Staten Island Advance – Watch: ‘Organized chaos’ as 600 served at Women of Achievement luncheon

STATEN ISLAND N.Y. – Serving over 600 guests at the 54th annual Staten Island Advance Women of Achievement Luncheon is no easy task.

Monday’s event, which celebrated six remarkable women for their commitment to the Staten Island community, took place at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. So just how does the staff serve hundreds of people in a timely manner?

Frank Lombardi, executive chef of Nicotra’s Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, says it’s all about practice when it comes to getting everyone fed in a short amount of time.

“We always like to say this is organized chaos. …,” said Lombardi, adding, “We’re lucky enough that we get to do this every day.”

This year’s menu featured spring-like fare – even if it didn’t quite feel like spring outside.

Bibb lettuce and watercress with strawberries made up the salad course. The entree consisted of boneless breast of chicken served with spring vegetables and potatoes. And key lime pie was featured for dessert.

Watch the video above to see the well-oiled machine that is the wait and kitchen staff at Nicotra’s Ballroom.