Celebrity Chef Peter Kelly
(R), pictured with Actor / Comedian / Restaurateur Bill Murray (L), and Ballet
dancer / Choreographer / Actor Mikhail “Misha” Baryshnikov
(Center), attendees at the May 2013 launch of Slovenia Vodka at New York City's Oceana restaurant.
NY – This weekend, Topps Wine and Liquor staff are anticipating offering customers
a taste of the new and already-award winning Slovenia Vodka.
hand to meet the customers and chat about this product that he has had a major
hand in creating, will be Chef Peter Kelly.
Wine and Liquor and Topps Bakery owner R. Heath Lachman notes, “We are excited
to showcase the new Slovenia Vodka in a first-class manner by actually making
it possible for customers to taste and discuss the product with its creator,
celebrity Chef Peter Kelly. It is another example of how Topps tries to bring a
sampling of the very best products, opportunities, service and fun to our local
on hand from 4pm-7pm will be piano players Stephen and Kristina Segarra, of the
Westchester-based piano tuning company www.LooneyTuner.com,
playing classical and contemporary music on the store’s permanently featured
Vodka 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. A sommelier recently described it: ““First impression of ample aromatics
offer pure floral, lemongrass hints with strong sweet wheat/cereal top
After taking some air; you find an alluring lemon zest and white pepper appear.
Mouthfeel provides; a deliciously complete palate that is plush and almost viscous;
quite round and smooth; the faintest elements of exotic lingonberry and soft
anise-seed arise in the mouth; the spirit impresses with a velvety, driven purity.”
nearly 3 decades Peter X. Kelly has set the standard for dining in New York State.
Operating the most critically acclaimed restaurants in the Hudson Valley.
is an experienced, talented and successful entrepreneur. His Contemporary American
Cuisine brings dining to a new level by providing his guests with exquisite
food and superb service. Born in Yonkers, NY, tenth in a line of 12 children,
Peter began working in local restaurants at the age of 14. While studying Business
Administration at Marist College, he held a number of kitchen and front of-house
positions in some of New York States’ finest restaurants. In 1983, Peter’s culinary
interests led him on a pilgrimage to France, and to the pursuit of perfection
in the culinary world. At 23, this self-taught chef opened Xaviar’s in Garrison
and began his journey to success. To date, he owns some of the most
and acclaimed restaurants in New York State, all located in the Hudson Valley,
north of New York City. Xaviar’s at Piermont, The Freelance Cafe and Wine Bar,
Restaurant X and The Bully Boy Bar, and X2O Xaviars on the Hudson have all received
popular praise and the industry’s most coveted awards and accolades.
Kelly has been featured in numerous national publications including: Gourmet Magazine, Food & Wine and Bon Appetit. He has been invited to
cook at The James Beard House, appeared on the Food Channel TV Network, as well
as numerous appearances on CBS & NBC. In 2007, Peter appeared on the Food Networks
Iron Chef America and beat Bobby Flay in Battle “Cowboy Rib Eye”, he also
played host to Anthony Bourdain on his “No Reservations” program, introducing
Tony to the beauty of the Hudson Valley. Since the early 90’s Peter has also
been a vintner. His wines at Xaviar’s Cellars in Napa Valley were known as
“Silenus” (the Teacher of Bacchus in Greek Mythology) and were applauded by the
New York Times and Wine Enthusiast Magazine at their
introduction in 1991. In addition
to Peter’s entrepreneurial spirit he has also been an active participant in many
charity and community organizations.
Wine and Liquor was rescued, remodeled, reenergized, renamed
and reopened in less than 10 weeks. The brand mission is to be a
service-centric merchant with knowledge. We are a family-owned store that caters
to the desires of the local residents and those Westchester County residents
who frequent Bronxville, in a spacious and gorgeous shopping environment. The
selection of products spans every price level, from all of the popular national
brands to something from our inspired Spanish collection, our growing high-end
California selects or our personal favorite French gems.
Topps Wine and Liquor, 98 Pondfield
Road, Bronxville, NY. Attend the tasting on Friday, June 21, from 4-7pm.