by Sue Baldock
In the face of a Nor’easter, Woodside on the Move (WOTM) held the first ever Taste of Woodside
on November 7th. As board member Jim Daley said, “It’s a good way to spend a nasty winter’s
eve”. Good and yummy! Over 100 people braved the snow during the course of the evening to see what fare Woodside has to offer.
Adrian Bordoni, Executive Director of WOTM, was impressed with the “spirit and courage of Woodside and Sunnyside for coming to the event during a blizzard”.
This philanthropic organization is donating a portion of the proceeds to the hurricane relief fund and has drop off stations at PS 111 and Murphy’s Bar for clothing, food and toiletries. Don’t forget the pups, there is also a drop off station at Skillman Pet’s for pet products, food, kitty litter, leashes, etc. Big and small, the pets of the hurricane need solace too. The giving continued with the Turkish Cultural Center of Queens. Sila Asa, Program Coordinator and Cooking Instructor, commented that a portion of the proceeds from the upcoming Turkish cooking class would go to the victims of Sandy as well!
Councilman Jimmy van Bramer welcomed the evening and mingled with attendees in this relaxed and warm atmosphere.
“We went to the Taste of Sunnyside and had to come here,” commented Michelle Anchaluisa and Michelle Yapjoco, local teachers who grew up in the area. Their friend, local Designer and Project Runway competitor, Ricky Lizalde busily inhaled the aromas to make his fi rst selection. Sean Og’s was Elsa’s favorite, and she was very impressed with La Adelita, a Mexican restaurant that she had been wanting to try.
Everyone was in good spirits and having fun as crooner, Tony Bruno entertained with his melodic voice and raffle prize winners Mary Hummel and Jim Daley were announced. From the warm and wonderful soup of Takesushi, to the burgers of Ottomanelli’s, this taste was delicious!