Last night’s first Long Island Hospitality Ball raised more than $160,000 for the American Cancer Society, according to Brian Rosenberg, one of the event’s organizers.
The ball, a showcase for some of Long Island’s best restaurants, took over virtually all of Bethpage’s Carlyle on the Green.
Guests who had paid $100 (at least) to attend had their work cut out for them, maneuvering through the crowd to reach the serving tables, but the struggle was worth it. Food was excellent across the board and much better than you usually see at these steam-table-driven evenings.
Scallops were out in force: Prime and Honu in Huntington and Rein in Garden City all put out terrific seared specimens. Other highlights included hamachi-Asian pear tartar from Two Steak & Sushi in New Hyde Park and earthy roasted mushroom soup from City Cellar in Westbury.
Above, Steven Carl, chief executive of Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage, checks behind the bar with bartenders Amanda Freni and Amy Youhas before the party starts in the ballroom during the Long Island Hospitality Ball at Carlyle on the Green. The fundraiser was for the American Cancer Society. (March 21, 2011)