After days of experiencing the lifestyles of the rich and famous touring some of the Hudson Valley’s great estates and enjoying a glittering car show of gorgeous Lincolns, the LCOC Eastern National Meet attendees’ grand finale was a formal awards banquet at the Culinary Institute’s amazing Farquharson Hall. About 160 awed diners gazed in wonder at the ornate surroundings while awaiting their well earned rewards for primping their beautiful cars for display and getting them to the show field.
The hall is just one of the facilities of the CIA, which moved to this site in 1972, taking over what used to be a Jesuit monastery. Dining took place in the monastery’s former chapel, a majestic Gothic structure of soaring ceilings, stained glass windows and beautiful artwork, adding to the ambiance.
CIA students formed the elegantly dressed wait staff as they expertly navigated the sea of wine glasses and tableware to serve both food and drink in the proper manner. The dishes were works of art in themselves beginning with a green salad, lasagna, salmon. beef or chicken entrees and cherries jubilee or chocolate desserts. Naturally, the appropriate white and red wines enhanced the dining experience.
LCOC President John Talbourdet and meet host Owen Clarke welcomed guests and recognized the Mid-Atlantic Region’s team for their excellent work in planning and executing the meet while also celebrating the region’s 60th anniversary. Chief Judge Tony Russo presented the many trophies and plaques as members and hosts celebrated the good fellowship of LCOC membership and the unique achievement of preserving and presenting the best of one of America’s finest motor cars.