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POSTPONED - 3rd Annual Cornucopia to Benefit Meals on Wheels Features All Star Chef Line Up via Hybrid Platform

RCC's own Dr. Baston to Emcee the Event at the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center

Postponed until spring

(ROCKLAND, October 5, 2020) -- On Monday, October 26th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Meals on Wheels will host the 3rd Annual Cornucopia dining fundraiser which features top chefs from around Rockland County. This year, the popular event will take on a hybrid approach; instead of gathering at one venue, for the dining and presentations, the event will take place across the county inside of 12 restaurants with smaller groups of diners while the presentation will be broadcast out to each restaurants.

The presentations and ceremony will take place at the Rockland Community College Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center in Nyack and be broadcast via computers and large screen to diners inside the restaurants. “We all miss gathering with colleagues and friends, but we need to be safe, so this hybrid event enables us to do both while still raising much needed funds for Meals on Wheels,” said Kevin Hardy, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels. “Normally, our chefs who cook table side would be able to gather all in one place, but we brainstormed the idea of virtually connecting and believe this hybrid is a great solution for all.”

Participating restaurants will host a limited number of guests who pre-register to dine at the location. Large screens will be installed in each location so that diners can watch the main event activities which will honor Congresswoman Nita Lowey and The Rockland County Office for the Aging Led by Director, Tina Cardoza-Izquierdo and take place at the RCC Center where culinary arts students will prepare and serve guests. RCC President, Dr. Michael A. Baston, will be the Emcee for the evening for the second year in a row.

Registration and details can be found at:

The participating restaurants include:

  • D’Vine, Sparkill
  • Roost, Sparkill
  • 8 North Broadway now called Greekish, Nyack
  • Old 76 House, Tappan
  • Hudson Mill Tavern, Garnerville
  • Kwan Thai, Pearl River
  • Marcello’s, Suffern
  • RCC Hospitality and culinary Arts Center, Nyack
  • Rivertown Tap House, Piermont
  • Morgan’s Publik House, Tappan

If in-person dining is still not socially distant enough for some, there is an option for people to purchase dinners from local restaurants and caterers. This will allow supporters to watch the live stream from home and still enjoy a delicious dinner and help support Meals on Wheels.

Tickets are $195 and include cocktail hour, dinner, and dessert. Participants are encouraged to register early to get their choice of restaurant. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Questions should be directed to Stephen Papas at Meals on Wheels at 845-624-6325 or via email at

The mission of Meals on Wheels is to enhance the wellness of Rockland's older adults and their families by providing services that support their safety, independence, and health. Meals on Wheels believes that every older adult in Rockland should be given the opportunity to live their life to the fullest. Meals on Wheels programs are funded in part by the Administration on Aging, New York State Office for the Aging, Rockland County Office for the Aging, donations, grants and fees.

During the COVID-19 shutdown Meals on Wheels was deemed an essential service. At the beginning they were providing Home Delivered Meals to 424 homebound older adults. At the height of the crisis, they were providing Home Delivered Meals to 1,068 clients. Throughout NY Pause, they provided a total of 91,158 home delivered meals that allowed senior citizens to shelter in place because of the vulnerability they have to COVID-19. Even though they had to close all 5 senior centers, their adult day care center, and their adult learning center, they adapted their programs during NY Pause to ensure they didn’t just feed their clients but also found ways to go beyond just a meal.

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