by: Project REACH
The 9th Annual Denim and Diamond’s Chef’s Secrets event was a smashing success. Weeks of planning and a suspenseful countdown led to the monumental food and wine tasting event. Long Island’s premiere chefs and vendors provided guests with sweet and savory flavor experiences. Guests came to support LIAAC and BiasHELP’s programs outfitted in their best denim and brightest diamonds. Chef’s Secrets 9 began at 2:00 with a VIP champagne cocktail hour on the patio of the de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury.
The event offered a 50/50 raffle, mystery box sales, Chinese auction, silent auction, and live auction bidding . Amongst the eye catching auction items were: an overnight stay at Mohegan Sun and dinner for two; four VIP tent passes to the 2014 Hampton Classic Horse Show; an exquisite diamond necklace from D. Rao & Company Jewelers in NYC; a Disney Package with two round-trip Southwest Airlines Tickets, a one week stay at Orange Lake Resort in Florida, and so many more amazing items. Food and wine tasting began at 3:00 with wondrous chefs, vendors, and dessert stations placed within the mansion.
The culinary artists present were: Frank Cammarata from Ciao Baby in Massapequa, Robert Ehrlich from Star Academy in Syosset, Lou Fa Yong of Pearl East in Manhasset, Jeanie Annecco of Jeanie’s Bakery in East Rockaway, Eric Lobignat of Bon Bons Chocolatier in Huntington, Oscar Martinez of Havana Central in Garden City, Christopher Taylor of Chris & Tell Cakes in Hempstead, Jeri Woodhouse of Taste of the North Fork in Cutchogue, George Schneider of Star Career Academy in Syosset, Julio Velasquez of Sage Bistro, and the de Seversky Culinary Team.
The lively emcee of the night was Stone Grissom, Anchorman for News 12 Long Island. Stone Grissom presented the 50/50 raffle and the Live Auction.
Sponsors included: Walgreens, Dr. Print, Conover Consulting, Chembio Diagnostic Systems, IT Savvy, B & C Office Furniture, Jordan & Leslie Mayer, Suffolk County National Bank, CT Networks, Zapken & Loeb, The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk County New York, and Stagg, Terenzi, Confusione & Wabnik Attorneys at Law.
Vendors were: Banfi Vinters, Coffee Distributing Corp., Dynamic Beverages, Orange V, Riverboat Rye, Fedway Imports Co. Inc., Ice Miracles, McKenzie’s Hard Cider, and Nicolas Feuillatte.
A special thanks to all businesses that donated goods and services that truly made Chef’s Secrets 9 an event to remember. With the help of our chef’s, vendors, and sponsors Chef’s Secrets successfully raised funds for programs that deal with bullying, cyber-bullying, bias incidents, and help those infected/affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information on Chef’s Secrets 9 or to view the soon to be posted photo gallery from the event visit: chefssecrets.org