Last month, we reached out to our friend Shelley Smedberg, the amazing pastry chef from the late, lamented Flying Pig restaurant in Mount Kisco, to ask her what was new and exciting in the world of local food here in northern Westchester. ¬†She didn’t hesitate with her answer.

“Maison-Priv√©,” she told us.

“Maze on who…?”


“Maison-Priv√©. ¬†A special catering team in Greenwich, but working in New York, both in the city and in Westchester, and in Fairfield County. ¬†And the most special thing about them is I’m their new pastry chef!” ¬†And with that, we really had to investigate.

Maison-Privé is the brainchild of insanely talented chefs, and married couple, Jennifer and James Vellano.  Having met in the kitchen of Per Se (after both had already staged and cooked in some of the finest restaurants in the world) they founded Maison-Privé in 2008 as a boutique catering company, specializing in custom menus.vellanossmall

What sets Maison-Priv√© apart, beyond the world-class talents of its partners, is the commitment to locality and sustainability in the sourcing of ingredients, and the dynamic, interconnected relationship they enjoy with farmers and farms. ¬†Also, they’re the kind of people who, when they want a dedicated pizza oven, build one on their own instead of buying it.

To get the Maison-Priv√© experience for yourself, you really need to visit them at their tasting room. ¬†Seats are limited to 12, and reservations are first-come, first-served. ¬†Be sure to sign up for their private mailing list; that’s the best way to get in-the-know about their special events.

And don’t forget to mention that Bedford 2020 sent you.

And be sure to try one of Shelley’s desserts. ¬†You won’t be sorry!