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Tuesday - Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday & Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sunday
Brunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dinner 4:30 pm- 8:30 pm

 

221 Old Country Road
Carle Place, NY 11514

(516) 742-0940

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Television AppearancesPress ClipsPress Releases

Television/Radio Appearances

» FiOS1: Restaurant Hunters June 16, 2016
» FiOS1: Restaurant Hunters February 6, 2015
» Fox NY: Fried Green Tomatoes April 21, 2014
» FiOS1: LL Dent Wins the “Hunty” Award for Best Comfort Food December 21, 2012
» FiOS1: It's Like Family at LL Dent Restaurant November 23, 2012
» FiOS1: LL Dent Brings Southern Comfort to Carle Place June 15, 2012
» ABC: Here and Now November 13, 2011
» Good Cookin' With Bruce Aidells August 15, 2011
» Push Pause L.I. January 10, 2011
» Newsday.com: Feed Me: LL Dent in Carle Place October 27, 2010
» LL Dent Featured on Dining Out Long Island Television March, 2008 diningoutli.com
» What to Eat, Channel 7's Eyewitness News June 9, 2006

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Press Clips

       
Explore LI Fried & Fabulous: A Dozen Chicken Dishes to Cluck About
June 30, 2016
Newsday Soul food restaurant LL Dent in Carle Place celebrates 10th anniversary
June 21, 2016
Triple A 10 Must-Try Long Island Brunch Spots
May 4, 2016
Newsday Shop and Drop in for a Quick Meal
December 4, 2015
PDF (135 KB)
Newsday Is There Gluten in This?
September 4, 2015
PDF (4.68 MB)
Westbury Article
Sharing Family Recipes with LL Dent
November 26, 2014

PDF (2.0 MB)
Southern Goodness
A Big Serving Of Southern Fried Goodness
April 26, 2014

PDF (135 KB)
Gumbo Goodness, Newsday
Gumbo Goodness, Newsday
February 26, 2014

PDF (135 KB)
Soul, and Heart, libn.com
Soul, and Heart, libn.com,
July 26-August 1, 2013

PDF (1.21 MB)
Winners, Newsday
Winners, Newsday,
June 23, 2013

PDF (360 KB)
Her Latest Course,  The Westbury Times,  April 5, 2013
Her Latest Course,
The Westbury Times,
April 5, 2013

PDF (402 KB)
Feed Me: LL Dent in Carle Place: Valentine's Day
Feed Me: LL Dent in Carle Place: Valentine's Day, ExploreLI.com, February 13, 2012
PDF (150 KB)
LL Dent: Job Networking with Jazz
LL Dent: Job Networking with Jazz, Explore LI,
November 28, 2011

PDF (235 KB)
She Runs Her Eatery Using Past Job Skills
She Runs Her Eatery Using Past Job Skills, Newsday,
August 22, 2011

PDF (486 KB)
Divine Desserts, Explore LI
Divine Desserts, Explore LI,
July 21, 2011

PDF (97 KB)
Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, Long Island Business News
Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business, Long Island Business News,
May 2011

PDF (465 KB)
Bites Nearby: LL Dent, New Hyde Park Patch
Bites Nearby: LL Dent, New Hyde Park Patch,
April 28, 2011

PDF (250 KB)
Lloyd Price is One Smart Cookie
Lloyd Price is One Smart Cookie, ExploreLI,
April 11, 2011

PDF (400 KB)
Tasty Menu Ideas at Free Cooking Demos
Tasty Menu Ideas at Free Cooking Demos, ExploreLI,
March 16, 2011

PDF (740 KB)
Lenten season menus in Nassau, Suffolk
Lenten season menus in Nassau, Suffolk, ExploreLI.com,
March 9, 2011

PDF (400 KB)
Bites Nearby: Southern Comfort at LL Dent
Bites Nearby: Southern Comfort at LL Dent, Mineola Patch,
February 17, 2011

PDF (400 KB)
New Meaning for Having Your Cake and Eating it Too
New Meaning for Having Your Cake and Eating it Too, Long Island Business News,
February 4-10, 2011

PDF (700 KB)
Feed Me: LL Dent in Carle Place, ExploreLI.com
Feed Me: LL Dent in Carle Place, ExploreLI.com,
December 21, 2010

PDF (200 KB)
Our Towns: Winners
Our Towns: Winners, Newsday,
August 22, 2010

PDF (3.2 MB)
Hospitality: Ones to Watch
Hospitality: Ones to Watch, Long Island Business News,
July 16-22, 2010

PDF (600 KB)
A Taste of the South (Many, Many Tastes)
A Taste of the South (Many, Many Tastes), New York Times,
April 15, 2010

PDF (1.2 MB)
Ham vs. Lamb, Newsday
Ham vs. Lamb, Newsday,
March 25, 2010

PDF (2.1 MB)
Review From ExploreLI
Restaurant Review From ExploreLI,
February 16, 2010

PDF (1.6 MB)
Healthy Southern Cooking Served Up At Community Club
Healthy Southern Cooking Served Up At Community Club, Garden City News, January 15, 2010
PDF (2.1 MB)
Pink October: Eat, Drink for a Cause
Pink October: Eat, Drink for a Cause, Newsday.com Blog, September 29, 2009
PDF (2.7 MB)
Long Island Women Making a Difference
Long Island Women Making a Difference, Long Island Press, Fortune 52, March 5-11, 2009
PDF (930 KB)
LL Dent - Southern Food, Southern Hospitality
LL Dent - Southern Food, Southern Hospitality, Distinction Magazine, March 2007
PDF (4.2 MB)
Southern Comfort Comes to Carle Place
Southern Comfort Comes to Carle Place, Culinary, New York Trend, February 14, 2007
PDF (1.3 MB)
Top Five / Soup
Top Five / Soup, Newsday, January 10, 2007
PDF (1.7 MB)
Christmas with Soul
Food: Christmas with Soul, Newsday, December 20, 2006
PDF (2 MB)
Collard Greens and Southern Cooking
Taste: Collard Greens and Southern Cooking, LI Magazine, May 2006
PDF (1.6 MB)
Choices for the Palate
Dining: Choices for the Palate, Newsday Fun Book, May 2006
PDF (1.6 MB)
Mother-Daughter Team with Southern Flair
Food: Mother-Daughter Team with Southern Flair, Newsday, April 28, 2006
PDF (2.3 MB)
Down-Home Good
Food: Down-Home good, Newsday, March 29, 2006
PDF (3.5 MB)
LL Dent Brings the South to Nassau County
Eaters Digest: Soul Kitchen: LL Dent Brings the South to Nassau County, Long Island Press
PDF (1.2 MB)
After Hollywood, Down-Home Cooking
Business & Technology: After Hollywood, Down-Home Cooking, Newsday, March 6, 2006
PDF (624 KB)

 

 

Press Releases

 

August 7, 2015 LL Dent Hosts New Menu Tasting Event and Social Media Meet Up

August 4, 2015 LL Dent Offers New Southern Menu Items

October 8, 2014 LL Dent Offers October Dinner Special to Benefit Breast Cancer Awareness Program

August 14, 2014  LL Dent Serves Up Healthy Southern Fare at Health, Fitness & Sports Expo

April 4, 2014  Lillian Dent Named One of Nassau County's Women of Achievement for 2014 at "Just Desserts"

February 10, 2014  LL Dent to Commemorate Its 8th Anniversary on February 16

February 7, 2014  LL Dent Restaurant Offers Tuesday Buffet Nights

April 24, 2013  Lillian Dent Receives Unispan Award for Her Work in the Community

March 27, 2013  Local Organizations Honor Lillian Dent for Her Work as an Entrepreneur and as a Community Leader

December 13, 2012  LL Dent Restaurant Offers Catering for Christmas

November 15, 2012  LL Dent Restaurant Offers Catering for Thanksgiving

March 13, 2012  LL Dent Restaurant Celebrates 6th Anniversary

May 27, 2011  Leisa Dent Honored at Roosevelt Alumni Association’s 7th Annual Awards Breakfast

March 7, 2011  Menu Items Offered During Lenten Season at LL Dent

October 28, 2010  Leisa Dent Speaks at “Women in Food” Panel Discussion

October 26, 2010  LL Dent Chef and Co-Owner Leisa Dent Cooks on Telecare’s “Real Food”

July 6, 2010  National Association of Women Business Owners of Long Island, LIA Small Business Council Honor Lillian Dent

February 2, 2010  LL Dent Restaurant Hosts a Dinner & R&B Night

November 17, 2009  LL Dent Restaurant Hosts Radio Personality Ken Webb & Friends for a VIP Night

August 31, 2009  LL Dent Hosts Roosevelt High School's 30-Year Reunion

August 27, 2009  LL Dent Employees Takes a Tour of Local Vineyards

May 1, 2009  LL Dent Brings Its Southern Flair to Local Fundraiser

April 1, 2009  Lillian Dent Named as Nassau County’s “Woman of Distinction”

February 17, 2009  LL Dent Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

February 9, 2009  Chef Leisa Dent Shows Breast Cancer Survivors
                                         the Path to Cooking Healthy

January 14, 2009  Leisa Dent Honored by Operation Get Ahead, Inc.

April 30, 2007  LL Dent Restaurateurs Lisa and Lillian Dent Honored
                                 as Business Persons of the Year

August 7, 2006  LL Dent and 'Farmer Bill' Bring Green Tomatoes to L.I.

February 15, 2006  Authentic Home-Style Southern Restaurant to
                                           hold Grand Opening Celebration on March 4

 

 

 

 

August 7, 2015 
LL Dent Hosts New Menu Tasting Event and Social Media Meet Up

 

LL Dent Restaurant is inviting 50 of its Facebook and Twitter fans to preview its recently unveiled southern-style menu items at a New Menu Food Tasting and Social Media Meet Up on Monday, August 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is located at 221 Old Country Road in Carle Place.

Customers are asked to RSVP to the event through the link on the company's Facebook and Twitter pages. Only the first 50 people to respond will be admitted. Those attending the event are invited to share their photos and opinions to social media, with a tag or direct post to LL Dent, before, during and after the meetup.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste the restaurant's new Crunchy Spicy Chicken Wings with blue cheese or ranch dressing and Fromage De Tête (Head Cheese) with homemade LL Dent crackers. The restaurant will also be serving Short Ribs of Beef, off the bone in red wine onion gravy, and Catfish and Quinoa, with deep-fried cornmeal-crusted catfish. Both meals pair perfectly with a side of Sweet Potato Grand Biscuits with cinnamon honey that will be served. For dessert, guests will enjoy the new decadent Sweet Potato Cheese Pie.

"We are excited to see how our customers react to the new LL Dent menu," says Lillian Dent, Owner, LL Dent. "Each of these dishes being featured at the Tasting Event capture the tradition of home-style American cuisines and the delicious flavors of good Southern cooking."

For more information, contact LL Dent at (516) 742-0940 or visit www.lldent.com.

 

August 4, 2015 
LL Dent Offers New Southern Menu Items

 

LL Dent Restaurant is serving up new home-style appetizers, salads, entrées and sides with a unique Southern flair at its Carle Place restaurant, located at 221 Old Country Road.

New to the table are the mouthwatering appetizers Grits and Liver, served with hot onion gravy, and Crunchy Spicy Chicken Wings, buffalo-style jumbo chicken wings and celery served with bleu cheese or ranch dressing. Soon to be favorites among the foodies are the LL Dent Kale and Quinoa Soup, a vegan option; the Blackened Chicken Salad, served over greens with tomatoes, cucumbers and cornbread croutons; and the Sunday Go-To Meeting Tuna, served with sweet pickle relish, onions, eggs, celery and mayonnaise over field greens with tomatoes, cucumbers and LL Dent crackers.

LL Dent is also offering brand new entrées, like Oven Roasted Turkey Wings smothered in herb gravy, Fried Chicken Livers served with onion gravy, Omelets and Grilled BBQ Colossal Shrimp. All options can be served with sides of Hot Medley Vegetable and Quinoa and Sweet Potato Waffles. For dessert, guests can enjoy the decadent Seven Up Pound Cake or indulge in a Chocolate Martini.

"We are very proud to be offering these delicious new items to our customers," said Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent. "Our expanded menu gives them an opportunity to try old Southern favorites with a modern twist. We're excited to see what everyone thinks. "

For more information, contact LL Dent at (516) 742-0940 or visit www.lldent.com.

 

October 8, 2014 
LL Dent Offers October Dinner Special to Benefit Breast Cancer Awareness Program

 

LL DentOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and LL Dent Restaurant is doing its part to raise awareness about this disease. This month, LL Dent will serve a three-course meal, with half of the sales proceeds benefitting the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. The cost of the meal is $35.

Menu items will include Autumn Sweet Potato Soup, Grilled Salmon with Tamarind Glaze, Four-Grain Rice and Turmeric, Black-Eyed Peas, Meatless Collard Greens with a Pinch of Chow Chow, followed by Soursop Ice Cream and Fresh Fruit for dessert.

Aside from being delicious, this special meal offers plenty of health benefits. Sweet potatoes are known for being rich in antioxidants, which can help reduce the effects of inflammation. Black-eyed peas can help lower cholesterol and aid in weight loss. Soursop fruit can help subdue nausea and relieve liver ailments.

“We are proud to present this special menu, which not only offers a wide array of healthy dishes, but the finest Southern-style food to be served here on Long Island,” Lillian Dent, Owner, LL Dent, said. “We are pleased to work once again with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in raising awareness about breast cancer and how we can fight this disease.”

For more information, contact LL Dent at (516) 742-0940 or visit www.lldent.com.

August 14, 2014 
LL Dent Serves Up Healthy Southern Fare at Health, Fitness & Sports Expo

 

LL DentOn August 9, Lillian and Leisa Dent of LL Dent Restaurant were on hand at the Health, Fitness & Sports Expo at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale. The event was sponsored by The Office of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, in conjunction with the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Those who visited LL Dent's vendor table were treated to Lemon Old Bay Pan Seared Catfish served with a hot Quinoa, sautéed squash, roasted red peppers, black bean, Spanish onion and scallions.

The Expo hosted LL Dent as well as over 150 vendors and county agencies. There were appearances by former Major League Baseball pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden and other sports personalities, Narcan training, martial arts demonstrations, a soccer clinic hosted by the New York Cosmos, a golf clinic hosted by the PGA Tour Super Store, a Double Dutch Clinic hosted by Stan Brown of "Stan Pepper Steppers" and Anayo Michel, games, free raffles and giveaways and free back-to-school supplies.

For more information, call LL Dent at (516) 742-0940 or visit www.lldent.com.

RECIPE FOR LEMON OLD BAY PAN SEARED CATFISH SERVED WITH A HOT QUINOA, SAUTEED SQUASH, ROASTED RED PEPPERS, BLACK BEAN, SPANISH ONION AND SCALLIONSLL Dent

Leisa's Fish seasoning :
• 1 cup Old Bay seasoning
• 3 tablespoons lemon pepper spice
• ½ cup Sazon Classico

Your choice of fish:
1. Demo Called Basa Tasting
2. Demo Cooking 7 oz. Catfish

Cooking Quinoa:
1. Place on stove 4 cups of water in a pot on high heat.
2. Place 1 cup of quinoa in a 3-cup bowl of water. Swirl water, washing the seed.
3. Strain rep for an almost clear water.
4. Place quinoa in pot of boiling water.
5. Cook about 10 min.
6. Drain, lay out in a bowl and fluff up sprouts. Put to the side.

Black Beans:
1. Soak ½ bag of black beans overnight.
2. Sauté ½ onion, medium diced in oil in a 1-quart pot.
3. Add 4 cups of water.
4. Drain the beans, rinse, and add to the 4 cups of water and onion.
5. Cook until tender.

Vegetable Searing
1. Medium dice all vegetables:
2. After dicing all vegetables, roast ½ medium red pepper (roast until charred).
3. Sauté 4 tbsp. of half olive oil, half soybean oil.
4. Add all diced vegetables.
5. Sauté vegetables until tender, then add garlic.
6. Toss in black beans, then toss quinoa.
7. Season with salt and pepper.
8. Garnish with scallions.
• 1 Zucchini
• 1 Summer squash
• ½ Spanish onion
• 1 tbsp. chopped garlic

Fish Bake:
1. Sprinkle seasoning on fish.
2. Place in pan.
3. Chip pieces of butter on top of fish, and bake at 350 degrees.

Fish Pan Seared:
1. Sprinkle seasoning on fish.
2. Heat oil.
3. Place fish in hot oil.
4. When the edges of the fish are white, turn fish over and complete cooking.

Photo1:

Leisa Dent (left) and Lillian Dent (right), Co-Owners, LL Dent Restaurant, prepare meals for visitors at the Health, Fitness & Sports Expo at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale. (Photo: Alicia Sheerwood)

Photo2:

A photo of what was served at the Expo: Lemon Old Bay Pan Seared Catfish served with a hot Quinoa, sautéed squash, roasted red peppers, black bean, Spanish onion and scallions. (Photo: Alicia Sheerwood)

April 4, 2014 
Lillian Dent Named One of Nassau County's Women of Achievement for 2014 at "Just Desserts"

 

LL DentOn March 31, Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, joined 12 other women in being honored as Nassau County's Women of Achievement for 2014 at a special ceremony at The Barn at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. She was honored for her work with the Central Nassau Club, where she has served on the organization's Joint Worship, Senior Citizens and Government Affairs Committees. She is also active in the Long Island Fund for Women, National Association of Women Business Owners of Long Island (NAWBO LI) and Kom-Puters for Kids.

The event, titled "Just Desserts," recognized 13 women from Nassau County who have made outstanding personal contributions for the enrichment of the lives of others in their communities, in honor of March being Women's History Month. These women continue to help their neighbors as they struggle to rebuild their homes and their lives, more than a year after Superstorm Sandy. Some of these women have spent a lifetime volunteering with the disadvantaged or the physically challenged or advocating for children.

Guests and honorees also had the opportunity to sample some of the signature treats from more than a dozen local bakeries and win raffle prizes. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund.

Ms. Dent has received numerous awards during her career, including Business Person of the Year by the Central Nassau Club; Nassau County's Women of Distinction; Long Island Association (LIA) Small Business Council's Women-Owned Business Advocate Award; the Woman of Excellence in Hospitality Industry Award and The Sharon Newman Award from NAWBO LI; Long Island Business News' Top 50 Women in Business; the Black Rose Award from Black Women Enterprises; the Entrepreneur Award from the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Beta Omicron Chapter (Professional Sorority for Educators); and the Unispan Award.

Ms. Dent and her daughter Leisa opened LL Dent in 2006. She previously spent 30 years working at The Dow Jones Company, including eight as a manager. LL Dent serves the community through involvement with several outreach programs such as Cooks for Kids and Young Entrepreneurs. The restaurant, under the direction of Ms. Dent, has been involved in cooking demonstrations to benefit suicide prevention programs, as well as for cancer survivors and domestic abuse victims.

In addition to running the restaurant, Ms. Dent has been an active Life Member of the Central Nassau chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club since 1985. She is also the current president of Hausch Manor Civic Association.

For more information, call LL Dent at (516) 742-0940 or visit www.lldent.com.

Photo:

Lillian Dent (center), Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, accepts the proclamation from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (second from left) for her being honored as one of Nassau County's Women of Achievement for 2014 at the "Just Desserts" ceremony on March 31 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Also pictured (left to right): Nassau County Legislators Rose Walker and Michael Venditto and Glen Cove Mayor Reginald A. Spinello.

 

 

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February 10, 2014 
LL Dent to Commemorate Its 8th Anniversary on February 16

 

On February 16, LL Dent Restaurant will be celebrating eight years of serving Southern-style cuisine to Long Island customers. Guests are welcome to join the LL Dent staff to celebrate their eighth anniversary of the restaurant's opening. LL Dent is located at 221 Old Country Road in Carle Place.

Co-owners Lillian Dent and her daughter, Chef Leisa Dent, provide traditional American cuisine with a Southern-style twist to guests at their Nassau County establishment. Set in an environment reminiscent of a Southern dining room, LL Dent's authenticity is only surpassed by its hospitality. Opening a restaurant and serving unique dishes to Long Island customers has been a long-time dream for both Lillian and her daughter.

Lillian and her husband Toby moved to New York from Evans, Georgia with their two children. When the children attended grade school, Lillian would make them a large, hot breakfast every morning to ensure that they were ready for the day. Her daughter, Leisa became inspired by Lillian's delicious meals and decided to take on cooking as a hobby at 10 years old. After many years of contemplating career paths, Leisa decided to give the Long Island restaurant industry a chance. When she initially entered the business, she began working at small, local restaurants on Long Island. Subsequently, Leisa acquired a job as Personal Chef for a childhood friend, Eddie Murphy, in New Jersey and California. Eventually, Leisa returned to Long Island to pursue her goal of earning her Associate's Degree at the Culinary Institute of America, which led her to achieve yet another goal of opening a Southern-style restaurant with her family in the heart of Nassau County.

The LL Dent menu features a variety of well-known southern classics that Chef Leisa has perfected over the years, such as fried chicken and waffles, pulled pork, fried catfish, and homemade cornbread. The restaurant also offers specials such as a Sunday Brunch Buffet and a Tuesday Night Buffet, so their customers can enjoy a bit of each homemade dish.

"We would like to thank our guests who have supported the restaurant for the past eight years," said Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent. "It is so rewarding to serve Southern-style dishes to our customers, who have also become our close friends over the years. Our patrons truly mean the world to us and I can't wait to share many more memories with them in the years to come."

 

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February 7, 2014 
LL Dent Restaurant Offers Tuesday Buffet Nights


Buffet Will Have A Different Theme Each Week

 

LL Dent Restaurant is inviting everyone to come down and dine in during their new Tuesday Buffet Nights, beginning on February 11, for only $19.95. This special is only available on Tuesday nights and will allow guests to try new, unique dishes from LL Dent. A full dinner menu will also be available.

Tuesday nights will be a special time that customers can indulge in some of LL Dent's family recipes for a fixed price, with a different theme each week. In celebration of New Orleans' "Fat Tuesday," Tuesday nights in February and March will be Cajun-themed, featuring popular southern specialties such as Gumbo, Chicken Etouffee, Mustard Greens, Dirty Rice, Baked Squash Au Gratin, Choux Rouge and Turnip Mashed Potatoes.

"Fat Tuesday," better known as the French term "Mardi Gras," is an annual worldwide celebration that takes place the day before Ash Wednesday, when the 40 days of fasting, also known in the Christian tradition as Lent, begin. Those who celebrate "Fat Tuesday" indulge in an immense amount of food that they cannot consume during Lent, such as meat. Today, it's a popular New Orleans tradition in which dancers, musicians, and revelers march down Bourbon Street and traditional Cajun dishes are served.

The dinner buffet will be served by LL Dent's staff, similar to its Sunday brunch buffet. "We are happy to announce our new weekly buffet special that will allow customers to try a wide variety of our unique Cajun dishes and a few of our popular dishes from the regular menu," says Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent. "We encourage everyone to come down and get a taste of our Cajun-style meals. This shows you don't have to travel to Louisiana to enjoy this unique cuisine."

 

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April 24, 2013 
Lillian Dent Receives Unispan Award for Her Work in the Community


LL DentOn April 4, Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, received the Unispan Award at the 39th Annual Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Scholarship Dinner at the university’s Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center. The award is given to individuals whose professional or personal lives have enriched the Hempstead community.

The award is named after the pedestrian walkway that spans over Hempstead Turnpike and connects the north and south campuses of Hofstra University and symbolizes the close ties between the university and the Village of Hempstead. Proceeds from the annual event have gone to help hundreds of Hempstead-area students pursue their higher education goals at Hofstra.

Ms. Dent and her daughter Leisa opened LL Dent in 2006. She previously spent 30 years working at The Dow Jones Company, including eight as a manager. LL Dent serves the community through involvement with several outreach programs such as Cooks for Kids and Young Entrepreneurs. The restaurant, under the direction of Ms. Dent, has been involved in cooking demonstrations to benefit suicide prevention programs, as well as for cancer survivors and domestic abuse victims.

In addition to running the restaurant, Ms. Dent has been an active Life Member of the Central Nassau chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club since 1985. She has served on the organization’s Budget and Finance, Joint Worship, Senior Citizens, Government Affairs Committees and Nominating Committees. She is also a member of The Union Baptist Church in Hempstead.

Ms. Dent has been part of Central Nassau Club for more than 25 years, where she has helped to design and implement programs to promote health, education and economic development in the central Nassau community. She is also the current president of Hausch Manor Civic Association, whose focus is providing scholarships for high school students and outreach to deserving families at holiday time.

This award is one of many honors that Ms. Dent has received. In 2007, she and Leisa were named Business Persons of the Year by Central Nassau Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. In 2009, Ms. Dent was named one of Nassau County’s Women of Distinction. A year later, she was honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners of Long Island (NAWBO LI) for receiving the Woman of Excellence in Hospitality Industry Award and by the Long Island Association (LIA) Small Business Council for the Women-Owned Business Advocate Award.

In May 2011, she was named one of Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Women in Business. Six months later, she received the Black Rose Award from Black Women Enterprises; the award is so named because the black rose is the rarest of roses and the black female executive is the rarest of the entrepreneurs, especially in the private- and public-sector procurement process.

On March 23, Ms. Dent received the Entrepreneur Award from the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Beta Omicron Chapter (Professional Sorority for Educators) at its 13th Annual Red and Gold Scholarship Gala.

Photo:
Pictured (left to right): Alan J. Kelly, President for Development and Alumni Affairs, Hofstra University; Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant and recipient of the Unispan Award; Stuart Rabinowitz, President, Hofstra University; and Bishop Waylyn Hobbs Jr., Deputy Mayor, Village of Hempstead.

 

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March 27, 2013
Local Organizations Honor Lillian Dent for Her Work as an Entrepreneur and as a Community Leader


LL Dent Restaurant Celebrates 6th AnniversaryIn addition to being a leader in the local business community, Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, is also recognized for her work in the community. In the next few weeks, Ms. Dent will be honored by local organizations for her volunteer efforts.

On April 4, Ms. Dent will receive the Unispan Award at the 39th Annual Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Scholarship Dinner at the university’s David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus at 6:30 p.m. The award is given to individuals whose professional or personal lives have enriched the Hempstead community.

Ms. Dent will also receive the Sharon Newman Award from the National Association of Business Women Owners of Long Island on May 8 at Westbury Manor from 6-9 p.m. This is the second time she has been recognized by this organization. The award is named after the president of Action Envelope who took over the business after her husband died in 1993. In 2000, her son joined the business and the company made its first foray onto the Internet with ActionEnvelope.com. Since then, the online retailer has serviced more than 250,000 customers in the U.S. and around the world.

In 2007, Ms. Dent and her daughter Leisa were named Business Persons of the Year by Central Nassau Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. In 2009, Ms. Dent was named one of Nassau County’s Women of Distinction. A year later, she was honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners of Long Island (NAWBO LI) for receiving the Woman of Excellence in Hospitality Industry Award and by the Long Island Association (LIA) Small Business Council for the Women-Owned Business Advocate Award.

In May 2011, she was named one of Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Women in Business. Six months later, she received the Black Rose Award from Black Women Enterprises; the award is so named because the black rose is the rarest of roses and the black female executive is the rarest of the entrepreneurs, especially in the private- and public-sector procurement process.

On March 23, Ms. Dent received the Entrepreneur Award from the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Beta Omicron Chapter (Professional Sorority for Educators) at its 13th Annual Red and Gold Scholarship Gala.

Ms. Dent and her daughter Leisa opened LL Dent in 2006. She previously spent 30 years working at The Dow Jones Company, including eight as a manager. LL Dent serves the community through involvement with several outreach programs such as Cooks for Kids and Young Entrepreneurs. The restaurant, under the direction of Ms. Dent, has been involved in cooking demonstrations to benefit suicide prevention programs, as well as for cancer survivors and domestic abuse victims.

In addition to running the restaurant, Ms. Dent has been an active Life Member of the Central Nassau chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club since 1985. She has served on the organization’s Budget and Finance, Joint Worship, Senior Citizens, Government Affairs Committees and Nominating Committees. She is also a member of The Union Baptist Church in Hempstead.

Ms. Dent has been part of Central Nassau Club for more than 25 years, where she has helped to design and implement programs to promote health, education and economic development in the central Nassau community. She is also the current president of Hausch Manor Civic Association, whose focus is providing scholarships for high school students and outreach to deserving families at holiday time.

“I am pleased to be honored by these wonderful organizations that have recognized my efforts in the business world and in the community,” Ms. Dent said. “While I am a successful business owner, I understand that I have a responsibility to give back to the community, which I am happy to fulfill. I think it is wonderful to help out others and inspire a future generation of female entrepreneurs.”

For more information, call LL Dent at (516) 742-0940 or visit www.lldent.com.

 

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December 13, 2012
LL Dent Restaurant Offers Catering for Christmas


Those who are looking for a break from cooking during the hectic holiday season can look to LL Dent Restaurant for all their catering needs. LL Dent offers a Southern twist on the traditional Christmas menu with an assortment of down-home items.

For dinner, LL Dent offers a choice of either fried turkey injected with Cajun butter or a roasted turkey injected with garlic and herbs. Each weighs 10-12 pounds and serves 10-15 people. The cost is $60 each. Ham is also available upon request.

Side dishes are offered in half pans (which feed 12-15 people) and full pans (which feed 30-40 people). A half-pan of collard greens, macaroni and cheese, or cornbread stuffing is $50, $100 for a full pan. String beans, cabbage, and Hoppin’ Johns (black eyed peas and rice) are $45 for half a pan, $95 for a full pan. A half-pan of potato salad or cole slaw is $40, $80 for a full pan. Tossed salad is $30 for a half-pan, $60 for a full pan. A cornbread loaf (10 pieces) is available for $7.50.

A Holiday Combo is also available for $245. The combo includes turkey with green beans, macaroni and cheese, yams, Hoppin’ Johns, cornbread dressing, and 10 pieces of cornbread. This meal will feed 10-15 people.

All orders must be placed by Thursday, December 20 at noon and picked up no later than Monday, December 24. LL Dent will be open for pickup from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on that date. All sides will need to be heated.

LL Dent will be closed on Tuesday, Christmas Day (December 25) and Wednesday (December 26). They will reopen on Thursday (December 27) at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and 5:00 p.m. for dinner. To place an order, or for more information, call LL Dent at (516) 742-0940 or visit www.lldent.com.

 

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November 15, 2012
LL Dent Restaurant Offers Catering for Thanksgiving


Those who are looking for a break from cooking during the hectic Thanksgiving season can look to LL Dent Restaurant for all their catering needs. LL Dent provides a Southern twist to the Thanksgiving menu with an assortment of Southern-style menu items.

For dinner, LL Dent offers a choice of either fried turkey injected with Cajun butter or a roasted turkey injected with garlic and herbs. Each weighs 10-12 pounds and serves 10-15 people. The cost is $60 each.

Side dishes are available in half pans (feeds 12-15 people) and full pans (feeds 30-40 people). A half-pan of collard greens, macaroni and cheese or cornbread stuffing is $50, $100 for a full pan. String beans, cabbage and Hoppin Johns (black eyed peas and rice) are $45 for half a pan, $95 for a full pan. A half-pan of potato salad or cole slaw is $40, $80 for a full pan. Tossed salad is $30 for a half-pan, $60 for a full pan. A cornbread loaf (10 pieces) is available for $7.50.

A Thanksgiving Combo is also available for $245. The combo includes turkey with green beans, macaroni and cheese, yams, Hoppin Johns, cornbread dressing and 10 pieces of cornbread. This meal will feed 10-15 people.

All orders must be place no later than November 18. All orders must be picked up by November 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All sides will be picked up cold.

LL Dent will be closed November 22-23 and will reopen November 24 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. for dinner. To place an order, or for more information, call LL Dent at (516) 742-0940 or visit www.lldent.com.

 

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March 13, 2012
LL Dent Restaurant Celebrates 6th Anniversary


LL Dent Restaurant Celebrates 6th AnniversaryOn March 6, LL Dent Restaurant celebrated six years of serving its delicious Southern-style cooking to Long Islanders. Approximately 75 of its loyal customers were treated to ham, turkey soufflé, collard greens, vegetables, salad, ribs, shrimp and rice, cheese and crackers and assorted beverages. A representative from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano presented Co-Owner Lillian Dent with a proclamation in honor of the event.

Serving authentic home-style American cuisine with a Southern flair, LL Dent is the living realization of a lifelong dream of Co-Owners Lillian and Leisa Dent. Chef Leisa Dent has been practicing her trade for more than 30 years in New York and in the South. LL Dent’s menu features many of her favorite dishes perfected over a lifetime, with the recipes handed down from her parents and grandparents.

“We would like to thank our customers who have supported our restaurant for the past four years,” said Lillian Dent. “We are pleased to have reached this important milestone, thanks to the loyalty of our customers who have enjoyed our unique Southern-style dishes. This special event is a thank-you to our customers and their continued patronage. We can think of no better way to celebrate our sixth year in business.”

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Pictured (left to right):LL Dent Restaurant Co-Owners Lillian Dent and Leisa Dent cut the ceremonial first slice of cake at the restaurant’s 6th anniversary celebration.

 

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May 27, 2011
Leisa Dent Honored at Roosevelt Alumni Association's 7th Annual Awards Breakfast


LL Dent Restaurant's Chef and Co-Owner Leisa Dent was honored by the Roosevelt Alumni Association's 7th Annual Awards Breakfast, which took place May 14 at the Long Island Marriott. Ms. Dent, a Roosevelt High School alumna, received the Alumnus Excellence Award from the association.

 

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March 7, 2011
Menu Items Offered During Lenten Season at LL Dent


Carle Place, NY — The season of Lent means for Christians the abstention of meat every Friday during those six weeks, but it should not mean eating pizza and tuna fish sandwiches. For those looking for an alternative, LL Dent Restaurant offers a wide variety of Southern-style meatless menu items for Lent, including:

• BBQ Salmon Salad — barbecued pan-seared salmon medallions over mixed field greens with tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers in a mustard honey vinaigrette
• Grilled Vegetable Salad — smoked tofu, grilled squash, eggplant, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and pepper jack cheese tossed over field greens and fried chick peas with balsamic vinaigrette
• Southern Fried Catfish — deep-fried cornmeal-crusted catfish served with hushpuppies, cole slaw and your choice of collard greens or green beans
• Stewed Tilapia — sautéed and stewed in a pepper, onion and tomato sauce, served over rice with your choice of collard greens or green beans
• BBQ Chicken-less Chicken — barbecue vegetarian drum served with a choice of two sides: macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, potato salad, collard greens or green beans

Since the restaurant’s opening in 2006, LL Dent has offered various meatless dishes, making it ideal for those who observe Lent. “I grew up with the Christian tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays,” Leisa Dent, Chef/Co-Owner, LL Dent, said. “With the Lenten season upon us, our seafood, salad and vegetarian dishes give diners an opportunity to observe their religious traditions and still be able to enjoy a good meal.”

 

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October 28, 2010
Leisa Dent Speaks at “Women in Food” Panel Discussion


Leisa Dent (second from left) addresses the audience during the “Women in Food” panel on October 25. Also pictured (l-r): Marisa Ruta, Founder, La Bottega Italian Gourmet; Andrea Correale, Founder, Elegant Affairs; and Polly Talbott, Owner/Director, A la Carte Culinary Services.Leisa Dent, Chef/Co-Owner, LL Dent restaurant, was invited to speak at the panel discussion, “Women in Food,” which was held October 25 at Frank’s Steaks in Jericho. The discussion was part of the Fifth Annual Women’s Leadership Panel, presented by Soroptimist International of Nassau County.

During the 45-minute discussion, Ms. Dent and the other panelists discussed the best part of the work and their pitfalls; whether they think men have a different experience than women in their profession; what led to their success; who are their mentors; and which ingredient they cannot live without. They also took questions from the audience who asked how they deal with customers who have special requests and what happens to leftover food.

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Leisa Dent (second from left) addresses the audience during the “Women in Food” panel on October 25. Also pictured (l-r): Marisa Ruta, Founder, La Bottega Italian Gourmet; Andrea Correale, Founder, Elegant Affairs; and Polly Talbott, Owner/Director, A la Carte Culinary Services.

 

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October 26, 2010
LL Dent Chef and Co-Owner Leisa Dent Cooks on Telecare’s “Real Food”


Leisa Dent (left), Chef and Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, and Monsignor Jim Vlaun (right), Host, “Real Food.”On July 12, Leisa Dent, Chef and Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, appeared with two other guests on the show “Real Food” on Telecare. Ms. Dent created a Thanksgiving-style meal of turkey, collard greens and candied yams. On the show, she discussed how she got into the restaurant business, what she usually prepares for Thanksgiving dinner and the importance of faith in her life.

The episode of “Real Food” will premiere on November 14 at 10:00 p.m. It can be seen on Channel 29/137 on Cablevision and on Channel 296 on Verizon FiOS. The show can also be seen on www.telecaretv.org.

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Leisa Dent (left), Chef and Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, and Monsignor Jim Vlaun (right), Host, “Real Food.”

 

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July 6, 2010
National Association of Women Business Owners of Long Island, LIA Small Business Council Honor Lillian Dent


Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, was recently honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners of Long IslandLillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, was recently honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners of Long Island (NAWBO LI) for receiving the Woman of Excellence in Hospitality Industry Award and by the Long Island Association (LIA) Small Business Council for the Women-Owned Business Advocate Award.

On June 30, NAWBO honored Ms. Dent, along with other Long Island business leaders, at their 24th Annual Gala at Westbury Manor. NAWBO is a national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs and has helped women grow their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy.

Ms. Dent was also presented with her award from the LIA Small Business Council at the Small Business Council Executive Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club on June 28. Recipients of the Women-Owned Business Advocate Award are individuals who have positively contributed to the small business community on Long Island.

Ms. Dent and her daughter Leisa are Co-Owners of LL Dent Restaurant, a southern-cuisine restaurant that opened in 2006 in Carle Place.Ms. Dent and her daughter Leisa are Co-Owners of LL Dent Restaurant, a southern-cuisine restaurant that opened in 2006 in Carle Place. Prior to entering the restaurant business, Ms. Dent spent 30 years at Dow Jones, including 10 years as New York Market Manager. When the decision was made to open the restaurant, she sought even more business skills from the Farmingdale Small Business Development Center.

In addition to running the restaurant, Ms. Dent has been an active Life Member of Central Nassau chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club since 1985. She has served on the organization’s Budget and Finance, Joint Worship, Senior Citizens, Government Affairs Committees and the Nominating Committee and currently serves as its Financial Secretary. She is also a member of The Union Baptist Church in Hempstead.

“I would like to thank the National Association of Women Business Owners of Long Island and the LIA Small Business Council for presenting me with these accolades,” Ms. Dent said. “I am truly pleased to be honored by these associations and my peers in the business community.”

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Lillian Dent (center), Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, displays her award from the National Association of Women Business Owners of Long Island (NAWBO LI). She is joined by Kalpana Patel (left), President, NAWBO LI, and Leisa Dent (right), Lillian’s daughter and Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant.

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Lillian Dent (left), Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, is joined by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (center), Keynote Speaker, LIA Small Business Council Executive Breakfast, and her daughter Leisa Dent (right), Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, after receiving the Women-Owned Business Advocate Award from the LIA Small Business Council.

 

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February 2, 2010
LL Dent Restaurant Hosts a Dinner & R&B Night


On February 2, LL Dent Restaurant hosted a Dinner & R&B Night in 'The Jazz Quarter.' Ken 'Spider' Webb invited some of his radio and show business friends. The live internet ‘webb-cast’ began at 7:30 pm and featured ‘Up Close and Personal,’ special guests in person, Ray, Goodman & Brown and Blue Magic. You can view the ‘webb-cast’ at: http://www.kenwebb.com/jazzcity.htm.

Streaming Audio

The event was “Webb-cast” — a live broadcast via the Internet on Mr. Webb’s own Web site: www.kenwebb.com. To view the streaming audio broadcast go to http://www.kenwebb.com/jazzcity.htm.

 

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November 17, 2009
LL Dent Restaurant Hosts Radio Personality Ken Webb & Friends for a VIP Night


On November 17, LL Dent Restaurant hosted a special meet-and-greet featuring radio personality Ken “Spider” Webb and some of his friends from radio and show business.

Mr. Webb invited fellow radio personalities Tony Richards and Mystery, as well as other VIPs and celebrities, to meet the listeners and enjoy LL Dent’s Southern-style specialties. There was also a guest DJ spinning old-school musical selections and jazz music.

Since the late 1960s, Mr. Webb has been one of New York’s most popular morning radio personalities. In July 1971, he became he very first radio ”morning man” for Manhattan’s WBLS-FM Radio. By 1983, WBLS had the No.1 position in the morning ratings. He later moved to WRKS-FM, where he gave the station its first No. 1 position in the morning ratings until 1995, when he returned to WBLS. In addition, he has worked at WLIB-AM, WWRL-AM and the former WQCD-FM (CD101.9).

Mr. Webb has also been involved in the community. He founded the KISS Kards and the WBLS Sure Shots benefit basketball teams to help raise money for local communities in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan areas and the Baltimore area, where he was raised. He has also used his shows to raise funds for numerous community organizations, ranging from community causes to needy families.

“We were very glad to have Mr. Webb and his friends come to the restaurant for this special night,” said Leisa Dent, Chef and Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant. “Those who attended this event got to meet the biggest names in radio and enjoyed the best Southern-style food here on Long Island.”

 

Streaming Audio

The event was “Webb-cast” — a live broadcast via the Internet on Mr. Webb’s own Web site: www.kenwebb.com. To view the streaming audio broadcast go to http://kenwebb.com/asx/channel_02_lldent.asx.

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August 31, 2009
LL Dent Hosts Roosevelt High School's 30-Year Reunion


LL Dent Hosts Roosevelt High School’s 30-Year ReunionOn July 31, Leisa Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, hosted her former classmates from Roosevelt High School at the restaurant for the school's 30-year reunion. Ms. Dent served up LL Dent's signature Southern-style cooking while catching up with her classmates.

In addition, Ms. Dent and the Class of 1979 started a fundraiser, and a tree was planted in the front of The Roosevelt Middle School on August 1.

Pictured: Front row (left to right): Barbara Broyles, Bonnie Battles, Roberta Williams, Sandra Poole Laing, Pat Redd, Leisa Dent, Andrienne Vaughn-Wilson, Brenda Jones.

Middle row (l-r): James Brown, Donna Mc Lauren, Belinda Battle McNealey, Michelle Butler, Luctrica Lightfoot and Kenneth Frith.

Back row (l-r): Andrew Jones, Minister Jonathan Ballard, Gary Louis Charles, Kevin Fitchett, Mark Corry, Robert Murray and Rev. Darrell Gaskin.

 

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August 27, 2009
LL Dent Employees Takes a Tour of Local Vineyards


LL Dent Employees Takes a Tour of Local VineyardsCarle Place, NY - On August 10, staff members of LL Dent received a special tour and wine tasting at Pindar and Duck Walk Vineyards in Eastern Long Island. The tour was conducted by Richard Drew, District Sales Manager, Duck Walk Vineyards. Dr. Herodotus "Dan" Damianos, Owner, Pindar and Duck Walk Vineyards, offered the invitation back in June, when he came to the restaurant for dinner.

In April, LL Dent hosted "A Taste of Long Island," introducing a series of Long Island wines to complement its Southern-style menu items. Currently, LL Dent hosts three Long Island white wines (Pindar Johannesburg Riesling, Duck Walk Pinot Grigio and Duck Walk Southampton White); two red wines (Pindar Pythagoras and Duck Walk Gatsby Red); two blush (Pindar Summer Blush and Duck Walk Windmill Blush) and two dessert wines (Duck Walk Blueberry Port and Duck Walk Aphrodite).

Pictured: LL Dent Co-Owners Lillian Dent (top row, second from right) and Leisa Dent (center) and LL Dent employees show off their souvenirs from their trip to Pindar and Duck Walk Vineyards in Eastern Long Island.

 

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May 1, 2009
LL Dent Brings Its Southern Flair to Local Fundraiser


LL Dent Brings Its Southern Flair to Local FundraiserLL Dent showed off its Southern-style cooking at the April 27 fundraiser, In Good Taste, at The Carltun in East Meadow. Restaurants from Long Island donated their signature dishes for this event, which were sampled by more than 200 people. LL Dent served up candied yams, collard greens and pulled pork. In Good Taste, now in its third year, is an annual fundraiser which benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Pictured: Leisa Dent (left), Co-Owner, LL Dent, poses with DJ Chef at the third annual In Good Taste fundraiser to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on April 27 at The Carltun.

 

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April 1, 2009
Lillian Dent Named as Nassau County’s “Woman of Distinction”


Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent Restaurant, is pleased to announce that she will receive the 2009 Women of Distinction Award during the awards ceremony, “Women of Distinction in a Time of Great Challenges and Great Opportunities,” on April 6 from noon to 2 p.m. The event takes place at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Office Building at the Ceremonial Chamber on 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola, New York.

Ms. Dent is one of seven Nassau County businesswomen who are being awarded by Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi in honor of Women’s History Month, which took place in March. John Moye, Executive Director, Nassau County’s Office of Minority Affairs, asked Ms. Dent if she would accept the nomination.

“I am very honored to receive this award from the county executive,” Ms. Dent said. “I would like to thank Mr. Moye for considering me for this award. It is wonderful to be recognized.”

For the past 24 years, Ms. Dent has been part of Central Nassau Club, where she has helped to design and implement programs to promote health, education and economic development in the central Nassau community. She is also the current president of Hausch Manor Civic Association, whose focus is providing scholarships for high school students and outreach to deserving families at holiday time.

After retiring in 2004 from The Dow Jones Company, where she worked for 30 years, she and her daughter Leisa decided to open a restaurant. In 2006, they opened up LL Dent, a full-service southern style restaurant that serves delicious dishes. LL Dent serves the community through involvement with several outreach programs such as Cooks for Kids and Young Entrepreneurs. The restaurant, under the direction of Ms. Dent, has been involved in cooking demonstrations to benefit suicide prevention programs, as well as for cancer survivors and domestic abuse victims.

 

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February 17, 2009
LL Dent Celebrates Its Third Anniversary


LL Dent Celebrates Its Third AnniversaryLL Dent celebrated its third anniversary with approximately 30 customers tonight. Chef Leisa Dent served up salmon croquette sandwiches, cheese and crackers, spinach dip and wine. As the cake was served, the customers joined in to sing “Happy Anniversary.”

Pictured right (left-right): Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent; Racine Coles, Employee, LL Dent; Chef Leisa Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent; and Mike Hamilton, Employee, LL Dent, celebrate the restaurant’s third anniversary on February 17.

 

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February 9, 2009
Chef Leisa Dent Shows Breast Cancer Survivors the Path to Cooking Healthy


Chef Leisa Dent Shows Breast Cancer Survivors the Path to Cooking Healthy

Chef Leisa Dent of LL Dent presented “Healthy Cooking with a Southern Flair” to approximately 30 breast cancer survivors on February 9 at LL Dent Restaurant. The two-hour cooking demonstration was one of the “Path to Wellness” events offered by the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program.

For the entrée, Ms. Dent prepared fried chicken that was cooked in the oven instead of deep-fried. She also prepared a variety of appetizing Southern-style side dishes such as grits, macaroni and cheese, stewed cabbage, broccoli, green beans, salad and salmon croquettes. For dessert, those in attendance were served sweet potato pie and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Pictured left: Chef Leisa Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent (seated) displays the food she cooked for breast cancer survivors at the “Healthy Cooking with a Southern Flair” cooking demonstration on February 9 at LL Dent in Carle Place. Ms. Dent is joined by (left to right): Jo Marie Cook, LCSW, ACSW, Special Projects Coordinator, Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program; Wilma Carroll, Advisory Board Member, Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program; and Lillian Dent, Co-Owner, LL Dent.

 

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January 14, 2009
Leisa Dent Honored by Operation Get Ahead, Inc.


Leisa Dent Honored by Operation Get Ahead, Inc.

On January 15, Leisa Dent, Co-Owner of LL Dent, received an alumni business award from Operation Get Ahead, Inc. (OGA) at a ceremony which took place at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale. Ms. Dent was a member of OGA as a teenager.

OGA is a non-profit community-based organization with an array of creative programs and services that assist youth with successful transition into adulthood.

Ms. Dent always had an interest in cooking since the age of 10. The Roosevelt High School graduate went on to BOCES, majoring in classical cuisine and catering. She later began working at Cooky’s Steak Pub in Hempstead.

Seeing cooking as only a hobby, she decided to pursue a career in the rapidly developing computer field. She enrolled in Howard University, majoring in computer science. Living off-campus, she took on the responsibility of cooking for her housemates. But she then decided against a career in computers and returned to Long Island to work in the restaurant industry.

In 1983, Ms. Dent left Cooky’s to work for her childhood friend, comedian/actor Eddie Murphy, as his personal chef in both Englewood, New Jersey and Hollywood, California. Growing up together, Mr. Murphy visited the Dent's home often, where Ms. Dent would be cooking meals for her friends.

Ms. Dent returned from Hollywood to pursue a chef/management position at Saks Fifth Avenue and Arizona 206 in New York City, and then for the Marriott Corporation in Uniondale. In 1990, she completed her formal training as a chef, earning an Associate's Degree at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where she served as a Chef Supervisor and then as Executive Chef for Sodexho-Marriott and its client, Georgia Pacific. In 2003, she transferred back home, working for another Sodexho client, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, as a Marketing Manager.

 

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April 30, 2007
LL Dent Restaurateurs Lisa and Lillian Dent Honored
as Business Persons of the Year


LL Dent Restaurateurs Lisa and Lillian Dent Honored  as Business Persons of the Year

Pictured (left to right) are Joanne E. Braxton, Northeast District Governor, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Clubs, Inc.; Chef Leisa and Lillian Dent, owners of LL Dent; and C. Yvette Long, President, Central Nassau Club. The two women were honored by the Central Nassau Club, of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, at their 48th Annual Founders' Day Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 14th. Recognized for their astute business sense and their contribution to the professional black women community, the mother-daughter team received the Business Persons of the Year Award. The award was presented by the president of the Central Nassau Club, C. Yvette Long, and the Northeast District Governor of the Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, Joanne Braxton.

 

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August 7, 2006
LL Dent and 'Farmer Bill' Bring Green Tomatoes to L.I.
Rare Delicacy Comes to Carle Place Kitchen with the help
of Organic Green Thumb Farm Stand


Long Island Fried Green Tomatoes

Chef Leisa Dent, of the critically-acclaimed LL Dent restaurant in Carle Place with the help of Farmer Bill Halsey, of Green Thumb Organic Farm, is bringing fried green tomatoes, the scrumptious southern delicacy, to Long Island.

After having difficulty finding green tomatoes on Long Island, Chef Leisa decided to seek out an organic farm stand to help her bring the famous southern dish, fried green tomatoes to her Carle Place restaurant. The difficulty with finding green tomatoes is that most tomatoes are artificially colored for preservation purposes in supermarkets. Very few food distributors actually sell green tomatoes. Now thanks to Farmer Bill and Green Thumb farm stand, LL Dent will receive green tomatoes during the month of August while supplies last. Now Chef Leisa can bring more southern flair to her guests. The dish will be featured as an appetizer and served with a traditional horseradish dressing.

"Green Thumb's willingness to help out LL Dent is an example of the cooperative spirit that exists between Long Island businesses," Leisa Dent said. "At LL Dent, we had a need for green tomatoes and we went all over Long Island looking for a farm that would supply them. Finally we found Farmer Bill and the good folks at Green Thumb Organic Farm and finally we are able to bring fried green tomatoes to Long Island."

Nassau County Fried Green TomatoesThis newly formed relationship between Leisa and Green Thumb farm stand brings together one of the newest family-owned businesses on Long Island and one of the oldest. LL Dent, founded by Leisa and her mother Lillian, opened in February. Green Thumb has been operated by the Halsey family since the 1640s. Each year it produces over 300 varieties of certified organic vegetables, herbs, berries, and flowers.

"We at Green Thumb are proud to help do our part in giving LL Dent's menu even more of a southern flair," Halsey said. "It's unique to see green tomatoes grown on the East End served in a restaurant in Nassau County. It reinforces the importance of farming on Long Island and provides a reminder that Suffolk is still the leading agricultural county in New York State."

With the help of Green Thumb, Leisa Dent will share with her patrons a delicacy that folks in the south have known for years.

"Fried green tomatoes are such an important part of the fabric of southern culinary culture," Leisa Dent said. "You read about them in the book, you saw them in the movie, now you're going to be able to eat them here on Long Island at LL Dent Restaurant."

 

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February 15, 2006
Authentic Home-Style Southern Restaurant to hold Grand Opening Celebration on March 4th
Benefit for Winthrop Hospital Diabetic Education Center


Nassau County RestaurantServing authentic home-style American cuisine with a southern flair, LL Dent will hold a grand opening celebration on Saturday, March 4th. Located at 221 Old Country Road in Carle Place, LL Dent is the living realization of a life-long dream of co-owners Lillian Dent and her daughter Chef Leisa Dent.

Following a private function earlier in the day, LL Dent will begin serving dinner at 5:00 p.m. 50% of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Winthrop Hospital Diabetic Education Center, in memory of Toby Dent, Lillian's deceased husband.

The menu features many of Chef Leisa's favorite dishes perfected over a lifetime and handed down through generations. Featuring a lunch and dinner menu Tuesday through Saturday, some of the items featured include Southern Fried Chicken entrées and Sandwiches, Catfish Entrees and Sandwiches, Collard Greens, Sweet Potato Pie and more. On Sundays, join the Dent family for a buffet-style all you can eat Sunday brunch and you'll find yourself enjoying a tradition of southern hospitality and excellence.

Chef Leisa Dent was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Long Island 30 years ago. Her parents relocated to New York from Evans, Georgia, a small close-knit southern community. Leisa's instinct for good homemade food began at age 10. Leisa's first dish was a fried pork chop sandwich, which she asked her neighbor to taste, but it was quickly devoured, followed by her first non family compliment. Inspired by her mother and father along with summer trips to visit her grandparents in the south, Leisa enjoyed taking on the responsibility of preparing meals for her family.

Carle Place RestaurantAfter graduating from Roosevelt High School and BOCES, majoring in classical cuisine and catering, she began working at Cooky's Steak Pub in Hempstead. In 1983, she left Cooky's to work for Eddie Murphy as his personal chef in both Englewood, New Jersey and Hollywood, California. Murphy was a childhood friend who visited the Dent's home often, where Leisa would cook meals for her friends. For him, Leisa's cooking represented home-style excellence he longed for. Leisa returned from Hollywood to pursue her career as a chef. In 1990, she completed her formal training, earning an Associates Degree at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where she served as a Chef Supervisor and then as Executive Chef for Sodexho-Marriott, its client, Georgia Pacific. In 2003, she transferred back home, joining Sodexho, as Food Merchandising Marketing Manager, she recently resigned to join her mother Lillian to create LL Dent.

For more information, visit www.lldent.com. The Carle Place restaurant opens on February 16th. Reservations can be made online or by calling LL Dent at (516) 742-0940.