HONU YEARS EVE: What are you doing? Some
of the areas top restaurants have special menus and
packages, and there still time to snag a table. Theyre
celebrating New Years Eve at HONU Kitchen & Cocktails
(363 New York Ave., Huntington 631.421.6900) with some a la
carte specials. There will be a DJ, midnight champagne
toast and party favors. They are accepting reservations from
5 p.m. to 12 a.m., and there is a $20 cover charge for those
coming to the bar only after 9 p.m. Special dishes include
seared Hudson Valley foie gras with quince and huckleberry
compote $16; yellow fin tuna with lemon grass coconut broth
$17; center cut beef tenderloin with crab bordelaise and Lyonnaise
potato $39; 1-1/2 lb. Maine lobster, black truffle corn bread
stuffing, herb butter sauce.
ELTONS PIANO: Order a Red Ribbon Martini
at Garden City Hotels Rein Bar & Bistro (45 Seventh
Street, Garden City 516.747.3000 www.gardencityhotel.com)
while listening to virtual live performances on
Elton Johns red piano, and Sir Eltons AIDS Foundation
will get a buck. Thats the deal until Friday, December
26 when the nightly entertainment, themed Playing In The Rein,
replaces the usual live entertainment. The Elton John Red
Piano, signed in gold by the Rocketman, is a seven-foot concert
quality grand piano in striking Chinese red that faithfully
reproduces piano performances with Eltons actual keystrokes.
Pre-recorded audio adds his voice and instrumental accompaniment.
The commemorative instrument is a limited edition that retails
for $80,000 from Frank and Camilles. Reins specially
created Red Ribbon martini combines Ketel One Vodka with Lychee
Liqueur and pomegranate; and comes dressed with a red AIDS
awareness ribbon around the stem of the glass.
CANTERVERSERY: They ought to replace the portrait of
the Queen at Canterbury Ales (314 New York Ave., Huntington
631.549.4404 www.CanterburyAles.com) with one of Marianne
Barton. Mariannes like the Energizer bunny she
keeps going and going and
The restaurant is a long-running
institution in these parts, and publican Billy
Hoests right-hand woman is as big an institution. Mariannes
30th anniversary is today, December 18. Stop in and raise
a glass in her honor.
SCOTTISH EXPORT: Know what the biggest food brand exported
from Scotland is? If you guessed Haggis, well you probably
have issues. On the other hand, if you guessed Walkers
Shortbread Cookies, youd be right as rain,
as they say across the pond. Walkers, makers of those
buttery, made for dunkin, shortbread cookies that are
a favorite of cookie connoisseurs the world over, was founded
in 1898 in Aberlour in the Highlands, where the founding family
continues to operate its original retail shop to stay
in touch with their roots.
LET THEM EAT PHEASANT: New York Governor David Patersons
idea of budget dining
pheasant! Thats right, pheasant.
The wildfowl once considered to be the ultimate in elegant
dining (think pheasant under glass) will soon find its way
onto plates at soup kitchens and food pantries, thanks to
a directive from the governor. Patterson, desperate to cut
costs amid staggering deficits, has ordered the state-run
Reynolds Game Farm closed in order to save the $750,000 annual
operating costs. The farm raises pheasants for release into
the wild for pursuit by recreational hunters, and its closure
is forcing the state to divest itself of more than 8,000 birds.
None can be released into the wild because their wings are
clipped. Some will be sent to private game farms, but the
majority are destined to be processed, packed and donated
to a downstate food bank.
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