About Jeff Whalen’s Life

Jeffrey Whalen at the beachJeff Whalen grew up in New York. First in Katonah, and then made a family and planted roots in Yorktown Heights, NY, as a father of two boys.  His close friends in high school and college would call him “Al.”

Mr. Jeff Whalen went to John Jay High School, and eventually went on to Boston to earn a pair of undergraduate degrees in Performance and Music Education from Berklee College of Music. Whalen would eventually earn a master’s degree in Performance [Jazz concentration] at SUNY Purchase College in Purchase, New York.




Jeff had so many interests and hobbies.  His favorite radio stations were:
Whalen had taught himself a lot about carpentry and gardening over the years, going so far as to build a raised garden bed:
Jeffrey Whalen with Wood Blocks
Jeffrey Whalen Building Raised Garden Bed
But Jeff’s big carpentry project was a tree house for his children.  It took a while to build because he was determined not to put a single nail into the living structures…so he built around the trees!  The challenge came in working around the extensive root systems of the trees in question.  Jeff played it all by ear, his specialty in music, but in carpentry it went one step forward and two steps back!  While it wasn’t easy, the end product was complete with an indoor table, benches, windows as well as a side pulley delivery bucket system that his boys helped to build.
Jeffrey Whalen - Tree House photo
Jeff loved eating just as much as he loved cooking!
Jeffrey Whalen having lunch
In the beginning, Jeff Whalen developed his culinary skills by starting with Cooks Illustrated magazine:
His most recent favorite magazine was:
Of TV shows, Jeff truly enjoyed New Scandinavian Cooking.
Jeff made frequent use of the popular site yelp.com when choosing a spot for his family to dine at.
Jeff’s favorite recipes. These smells often delighted the olfactory sense in the Whalen household for guest and resident alike:
Jeff truly cherished being outdoors.  Some of his favorite activities were following soccer, swimming, biking, running and traveling around New York and the USA.
Jeffrey Whalen hiking in the rainforestJeffrey Whalen traveling in Hawaii


Jeffrey Whalen adventure - outdoorsJeffrey Whalen traveling in DC
Jeff grew up in Katonah’s swimming pools as he was a fixture in the Katonah Swim Team.  They recently celebrated their 50th reunion!
Follow these links to the Katonah Swim Team: