Speed Dating For
By The Foodies./ firstname.lastname@example.org
JAs dozens of restaurants converged on the Larkfield Manor
March 29, they hurriedly prepared for the culinary and charitable
bonanza that was about to take place.
They were prepping for the hundreds of people who would soon
be tasting their dishes during A Taste of Long Island, presented
by the East Northport Chamber of Commerce and the Visiting
Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk. The unique wine, food,
spirit and beer tasting event celebrated the Brueggemann family
for their 50-plus years of community service.
Staring in Larkfields lounge room, Boening Brothers,
Vindagra Italian Wines, National Refrescos Imports, Brindge
Brands Sales and Ferrarelle Water of Italy handled the drinks.
On the food front, Atria showed off their culinary skills
and Costco displayed its baked goods and pastries; Elijah
Churchills dished out its baked clams generously. Panera
Bread, which will soon be setting up shop in Huntington village,
had cookies, bread, and its cheddar broccoli soup rich
and flavorful, but not overwhelmingly thick, we might add.
And Starbucks provided plenty of coffee to help fight off
the looming food coma.
Round two brought us to the Garden Room, where Barefoot, Coppola,
J. Lohr, Kunde Wine, Laurel Lake, Spicebox, Yellow Tail and
Queens-headquartered ZYR Vodka handled the libations. As an
aside dont believe vodka can be sweet? Try ZYR
on the rocks and youll change your mind. And at about
$30 for 750 mL, its pretty nice to your wallet, too.
Back to the food Barneys, Crew Chocolate With
a Twist, Jakes Wayback Burgers, La Villini, Madisons
Grille, Waterside Caterers and Whole Foods dished up their
favorites. Combining brie and a sweet fig spread gives people
who arent brie cheerleaders a way to enjoy the popular
French cheese. Fireside Caterers showcased its mac n
cheese, pulled pork and wildly popular Buffalo wings, proving
once again the economic power of sports they sold 23,000
wings this Super Bowl Sunday thanks to a certain group of
gridiron Giants in blue. Crew Kitchen and Bar showed off their
crispy duck dumplings, served on a bed of Asian slaw.
The third stop was the Manor Room Larkfields
largest room. That also meant the largest selection
Absolut Vodka, Devils Cut Bourbon, Hornitos Plata Tequila,
Jameson Black Reserve, Malibu Red Rum, Patron Silver Tequila,
Pucker Vodka, Ultimate Vodka, XO Dark Chocolate Liqueur, Baiting
Hollow, Blue Point Brewing, Peconic Bay, Roanoke and East
Coast Specialty provided the cocktails. Dining delights came
from a group of local heavy hitters, like Batata Café,
Big Bear Pizzelli, Copenhagen Bakery, Jellyfish, Macadoos,
Mascali, Nocello Ristorante, Northport Fish & Lobster,
Pumpernickels, Quetzacoatl, Smok-A-Burger and Whales
Tale. Want some sweet-and-savory chicken mango tacos? We swung
by The Whales Tale table. Italian classics? Nocellos
and Big Bear hit the spot every time. And for a trip to classic
German a bit of a rarity in this town, even as restaurant
capital of Long Island Pumpernickels delivered
like it has for decades, with red cabbage, tender pot roast
and melt-in-your-mouth potato dumplings.
Our final stop brought us to the Terrace Room, a relaxing
spot to unwind and digest everything literally and
figuratively. But it wouldnt be A Taste of Long Island
without more goodies to feast on. Brooklyn Brewery, Edna Valley,
Ghost Pines and Martha Clara Vineyards did the bar, and Andreas
25, Blondies, Clipper Ship Tea Company, Crossroads Café,
Filettos Restarant, Nonnina Restaurant, The Lark Pub
& Grub and Tutto Pazzo did the honors with our plates.
It was particularly good to see the ladies from Blondies,
surrounded by scores of miniature cupcakes and baked confections
their red velvet cupcakes are particularly decadent
and with the built-in portion control, how can you
After hours of noshing and socializing, the hundreds of diners
who attended A Taste of Long Island were all winners. But
they were even bigger winners for another reason the
three charities the event handsomely benefited. Visiting Nurse
Service & Hospice of Suffolk, the East Northport Chamber
of Commerce and the Rotary Club of East Northport each received
a portion of the proceeds of the event, ensuring the work
they do for the community day in and day out can continue.
And while there might be debates over your favorite restaurant,
lending a helping hand is something we can all agree on.