By John Milovcic and Lauren Jablonski
Charity balls brings out the best in everyone. They are designed that way. When a large group of people get together to support a cause only good things happen.
Last week Crest Hollow Country Club hosted the Long Island Hospitality Ball- Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund gala. Flying the flag for the Baldwin family were actors and celebrities Alec and William Baldwin.
The Baldwins are to Long Island’s movie scene as Billy Joel is to Long Island Music. They are Long Island’s A-listers. With dozens of titles under Alec’s belt such as The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross or The Departed and William’s like Backdraft and Flatliners, the Baldwins are big time.
The Carol M Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund is a foundation with a firm belief the key to finding a cure for breast cancer is by providing the doctors and research labs the proper funding to find a cure. At the heart of the ball is local small business. Local Moms and Pops crowded the spacious Crest Hollow Country Club.
On for some of the local businesses. We are going to start with Vincent’s Clam Bar in Carle Place. Chef Edward Marinelli is still preparing some of the best Italian food this side of Mulberry St. Vincent’s was serving some of the best meatballs since my mothers.
We first met the guys at Brixx and Barley at the Long Island Wing Festival a few weeks ago. I personally thought they should have won Festival Favorite but that’s a different discussion. They served this amazing Asian glazed skewered chicken. It was the enjoyment of a wing with out the mess. We were also really impressed with Evolution. They provided organic meals on wheels, yoga retreats and green cleaning services.
Cardinali’s Pastry Shop went simple. They brought bread. Bread is simple and filling- comfort food. Most supermarket bakeries forget one key element in bread. The flavor is in the crust! The samples I tried from Cardinali’s were fantastic. I cant wait to try their canolis and other pastries. Step over to the right was East Coast Roast. East Coast Roast is a local small business serve some of the best coffees in Long Island. In the 10 minutes we spend with them I had two 12 ounce iced coffees and another bold dark roast.
To help this great cause please visit http://longislandhospitalityball.org.