ARC of Rockland’s 18th annual A Taste of Rockland drew a record crowd of 450 and raised $100,000 at the September 23 event at the Hilton Pearl River. More than 50 restaurants served up a panoply of dishes ranging from the familiar to the exotic. Fine wines and spirits, a martini bar, and an over the top dessert showcase were all part of this culinary extravaganza for the benefit of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
“The food is excellent, magnificent,“ said Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato , a member of ARC’s Foundation Board. Christopher Eigenmann of Alain’s French Bistro in Nyack joined his father, Alain Eigenmann as served their savory dish. “This is my first time here,” said the younger Mr. Eigenmann scanning the crowd. “It’s exciting and it is for a good cause.”
ARC of Rockland Executive Director Carmine Marchionda thanked the guests, chefs, restaurateurs, sponsors and the many people who donated gifts to the silent auction and tricky tray for their participation in the Taste. “What sets us apart is involvement of family, our team of dedicated staffers, our business associates and friends. Magic happens every day at ARC of Rockland because we focus on the people we support.”
The following restaurants and other establishments donated their labor and cuisine and beverages at A Taste of Rockland 2013: Absolut Vodka, Alain’s French Bistro & Alain’s Wine and Tapas, American Burrito, Antoine McGuire’s Oyster & Ale House, At Your Service NY , Aunt Mia’s Sweets, Baked by Angels, Banchetto Feast, Bella Gianna’s, Black Velvet, Blue Moon, Carousel Cakes, Constellation Brands, Cookie Girl Bake Shop, Crowne Plaza Suffern, Del’Arte Family Ristorante, Delicato Wines, Dingman’s Dairy, 8 North Broadway, Giulio’s, Hudson Valley Cakery, Hudson Water Club, Italiana’s, Jackson Family Vineyards, Jimmy’s on Main, Just Buns, Kahlua, Majestic Wines, Marcello’s Ristorante, Matisse Chocolatier, Maura’s Kitchen, Mt. Fuji, Palm Bay Wines, Pasta Cucina of Stony Point, Patisserie Didier Dumas, Ravi Continental Cuisine, Restaurant 1915 and Blue Roof Tapas Bar at Bear Mountain Inn, Restaurant X & Bully Boy Bar, Rockland Bakery, Samuel Adams, Slovenia Vodka, Southern Wine & Spirits, Ste. Michelle Wines, The ‘76 House, The Filling Station, The Hudson House of Nyack, The Market Eatery, The Porter House Restaurant, The Turn, The Wine Group, Two Henrys, Two Spear Street, Union Restaurant & Bar Latino, Voss Water, and Wasabi.
To learn more about ARC of Rockland please visit www.arcofrockland.org or visit ARC on Facebook.