FELÍZ AÑO NUEVO: Ring in the new
year Mexican style with a tequila toast at midnight!
at Besito (402 New York Ave., Huntington 631-549-0100).
In addition to the regular menu, the Dec. 31 offerings will
include several specials: Enchiladas de Jaiba y Langosta ($27),
crab and lobster-filled enchiladas, baked in a two chile salsa
topped with queso fresco, onions and cilantro; Bistec Al Hongos
($29), grilled New York strip steak topped with wild mushroom
cream, and seasoned with green chile and epazote.
PORTO VIVO NEW YEAR: Ring it in at Huntingtons
newest hot spot, Porto Vivo (7 Gerard St., Huntington 631-385-8486
www.porto-vivo.com). Arrive early between 5
7:30 p.m. for a special New Years Eve menu priced
at $59 per person. Afterwards, the special New Years
Eve menu kicks in at $125 per person and promises an unforgettable
experience. Just want to be on the scene? Premium open bar
and passed hors doeuvres in the lounge area is $99 per
person between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
HO-NU YEARS EVE: HONU Kitchen & Cocktails
(363 New York Ave., Huntington 631-421-6900 www.honukitchen.com)
will be celebrating New Years Eve on Thursday, Dec.
31 with some special menu items. The Honu New Years
Eve Tasting Plate ($60), includes 4 oz. Petit Filet Wellington
with a port wine reduction, Maine Lobster Tail with white
truffle butter and herbs, and Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with
Fig Chutney. Other specials include Red Snapper Filet with
Alaska King Crab and pan roasted trumpet mushrooms ($28);
or Dry Aged Porterhouse Steak with Bordelaise ($45).
TEACHING CHEF HONORED: Chef Victor McNulty of the Culinary
Academy of Long Island has been named the 2009 Instructor
of the Year by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools
and Colleges (ACCSC). McNulty, a Huntington resident, was
recognized for his efforts in providing outstanding career
and technical instruction at an ACCSC accredited institution.
ACCSC governs 800 private career schools throughout the US
and abroad, making this merit even more impressive for McNulty
and the Culinary Academy of Long Island. During his five-year
tenure at the school, McNulty has researched, developed and
implemented a new Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Program,
as well as instituted weekend Recreational Cooking and Baking
classes. As a chef, Instructor and Continuing Education Director,
McNulty provides unique educational opportunities for his
students while teaching the programs he has developed, as
well as Professional Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts,
and Restaurant Management. McNulty has used both his professional
and educational experience to inspire and motivate students.
He regularly gives his time to organizations such as The Interfaith
Nutritional Network, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises.
and The Black Culinarian Alliance, among many others.
HEY, BIG SPENDER: The Garden City Hotel (45 Seventh
St., Garden City 516-747-3000 www.gardencityhotel.com) has
a New Years Eve package for you. Just $595 will get
you cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Rotunda, dinner and
dancing in the Grand Ballroom and, for after the countdown
to midnight, over-night accommodations with champagne and
chocolate-covered strawberries. Youll be sent off on
New Years Day with a breakfast buffet. The same package
without the overnight stay is $195 per person. Advance reservations
and payment are required.
GOT TURKEY? Panera Bread is serving as a designated
drop-off site for Island Harvest annual Turkey and Trimmings
Collection Campaign. To lend a helping hand, Panera Bread
is asking its neighbors to donate frozen turkeys or supermarket
turkey coupons at any of its 19 Long Island bakery-cafes on
or before Dec. 24. The food pantries, soup kitchens,
emergency shelters and other agencies we serve are desperately
in need of more than 25,000 turkeys to feed Long Islands
hungry this holiday season, said Island Harvest CEO
Randi Shubin Dresner. Donations can be dropped at any Panera
Bread location until 9 p.m., including the East Northport
and Huntington Station locations.
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