Where is the crossroads of art in New Rochelle, NY? It’s at Alvin & Friends Restaurant. You’ll find it all there–music (jazz in particular), painting, culinary, and mixology. And you’ll also find the art of hospitality. When you walk in the front door of Alvin & Friends Restaurant in New Rochelle, NY you are greeted as though you just came home. Alvin or Gwen Clayton will throw up their arms and welcome you as though you are about to dine in their home. They did the same with mixologist, chef, author, and teacher, Arlen Gargagliano, when they invited her to guest bartend for ladies night on the evening of November 12, 2015. Arlen arrived with her own concoctions in tow with which she would mix flavorful drinks for the crowd. She mixed with rave reviews from the crowd. The cocktails she made can be found in her book, Calypso Coolers.
There is always something special going on at Alvin & Friends and this night was certainly no exception. It was an evening filled with great libations by the talented Arlen Gargagliano with Alvin and Gwen providing super hospitality and Chef Raymond Jackson cooking up some soulful treats that mesh traditional southern American food with the Caribbean.