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Chef’s Secrets 9 on the Horizon

by: Gail Barouh

 The time is approaching for LIAAC’s ninth annual Chef’s Secrets event. The festivities will take place on November 3rd from 3-6 pm at the de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury. The theme this year is Denim and Diamonds, a casual spin on elegance. Each year, the Long Island Network of Community Services, Inc. (LINCS) hosts the event.We hope that those in the community will show their support by attending Chef’s Secrets.

 Chef’s Secrets is a wine and food tasting event. Tasting stations will be positioned where you can try some of the greatest dishes on the island, made by local culinary chefs. So far, there are thirteen chefs on the lineup: Robert Ehrlich of Star Career Academy, Nilka Hendricks of Rachel’s Waterside Grill in Freeport, Oscar Martinez of Garden City’s Havana Central Restaurant, Christopher Taylor of Chris & Tell Cakes in Hempstead, George Schneider of Star Career Academy in Syosset, Robert Portillo from Sage Bistro, Leisa Den of LL Dent in Carle Place, Cathy Huang of Pearl East in Manhasset, Rosario Naimo of Bella Dolce, Frank Cammarata from Ciao Baby in Massapequa, Eric Lobignat of Bon Bons Chocolatier in Huntington, Jeri Woodhouse of A Taste of the North Fork in Cutchogue, and of course the fabulous culinary team at the de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury, and more to come. There will also be vendors in attendance with selections of wines, cocktails, ciders, and beers: Banfi Vinters, Coffee Distributing Corp, McKenzie’s Hard Cider, National Refrescos, Vindagra U.S.A, Casa de Vinos, Boening Bros., Fedway Imports CO., Bridge Brands Sales, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte and so much more.

 Some of the other festivities at this elegant food and wine tasting celebration include a live Auction, where guests will have a chance to bid on desirable luxury items, a Chinese auction with magnificent baskets containing something for everyone. You can purchase mystery boxes—take a chance and pick a box for a secret prize inside. The contents are always worth more than you pay.

Last but not least, there will be a 50/50 raffle. Even more exciting are the causes the event supports. The proceeds raised by Chef’s Secrets will help those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, bring awareness to the pressing issue of bullying, techno bullying, and hate crimes.  These issues affect all of our communities on Long Island.

On Sunday, November 3rd, we hope to see you supporting these causes in your finest denim and sparkling diamonds. To purchase a ticket, donate goods or services, or to view scenes from last year’s Chef Secret’s, visit: To stay in touch with the latest information on Chef’s Secrets, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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