Queens Centers for Progress brought together more than 500 people for the 27th annual “Evening of Fine Food” on February 28, an evening celebrating community, resilience, and the value of giving.
The in-person event at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, raised more than $120,000 to support the longtime organization’s programs and services, assisting more than 1,200 individuals with developmental disabilities to lead more independent lives.
Attending elected officials included Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and New York City Council Member James Gennaro.
Participating restaurants included: Aigner Chocolates, Althea’s Tropical Delights LLC, Austin’s Ale House, Bevo’s Kitchen, LLC, Biski’s Bakery, Blueberry’s Bakery, Bourbon Street, Café Renis, Citizen Cider, Co Co La Reve, Four Four South Village, Havana Central, Il Bacco NY, Kaieteur Restaurant, Khalil’s Biryani House, MadeFresh Organic, Marbella Restaurant & Catering, Mezze – A Mediterranean Experience, MumsKitchens NYC, My Kitchen Events, Neir’s Tavern, One Station Plaza, PaNash Eurosoul, Papazzio Restaurant & Catering, Philly Pretzel Factory – Forest Hills, QB Lobster House, RECONNECT Cafe at Thomas Berry Place, Remy’s Italian Restaurant, Rincon Salvadoreno Restaurant, Rockaway Brewing Company, Schmidt’s Candy, Stop & Shop, Taste of Nepal, Taverna Kyclades, The Wine Room of Forest Hills, Trattoria 35 and Zaab Zaab (as well as returning chefs Frank Macchio of the Flushing Rotary Club and Dan Leone of QPTV.
PIX11 Reporter Greg Mocker emceed the evening, as QCP honored three “Chefs of the Year,” people who have made an impact and a difference in the community: Frank Wu, President, Queens College; Brett Swanson, Community Affairs & Social Impact, Grubhub; and recognized the Leadership Team at Stop & Shop. In addition to being honored, the “Chefs” served their community in a different way — by cooking a family specialty!
QCP also presented the Claire Shulman Spirit of Community Award to Detective Tanya Duhaney, Community Affairs Bureau, NYPD South. Other special guests included writer and host Rick Bedrosian (I Could Eat), food writer, author and culinary tour guide Joe DiStefano (111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss), and Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello (Breaking Bread).
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