Hudson Grille, Lazy Boy Saloon and Ale House, Lilly’s and Ron Blacks Beer Hall. Iron Tomato will supply the German food. For further info go to: 



25 Main Street, Tuckahoe (914-793-0608)


The team at Growlers in Tuckahoe do a fine job of matching signature tavern comfort foods and beer. They always have a custom selection of international brews on hand.


On Saturday, October 13th, the house will celebrate Oktoberfest with traditional food, music and German beers. The event will take place from noon to 10 p.m. 



25 Saw Mill River Road, Rt. 100, Ossining 



The Langer family has been operating Traveler’s Rest since 1961. It is a German-American restaurant and caterer with lovely grounds that are often embellished with celebratory decorations. 


The menu still offers such traditional dishes as: Short Ribs of Beef with horseradish sauce, Wiener or Jaeger Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, and homemade spaetzel and potato pancakes.  


The Rest is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 5 pm, and Sundays from 1 to 9 pm. There is a rathskeller-type bar room downstairs. 



118 Main Street, Nyack 



This is an authentic German restaurant opened in 2010 by restaurateur Marianne Olive right in the bustling downtown, quickly filled a void for those craving a taste of Bavaria. 


It is open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Look for such Oktoberfest specialties as: Hot German Pretzels with mustard, Frikadelle, German meatballs with caramelized onions, Weisswurst served with German potato salad, Roast Pork in a German beer sauce with cucumber salad and semmel knodel, Schnitzel a la Holstein, and Kassler Rippchen, smoked pork chops. Oktoberfest specials will be served thru Oct. 31st. 




15 Shapham Place, White Plains



Now under new management, Dunne’s will be serving their popular Oktoberfest Menu every Thursday during the month of Oct. The kitchen puts out fine versions of: Potato Pancake Appetizer, Sauerbraten, a hearty Triple Wurst Plate with all the trimmings, Veal Schnitzel, and Calf’s Liver, German style. 


There will be German beer, too. Dunne’s Restaurant & Pub in White Plains is a neighborhood treasure, an authentic Irish tavern with all the traditional Gaelic accoutrements intact. 


Over the years, owner Sean Dunne had taken great strains not to get caught up in the modernist Irish mode so prevalent these days. It is a friendly, home-style place with a good kitchen to boot, dishing out generous servings of traditional Irish-style fare at prices that will leave some money in your wallet. The staff knows how to pour that pint of Guinness while keeping the crowd in spirited conversation. There is an exciting live Irish music session every Wednesday night. And Oktoberfest is celebrated the first Thursday of every month all year. Open 7 days for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Municipal parking.  


BEAR MOUNTAIN OKTOBERFEST takes place every Saturday and Sunday thru October 28th, from noon to 6 pm. The popular annual event, which has been moved to the nearby Anthony Wayne Recreation Center, draws big crowds for the great scenery, Bavarian food, spirits and a variety of artisanal vendors. Admission is free. 


There is an $10 parking fee. Located on the west side of the Hudson River in Rockland and Orange Counties.  




Create your own family harvest day. Check out these local Westchester farms where you can pick your own: 


Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem. 914-485-1210 Open Daily: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


Outhouse Orchards, 139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem. 914-277-3188 Open Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 



Salinger’s Orchards, 230 Guinea Road, Brewster. 845-277-3521 Open Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Stuart’s Fruit Farm, 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs. 914-245-2784 Open Daily: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Wilkins Fruit and Fir Farm, 1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights. 914-245-5111 Open Daily: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 




The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park will hold its 3nd Annual ‘Brew U’ Event at The Egg on the CIA campus on Saturday, Oct. 6th from 2 pm to 5 pm. General admission is $85 and includes all beer and food during the event, access to all tours and educational seminars, and a commemorative tasting glass. 


According to their website: guests will meet local and regional brewers, sample food prepared by CIA chefs, enjoy classes and demos offered by CIA experts, and tour The Brewery at the CIA. For information and tickets: 



OCT. 29th to NOV. 11th!


Time to start planning. It’s being touted as ‘the sequel’ and it is an appropriate tag for this popular dining out promotion sponsored by The Valley Table Magazine that is also held in March. Part two will include scores of past participants and some new from all over the Hudson Valley even stretching the borders into Fairfield County, Scarsdale, White Plains, Mamaroneck and New Rochelle, with patrons anxious to cash in on the seasonal bounty at reasonable prices. Restaurants are expected to offer 3-course luncheons for $22.95, and 3-course dinners for $32.95. Sometimes there are caveats, so be sure to verify the hours and the menus that are being served. Reservations are advised. For additional information and an up-to-date list of participating restaurants go to: 


(Morris Gut is a restaurant consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in the Bronx and Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: