‘Fine Food’ festival returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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Queens Centers for Progress will hold its 24th annual “Evening of Fine Food” Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The agency, which has locations in Jamaica and Bellerose, provides services and supports children and adults with developmental disabilities. The event will benefit 2,200 individuals.

According to QCP’s website, the agency helps people with disabilities live independent lives by making sure the individuals are integrated into their community life, that they have sharp decision-making capabilities, that their educational needs are met and that they have work-related skills.

“The Evening of Fine Food is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to show its support for children and adults with developmental disabiliti­es,” said QCP Executive Director Terri Ross. “We are very grateful to our extraordinary board of directors, our many generous restaurants and sponsors, and everyone who plans to join us for what will be a very special evening.”

The fund-raiser will offer culinary delicacies and brews from some of the best restaurants and beverage purveyors from the area, while also honoring Resorts World Casino President Scott Molina and Investors Bank Vice President Maria Odysseos for serving their communities.

For $135 guests will get to sample gourmet food, play casino games, participate in a silent auction, take selfies at a photo booth, get a makeup refresher from e.l.f. cosmetics and enjoy an open bar.

PIX-11 News anchor Lisa Mateo will serve as the special guest and emcee of the night.

The guest chef, Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City, will be preparing a signature dish for the event.

“It is important to give back to the community from which we benefit,” said Dufour. “It’s natural as a restaurateur to make people happy and to feed them! It’s a way of life, and very important.”

Sponsors of the event include Mutual of America, The D&F Development Group, Resorts World Casino New York City, TD Bank, Merritt Engineering, Rotary Club of Flushing, Total Care Rx and Investors Bank.

To participate in the events, guests must RSVP by Monday at

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Updated 6:14 am, February 28, 2018
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