STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — This weekend, have some Irish Lasagna and Portuguese Stew, courtesy of Canlon’s Restaurant in Oakwood. Then, move onto Liberty Tavern’s “Not Your Mamma’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese,” with slow-cooked pork butt made at the West Brighton pub.

Find all this plus beer, wine and vodka samples and international nibbles presented by more than 30 restaurants at the annual College of Staten “Savor the Flavor” showcase on Sunday, April 3.

The event happens from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Atrium on the Willowbrook campus. The cost is $40 if tickets are purchased in advance. They are $50 per guest at the door.

“We are making mini-stuffed meatballs filled with ricotta and mozzarella, and a spaghetti al forno in cognac cream sauce with shrimp and prosciutto,” said an enthused Pete Marcolini of Aunt Butchie’s of Brooklyn, located in Richmond Valley.

The afternoon includes a shot to vote “the best” in the “People’s Choice” award portion of the program. Professional judges of the dishes include Rob Burmeister, Eddie Canlon and John Sierp, former competitors on Food Network’s “Chopped.”

For more information, email or call 718-982-2290.

Participating restaurants and businesses include:

Afternoone’s of West Brighton

Alfonso’s of Castleton Corners


Aunt Butchie’s of Brooklyn, Richmond Valley

Bayou of Rosebank

Beans and Leaves of West Brighton

The Beer Garden of Castleton Corners

Beso of St. George

Blue of Livingston

Cake Chef of Meiers Corners

Cookie Jar of West Brighton

Canlon’s Restaurant of Oakwood

Caramelo Caterers of Staten Island

The Crazy Taco Tequila Bar of Elm Park

Delish Dishes by Carole Gervasi, Staten Island caterer

Dosa Garden of Tompkinsville

Ho’Brah Taco Joint of West Brighton

J’s on the Bay of Rosebank

Jimmy Max of Westerleigh and Great Kills

Leo’s Deli of West Brighton

Liberty Tavern of West Brighton

Mother Mousse of Grant City and Travis

Oriental Plaza of Bulls Head

Pepperjack Grill of Castleton Corners

Piece of Cake Bakery of New Dorp

Portobello Café of Great Kills

Port Richmond High School Culinary Arts Program

San Rasa Sri Lankan Cuisine of Tompkinsville

Vino Divino, homemade wines from the Travis winery

Zaghloul Grill of New Dorp

This article by Pamela Silvestri was first published March 30, 2016 on  It is reprinted here with permission.