By Dr. Gail Barouh
The fact that we had to change the date of our 8th annual Chef’s Secrets to January 27, 2013 because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy has not put a damper on the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming event. In just a few weeks, we will be at the beautiful de Seversky Center in Old Westbury, celebrating with food and wine. The event is produced by the Long Island Network of Community Services, Inc. (LINCS) to benefit the Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc. (LIAAC), and BiasHELP, Inc.
This year we will be honoring Robert P. McBride, Senior Vice President Business Development, Park Strategies, LLC and Humberto Cruz, Director, New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute. Some of our Chef’s are; Anthony Castelli from LaParma II, Christina Costanzo from the Melting Pot, Robert Ehrlich and George Schneider from Star Career Academy, Mario Pecoraro from Arlotta Food Studio, Christopher Taylor from Chris and tell Cakes, Julio Velasquez from Sage Bistro and Renzo Pedrazzi from La Marmite.
Once again, Stone Grissom from News 12 will be our Master or Ceremonies. Chef Robert Ehrlich will be auctioning off his services at the event to some lucky bidder! Our Live Auction will also give you the opportunity to bid on a trip, attend a special event, win luxury items, all for a reasonable starting bid. Generous gift baskets will be offered at our Chinese Auction, and you’ll get the opportunity to find out what’s in our thrilling and fun “Mystery Boxes.” And of course there’s our 50/50 Raffle for a chance splitting a maximized pot of $25,000!
With over 350 attendees, last year’s event raised over $150,000 to help support LIAAC and BiasHELP. With top quality Chef’s from great LI restaurants, exciting gift baskets and incredible live auction offerings, we hope to raise even more this year.