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Author William Handwerker will meet with Guests and Sign Copies of His Book
[Greenvale, New York] – Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers' Greenvale location is hosting a book signing and Q&A with William Handwerker, author of Nathan’s Famous-The First 100, on Sunday, November 13 at 4:30p.m. The grandson of the legendary Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs brand founder, Mr. Handwerker will discuss the business strategies that led to the success of his grandfather, Nathan Handwerker.
Most everyone knows Nathan’s for its hot dogs and crinkle cut fries, but few know the story of how the company came to be the international enterprise it is today. In addition to featuring the life of the elder Handwerker, who immigrated to Brooklyn in the early 20th Century, Nathan’s Famous-The First 100 is a strong symbol of the journey of all Jewish immigrants and their assimilation into America. The book also dives into the trials and tribulations of the food service and restaurant business, including what it took for Nathan Handwerker to grow his business from a sole proprietorship, with one location, into a world-famous corporation.
Additionally, readers will discover how much thought and planning Nathan Handwerker put into the production and distribution of his famous hot dogs, down to the ingredients and baking process of the rolls and the cooking style of the fries with which it is served, while still keeping it affordable for families.
A former Nathan’s employee himself, William Handwerker began working for the company at age 13, where he remained for almost three decades. By the time he retired in 1996, William was the last Handwerker in the Nathan’s organization.
During the meet-and-greet event, William Handwerker will answer guests’ questions and sign copies of his book, which will be available for sale.
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GREENVALE, NEW YORK - Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers hosted the 13th Annual Interfaith Nutrition Network’s (INN) Charitable Fundraiser, the “Olde Time New York Deli Experience” at Ben’s of Greenvale on Monday, September 26. This year, Ben’s exceeded its $15,000 goal, raising a total of $19,151 in support of the organization’s mission of “neighbors helping neighbors.” This sentiment resonates with Ben’s Kosher Deli Owner and Founder, Ronnie Dragoon, who continually helps many local charitable organizations and once again served as the event’s official pastrami slicer. A long-time supporter and board member for The INN, Mr. Dragoon donated 100 percent of all proceeds from the event to support Long Islanders in need on behalf of Ben’s Kosher Deli.
“We are extremely fortunate to have supporters like Ronnie Dragoon and the entire team at Ben’s hosting The INN for this annual event,” says Jean Kelly, Executive Director of The INN. “Friends of The INN look forward to having a delicious meal each year and contributing towards our goal of helping hungry and homeless Long Islanders in the process.”
Ben’s award-winning pastrami sandwiches were served alongside fresh turkey, delicious corned beef, latkes, sauerkraut, crunchy pickles and kosher hotdogs. "For over ten years, Ronnie has been the hard-working pastrami slicer and very generous host of the ‘Olde Time New York Deli Celebration,’ ” says Rob Kammerer, event organizer and INN Board Member. “Thank you to Ronnie, Todd Silverstein [Ben’s Catering Director], and all of the Ben’s Deli staff."
Just before dessert, Mr. Dragoon joined Ms. Kelly and Mr. Kammerer in honoring Martin and Margot Kramer.
The mission of The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) is to address the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island in a dignified and respectful manner for those who seek the organization’s help. The not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization, delivers its services through 14 soup kitchens in 21 locations, three homeless shelters, and a Long Term Housing Program, as well as a new resource center and clothing boutique. Today, more than 5,000 people are fed each week. As one of Long Island’s largest private social service agencies, The INN is ranked among the most cost-effective charities in the United States. For more information, please visit www.the-inn.org or call (516) 486-8506.
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Catered Holiday Meal Provides Traditional Cuisine for 10 Guests
For many families, busy schedules can often get in the way of celebration during get-togethers like Rosh Hashanah. Catering options from Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers allow families to enjoy a delicious Rosh Hashanah meal together without the time or hassle of food preparation.
This holiday, Ben’s is offering its Catered Holiday Dinner for 10 guests. The catering package is ideal for patrons who are seeking to preserve the tradition of a Rosh Hashanah gathering, but do not have the time to purchase raw ingredients and prepare a meal for the get-together. Today, with more and more families struggling to find time to spend with loved ones, Ben’s Kosher is helping keep the tradition alive with simple and worry-free options.
For the price of $349.99, Ben’s Catered Holiday Dinner comes with 12 Mini Stuffed Cabbages, served with one quart of Chopped Liver or 10 Pieces of Gefilte Fish and four quarts of Chicken Noodle soup, served with 12 Matzo Balls. Included in the price is a choice between several Main Dish options — five Roasted Chickens, one Whole Roasted Turkey (15-pound average), or four pounds of Sliced Brisket. Guests may also choose two sides from among the following — String Beans Almondine, Egg Barley and Mushrooms, Kasha Varnishkes, Broccoli Almondine, Sweet Potato Pudding, Noodle Pudding or Potato Pudding. All orders include one-quart each of Cranberry-Pineapple Compote, Fresh-Cut Cole Slaw and Carrot Tsimmes, paired with a Round Challah, as well as fresh-baked Rugalach for dessert. Guests may add a Fresh Fruit Salad Bowl for an extra $29.99.
Those who purchase Ben’s complete holiday dinner on or before Wednesday, September 28 will receive three “Buy-1-Get-1 Free” future use coupons through the Ben’s Friends Rewards program (no coupons will be offered after this date.)
Ben’s takeout counter is also ideal for picking up last-minute holiday items, with a variety of options for everything from the main course to soups, side dishes, salads or desserts. Phone orders of $100 or more are accepted at least 24 hours in advance. Walk-ins are always welcome.
All Ben’s locations will be closed in observance of Rosh Hashanah starting on Sunday, October 2 at 4 p.m. and will reopen Wednesday, October 5 during regular business hours. For more information, visit www.bensdeli.net.
All Monies Raised will Support Winthrop University Hospital’s “The Angel Fund”
GREENVALE, NEW YORK — During the month of October — National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — customers who order Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers’ famous Matzo Ball Soup will have the opportunity to upgrade to a Pink Matzo Ball for an additional $1 charge through the company’s Second Annual “Cancer Ain’t Kosher” Fundraiser. The total proceeds will be donated to Winthrop-University Hospital’s Breast Health Center’s “The Angel Fund.” This committee-run organization is committed to raising funds in support of Breast Cancer research.
Last year, more than 1,300 pink matzo balls were sold and the aim is this year is to double that number. These efforts will be further supported through a friendly inter-store competition, during which each Ben’s restaurant throughout New York, and in Boca Raton, Florida, will work to get the winning title of “Most Pink Matzo Balls Sold.” As all Ben’s locations will be closed for Rosh Hashanah, the promotion will begin on Thursday, October 6.
Launched by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign held during the month of October to increase awareness of the disease and urge those to make a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. According to the organization, breast cancer affects one out of every eight women in their lifetime.
Spoon University listed our matzo ball soup as one of the quintessential Long Island specialties to eat before you die. "Our matzoh game is strong," the article comments. "We don't mess around."
Newsday and FiOS 1 both covered newly-nominated Rep. Thomas Suozzi's victory speech from Ben's Kosher Deli in Greenvale after the results of the Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District were announced on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
Tom Suozzi was joined by his father (a retired New York State Supreme Court Justice), Melinda Katz (the Queens Borough President), former Suffolk County Executive Pat Halpin, town council members, NYC council members, campaign staff and supporters to celebrate the event and Tom's capture of the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional seat vacated by Steve Israel. We had over 200 people until after 12:30 a.m.!