Annual Taste of Rockland Draws 400 People (VIDEO)

Hundreds crowded into the Pearl River Hilton Monday night for a 5-star culinary experience. The 17th Annual Taste of Rockland benefits the ARC of Rockland


About 400 people attended the 17th Annual A Taste of Rockland at the Pearl River Hilton Monday night. The 5-star culinary experience benefitted the ARC of Rockland. There was also a silent auction with about 50 gift baskets and line items.

"This annual fundraiser is for ARC of Rockland, which serves about 1,000 people with developmental disabilities from infancy to seniors," said Anna Gotlieb, director of Public Education.

Among the top names: Restaurant X, Marcello’s, Union, Hudson Water Club, Wasabi, The Hudson House of Nyack, Two Spear Street and Del'Arte.

In all there are 51 participants in this year’s A Taste of Rockland. Ten new participants include: American Burrito of New City, Bear Mountain Inn of Stony Point, Bella Rose Café of Haverstraw, Giulio’s of Tappan, Italiana’s of New City, Ravi Continental Cuisine of Suffern, The Commissary of Tappan, The Turn of Suffern, Carousel Cakes of Nanuet and Cookie Girl of New City.

“It’s truly a feel-good event where everyone has the time of their life," said Karyl Caplan, executive director of ARC of Rockland. "The restaurant owners, chefs and beverage providers pull out all the stops to dazzle guests. Every year we have new restaurants joining us and many of the returning ones use the Taste to preview their fall menus with new delicious entrée samples.”

New this year is a tented “Wine, Beer and Cocktail Canopy” featuring a sampling of fine wines, spirits/cocktails and seasonal and craft beers from Southern Wine & Spirits, Trinchero Family Estates Wines, VeeV Spirits, WJ Deutsch & Sons Ltd., Manhattan Beer Distributors and Defiant Brewing Company.

Doors opened at 6 p.m. and guests were treated to tastings of 14 restaurants in the kickoff hour and their choice of beer, wine and cocktails. While savoring the dishes guests can bid on silent auction items.

At 7 p.m., guests are invited into the Hilton’s grand ballroom, where 22 restaurants will have prepared their signature dishes for the main event. Each guest is assigned a reserved seat at tables of 10 and 12.

The “Dessert Showcase” across the hall in the Conservatory Room follows, where 11 dessert purveyors offer a sampling of the sweet stuff from 8:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

A Taste of Rockland is sponsored by The ARC Foundation of Rockland, Inc., News 12 Hudson Valley, WHUD 100.7, The Rockland County Tourism Department and Rockland Economic Development Corporation.

ARC’s 17th Annual A Taste of Rockland Participants:

Alain's French Bistro, American Burrito, Antoine McGuire's Oyster & Ale House, Applebee's of Airmont, At Your Service NY, Banchetto Feast, Bear Mountain Inn, Bella Gianna's, Bella Rose Café, Bindi, Blind Boar Barbecue, Carousel Cakes, Cookie Girl, Confetti Ristorante, Defiant Brewing Company, Del'Arte Family Ristorante, Dingman’s Dairy, Giulio's, Hudson Water Club, Italiana’s, Jimmy’s on Main, Just Buns, Manhattan Beer Distributors, Marcello's Ristorante, Mt. Fuji, Ole Ole Restaurant & Grille, Olive’s, Pasta Cucina of Stony Point, Patisserie Didier Dumas, Ravi Continental Cuisine, Restaurant X & Bully Boy Bar, Rockland Bakery, Sour Kraut, Southern Wine & Spirits, Starbucks Coffee of Airmont, The ‘76 House, The Commissary Restaurant, The Filling Station, The Hudson House of Nyack, The Market Eatery & Local Fare, The Porter House Restaurant, The Regency Ballroom in the Comfort Inn & Suites, The Turn, Trinchero Family Estates Wines, Two Henrys, Two Spear Street, Union Restaurant & Bar Latino, VeeV Spirits, Wasabi, and WJ Deutsch & Sons Ltd.

ARC of Rockland was founded 58 years ago by a small but determined group of parents who wanted their sons and daughters to enjoy education, housing, employment and participation in community activities.

Today, ARC provides programs and services to 1,000 people throughout Rockland County including Early Intervention Services, a preschool and day care; a special program emphasizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)  for preschool and school age children with autism; a school-age program for elementary, junior high school and high school age students with autism; year ’round teen activities; employment training and job placement; residential opportunities, family support services and a senior citizen center.

Club ARC, a summer camp experience on the wooded grounds of Camp Bullowa in Stony Point offers boating, swimming, archery, crafts and trips for tweens and teens. Franklin Square in Pearl River is a post high school campus providing educational development and community involvement. Coursework at area colleges is available to eligible students. ARC operates a therapeutic pool overseen by a certified Aquatics Director. ARC Health, a primary care medical facility serves people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.


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