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2022 NYS Tourism Conference Menus: Meet Chef James Shannon

Mar 30, 2022

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Preparing a menu involves creativity, innovation and planning—which are all passions of Chef James (Jim) Shannon, a 40+ year hospitality veteran. He and his culinary team are devoted to artful details and have a reverence for using only the freshest and most flavorful ingredients.

Chef believes in using local vendors whenever possible to ensure the freshest quality while supporting our community. Much of the produce that we use comes to us from local farms such as Satur Farms on Long Island. Our cheese selections come from the local caves in the Hudson Valley such as Nettle Meadow and Adirondack Creamery and our Smoked Salmon comes from Catsmo in the Catskills

Chef Shannon fell in love with the culinary arts as a teenager while working in restaurants on the New Jersey shore during youthful summer vacations. Having attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Chef Shannon started his professional career working in award-winning restaurants throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, until his career took him to sunny California with Hilton Hotels. Chef Shannon's memorable accomplishments include preparing meals for various Heads of State - including then-President Ronald Reagan - at the venerable Beverly Hilton Hotel, while also preparing dinners for the internationally acclaimed Golden Globe Awards.

Sonesta is proud to have Chef Shannon heading up our culinary brigade here in beautiful White Plains, NY. He is actively involved with City of White Plains and Westchester County organizations and works with local/regional educational institutes on initiatives such as career days and countless other signature social events. Chef has mentored many interns and associates throughout his career who have shared his passion for all things food.

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We are confident you and your guests will enjoy a most memorable and much talked about the gastronomic experience from our kitchen and food services team!

- Sonesta White Plains Team

Dine with us at the 2022 NYS Tourism Conference and explore a flavorful Westchester experience! Menus have been carefully-selected to highlight the best the region has to offer, and may be updated based on seasonality.

Register ENHANCED Final.pngWednesday, April 20 at 12 PM - Hosted by ROVE

Opening Day Luncheon with Roger Dow - “THE BESTCHESTER":

      • Assorted soft drinks, water, freshly-brewed regular/decaffinated coffee and assorted teas
      • Artisan salad (lettuce with cucumbers, tomatoes, diced eggs, bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, cruotons, mushrooms, black olives, beets, carrots and jicama)
      • Roasted Cauliflower with walnuts, peppers, scallions and capers
      • Mains Station:
        • Chilled Marinated Flank Steak
        • Grilled Chicken Breast
        • Chimichurri Marinated Shrimp
      • Marinated and Grilled Asparagus
      • Red and Yellow Roasted Peppers
      • Oven Roasted Tomatoes
      • Freshly Baked Garlic Bread
      • Crème Brulee
      • Mini Fruit Tarts

Dinner - Freestyle*

* Freestyle dinner not included in registration. The Sonesta White Plains is conveniently located within walking distance of multiple fantastic restaurants in the downtown area, of which recommendations will be provided by Visit Westchester.

Thursday, April 21 at 8 AM - Hosted by MOWER


      • Freshly-brewed regular/decafinated coffee and assorted teas
      • Chilled orange and cranberry juices
      • Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
      • Grilled Banger Sausage
      • Applewood Smoked Bacon
      • Breakfast Potatoes
      • Sliced Fresh Seasonal Fruits and Berries
      • Freshly Baked Muffins and Croissants
      • Assorted Bagels served with cream cheese, sweet butter and fruit preserves


      • Variations introduced based on seasonal availability

Dinner at Kanopi

      • Included Beverages:
        • Filtered water, soda juice
        • Delta Cafe's Coffees, Harney & Sons Teas
        • House sparkling, red & white wine
        • Craft bee
      • Passed Canapes
        • Kale Taco with citrus and avocado puree
        • English Pea Soup with herb oil
        • Lump Crabmeat Croquette with honey mustard
        • Pigs in a Blanket - phyllo dough and spicy mustard
        • Carne Asada Triangle - phyllo dough, garlic, chilli
      • Chef's Cheese, Charcuterie & Vegetable Display
        • Chef's Selection of Artisinal Cheeses and Accouterments
        • Chouriço, Linguica, Presunto
        • Mixed Olives
        • Za'atar Hummus served with carrots, celery, cucumber, & peppers
        • Blistered Shishito Peppers
        • Grissini Breadsticks
      • Dinner Stations
        • Vegetable Paella Station - artichoke hearts, brussels sprouts, tomatoes
        • Roasted Chicken - lemon, white wine, vinegar peppers
        • Israeli Cous Cous Salad - preserved tomato, pepitas
        • Kale Caesar Salad - Parmigiano Reggiano, garlic breadcrumbs
      • Dessert Display & Coffee Station
        • Assorted Macarons
        • Chocolate Chip Cookies
        • Pasteis Nata - Portuguese Custard Tarts
        • Seasonal Fruit Salad