Remember the LeCordon Bleu that was here for so many years? The owners at that time were the wonderful D’orazi family, who were the original owners and remained a family business for all those years. Then, it was sold and left in darkness, but that all changed earlier this year. After a very costly investment by the new owner, Binder Vasudev, it has gloriously reopened and is once more a beautiful showplace catering establishment in Woodhaven.
Now that all the expensive renovations have been made, a formal grand opening was held Monday with a sumptuous cocktail hour in the lavishly decorated lobby with ice carvings, where fountains of champagne flowed and delicious hors d’oeuvres were circulated by uniformed servers. Then the ceremonial ribbon cutting took place with our elected officials, Honorable Elizabeth Crowley, our councilwoman, and Honorable Erich Ulrich, our councilman, doing the honors with representatives of elected officials - Larry Love, David Slavkin and Lew Simon - our 102nd Precinct Captain Armondo DeLeon, the Vasudev Family, friends, and myself.
After the ribbon cutting, all were invited upstairs to the second floor ballroom (there is now an elevator from their 96th Street parking lot to the second floor). There, we were treated to an open bar and a hot American and fusion Indian buffet.
Those in attendance from the Woodhaven community were Father Francis of St. Thomas the Apostle, members of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, Woodhaven businesses and storeowners, and Project Woodhaven. Also, friends of the Vasudev Family, all wishing them success and prosperity.
Then Binder’s son Arun spoke and this family the Vasudev’s reminded me of another family so long ago when Frank D’Orazi, the father, retired and then passed on to his son Francis the ownership and management of the old LeCordon Bleu. Now, Binder Vasudev and his son Arun continue this family tradition at the new Cordon Bleu.
The evening was concluded with a Venetian table of delicious desserts. We wish them much success and thank them for a beautiful evening.
Well, we started the week off with a great evening, now on to ending this week we will welcome the “Holidays In Woodhaven,” for Santa Claus is coming to town. Yes, to our little town of Woodhaven, for our Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored holidays in Woodhaven weekend will arrive on Friday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. with the Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony (with a surprise this year) in the Forest Parkway Plaza area off Jamaica Avenue.
And the next day, on Saturday December 5, the “Welcome Santa to Woodhaven” Parade, kicking off at noon from the Cordon Bleu marching down Jamaica Avenue to Dexter Court, where Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus will greet the children, both young and those young at heart with free refreshments, candy canes, and other goodies! So bring your camera for this fun-filled weekend with free Santa hats, the Franklin K. Lane Marching Band and costumed characters in antique Cars.
These holiday activities, with our lights strung along the avenue, music playing, and WBID security patrols, all are brought to you by your Jamaica Avenue property owners who contribute to making all of these amenities for you our residents and shoppers possible.
Then, after this weekend the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will take free Polaroid pictures of children of all ages with Santa Claus and friends at our Forest Parkway Plaza area on Saturdays, December 12, and December 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). So shop locally on our WBID’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street, where your storeowners and businesses care and need you to shop locally.
May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, and may God bless America.