This column is a continuing series by Chef Peter X. Kelly of Xaviars Restaurant Group which runs every Thursday.
This coming Monday Sept. 26, I will be participating in the 21st Annual Taste of Rockland in support of ARC of Rockland. The event will include more than 40 restaurants from the Rockland area, each serving a signature item and accompanied by a broad selection of wines and spirits.
The event, which normally draws more than 400 guests, is Rockland County’s premier food gala. All funds raised will go to support the work of ARC.
ARC of Rockland, provides supports and services to people of all ages with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
The organization offers evaluation and early intervention services; a preschool; a unique program utilizing applied behavior analysis for preschool and school-age children on the autism spectrum; year-round teen programs; a lakesidesummer camp for tweens and teens including crafts, sports, trips, swimming and boating; a post high school campus linking to area academic advancement, residential opportunities; recreation and social skill building for children, teens, young adults and adults; employment training and job placement; a senior center, and family support services. They also offer a state-of-the art medical facility that provides primary care and therapeutic services.
It's not always possible to eat well and do good simultaneously but by attending the ARC gala at the Pearl River Hilton this Monday, that’s exactly what you'll be doing.
I hope to see you there and I look forward to cooking for you and your guests.
For more information, call (845) 267-2500 ext 3118 or go to www.rocklandarc.org/events/21st-annual-taste-rockland/.