Imagine thousands of acres of greenery, a championship golf course, and a 5 star dining experience all in one place. The Carltun located in Eisenhower park, has been reinvented into one of Long Island’s most elite dining/catering venues.
Driving up to the main entrance of “Carltun on the Park” evokes memories of the Palace of Versaille and its magnificent gardens. The Mansion like venue is an outstanding architectural achievement rivaling that of the fabulous North Shore gold coast mansions of the “Gatsby era”.
The entrance hall of the Carltun is decorated with elaborate floral arrangements, magnificent crystal chandeliers, marble floors and elegant wall treatments.Uniformed waiters offered us champagne in stunning crystal glasses as we began our evening of old world elegance. We were at the Carltun for the formal presentation of the Star Diamond Award to “Carltun on the Park”, and its elite Restaurant “the Palm Court”. The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (A.A.H.S.) grants their Internationally recognized Star Diamond awards , to only the world’s most elite venues, who have a achieved excellence. The much coveted Star Diamond Award is considered to be the most prestigious award in the hospitality business.
Joe Cinque, the founder and CEO of A.A.H.S., is an iconic, world recognized superstar in the hospitality field. Joe, with his impeccable taste and style has a built an organization of the world’s finest hoteliers, businessmen, world famous chefs, and luxe companies. The Carltun and the Palm Court join elite members: Mercedes Benz, Audi, Delta, Trump International, Mar a Largo, The Dorchester, the Bel Air Hotel, The City of New York, The NY City police Dept. Interpol, and The New York Yankees, as well as the world’s most celebrated restaurants like Megu, Jean George, Le Bernadin, and The Four Seasons.
The Star Diamond Award night was attended by hundreds of prominent businessmen, lawyers, judges, and Nassau County officials from County’s Executives Ed Mangano’s office. Guests enjoyed a festive cocktail hour with uniformed wait staff serving elegant hors deuvres, cocktails, and champagne.
Prior to the award ceremoney, we had an amazing musical interlude showcasing the magnificent tenor voice of Christopher Maccio. Chris is a young, charming and charismatic singing talent whose renditions of operatic classics and popular ballads left the assembled guests in awe. He left the stage to a standing ovation!
The Award ceremony began with Karen Lynn Dixon, Star Diamond’s lovely and Internationally famous Hostess and Manager, Karen gave a highly informative speech about The Carltun and their elite restaurant, the Palm Court. She also discussed the amazing vison and success of Anthony Capetola, a renowned attorney and the CEO/owner of the Carltun. In a just a few years Mr. Capetola has turned the Carltun and into one of Long Island’s premiere venues for catering, dining, fundraising , weddings and special occasions. He has also created and developed The Palm Court restaurant, into an award winning, gourmet, romantic, dining venue.. A great deal of the culinary success of both venues can be attributed to Executive Chef, Rodrigo Bernal, who has risen to International culinary heights with his exceptional talents.
Karen then introduced Joe Cinque, the founder and CEO of A.A.H.S. who spoke briefly about his own excellent experiences at the Carltun and his regard for Anthony Capetola, the owner of the Carltun and one of Nassau Count’s most esteemed businessmen and attorneys. Mr. Capetola accepted the Star Diamond awards. and spoke eloquently about how much his staff people had contributed to the Carltun’s excellence. He then thanked his renowned award winning, Executive Chef, Rodrigo Bernal, as well as Anthony’s wife ,who works with him daily on creating, designing and maintaining the elegance of the Carltun.
The Carltun also offers other other unique and exciting dining rooms: The Palm Court Patio an intimate dining venue with spectacular views of Eisenhower park. The Wine Cellar an special room available for small parties with three glass walls of internationally famous wines in open display. Wine Spectator has awarded and commended the Carltun for its fabulous inventory of 40,000 of the world’s finest wines. The Cuba room, a fabulous “Man Cave” with a small luxe dining room devoted to cigar aficianados. This room has Large Screen HD TV’s an alabaster covered bar , and a colorful country club decor. Catering at the Carltun is memorable in each and every room and why it has served as a backdrop for cable and movies, and continues to be favorite venue for charity events.
The setting of a gorgeous mansion amidst thousands of acres of flowers, shrubbery and meticulously manicured park lawns spells perfection for glorious photos and videos.
There are just some of the reasons why Anthony Capetola, The Carltun, and The Palm Court are internationally recognized for their excellence.
Kudos and Congratulations to them all and to the Star Diamond Organization for an award evening filled with elegance, pride and achievement.
Carltun on the Park, Eisenhower Park, East Meadows L.I. 11554 tel: 516-542-0700
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