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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Contact: Angela L. Yu
Media Relations Manager
(518) 271-5045


ALBANY, N.Y. -- Morrison Management Specialists took top honors and was named "People's Choice -- Best of Show Winner" at the 19th Annual "Cuisine Magic" culinary grand tasting and benefit held Sunday at the Hotel Albany (former Crowne Plaza) in Albany.

Eleven chefs and restaurants from across the greater Capital Region competed for votes in the awards which featured four categories -- "Best Appetizer," "Best Entree," "Best Dessert," and "Best Table Presentation." Winners of the individual categories are as follows:

Best Appetizer:
1st Place: - Hotel Albany
"Deep Fried Maryland Crabcake with Micro Cilantro and Chipotle Lime Aioli"
2nd Place: - The "New" Salty's Pub & Bistro
"Ben's Louisiana Gumbo & Ryan's Seafood Salad"
3rd Place: - Morrison Management Specialists
"Warm Goat Cheese Tart Topped with a Spinach and Shrimp Salad, Guanciale Lardons and
Pomegranate Drizzle"

Best Entree:
1st Place: - Morrison Management Specialists
"Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt Roasted Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with Rosemary and Roasted
Shallot Pesto. Served with Peppered Sweet Potato Mousseline and Lingonberry Gastrique"
2nd Place: - Water's Edge Lighthouse
"Braised Veal Roulade, Stuffed with Spicy Italian Sausage & Broccoli Rabe, Sage Polenta
'Crisp,' Fig and Red Onion Marmalade, Braising au Jus"
3rd Place: - Albany Country Club
"Braised Lamb Cheeks, Moraccan Couscous"

Best Dessert:
1st Place: - Morrison Management Specialists
"Vanilla Bean Bavarian Layered with Passion Fruit Coulis and Roasted Plums, Served with
Pistachio White Chocolate Bark"
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2nd Place: - The Water's Edge Lighthouse Restaurant & Inn
"Italian 'Cheesecake' Cone, Macadamia Brittle, Waffle Cone, with Orange Cr? Anglaise and

3rd Place: - The "New" Salty's Pub & Bistro
"Cupcakes & Cream Puffs"

Best Table Presentation:
1st Place: - Albany Marriot
2nd Place: - Water's Edge Lighthouse
3rd Place: - Morrison Management Specialists

The event drew nearly 450 guests. WRGB CBS 6 News Anchor Liz Bishop was mistress of ceremonies. Congressmen Paul Tonko and Chris Gibson served as honorary co-chairs. The event raised more than $36,000 to benefit community programs for Eddy Visiting Nurse Association.

Eddy VNA is an affiliate of Northeast Health -- a regional, comprehensive, not-for-profit network of health care, supportive housing and community services comprised of The Eddy, Albany Memorial Hospital, Samaritan Hospital and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital. Northeast Health has joined Seton Health, a comprehensive, not-for-profit, integrated health care system anchored by St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, and St. Peter's Health Care Services to form St. Peter's Health Partners. For more information, please visit

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