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Storm Doesn’t Dampen Fun at Chef’s Secrets 8

Despite the fact that Superstorm Sandy forced us to change the date, “foodies” and wine aficionados from all over Long Island were not deterred. Chef’s Secrets 8 went on without a hitch at the de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury on January 27, 2013 where guests experienced the tastes of a lifetime. Everyone who attended enjoyed a feast of the most superb food, desserts, pastries and wine. More excitement rounded out the evening with raffles and silent auctions which gave guests the opportunity to try their luck and win top quality prizes while in turn giving back to their community.

The Hempstead Select Choral, under the direction of Ms. Rachel A. Blackburn, sang throughout the evening. They have received national recognition and have performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Lincoln Center and have won international competitions.  Their ethereal music echoed through the halls of the mansion, delighting guests.

A VIP Cocktail Party for the event sponsors started at 5pm. This years honorees were Mr. Humberto Cruz, Director of the AIDS Institute and Robert P. McBride, Vice President at Park Strategies.

Fifteen specially-selected Master Chefs from Long Island donated their time and talent by graciously preparing and serving their mouth-watering signature dishes and desserts to over 250 guests in attendance. Reputable wine, liquor, brewery and coffee vendors provided tastings of their products which added a celebratory flair to the event. Local and nationwide companies made in-kind product/service donations that were used to create silent auction and Chinese auction baskets.

Our emcee for the evening was the charismatic Stone Grissom, anchorman for News 12 Long Island. Mr. Grissom engaged our audience throughout the event and during the live auction he was joined by Robert P. McBride, who auctioned off a day of fishing on his 52’ yacht and the lively Chef Robert Ehrlich, offering the winner his culinary services.

To see pictures, go to our gallery on the Chef’s Secrets website at, or visit our Facebook page at .

Held annually, Chef’s Secrets 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. Chef’s Secrets 8 raised over $150,000 to help support programs and much needed services to individuals and families living on Long Island who are affected by HIV/ AIDS and other infectious diseases, bias related crimes, poverty and hunger. This event would not be possible without the support and participation of the Chefs, Vendors, Sponsors, Donors, Guests, Volunteers and Staff. Please visit our website to view more pictures from this event and make sure to save the date for Chef’s Secrets 9 on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

LINCS, LIAAC and BiasHELP would like to personally thank the following supporters for making this event such a huge success.


Stone Grissom, News 12 Long Island


Mr. Humberto Cruz, Director of the AIDS Institute and Robert P. McBride, Vice President at Park Strategies


Jordon & Leslie Mayer, Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc., Walgreens Pharmacies, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Long Island Banana Corporation, OraSure Technologies, Stagg, Terenzi, Confusione & Wabnik Attorneys at Law, On Target Impressions, My Benefit Advisor, Clean All Maintenance Co., Conover Consulting, B&C Office Furniture, McGladrey Consulting Services, Dahna Bender, Veolia Transportation, Flushing Bank, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.


Mario Pecoraro (Arlotta Food Studio) Christina Costanzo (The Melting Pot), Anthony Castelli (La Parma II), de Seversky Culinary Team, Leisa Dent (LL Dent), Robert Ehrlich and George Schneider (Star Career Academy), Renzo Pedrazzi (La Marmite), Rosario Naimo (Bella Dolce), Christopher Taylor (Chris and Tell Cakes), Julio Velasquez (Sage Bistro), Jarid Futerman (Corinne’s Concepts in Catering LTD), Roberto Portillo (Apertif Bistro), Kayisha Thompson (Pink Princess Pastry, LLC), Mona Sokhi (Cakes by Mona).


Boening Bros, Inc, Bridge Brand Sales, Brooklyn Brewery, Coffee Distributing Corp., Fedway Imports Co., Inc., Ice Sculpture Pro, National Refrescos, Redemption Rye & Bourbon, Riverboat Rye and Orange V.

A special thanks to all businesses that generously donated goods and services to help make Chef’s Secrets 8 a huge success. Full list at


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