Bring the Zoo to Your Child’s Winter Birthday Party

A. Graziano Photography

Celebrate a Birthday with Fan-Favorite Zoo Animals, in the Warmth of Your Own Home!

[MANORVILLE, NEW YORK] –– For those with winter birthdays, planning a fun birthday party can be tough with the cold winds and harsh weather. But no need to worry! The Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park and Children’s Zoo can bring the zoo (and the party) to you!

The farm’s mobile zoo is a great gift for your little animal lover’s birthday. What better gift is there than a close encounter with animals that cannot be found in your backyard? The zoo features animals such as Suzie the Wallaby, Gabriella the Giant Flemish Rabbit, Speedy the Sulcata Tortoise and more! For safety reasons, the selected animals may be replaced or changed as their needs require.

The zoo can be set up at any type of venue, indoors or outdoors, including homes, schools, libraries and religious centers. The indoor setup is assembled on a tarp, which the Game Farm will set up and clear at the end. For outdoor parties, the petting zoo can be set up under a tent.

How does the zoo work? The Mobile Petting Zoo includes a 12-by-12-foot pen, where the animals will be set up. A smaller pen with a bench will also be constructed, as a space where the kids will get a special one-on-one animal encounter. The children may have a choice to meet one or more of the animals mentioned above, depending on group size and allowance of time.

“We are super-excited to be bringing the mobile zoo back this year!” says Melinda Novak, Vice President/Co-Owner, Long Island Game Farm. “This is the perfect activity for a winter birthday party – the kids love having one-on-one time with the animals!”

Pricing for the Mobile Zoo starts at $425 an hour, depending on the parties’ needs. Travel fees will apply, depending on traffic and distance.

To get started, interested parties can fill out the reservation form on Long Island Game Farm’s website, or they can call the park at 631-878-6644. Office hours are every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Mobile Zoo is USDA and NYSDEC inspected and approved.

For more information on the Long Island Game Farm’s Mobile Zoo, visit www.longislandgamefarm.com.

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The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located on 25 acres of land in Manorville. The Park has grown over the years and has served as a frequent destination of school children that have grown up on Long Island. Each year, thousands of guests visit the park.

The Zoo is Closed for the Winter: Bring the Zoo to You!


[MANORVILLE, NEW YORK] –– The Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park and Children’s Zoo is closed for the winter. But, just in time for the holiday gift-giving spirit, the Game Farm is bringing a Mobile Petting Zoo right to your door!

For the little animal lovers in your life, the mobile zoo is a great way to bring a bit of sunshine into those gray winter skies for the holidays. What better gift is there than a close encounter with animals that cannot be found in your backyard? The zoo features animals such as, Suzie the Wallaby, Barney the Prairie Dog, Gabriella the Giant Flemish Rabbit, Speedy the Sulcata Tortoise and more!

Worried about the weather being too cold? Don’t worry! The zoo can be set up at any type of venue, indoors or outdoors, including homes, schools, libraries and religious centers. The indoor setup is assembled on a tarp, which the Game Farm will set up and clear at the end. For outdoor parties, the petting zoo can be set up under a tent.

How does the zoo work? The Mobile Petting Zoo includes a 12-by-12-foot pen, where the animals will be set up. A smaller pen with a bench will also be constructed, as a space where the kids will get a special one-on-one animal encounter. The children may have a choice to meet one or more of the animals mentioned above, depending on group size and allowance of time.

“We are super-excited to be bringing the mobile zoo back this year!” says Melinda Novak, Vice President/Co-Owner, Long Island Game Farm. “The end of the season is always sad, but with the Mobile Zoo option, the fun doesn’t have to totally end. Plus, this is the perfect activity for a winter birthday party – the kids love having one-on-one time with the animals!”

Pricing for the Mobile Zoo starts at $425 an hour, depending on the parties’ needs. Travel fees will apply, depending on traffic and distance.

To get started, interested parties can fill out the reservation form on Long Island Game Farm’s website, or they can call the park at 631-878-6644. Office hours are every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Happy holidays to you and your families, from The Long Island Game Farm!

The Mobile Zoo is USDA and NYSDEC inspected and approved.

For more information on the Long Island Game Farm’s Mobile Zoo, visit www.longislandgamefarm.com.

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The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located on 25 acres of land in Manorville. The Park has grown over the years and has served as a frequent destination of school children that have grown up on Long Island. Each year, thousands of guests visit the park.

Celebrate Hanukkah with Ease with Ben’s Kosher Deli: Your Hanukkah Headquarters

For many families, balancing work, kids, responsibilities, and life in general is difficult enough to handle on the average day. So, what happens when the stress of the holidays is added into the hectic mix? People begin to get overwhelmed, anxious, and often frustrated. With all the tension in the air, how can someone fully enjoy the Hanukkah season? Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant and Caterers is here to ease holiday burdens and serves as your Hanukkah Headquarters.

During December, Ben’s is keeping the tradition alive by offering a catering package “Hanukkah Family Dinner for Six.” Included in this $139.99 traditional meal are two quarts of Ben’s famous Chicken Noodle Soup, six matzo balls, and a quart of your choice of either coleslaw, health salad, or cucumber salad. As for the main dish, customers can choose between three whole chickens with stuffing or, for a $10 upcharge, two and a half pounds of Ben’s delicious brisket. Other items include two dozen mini latkes with applesauce, a small relish tray and one dozen mini rolls. Just call your local Ben’s Deli to place your order – it’s that easy!

To add to the holiday festivities, Ben’s is running their annual special “Lotsa of Latkes” from November 30th to December 10th – buy three dozen Latkes, get one dozen free! Each additional dozen is 25 percent off as well. These flavored pancakes are available from December 1st to December 10th or by advance order at other times. Offered flavors include spinach, sweet potato, zucchini, and plain potato. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your order! Mix and match flavors to suite your family’s and friends’ taste buds. Applesauce is included with each order.

Lastly, Ben’s takeout counter is the perfect place for picking up last-minute holiday items, with a variety of options for everything from the main course to soups, sides, salads, or desserts.

Walk-ins are always welcome.

For more information, visit www.bensdeli.net.

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About Ben’s Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers

Ben’s is a family-owned and operated delicatessen/restaurant company that has been serving up the finest authentic New York Kosher delicatessen products and eastern European comfort foods for more than 44 years. All of Ben’s sandwiches, soups and dinners are freshly prepared. Ben’s has seven convenient locations: three on Long Island in Carle Place, Greenvale and Woodbury, and one each in Midtown Manhattan; Bayside, Queens; Scarsdale in Westchester County; and Boca Raton, Florida with delivery service available to many communities around the stores. For more information, visit www.BensDeli.net or call Ben’s Catering Hotline at 1-800-344-BENS.

Close Encounters at the Long Island Game Farm


CAPTION: Photo by Anthony Graziano picturing Marybeth Zilnicki crouching down next to a wallaby inside an enclosure.

[MANORVILLE, NEW YORK] –– On October 6, 2018, the Long Island Photo Gallery (LIPG) teamed up with the Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park and Children’s Zoo (LIGF) for a charity photoshoot in order to raise funds to sponsor a Game Farm enclosure.

At the event led by photographer Anthony Graziano, a select group of local photographers came down to the zoo and took exclusive close-up pictures of the animals such as the wallabies, giraffes, lemurs, and more. The unique photos were taken without the obstructing background of farm visitors or cages, which is a rare occurrence for the bustling zoo.

All photographers were required to donate $95 to the Game Farm if they were members of the LIPG and $110 if they were not members. Along with their donations, the photographers were given a private tour of the grounds and a small plate buffet. All proceeds went towards the renovation of an older animal enclosure. So far, $650 has been raised by the LIPG towards the enclosure sponsorship.

In 2019, Long Island Game Farm will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as Long Island’s largest combined children’s zoo and wildlife park. Donations are accepted to help improve the lives of the animals and their surroundings.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please call 631-878-6644.

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The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located on 25 acres of land in Manorville. The Park has grown over the years and has served as a frequent destination of school children that have grown up on Long Island. Each year, thousands of guests visit the park.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with the New Brunch Menu at Ben’s Kosher Deli

Breakfast in bed has always been a Mother’s Day tradition. However, this still requires cooking and cleaning, plus who wants to get crumbs on their sheets? This year, switch it up and take Mom out for a delicious Mother’s Day brunch to show her how much she means to you.

New for 2018, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers is introducing its Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch Menu. For just $19.99 a meal, guests can choose from meals such as Challah Bread French Toast, a traditional Jewish breakfast meal, Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon, served on a toasted bagel with all the fixings, Steak and Eggs and more! All menu items are accompanied by one Potato Pancake with Apple Sauce, Home Fries or French Fries and a choice of Muffins, Rye Bread or Whole Wheat Bread. Lastly, all brunch items come with either bottomless coffee, tea or fountain soda.

In addition to brand new food items, Ben’s Brunch Menu also offers Mimosas, Wine and Virgin Mary’s for just $4.99 per glass, with the purchase of any brunch item. Bloody Mary’s will be available at the Manhattan and Scarsdale locations only.

For those looking to avoid the crowds and celebrate in the comforts of home, Ben’s is also offering a variety of delicious catering options, including, but not limited to, a “Party Platter Plus for 10” for only $169.99 and a “Housewarming Buffet for 20” for $399.80. Phone orders are welcome, and delivery is available.

If Ben’s is Mom’s favorite place to nosh, a Ben’s Gift Card or eGift Card is, quite possibly, the perfect gift! Our physical gift cards can be purchased online or in stores, and our eGift cards are ideal for quick delivery via email.

The new Brunch Menu will be available at all seven locations from 11 am to 2:30 pm starting on Mother’s Day, May 13. The regular menu will also be available all day on Mother’s Day.

For more information regarding Ben’s brunch menu and Ben’s Mother’s Day catering options, visit www.bensdeli.net.

Adventure is Closing In: Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo Announces Spring 2018 Schedule and Opening Day!

The Park Will Open for its 2018 Spring Season April 14

[MANORVILLE, NEW YORK] –– Now entering its 49th Season, the Long Island Game Farm -– Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo will officially open on Saturday, April 14. During the opening weeks, guests will have the opportunity to learn about the new baby animals, including chicks, bunnies, ducklings, calves and kid goats, and will be able to pet and hand feed the animals once they are born. They will also be able to enjoy the amusement rides, including the carousel and spinning tea cups, and pony rides. Lastly, guests will be able to meet the park’s new 10-month old baby wallaby.

Though some of the park’s Summer animals (giraffe, camels and a few more) are still vacationing in Florida until May, the Spring season is always an especially fun and relaxing time for guests to visit, with cooler weather, smaller crowds and lower prices. In celebration of the season opening, the park is offering a reduced Spring admission price of $14.95+ per child (age 3 to 12), senior (age 62+) or military personnel; and $16.95+ per adult (age 13 to 61). As always, discount coupons will be available online and through the company’s Facebook page.

“We are so excited to start the 2018 season,” says Melinda Novak, Vice President/Co-Owner, Long Island Game Farm. “We always love seeing the children welcome our new baby animals and we look forward to visits from the families, schools and organizations each year. In addition to the Springtime fun, David Rosaire and his adorable Pekingese dogs will be back as our main stage show this summer, be sure to check our Website and social media pages for more details on that.”

Now is also a great time to book school trips, children’s birthday parties and company outings, in addition to securing spots for summer events such as birthdays and camp trips.

For opening weekend, the Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15. Additionally, the park will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates: Saturday, April 21 to Sunday, April 22; Saturday, April 28 to Sunday, April 29. The May dates are as follows: Thursdays (May 3, 10 and 17), the park is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (May 4 to 6, 11 to 13 and 18 to 20), the park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo will be open seven days per week (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday) starting May 23.

For more information, visit www.longislandgamefarm.com.

Don’t Pass Over Ben’s Catered Holiday Dinner

The Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers’ motto has long been that holidays should be a time to kick-back and relax with family, rather than spending long hours cooking and cleaning. Celebrate freedom, and the story of the exodus from Egypt, with the company’s famous Catered Holiday Dinner for 10, featuring mouthwatering gefilte fish, delicious matzo ball soup, fresh-cut coleslaw and more.

According to Jewish tradition, it is forbidden to eat leavened food products, such as bread, because, in their rush to escape from Egypt, the Jews were unable to wait for bread to rise. Instead, they ate matzo, a non-leavening cracker-like food, which has become synonymous with Jewish culture, and its holidays.

In recognition of this custom, Ben’s Complete Holiday Dinner for 10 features 12 matzo balls, along with 10 pieces of gefilte fish, one-quart of chopped liver, four quarts of chicken soup, and macaroons for dessert. The package, which costs $349.90, also includes a choice of three entrées — five roast chickens, a whole roast turkey or four pounds of sliced brisket —and two side dishes, such as broccoli almandine, sweet potato pudding and much more.

Ben’s Friends Preferred Patrons who purchase this complete Holiday Dinner by Sunday, March 25, 2018 will also receive four “Buy-One-Get-One-Free” on-app coupons; a total savings of over $100.

All seven locations are also offering “Holiday Dinner Extra Goodies,” which can be pre-ordered to ensure that every table is full. For those looking to bring a dish – whether it’s an appetizer, dessert, or another signature dish, Ben’s takeout counter has everything you need to complement a  holiday dinner.

In observance of the holiday, all Ben’s Kosher Deli locations will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and will re-open Sunday, April 8 for normal business hours.

For more information regarding Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers, or its Catered Holiday Dinner for 10, visit www.bensdeli.net.

Ben’s Store-Cured Corned Beef Has its Patrons Feeling Lucky this St. Patrick’s Day

You don’t need to be Irish to feel lucky this St. Patrick’s Day! From March 1 until St. Patrick’s Day, on Saturday, March 17, all seven of Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers locations, will be reveling in the company’s annual March corned beef celebration. With special combos including sandwiches and traditional corned beef, cabbage and potato platters, it’s really Ben’s proprietary corned beef curing process that truly sets the company apart from other restaurants and delis.

“Unlike many other restaurants, we use only fresh, Kosher USDA choice briskets,” Ben’s founder/owner Ronnie Dragoon states. “We pickle the briskets in each store using an exclusive Ben’s pickling blend and an old-fashioned two-week curing process.” Once curing is complete, Ben’s highly skilled chefs cook the corned beef daily as needed, ensuring a fresh and delicious experience for Ben’s guests.

Initially chosen as a more affordable substitute for bacon, corned beef and cabbage became a tradition among Irish-American immigrants. Its connection to St. Patrick’s Day is the result of Irish-Americans having commonly served the meal during various family and holiday celebrations. Interestingly, what Americans today know as traditional corned beef actually stems from Jewish culture, as Irish immigrants once primarily purchased their meat from Kosher butchers.

It is that traditional eastern European style that Ben’s aims to emulate in its cooking process. “Yes, we cure our own corned beef,” Dragoon adds, “but, don’t forget, our chicken soup cures everything else!”

While Ben’s Corned Beef Celebration Specials only run from March 1 through St. Patrick’s Day, its tasty store-cured, freshly-prepared corned beef is available all year long. In addition to sandwiches and platters, guests can enjoy fresh corned beef in salads, omelets or sliced by the pound to take home.

For more information regarding Ben’s Kosher Deli’s Corned Beef specials, visit www.bensdeli.net.

What’s a Big Game Without a Big Spread?

Sit back, relax, throw on your favorite jersey and let Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers prepare your “Big Game” food for you. Playoff season can be a nerve wracking time for some fans, but how can you even begin to root for your favorite team if you’re hungry? Ben’s is the perfect place for all your game time needs. Pick up some perfectly-seasoned wings, juicy hot dogs or famous cold-cut sandwiches so all you have to focus on is who’s scoring the next touchdown.

In celebration of playoff season, and the impending “Big Game” on Sunday, February 4, Ben’s has put together several ways to celebrate, with options for parties of all sizes. From party rooms and big screen televisions available in various locations, to a full array of delicious catering and mouthwatering grab-and-go takeout at every location, Ben’s is bound to make this playoff season easy to digest.

For those hosting a “Big Game” party, but looking to avoid all the prep and clean-up, Ben’s offers several packages for 12 or more, each with FREE cocktail franks and knishes for munching. Ben’s famous cold cuts, sandwich platters, heroes, wraps, or super salad bowls are centerpieces for these full-blown catered spreads.

If you are looking for a place to gather family, friends and fans, Ben’s of Manhattan, Bayside, Greenvale, Scarsdale, Woodbury and Boca Raton have private rooms available, making Ben’s the perfect place for your “Big Game” party. Guests are encouraged to reserve these spaces in advance to ensure availability.

Lastly, Ben’s takeout counter is always open for football lovers looking for great sandwiches, wraps, hot entrées, salads, homemade soups and a host of other goodies. Phone and online orders are welcomed.

“We want our customers to be able to enjoy playoff season, especially during the Big Game, and not have to worry about prepping or cooking,” says Ronnie Dragoon, Founder/Owner of Ben’s Kosher Deli. “In order to make this happen, we have created a variety of special takeout and catering menus to accommodate every customer. Whether they want to dine-in, take out, or throw a big party, every Ben’s location will make each customer’s post season stress-free and enjoyable. But, it’s up to the athletes to make the same promise for the actual games.”

For more information about Ben’s Big Game Season catered packages and other great Ben’s foods, visit www.bensdeli.net.

Ben’s Kosher Deli and The Workman’s Circle Collaborate for a Night Filled with Jewish History, New York Culture and Delicious Food

New York City is known for many things; an epic skyline, Times Square, “dirty water dogs,” Broadway musicals, the Yankees, and countless other iconic people, places and things. But, what many do not know is that New York City is also home to the first-ever Jewish American deli, which opened in 1888. To celebrate Jewish history and culture, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers is joining The Workmen’s Circle’s “Taste of Jewish Culture” series to host a “Talk and Taste the History” event on Thursday, January 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event will take place at Ben’s of Manhattan, located at 209 West 38th Street.

For $35 a person, guests will be treated to a sampling of traditional Jewish cuisine from Eastern Europe, including chicken in a pot, knishes, stuffed cabbage and brisket. They will also hear from Ben’s area supervisor, Hal Simon, about the background and origins of these meals and the history of Jewish delis in New York.

“I think it’s great that The Workmen’s Circle is running this series, and I am very happy that Ben’s can be one of the locations,” says Mr. Simon. “Jewish delis are such an integral part of the city’s history and I look forward to teaching New Yorkers about the vast culture behind our foods.”

To register for the event, visit: https://circle.org/event/nyc-delis-talk-taste-history/. For more information about Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers, visit www.bensdeli.net.

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About Ben’s Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers

Ben’s is a family-owned and operated delicatessen/restaurant company that has been serving up the finest authentic New York Kosher delicatessen products and eastern European comfort foods for more than 43years. All of Ben’s sandwiches, soups and dinners are freshly prepared. Ben’s has seven convenient locations: three on Long Island in Carle Place, Greenvale and Woodbury, and one each in Midtown Manhattan; Bayside, Queens; Scarsdale in Westchester County; and Boca Raton, Florida with free delivery service available to many communities around the stores. For more information, visit www.BensDeli.net or call Ben’s Catering Hotline at 1-800-344-BENS.