2008-03-21 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Abbracciamento's Still Caters At The Explorer's Club
News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Frank Abbracciamento, former chef and owner with his mother Frances, of Abbracciamento's on the Pier Restaurant in the Rockaways, has now been in the catering business in CA and NY and all over, with his sister Alda Spina for quite a number of years. She is vice president of the business. I met them at the famous, exotic Explorer's Club at 40 East 70 Street, NYC, for their annual open house and they are doing fine and looking well and very, very busy, not only with the Explorer's Club, but all over the world.

Frank introduced me to Daniel Bennet, who is the third term president and very proud of his club, whose members are unique in their quest to help science discover ways of preventing the extinction of animals of the land and sea, and to discover secrets of their habitats. They are constantly looking for volunteers and interns, mostly students, to travel with them to explore the North Pole, bottoms of the seas, highest cliffs in the world, etc. If you are interested, log on to www.ex plore.org or Manhattan events@ny. com.

Since I have been a friend of mother Frances Abbracciamento for many, many years, I was happy to know she is doing so well and, at the age of ninety five, is still active in the community. If you are from Breezy Point or the Rockaways, you do know Frances.

She is a charming lady. And soon to be Great Great Grandmother to Frank's daughter, Alexis' first boy. His daughter Franca has three boys, Michael, Peter and Frankl. Their father is Michael Menchino. Let us know when he is born. We would all like to celebrate.


Since we just celebrated St. Patrick's Day and the pubs and restaurants in Rockaway, especially Kennedy's, always do a great job on their Irish dishes, I thought you would like to know who cooks the best Corned Beef in NYC. Jimmy Neary, owner of Neary's Pub on East 57 Street walked off for the second time with the Top Award. And, believe me, it was the best. I tasted it at the 69th Armory at the St. Patrick's Day Reception honoring the soldiers and families of the Fighting 69th. It is rooted in the tradition of the Irish immigrants who founded the Fighting 69th. It was a fundraiser for the regiment and Fisher House. George Duran, host of Food Network, was the host. NYC Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Celtic Thunder, Xavier H.S. "X" Squad and the screaming orphans along with over a dozen restaurants to sample their corned beef and cabbage fare made for a "fullfilling" evening in every way.

Martha Stewart was honored at the Go Red for Women Lunch at the Waldorf to raise funds to prevent heart disease and stroke. Catherine Butts, First Lady of the Abyssinian Church, joined the ranks of past award recipients who include: Lauren Bacall, Libbey Pataki, Joan Rivers, Cindy McCain and more.

ENYA stands for Energy Awards for NYC and recognizes the outstanding leaders in the field. Peter Davis of Waterside Plaza for his heating units, which conserve energy. Eric Moscahlaidis for adjusting HVAC set points, dims lights and adjusts refrigeration temperatures to deliver megawatts back to the grid thereby making the grid more reliable.

Olanna Restaurant opened on 72 Lex. Avenue, NYC with tastings that were unbelieveable and unusual, one more tasteful than the other. Patrick Resk is the owner, and Chef Alabet Dilbert Dimeglio is responsible for pleasing your taste buds. The restaurant is very attractive, but more than that, the service is supreme courteousness. Perhaps the reason for this is that all employees have an investment interest in the business.

How can they miss? I highly recommend it.

Taste for Success is for young business women professionals, to recognize outstanding leadership and generate more resources for low income job seekers. Taimur Hyatt, head of America's strategy for Lehman Brothers gave the keynote speech. He honored companies including Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, Fox TV with Taste of Success representing CITI and Lehman Bros. to seek, eventually to hire, retain and advance talent from low income communities.

At the Westside Loft there was a Wishing Well, Auction, raffling off of baseball tickets, a gourmet taste of NYC and a taste for children , trip for six to the Hall of Science - all this to help families to lead more fulfilling lives by providing health services, educational programs and opportunities of civil involvement. A Taste of Greenwich House. You can meet the Advisory Board and join them April 3, 6-8 p.m., at Bayard's Yale House ebasker@ greenwichhouse.org rsvp by April 2.

WARNING: Young girls should not use the contraceptive patch.

It could cause serious blood clots and could kill you. Better to stick to birth control pills.

A beautiful night at the Harlem School of Arts at Chelsea Piers hosted by MC Harry Smith featuring the HAS Faculty and Student Jazz Ensemble. Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award went to Deloitte Lip. Barry Salznerg CEO, accepted. Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, to Alfre Woodwood. Life Time Achievement Award to Betty Allen. While I was there I met Willie Teacher from 180 Beach Channel. He has been studying acting at the Harlem School. We will look for you, Willie. Just tell us where your next engagement is going to be.

Advertising is all over the place these days, and I attended a Conference for DCIA, which was quite involved. It seems it found a path for distributing music through the internet with sponsor clips to make it pay, monetizing it. It is in its infancy and being developed rapidly. (Spitzer's hooker will make a fortune on her Music CDs, selling at only a buck a piece, but downloaded in the millions.) This is while the rest of America is losing its shirt. All we can do is hang in there.

At the Children's Club at the Javits came across a beautiful bejeweled pacifier for the Aristobrat child. It is gorgeous and would make a sensational christening gift. One of a kind. www. aristobrat.com.

TRAVEL: Antigua Jolly Beach All inclusive: accommodations, all meals, snacks, tea, house brand beverages, water sports, activities and entertainment. $173 per nt. from April 16 to December 20. Children 3 to 11 pay $54, under three stay FREE.

Give me a call or dorothydunne @ yahoo.com.

And away we go!!!

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