Feed Me

The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

The pickings were slim at last night’s Evening of Good Taste. This annual buffet-competition to benefit South Nassau Communities Hospital, now in its 17th year, usually sprawls over two floors of the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Last night’s event was easily contained on one floor.

Very few restaurants participated, and many of those that did seemed to be dishing out penne alla vodka. In fact none of the top restaurant-category prizes went to restaurants. Best appetizer and best entree were won by “Team Long Island,” a group of chefs who are all members of the Long Island chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Best dessert went to Watermill Caterers of Smithtown. Watermill Caterers produced one of my top tastes, a boned-out beef short rib that had been wrapped around a beef shank bone and braised, osso-buco style. The result was incomparably tender.

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Other top tastes: The sliders made by Prime Time Butcher (of Woodbury and Roslyn Heights) and two wedding cakes from Marney White, whose company, marneycakes.com, won best decorated cake.

Marney White, and part of a cake. Newsday photo / Erica Marcus