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Area’s Top Chefs Raise $150,000 for Heart Health

More than 1,000 food and wine enthusiasts feasted on the finest foods, desserts, pastries and wines served in the Long Island/New York metro area at the 15th Annual “Evening of Good Taste” culinary extravaganza. Held at the Crest Hollow Country Club on March 10, the event raised $150,000 in support of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Health.

“The mission of Evening of Good Taste is to serve as a showcase for the region’s culinary artists and support the growth and expansion of South Nassau Communities Hospital” said Stephen Bello, C.E.C., A.A.C., South Nassau’s award-winning executive chef, who founded the event. “The event continues to fulfill its mission because of the extraordinary support it receives from South Nassau’s administration and my colleagues.”

Held annually since 1994, “Evening of Good Taste” showcases the very best foods, desserts and wines in the region and serves as an official competition to determine the top culinary artists and vintners on Long Island and the New York metro area as judged by a team of certified executive chefs from the tri-state region. The competition has divisions for schools, restaurants, vintners, bakeries and ice sculptors and awards are given for appetizers, entrées, desserts, overall table presentation, bread, viennoise, pastries, decorated cakes, wine display and vendor display.

The results of the competition are as follows: People’s Choice Award – Sodexho; Chocolate Pavilion People’s Choice Award – Sweet Karma; Restaurant DivisionAppetizer: Butterfields (Squab); Entrée: Babylon Carriage House (Veal Short Ribs); Dessert: Team Long Island (Panna Cotta); Overall Table Presentation: Sitar; ACF Gold Medal Restaurant: Butterfields; Ice Carving – Empire Ice Carving; ACF Gold Medal Bakery: Baking by Design; BakeryBread: Roe’s Casa Dolce (Uggly Bread); Viennoise: Baking by Design (Dulce Leche); Pastry: Sweet Karma (Reverse Black & Tan); Decorated Cakes: Baking By Design (Wedding Cake); Best Wine Display – Duckwalk; Best Vendor Display – Bragard; Heart Healthy Recipes: Dessert: Bari Tech (Apple Gelee); Entrée: Sodexho (Scallop) Appetizer: Sodexho (Duck Roulade); Student DivisionAppetizer: NYIT (Duck Trio)); Entrée: Bari Tech (Red Snapper); Dessert: Eastern Suffolk Boces (Almond Cake); Best Student Display: NYIT.

The event proceeds benefit South Nassau Communities Hospital’s new Center for Cardiovascular Health, the cornerstone of its cardiac care initiative to meet the pressing need for advanced interventional cardiology services on Long Island’s south shore.

The Center’s Interventional Cardiology program is directed by renowned interventional cardiologist Jason Freeman, MD, FACC. In the most recent New York State Department of Health statistics for (percutaneous) coronary interventions, Dr. Freeman was one of only four interventional cardiologists in the entire state to achieve the “double asterisk” status, which means that Dr. Freeman has a significantly lower rate of mortality than the statewide average.

South Nassau is the only hospital in the South Shore of Nassau County permitted to provide angioplasty in an emergency or on an elective or non-emergency basis. In the event you, a loved one or friend need angioplasty it can be performed on the spot at South Nassau in a state-of-the-art facility that is equipped with the latest advancements in digital cardiovascular and interventional imaging systems to perform carotid stenting, vascular and interventional procedures and a wide range of peripheral procedures, including balloon angioplasty and thrombolytic therapy.

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