NEW YORK, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the Friends of the "Fighting 69th" announced the winners of New York City's first official St. Patrick Day's Best Corned Beef Cook-Off contest held last night at the 69th Regiment Armory. The competition between New York City pubs and restaurants was the highlight of this year's annual St. Patrick's Day reception, which raised funds for the famed New York regiment and Fisher House. George Duran, host of the Food Network's "Ham on the Street," served as master of ceremonies and featured entertainment included Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan, the NYC Police Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Xavier "X" Squad, Gus Hayes Band and Morningstar. Prudential Financial, Inc. hosted as the lead sponsor of the event. Contest Categories Best Corned Beef and Cabbage was awarded to Neary's Pub, located at 358 East 57th Street, New York, NY. Best Corned Beef Sandwich was awarded to McAnn's Bar and Restaurant, located at 3 West 46th Street, New York, NY. Chef's Choice was awarded to Langan's, located at 150 West 47th Street, New York, NY with their corned beef and cabbage soup. All establishments that participated last night will have their name displayed on Prudential's 40 by 40 foot LED sign 300 feet above Times Square on St. Patrick's Day. Participating Establishments: Blarney Stone Casey's Fitzpatrick Hotel Grandstand The Kettle Black Langan's Liffey II Bar McAnn's Bar & Restaurant McCormack's Neary's O'Lunney's Tir Na Nog Tommy Maloney's Judges Affiliation Josh Ozersky Food Editor - New York Magazine John Dunleavey Chairman - St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Tom Slattery Chairman - United Restaurant & Tavern Owners of NY Adrian Flannelly Host - "Adrian Flannelly Show" and Irish Issues Advisor to Mayor Mike Bloomberg Patricia O'Reilly Host - Out of Ireland Lt. Col. Chuck Crosby Commander - The Fighting 69th Patricia Mescall Catering Manager - Marriott Marquis Hotel Brian Andersson Commissioner - NY Dept. of Records Individual donations are still being accepted and should be made payable to the Friends of the Fighting 69th and mailed to P.O. Box 7473, FDR Station, New York, NY 10150-7473. Friends of the Fighting 69th is a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt public charity. For information, please visit www.69thfriends.org or call (914) 747-6600, ext. 11. Corned Beef and Cabbage, similar to the St. Patrick's Day Parade, originated in the United States and has only recently found its way to Ireland. The esteemed contest judges and the participating restaurants agreed that they had heard that Corned Beef and Cabbage originated in New York City and that is why New York City is known for the best corned beef and cabbage in the world. The 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, New York Army National Guard, (known as the "The Fighting 69th" or "Irish Brigade"), has led the St. Patrick's Day Parade for over 150 years and served in some of the most hostile areas in Iraq and suffered a ten percent casualty rate, including nineteen soldiers killed in action. Fisher House, a private-public partnership builds "comfort homes" on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. Annually, Fisher House serves more than 10,000 families, and has made available more than 2 million days of lodging to family members since the program began in 1990. For further information, please visit www.fisherhouse.org. Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with approximately $616 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2006, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services. For more information, please visit www.prudential.com.
SOURCE Friends of the Fighting 69th