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Delighting The Taste Buds

Nearly 250 people attended the Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Culinary Delights on Monday, April 28 at the historic Glen Cove Mansion, where they had an opportunity to sample food and beverages from dozens of different area businesses. 

 

“Attendees raved about the gourmet selections and were more than satisfied with the high quality of the signature samplings,” says Phyllis Gorham, the executive director of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce. “Praise was aplenty from so many who all vowed to return next year with more family and friends.”

 

Participants included restaurants, retail food purveyors, bakeries, assisted living facilities, the Glen Cove Hospital and several beer and wine providers. There were more than 40 owners, chefs and representatives serving a huge variety of foods and drinks. The event is a big attraction for both vendors and attendees since it allows business owners the chance to promote their offerings while giving potential customers a chance to perhaps discover something new. From local restaurants such as the Downtown Cafe, Sopah Thai

Kitchen and La Bussola providing samples of their various cuisine to the Bayville-based Suzie Cakez offering mini-cupcakes, the event goes beyond Glen Cove. 

 

“The Chamber takes great pride in planning this event for both the food industry players and the communities, far and wide, presenting introductions and future patronage,” says Gorham. “Our mission is to ‘enhance the health and profitability of our member businesses’ and we believe this evening was the perfect example of achieving our goal.”

 

Attendees over the age of 21 could partake in the sampling of wine and beer, from those close to home as well as Southold-based Cellier Wines and their innovative dispensing system of French wines to Hicksville-based Jac’s and their delicious gluten-free baked goods.

 

“The Chamber is very grateful to all participants, including the vendors selling goods and services relating to the food industry,” says Gorham. “A very big thank you to the many, many generous donors who contributed to our biggest number of raffle baskets ever! 

Raffles donors formed an extensive list of businesses bringing in almost 70 baskets!  This was beyond our expectations and a big thank you to each and every contributor. Winners went home extremely happy with their good fortune.”

 

She says the committee worked “hard and diligently to oversee all details for the perfect evening.” This year’s added ambiance included the live music of harpist Janet King and guitarist Brandon Lubrano.  She notes that the mansion “is simply a natural host” for the event, yet it is from the support of participants, donors and attendees that the Culinary Delights can continue each year so successfully.  

 

Sponsors included Astoria Federal Savings Bank, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Continental Tax Planners and Glen Cove Hospital; a portion of the proceeds were donated to the North Shore Sheltering Program.  

 

The committee members are: Dr. Maxine Cappel Mayreis, D.C., DACS, board member; Phyllis Gorham, Executive Director; Mary Stanco, President, Laffey Fine Homes Intl. Glen Cove; Jennifer Barrett, The Regency at Glen Cove; Betsy Gibbs, board member, Worth

Repeating Boutique Consignment Shop; Patti Greco-Cavallaro, Humana; Debra Orgel-Gordon, Gem Craft Boutique; Dean Mayreis, Health and Wellness Center; Maureen Nickel, BrightStar of North Nassau; Jason Samel, VP Board Member, JayMar Insurance; John Schneidawin, treasurer, Bethpage Federal Credit Union; Michelle Zeitlin, Yellowbook, HIBU.


News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


Columns

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