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Hundreds head to Canarsie to try Frank Seddio’s cooking

March 28, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Hon. Frank Seddio (left) gets a visit in the kitchen from Arthur Aidala, the immediate past president of the Brooklyn Bar Association, during his annual St. Joseph’s feast. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese

Hon. Frank Seddio, the Democratic Party boss in Kings County and current president of the Brooklyn Bar Association, is a man of many talents, but perhaps his most distinguished ability is his flair for cooking.

Every year, hundreds of members of Brooklyn’s legal and political communities head to Seddio’s office in Canarsie, like they did last Friday, where he prepares his specialties, pasta con sarde and eggplant, during his annual St. Joseph’s feast.

The feast, which started in 2009, is co-sponsored by the Catholic Lawyers Guild and the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn. Seddio explained that he wanted to host an event that stood out among the many organizations so he and his former law partner Frank Carone chose St. Joseph’s.

Seddio is not overselling it by labeling it a feast, as he served an entire smorgasbord of Italian food. His two main dishes were pasta con sarde, or pasta with sardines, a Sicilian specialty, and eggplant served Sicilian style. In addition to those two dishes, there was a whole array of Italian food from rice balls, to an antipasto bar and a seafood table.

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Nearly all of the dishes were cooked by Seddio or with his help and most of the recipes he learned from years of watching his grandmother and his aunt cook while he was young.

 

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