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Great Chefs of Long Island

Honoree John Bohlen and Jim Wood

The Family Service League’s Great Chefs of Long Island was spectacular.  Over six hundred guests attended this past Sunday’s event held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The space was ample enough to provide room to roam from one incredible food offering to the next.  Forty of the finest Long Island restaurants chosen by FSL board member and former New York Times food critic, Richard Scholem, donated their time and talent.  Seaholm Wines and Liquors owner, Ted Ryder did a grand job of donating his own tasty wine selection as well as spearheading the recruitment of Long Island’s finest wineries who donated their time and best vintages.

Seaholm's asks, "What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile"*

The FSL league had three honorees for the day.  Jonah and Lynn Kaufman were awarded the 2009 Community Leadership award, the Bohlsen Family was awarded the 2009 Restaurateurs of the Year Award and NYS Senator Carl Marcellino was chosen for the Government Leadership Award.   These honorees have been most benevolent towards the FSL’s mission. Over $250,000 was raised at this event alone and will be distributed among the forty-six programs that the FSL sponsors here in Huntington.

Any foodie or oenophile would gladly pay at least the cost of the $150 ticket for such a vast selection of gastronomic treats, but to know that almost every cent goes directly to help someone in need makes for an extra rush. Put next  year’s 19th Annual Great Chefs of Long Island Event on you Christmas list and you won’t want for anything else.

* Quote by William Sokolin

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