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Chefs Raise $125,000+ for Advancements in Orthopedic, Joint Health

More than 900 food and wine enthusiasts feasted on the finest foods, desserts, pastries and wines served in the Long Island/New York metro area at the 17th Annual “Evening of Good Taste” culinary extravaganza. Held at the Crest Hollow Country Club, the event raised more than $125,000 in support of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Center for Advanced Orthopedics.

“The primary ingredients for the success of the evening are the enduring support of South Nassau’s administration, sponsors, my culinary arts colleagues and the selfless efforts of the members of the event planning committee” said Stephen Bello, C.E.C., C.C.A., A.A.C., South Nassau’s award-winning executive chef, who is the founder of the event. “Evening of Good Taste fulfilled its mission of showcasing the region’s culinary artists while supporting the growth of South Nassau’s Center for Advanced Orthopedics as well as protecting the health and wellness of the environment.”

“Evening of Good Taste” showcases the very best foods, desserts and wines in the region and serves as an official competition to determine the top culinary artists and vintners on Long Island and the New York metro area as judged by a team of certified executive chefs from the tri-state region. The competition has divisions for schools, restaurants, vintners, bakeries and ice sculptors and awards are given for appetizers, entrées, desserts, overall table presentation, bread, pastries, decorated cakes, wine display and vendor display.

The results of the competition are as follows: People’s Choice Award – Sodexo; Restaurant DivisionAppetizer: Butterfields (Hawaiian Sea Bass); Entrée: Team Long Island (Short Ribs); Dessert: Watermill Caterers (Indian Pistachio Delight); Overall Table Presentation: Watermill Caterers; ACF Gold Medal Restaurant: Team Long Island; Ice Carving – Ice Fantasies; BakeryBread: Spiga (Stuffed Bread); Pastry: Michelle Makes Cakes (Red Velvet Cupcake); Decorated Cakes: Marney Cakes (Wedding Cakes); Best Wine Display – Martha Clara; Best Vendor Display – Boar’s Head; Student DivisionAppetizer: Joseph M. Barry Career & Educational Center (Duck Confit); Entrée: Eastern Suffolk BOCES (Beef Tenderloin); Dessert: Joseph M. Career & Education Center (Soups & Sandwich). This year’s “Evening of Good Taste” benefited South Nassau’s Center for Advanced Orthopedics. Orthopedists at South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Center for Advanced Orthopedics and its Long Island Joint Replacement Institute™ are using minimally invasive and image-guided surgical technology to perform joint replacement surgery and repair common and serious musculoskeletal injuries. Musculoskeletal injuries repaired at the Center include knee cartilage and ligaments tears; shoulder instability, impingement, recurrent dislocations and rotator cuff or labrum tears; foot and ankle and hand and upper extremity injuries.

In addition to total knee and hip replacement surgery, LIJRI surgeons perform custom-fitted total joint replacements and partial joint replacement techniques, including Birmingham Hip™ resurfacing and the Uni-Knee™ partial knee replacement. Orthopedic spine surgeons use a range of surgical approaches to fix painful lower back problems. These approaches include lumbar disc replacement, kyphoplasty, X STOP, and satellite surgery.

For more information about South Nassau’s Center for Advanced Orthopedics and its Long Island Joint Replacement Institute or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-SOUTH-NASSAU.

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