'Tastes of Autumn' dinner to be held Oct. 28 in Massena
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 11:47 am

MASSENA -- Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley will hold “Tastes of Autumn” Sunday, Oct. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by Violi’s Restaurant in Massena. Meals will be $40 per person, and a cash bar will be available. The deadline for reservations is Friday, Oct. 19.

This year, Tastes will offer four fabulous culinary creations by three local chefs. Returning as Tastes chefs are Massena Chiropractor, Dr. Bill Orlando and Kevin Holcomb, owner of Holcomb’s Auto Service. John Vankennan and Kyle Mayette of ARAMARK, Clarkson University will lend us their talents for the day as chef and kitchen expediter.

Orlando’s entrée will be a churrasco strip steak grilled and topped with chimichurri sauce made of parsley, garlic, lemon and spices served with roasted asparagus, red pepper, red onion and red potato salad dressed with a light balsamic vinaigrette.

Holcomb will prepare creamy scallops featuring pan seared scallops with diced pancetta in a maple bourbon glaze served over a puree of sweet onion and cream reduction topped with sautéed parmesan asparagus.

Vankennan will offer two dishes for the event. The first will be a hazelnut crusted walleye served with butternut risotto and haricot verts with spiced rum sauce. His vegetarian option will be a cheddar and herb gnocchi served with fall vegetables and brown butter.

All of the “Tastes” entrees will be accompanied by soup, salad, bread and dessert from local businesses and organizations including the Sugar Shack Bakery and Café, Scoopuccino’s, Seaway Technical Center, PACES of SUNY Potsdam, First Crush and SUNY Canton.

Members of the Massena Rotary Club have once again offered their skills as the guest wait staff for the event. Lainey Scott is the event chair.

Reservations can be made by calling Hospice at 265-3105 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Payment in advance is suggested.