On September 16, 2015, dozens of Long Island restaurants, wineries, bakeries, and spirit companies gathered at the renowned Chateau Briand in Carle Place in support of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. (ucpn) for the 12th Annual Taste & Toast the Town fundraiser.  We are extremely grateful to the Co-Chairmen Joe Mandaro and Victor Scotto, Jr.

Since the event’s inception in 2004, it has been a very popular and successful fundraiser for the ucpn. Over 500 guests sampled food and wine in the beautiful outdoor South Beach setting at the Chateau.  A highlight of the evening was a demonstration of the UPSEE, a new piece of mobility equipment currently being used by students at the Children’s Learning Center at ucpn.

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Judging was done by chefs from the American Culinary Foundation of Long Island:

 -Lawrence Weiss, CCC, CCE, ACE, AAC, Culinary Arts Instructor at Suffolk Community College Culinary Evaluator for Royal Caribbean International

Richard Simon, CSC, CCE, Chef Instructor, Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Oakdale

– John Murphy, Culinary Arts Instructor Center for Kosher Culinary Arts, Barry Tech Nassau BOCES.

2015 Culinary Winners:
First Place Appetizer – Star Career Academy’s tuna tartar
Second Place Appetizer – View Grill’s conch fritter
Third Place Appetizer – Page One’s crostini sampler

First Place Entree –  Mara’s Homemade jambalaya
Second Place Entree –  Runyon’s pan tanned mahi mahi
Third Place Entree –  Rachel’s Waterside Grill’s crab cakes

First Place Dessert – Sweet Surrender Bake House
Second Place Dessert – Wild Lizzy’s saltine sampler
Third Place Dessert – Mara’s Homemade bluegrass pie

Best Overall Table – Cardinali Bakery

People’s Choice Award – Limani

2015 Wine Awards:
White wines:
Gold- Las Brisas 2013, (white blend) Spain from Aviva Wine
Silver – Lanzier 2014, (Verdejo) Spain from VINOFIAMMA
Bronze – Maso Poli 2014, (Pinot Grigio) Italy from Vias Wines

Red wines:
Gold – Domaine Cabirau 2013 (red blend) France From Vision Wine Brands
Silver – Juan Gil 18 Mesas 2013 (red blend) Spain from Opici Wines – Bodegas Juan Gil
Bronze – Le Sughere di Frassinello 2012 (red blend) Italy from Vias

Congratulations to all!

Entertainment was provided by the Andre Phillips Caribbean Band and Matt Marshak.  There were wonderful raffle prizes including a Celebrity Cruise with round trip airfare and a trip to the Western Caribbean!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR $5,000 RAFFLE WINNER, ANTHONY G. FROM STONY BROOK!  A huge thank you to all who participated in our raffle. We truly appreciate your support!!

Congratulations and thank you to all of the establishments that participated in this year’s event. For information about the next annual Taste & Toast the Town event to be held on September 14, 2016 at the Chateau Briand please call 516-378-2000 x351.

We encourage you to visit and support these establishments and brands:

Chateau Briand                              440 Old Country Rd. – Carle Place, NY 11514 – 516-334-6125

Fox Hollow                                      7725 Jericho Tpke. – Woodbury, NY 11797 – 516-921-1415

Limani                                            1043 Northern Blvd. – Roslyn, NY 11576 – 516-869-8989

Verde Wine Bar & Ristorante       450 Commack Rd. – Deer Park, NY 11729 – 631-242-8902

RARE 650                                        650 Jericho Tpke. – Syosset, NY 11791 – 516-496-8000

Hound Entertainment Group       4117 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage, NY 11714  516-350-0123

DJ  Chef                                           Island Park, NY 11558 – djchef@djchef.com – 516-263-2433

West East Bistro                            758 S. Broadway – Hicksville, NY 11801 – 516-939-6618

Celebrity Cruises                          516-524-2068

View Grill Restaurant                  111 Lattingtown Rd. – Glen Cove, NY 11542 – 516-200-9603

Page One                                      90 School Street – Glen Cove, NY 11542 – 516-676-2800

Iavorone Bros.                            1166 Wantagh Ave. – Wantagh, NY 11793 – 516-781-6400

Runyon’s                                      3928 Merrick Rd. – Seaford, NY 11783 – 516-279-1949

California Pizza Kitchen             1256 Old Country Rd. – Westbury, NY 11590 – 516-683-3338

Mara’s Homemade                     236 West Jericho Tpke. – Syosset, NY 11791 – 516-682-9200

Piccolo Bussola                           970 West Jericho Tpke. – Huntington, NY 11743 – 631-692-6300

Seasons 52                                  630 Old Country Rd. – Garden City, NY 11530 – 516-248-5252

Rachel’s Waterside Grill             Guy Lombardo Blvd. – Freeport, NY 11520 – 516-232-4300

Mio Posto                                    2757 Long Beach Rd. – Oceanside, NY 11572 – 516-208-8030

Matteo’s Trattoria                     88 Mineola Ave. – Roslyn, NY 11577 – 516-484-0555

Uncle Bacala’s                           2370 Jericho Tpke. – Garden City Park, NY 11040 – 516-739-0505

Sweet Karma Desserts              550 East Meadow Ave. – East Meadow, NY 11554 – 516-794-4478

Sweet Surrender Bake House   297 Wantagh Ave. – Levittown, NY 11756 – 516-731-2424

American Classic Ice Cream     1565 5th Industrial Ct. – Bay Shore, NY 11706 – 631-666-1000

Cardinali Bakery                         465 Westbury Ave. – Carle Place, NY 11514 – 516-997-8968

Hope’s Land of Candy                3951 Long Beach Rd. – Island Park, NY 11558 – 516-544-2244

Wild Lizzy’s                                  3 Olive Court – Bethpage, NY 11714 – 516-859-8860

Flour Girl Cakes                          1875 Wantagh Ave. – Wantagh, NY 11793 – 516-221-1355

Serendipi Tea                               73 Plandome Rd. – Manhasset, NY 11030 – 516-365-7711

Coffee Distributing Corp.           200 Broadway – Garden City Park, NY 11040 – cdccoffee.com

Wine and Spirits

 Southern Wine & Spirits               

Empire Merchants

VINOFIAMMA

Boston Beer Company

Banfi Vintners

  1. Lohr Vineyards
  2. Edwards Wines  

Pop’s Wine & Spirits

Aviva Wines

Opici Wines

Vias Wines

Bodegas Hijos Juan Gil

Vision Wine Brands

Virginie Rolland Selection

Photos of our Event.  For more photos, please go to: www.facebook.com/ucpnTasteandToasttheTown