Lavish Lunches supports Kaplen JCC seniors

Lavish Lunches supports Kaplen JCC seniors

Seamus Mullen (Courtesy JCCOTP)
Seamus Mullen (Courtesy JCCOTP)ArtArArt

Lavish Lunches, the annual culinary experience that supports the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ broad range of programs and services for senior adults, will be on Wednesday, March 9. It will begin at 10:15 a.m. with a light breakfast at the home of Stephanie and Daniel Cohn. Culinary expert Seamus Mullen, an award-winning chef, restaurateur, and author, is the special guest. He is known for restaurants including Tertulia and El Colmado, both in Manhattan, and Sea Containers in London. He was awarded “Chef of the Year” by Time Out New York and has been named a semi-finalist for Best Chef NYC by the James Beard Foundation for three consecutive years.

After his presentation, participants will choose from a selection of lunches, served in local homes and venues, including six kosher homes, where hosts and hostesses provide a dining experience for their guests, each with its own unique theme.

Proceeds support a range of senior programming, including a social adult day care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, extensive programming for active retirees, door-to-door transportation in wheelchair-accessible vehicles, hearty breakfasts and hot kosher lunches, programs for the arts, lectures and concerts, discussions on current affairs, exercise, sing-alongs and dancing, birthday and holiday celebrations, and intergenerational programs with nursery schoolchildren.

Lorin Cook and Brandi Rubin are co-chairs; the committee includes Dana Baumgarten, Alissa Epstein, Nira Feldman, Merle Fish, Melissa Garden, Amy Goldstein, Lauren Gordon, Erica Rivera, Michele Ross, Beth Rubach, Jennifer Schiffman, Jillian Somberg, Francie Steiner, special events chair Amy Zagin, and incoming chair Marci Ginzburg. Sponsors include Artistic Tile, Englewood Wine Merchants, Gilly’s Organics, Hartly Leet Homes, LLc, Orly Chen, RE/MAX Properties Plus, SEESAW, ShopRite/Treeco, The Real Estate Equity Company, and Verus Therapy.

For information, call Sharon Potolsky at (201) 408-1405, email her at, or go to

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