Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 25 November 2011 00:00
The taste of Mineola is rampant along Jericho Turnpike from Herricks to Roslyn Road. It’s style can been seen from Fox’s near Station Plaza to Tsontos Furs on 2nd Street. Both joined forces on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Jericho Terrace to showcase what Mineola’s business district has to offer.
The Mineola Chamber of Commerce presented Taste and Style in Mineola with a slew of local restaurants, ranging from Vinoco, Churrasquiera Bairrada, Willy Parkers, to Chef’s Corner, Jonathan’s to Uncle Bacalas, Heart of Portual, Frantoni’s, Piccolo’s, Piccola Bussola, Pasta Vino, Eleanor Rigby’s, Jericho Terrace, among others.
The proceeds of the event will benefit Mineola-based organizations including Friends of Mineola Library, Island Harvest, Mineola Athletic Association, Mineola Auxiliary Police, Mineola Fire Department, MVAC, Mineola VFW, Mineola Youth and Family Services, Mineola American Legion and American Red Cross on Long Island.
“We’ve gathered here tonight to showcase Mineola and so far it’s been a spectacular time,” Chamber of Commerce President Ray Sikorski said. “This is truly a special night. We have so many restaurants and businesses here. I hope everyone is enjoying his or herself. We’re always looking for ways to add to the festivities.”
Indeed they did enjoy. Gala-goers had a chance to sample all the fine cuisines of Mineola. One attendee couldn’t help but go for seconds.
“I’ve gone to the Bairraida table at least twice so far,” she said. “It’s too delicious.”
Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, a guest speaker and model for the evening, said he appreciated that so many came out to support Mineola.
“It’s a great night,” he said. “To see so many here, it warms me that so many support this great village.”
It even caught the attention of 7th District Senator Jack Martins
“This is what Mineola is all about,” Martins said. “Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce bringing together all of our businesses, all of our restaurants, our residents partaking. No one does it better than the Chamber. You’ll never have a better chance to try Mineola’s finest cuisine in one spot.”
Mineola native and television and web video host Lauren Scala served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the fashion show. Scala serves as the traffic reporter on WNBC’s Today in New York.
“Thanks for having me,” she said. “It was nice to be back. A lot of things have changed since I was back; like Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira. When I was in high school he was just class advisor Paul Pereira,” Scala said, prompting some laughs from the crowd.
Bill Greene of Tsontos Furs put on a runway fashion show featuring Mineola merchants. Tony Lubrano of Piccola Bussola put together the group of restaurants that featured a variety of specialties.
“I want to thank everyone for coming out for this special evening,” Greene said. “It’s a great way to showcase a great village. All of the businesses and restaurants that participated, I thank you as well.”