Local Chefs cook special dinner for HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center

(Back row: (left to right) Sarah Lehoux, RN, HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center nurse, Emos Ameh, CNA, hospice aide, John Martone, general manager of Xaco Taco, Andy Pyle, executive chef of Xaco Taco, Dave Johnson, chef at Bayberry Beer Hall, Joe Martone, general manager of Bayberry Beer Hall. Front row: Teresa Nelson, pastry chef for Chow Fun Food Group)

On December 15, local chefs from Xaco Taco, Bayberry Beer Hall and Bravo Bistro prepared a special dinner at the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center for patients and their visiting family members, HopeHealth staff and volunteers. 

According to a press release from HopeHealth, John Martone, general manager of Xaco Taco, and Joe Martone, general manager of Bayberry Beer Hall, organized the event as a way to honor their mother Sandra’s memory.

“When the brothers were young, their mother lovingly started a tradition of bringing comfort food to their local hospice in Albany, New York. Hospice meant a lot to their mom, and she wanted to give back. She passed away at the same hospice where the family volunteered,” a press release states.

Now living in Rhode Island, the brothers have taken their tradition to HopeHealth and been serving monthly “Tuesday Dinners” for the last five years.

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For the holiday season, the Martones wanted to bring more local chefs to the table. John and Joe who are part of Chow Fun Food Group, connected with Chefs Dave Johnson from Bayberry Beer Hall, Chef Andy Pyle from Xaco Taco and Pastry Chef Teresa Nelson from Bravo Bistro.

The evening’s menu included Coq au vin with braised chicken meatballs and buttered noodles, bacon-wrapped roasted Pork Loin, mashed potatoes, braised cabbage, salad, and bread and a selection of desserts.

“John and Joe Martone have been part of the HopeHealth family for five years,” says Suzanne Fortier, Vice President of Philanthropy at HopeHealth. “They do this as a beautiful way to honor their mother Sandra’s memory. We are so very grateful to John and Joe and all the chefs from Chow Fun Group for providing a special dinner at the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center during the holidays for our patients, families, and staff.”

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