Food Blog: Smokehouse Returns

Our mixed grill, consumption in progress.

BBQ fans rejoice!  Smokehouse Tailgate Grill is back and better than ever, just re-opened in a new location within the Rockwell on North Avenue, across the street from its previous site.  The space is wonderful — high ceilings throughout and a glass wall that opens to the sidewalk making for a fun, lively indoor-outdoor experience.

My family and I arrived for a recent dinner with hearty appetites, determined to sample as much as possible.  We started with tailgate wings and brisket empanadas, then shared the mixed grill of chicken, brisket, and ribs, with mac & cheese and a kale caesar on the side.  All smoky, juicy, spicy, and wonderful, especially washed down with a couple of beers from local breweries.  We left very, very happy and very, very full.

Welcome back, Smokehouse!


Family Fair at New Rochelle Public Library

The New Rochelle Public Library is holding a Family Fair this Sunday, October 3 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  This free event – with the theme “Recharge Your Super Powers at the Library” – will feature children’s book authors, entertainment, crafts, and lots of other fun activities. Kids (and I suppose adults, too) can come in their favorite super hero costume to meet Iron Man, dance to music from DJ Smithy Boy, and learn how to create their own comics.  More in this flyer.

Ruth Kitchen, Rest in Peace

Ruth Kitchen was already a veteran — and deeply admired — public servant and community leader when I was first elected to the City Council.  Despite her warm and welcoming manner, to me as a newcomer to public office, she seemed larger than life, and I couldn’t help feeling awed by her presence across the Council conference table.  It was a privilege to serve with her, learn from her, and draw inspiration from her personal example of kindness, conviction, and integrity.  She was beloved by friends, colleagues, neighbors, and constituents, and was an invaluable resource to all of New Rochelle.  Read this exceptional obituary, befitting an exceptional life.  May Ruth Kitchen rest in peace.

Watch Space Jam 2 with Malcolm Lee

This Friday, enjoy a free outdoor screening of Space Jam 2 at Lincoln Park, along with a live discussion and Q & A featuring the movie’s director (and New Rochelle resident) Malcolm Lee.  More details or RSVP at this link.

Car Free Day

I left the car at home and took a nice walk to City Hall this morning, doing my little part to support “Car Free Day.”  Of course, lots of people don’t have the luxury of living within walking distance of their place of employment, which is why investments in mass transit, bike infrastructure, and transportation options like scooters are so important to our community and world.