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Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 8th, 2019, 11:21 am
by Mike Grammer
OK Jay--I'm going to try to come. No promises, but will do my best.

I was at 2.5 (Brad in the Pool). It was and remains one of my fondest memory days of this crazy hobby.

Get the piano tuned!

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 8th, 2019, 12:57 pm
by Mike Grammer
J a y H a c k wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 10:01 am
Jim Stewart wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 8:51 am
Jay Miller wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 8:31 am
I realize I was over optimistic on my available time/energy. So if someone else want to organize Friday I'm letting it go...
I certainly know the feeling . . . !

si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait!

[cheers.gif]
la jeunesse est gaspillée sur les jeunes
Youth is truly wasted on the young---ni-ice!

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 8th, 2019, 2:40 pm
by J a y H a c k
Mike Grammer wrote:
April 8th, 2019, 11:21 am
OK Jay--I'm going to try to come. No promises, but will do my best.

I was at 2.5 (Brad in the Pool). It was and remains one of my fondest memory days of this crazy hobby.

Get the piano tuned!
IF and only if you promise to come, then I will get the piano tuned, and you can tickle the ivories while Todd sings Karaoke.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 9th, 2019, 5:56 am
by Michael Mahle
Hi Jay, thanks - I've been wanting to attend this event for a long time...thanks for doing it one more time. Count me in and I will likely have a +1 as well. Thank you. M.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 13th, 2019, 11:30 am
by Peter Panzica
My wife Rita and I will try to attend. We are moving to WC soon would love to make new friends and share some wine.
Thanks!

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 14th, 2019, 6:47 am
by Victor Hong
Very generous of Jay.
Unfortunately for me, Edgartown Race Week coincides.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 14th, 2019, 8:27 am
by Chris Kravitz
For the opportunity to see someone walk on water I will be there + my better half Nancy.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 16th, 2019, 12:07 pm
by J a y H a c k
Chris Kravitz wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 8:27 am
For the opportunity to see someone walk on water I will be there + my MUCH better half Nancy.
FIFY

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 17th, 2019, 10:00 am
by Hugh S
Would love to attend, probably +1!! champagne.gif

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 17th, 2019, 1:22 pm
by Jonathan Sirot
Jay
Please add a plus one to my RSVP. Thanks !

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 20th, 2019, 1:27 pm
by Jay Miller
Jay - I'd be happy to bring a salad and/or dessert if that would help out. Just let me know.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 21st, 2019, 10:56 am
by Ken V
Cuzzin Matt just alerted me to this. I hope to join. I might even be a +1 or 2 or 3. Hard to say this far ahead, but it is on my calendar!

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 23rd, 2019, 3:38 pm
by mattbillet
Very interested... 2 people... maybe three if Ken V. comes with us somehow!

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 24th, 2019, 10:34 am
by J a y H a c k
mattbillet wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 3:38 pm
Very interested... 2 people... maybe three if Ken V. comes with us somehow!
If The Professor doesn't come, he will be banned from participation in all future WB events and will not be able to photograph me holding a magnum of Riesling on my head while wearing a SQN T-shirt.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 10:01 am
by J a y H a c k
PS - The largest beer store in the United States, Half Time in Mamaroneck, is only 4.5 miles from my house!

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 10:30 am
by Jay Miller
J a y H a c k wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 10:01 am
PS - The largest beer store in the United States, Half Time in Mamaroneck, is only 4.5 miles from my house!
Nice try, but we'll attend anyway.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: April 30th, 2019, 1:36 pm
by Jorge Henriquez
J a y H a c k wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 10:01 am
PS - The largest beer store in the United States, Half Time in Mamaroneck, is only 4.5 miles from my house!
Which also houses the brewery I work at, Decadent Ales.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 11:32 am
by Mike Grammer
Jay Miller wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 10:30 am
J a y H a c k wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 10:01 am
PS - The largest beer store in the United States, Half Time in Mamaroneck, is only 4.5 miles from my house!
Nice try, but we'll attend anyway.
Same here--you can't scare me off *that* easily counselor.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: May 1st, 2019, 11:37 am
by Jay Miller
Jay Miller wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Jay - I'd be happy to bring a salad and/or dessert if that would help out. Just let me know.
Or an extra ice bucket for that matter.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: May 2nd, 2019, 10:22 am
by J a y H a c k
Jay Miller wrote:
May 1st, 2019, 11:37 am
Jay Miller wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Jay - I'd be happy to bring a salad and/or dessert if that would help out. Just let me know.
Or an extra ice bucket for that matter.
Food? No. I am a control freak when it comes to the food I serve. Not that I have a problem with other people's food - the Gougeres you made at your apartment were outstanding - it's just that I like to control timing and how much and all that. Ice bucket is another issue. That would be a good idea. It avoids the tip over problem when we fill a large cooler with ice, especially since it will be late July and rather hot.

I might change my mind on dessert. I will consult with the War Department and ask her what she thinks.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: May 2nd, 2019, 2:08 pm
by ChristopherSK
Jay, I don't want to miss this. Please mark me down, plus 1. We will uber/lift it to your place and back from a hotel or airbnb.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: May 8th, 2019, 1:05 pm
by CliftonD
CliftonD wrote:
April 1st, 2019, 10:05 am
I may be out of town but will try my best to make this!
Changed my flight to get back a day early - count Cathy and I in. [cheers.gif]

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: May 27th, 2019, 12:37 pm
by J a y H a c k
The rear deck is taking shape. pool opened and getting warm, umbrella in place. replacement part ordered, 200,000 BTU propane burner received and tested for deep fried Cajun turkeys (I would make Belgian fries but that's a lot of duck fat), will post poll in about a month on food choices.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: May 27th, 2019, 12:51 pm
by cjsavino
J a y H a c k wrote:
May 27th, 2019, 12:37 pm
The rear deck is taking shape. pool opened and getting warm, umbrella in place. replacement part ordered, 200,000 BTU propane burner received and tested for deep fried Cajun turkeys (I would make Belgian fries but that's a lot of duck fat), will post poll in about a month on food choices.
After the turkeys are done, throw in a bag or two of French fries.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: May 28th, 2019, 11:12 am
by J a y H a c k
cjsavino wrote:
May 27th, 2019, 12:51 pm
J a y H a c k wrote:
May 27th, 2019, 12:37 pm
The rear deck is taking shape. pool opened and getting warm, umbrella in place. replacement part ordered, 200,000 BTU propane burner received and tested for deep fried Cajun turkeys (I would make Belgian fries but that's a lot of duck fat), will post poll in about a month on food choices.
After the turkeys are done, throw in a bag or two of French fries.
But that's not duck fat fries! 10 lbs of duck fat from Dartagnan is $79.99. Or I can get it in gallon tubs (7.5 pounds) for $38.85 from here https://www.farmfreshduck.com/duck-fat/ ... -free.html

The idea of getting a gallon of duck fat to make fries for a Berserkerfest is almost too much to pass up.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: June 17th, 2019, 6:43 pm
by ChristopherSK
Hotel reservations made at the Crowne Plaza for Friday and Saturday nights. Please mark me as attending (plus 1) with a sharpie.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: June 17th, 2019, 6:57 pm
by Dan Hammer
Dan Hammer wrote:
April 1st, 2019, 12:54 pm
Hotel info:

White Plains and White Plains area hotels

https://www.booking.com/searchresults.h ... &from_sf=1

If you stay in Manhattan, you can take Metro North to White Plains (on the Harlem line). 2 trains per hour. I suggest taking the express. One way weekend fare is $9.25. Senior fare is $6.00. Buy your ticket from the machine or agent on on the web. If you BOB (buy on board), it will set you back $15.00. FYI, seniors can BOB without penalty.

...or take the New Haven line to Mamaroneck NY. They have 2 trains per hour. Fares are the same.

Downtown White Plains hotels

The Ritz
Cambria
Crowne Plaza
Residence Inn (at the train station) and a 5 minute walk to town.

If you have a car
Hyatt House
Hilton Westchester fka Rye Town Hilton
Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown/Elmsford
Extended Stay in Elmsford
Hampton Inn White Plains/Elmsford
Spring Hill Suites Tarrytown
Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook
Renaissance in Harrison
Courtyard by Marriott in Rye
Courtyrad by Marriott Tarrytown
Sheraton Tarrytown
Doubletree by Hilton in Tarrytown

None of the above are more than 15 minutes away by car. Jay lives on the southern end of White Plains.

Have a question, I'm here to help.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: June 18th, 2019, 8:09 am
by J a y H a c k
The Crowne Plaza in White Plains is the closest. The downtown White Plains hotels are all fine and you can take a cab to and from my house. If my kids are there, I might even be able to arrange pickups from hotels. I recommend against any hotel that requires driving to my house unless you have a designated driver, because no one will be street legal when they leave. I don't use Uber so maybe that is a cost effective alternative but a taxi from, let's say, my house to the Tarrytown Marriott will cost over $30 with tip.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: June 22nd, 2019, 10:20 am
by Mike Reff
If anyone is going to be in Tarrytown, I can meet you and we can cab it to lessen the cost...

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: June 22nd, 2019, 4:19 pm
by Chris Foley
I've started talking to my wife about the PepsiCo sculpture gardens in the hopes she will agree to a day trip in White Plains on 7/27.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: June 23rd, 2019, 6:29 am
by Jorge Henriquez
Mike Reff wrote:
June 22nd, 2019, 10:20 am
If anyone is going to be in Tarrytown, I can meet you and we can cab it to lessen the cost...
Mike, I can take the train up to Ttown and we head from there or you can take it down to Dobbs Ferry and we do the same. Your call.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: June 24th, 2019, 9:02 am
by J a y H a c k
Chris Foley wrote:
June 22nd, 2019, 4:19 pm
I've started talking to my wife about the PepsiCo sculpture gardens in the hopes she will agree to a day trip in White Plains on 7/27.
If you want, I can rent out my grandson, who is an expert on "the Bear Park." If your wife is a serious student of sculpture, she can spend a lot of time there. If not, it's still good for two hours by the time you walk through the gardens with the map and the key and look at everything.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: June 24th, 2019, 9:24 am
by Chris Foley
I couldn't get her interested in either the Berserkerfest or the gardens.
So that means if I come it will be solo like last time unless someone else from the Hartford area wants to carpool.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: June 24th, 2019, 9:29 am
by J a y H a c k
Bump - see poll for food choices.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27

Posted: June 24th, 2019, 9:55 am
by Mike Reff
Jorge Henriquez wrote:
June 23rd, 2019, 6:29 am
Mike Reff wrote:
June 22nd, 2019, 10:20 am
If anyone is going to be in Tarrytown, I can meet you and we can cab it to lessen the cost...
Mike, I can take the train up to Ttown and we head from there or you can take it down to Dobbs Ferry and we do the same. Your call.
Cool, lets do it...

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: June 24th, 2019, 8:35 pm
by Jorge Henriquez
Picked my 4 choices plus “Other”.

The “other” I would suggest is Cuban Sandwiches in honor of Carlos Delpin (I think he’s Cuban.....not sure).

Easy enough to set up the station with Cuban rolls, ham, Swiss, sliced roast pork, pickles & yellow mustard (no fancy Grey Poopoo). Instead of a plancha, wrap them in foil and press them down on the grill or BGE with a cast iron pan.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: June 25th, 2019, 4:51 am
by Carlos Delpin
Jorge Henriquez wrote:
June 24th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Picked my 4 choices plus “Other”.

The “other” I would suggest is Cuban Sandwiches in honor of Carlos Delpin (I think he’s Cuban.....not sure).

Easy enough to set up the station with Cuban rolls, ham, Swiss, sliced roast pork, pickles & yellow mustard (no fancy Grey Poopoo). Instead of a plancha, wrap them in foil and press them down on the grill or BGE with a cast iron pan.
Wait, wait a minute. We love our Cuban neighbors but por favor, don’t get me mixed up with Roberto Orlando. Our cuisine is way better than a pork sandwich...

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: June 25th, 2019, 7:05 am
by J a y H a c k
Carlos Delpin wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 4:51 am
Jorge Henriquez wrote:
June 24th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Picked my 4 choices plus “Other”.

The “other” I would suggest is Cuban Sandwiches in honor of Carlos Delpin (I think he’s Cuban.....not sure).

Easy enough to set up the station with Cuban rolls, ham, Swiss, sliced roast pork, pickles & yellow mustard (no fancy Grey Poopoo). Instead of a plancha, wrap them in foil and press them down on the grill or BGE with a cast iron pan.
Wait, wait a minute. We love our Cuban neighbors but por favor, don’t get me mixed up with Roberto Orlando. Our cuisine is way better than a pork sandwich...
I would never make Cubanos pork sandwiches, especially upon the advice of a Dominican who comes from a country the seems to have a habit of poisoning Americans. Just saying . . .

I could go for Mofongo, which I ate a lot of while in Puerto Rico the last time. Maybe I will try that as an appetizer, but I have to experiment first. There's also Pernil, which is similar in preparation to my pulled pork. I normally make two shoulders, so maybe I will pull one and serve the other Puerto Rican style.

However, the bottom line is that Carlos gets as much Puerto Rican food as he wants at home. We should make him Pastrami on Rye while in NY. Come to think of it, that's a great idea. Maybe I will go with home smoked Pastrami.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: June 25th, 2019, 5:31 pm
by Ken V
Amy and I are definitely coming. I think she already confirmed that with you by email.

I voted for some food choices, but Amy asks for good hamburgers. (She's a simple girl from Queens.)

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: June 25th, 2019, 7:54 pm
by ChristopherSK
When I think of July 27th, I shiver with.....

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: June 26th, 2019, 3:51 am
by TGigante
ChristopherSK wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 7:54 pm
When I think of July 27th, I shiver with.....
SAY IT! SAY IT!!

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: June 26th, 2019, 4:50 pm
by ChristopherSK
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Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: June 27th, 2019, 9:55 am
by Mike Grammer
Limiting it to 5 choices is just cruel! Nevertheless, I have made those choices. Yum yum.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: July 8th, 2019, 8:05 pm
by M. T r o w bridge
Just dropping a quick line to thank Jay for welcoming a newbie/winberserker-lurker to his soiree. Very much looking forward to meeting some fellow winos and tasting Jay's delicious cooking. Just a couple weeks now.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: July 11th, 2019, 9:53 am
by Chris D
Jay - just relocated to CT late last year and would be thrilled to be able to attend this year! This will be a perfect occasion to open some of the good stuff we've been "waiting for the perfect opportunity" for.

Please count me and the wife in. Will advise if we bring some others from Rowayton to join us.

Chris D (and his +1)

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: July 11th, 2019, 12:33 pm
by T@ntina A
Jay - thank you! Food choices look amazing. Super excited for this event.
I need to change my reservation to + 1 (instead of of +2)

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: July 14th, 2019, 7:53 am
by Mark Golodetz
Please add Nancy and me as a probable too.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: July 14th, 2019, 7:27 pm
by J a y H a c k
Mark Golodetz wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 7:53 am
Please add Nancy and me as a probable too.
Excellent. We need people who will bring some of that insipid French pinot to make the other insipid French pinot lovers happy.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: July 14th, 2019, 7:42 pm
by J a y H a c k
Narrowing down the food choices:

Definitely having:

Smoked brisket with caramelized onions.

Smoked pork butt on Rockland Bakery challah roll with choice of creamy coleslaw or vinegar mustard coleslaw and choice of tomato sweet or vinegar mustard sauce.

Assorted fire roasted vegetables with Veleta Olive Oil drizzle and Balsamic Vinegar

Almost certain:

Shitake mushroom and saffron risotto (something for the vegans and vegetarians).

Dry aged cow meat, exact details to be determined in consultation with a client that is a high end beef processor and has the largest, most modern, high tech dry aging facility on the east coast, will serve so long as I can make arrangements.

Maybe, if I can get a gallon of duck fat:

Belgian Duck Fat Fries.

Maybe, if I have a mental breakdown for fear of not having enough food:

Fresh home ground lamb sliders with ras el hanout, garlic and other north African stuff ground into the meat, on a roll with optional home made Tzatziki sauce.

DESSERT:

I have decided to relent from my normal "But we're strictly kosher and people can't bring food to our house because we do not know for sure if they are as strict as we are" like my mother taught me and allow people to bring dessert, so if you want to show off your dessert making talents, let me know.

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Posted: July 15th, 2019, 8:52 am
by Mike Grammer
What? No chocolate cheesecake??? Getting lazy in your old age!

Truly looking forward to this event.