HIT THE ROAD: Take a road trip without
ever leaving Huntington at Prime - An American Kitchen and
Bar (117 New York Ave., Huntington 631-385-1515 www.restaurantprime.com).
Prime takes diners on a culinary expedition with Road Trip
menus available during dinner starting at 4 p.m. daily, except
Sunday when it's from 3 p.m. on. Three-course menus and drink
pairings are themed to a new region of the United States every
six to 10 weeks. The program opens with menu selections from
Cape Cod beginning Sept. 14. Later road trips will take in
Chesapeake Bay, Miami, New Orleans and Santa Fe. Stay tuned.
FOOD AND FLOWERS? The best food is
a feast for the eyes. On Sept. 14, members of the Nathan Hale
Garden Club will learn how to incorporate fruits and vegetables
into their flower arrangements. Carolyn Brink, a former student
of New York Botanical Garden's commercial floral design program
and florist with 25 years in the industry, will present "Designing
Flowers with Fruits and Vegetables." Brink's use of flowers,
fruits and vegetables are a deliciously refreshing approach
to flower arranging. All are welcome to the demonstration
at 1:30 p.m. in the Cold Spring Harbor Library. For more information,
call Sandy Finley at 631-367-6339.
BRAVO, MONDO: The Foodies hit Piccolo
Mondo (1870 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington 631-462-0718 www.piccolomondoli.com)
to take in the first of 20 Wednesday night dinners that will
celebrate the cuisines of 20 regions of Italy. It was a delightful
six-course meal with wine, celebrating the regional specialties
of Tuscany, arguably the food capital of Italy. Highlights
were a hearty tomato soup with cheese-topped crustini, homemade
pasta in a veal Bolognese sauce, and a spicy zuppa de pesce
with mussels, clams and calamari. From what we could see,
most tables in the packed dining room were ordering the special
menu. We'll be back to try another.
BRING A QUARTER: Huntington village
hot spot Porto Vivo (7 Gerard St., Huntington 631-385-8486
www.porto-vivo.com) introduces Late Night Saturdays. Enjoy
the gourmet bar menu, with treats like Wagyu beef sliders
($11), fried calamari ($13), or the Bocconcini ($17) - which
is apparently Italian for "tapas" and includes crispy
crabcake, braised short rib tortelloni, three-cheese calzone
and broccoli rabe sausage. But timing is everything, because
from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. drinks are 7 cents. Yeah, 7 cents!
Bring a quarter and have a grand time.
MANDUCAVI, BIBI, RISI: That means
"eat, drink, laugh," which is what you'll do when
Long Island Comedy Festival returns to Meehan's (371 New York
Ave., Huntington 631-351-0831 meehansrestaurant.com) on Saturday,
Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m. in Meehan's Oak Room. Comedians Rich Walker
(opening act for Ray Romano), Carie Karavas (direct from Vegas)
and Stan Keshner (direct from the Catskills) promise a night
of non-stop laughter. Tickets are $20 a head. Arrive early
for dinner, or order from a special bar menu during the show.
In Latin, that's Bon Temps.
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