TOP CHEF IS BACK! The Emmy-nominated
producers of Project Runway and Last Comic Standing are looking
for their second group of talented chefs to show their Bravo
audience their talent and creativity! If you think you have
what it takes to become a star of the culinary world and vie
to become the next “TOP CHEF,” it’s time
to apply. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org; apply online
at bravotv.com or go to the open casting calls at Prey Bar
& Lounge, 4 W. 22nd St., New York 10011 on Tuesday, May
16 (11-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.) or Thursday, May 18 (11-1 p.m.
and 2-4 p.m.). See you on TV!
BARMAIDS WANTED: We couldn’t
help but enjoy this recent help wanted ad: “The best
new bar on Long Island, Bungalow Bills Saloon [East Northport]
is looking for a few sassy and energetic barmaids. If you're
interested in clogging to the best country/southern rock jukebox
around, this is the job for you. Experience is preferred,
but not required. Attitude is more important. Day and night
COOLEST BEERS: Forbes magazine
has listed its readers’ picks for the world’s
“coolest” beers. Most are from Europe, but the
US has a good showing of five of the 20 selected! One of them
is brewed on Long Island: Hoptical Illusion Pale Ale from
Blue Point Brewing Company of Patchogue.
WINE & CHEESE: The Huntington
Breast Cancer Action Coalition will hold its third Organic
Wine and Cheese Tasting at Indigo Restaurant in Huntington
Village from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, May 21. “A Toast to
Life III” will feature delicious pairings of organic
cheeses and wines to please every palette. Raffle tickets
will be sold and the drawing held at the event to win a five-day
trip for two to the famed wine country of Napa Valley, California,
and other exciting prizes. To purchase advance tickets, call
HBCAC at 631-547-1518 or Indigo Restaurant at 631-424-7757.
A $25 donation is requested. Tell them the Foodies sent you.
AW FIDDLESTICKS: We pride
ourselves on accurate Foodie info, so when we are even slightly
off base, we’re not happy. Two weeks ago, we wrote that
Michael Ross chef/proprietor of the former Fiddleheads on
New York Ave – now Blue Fin – was running things
in the kitchen at Port Washington’s The Wreck. Well,
we stopped by to show Michael his Long-Islander Foodie clip
and we found out that two weeks ago was his last week there.
But insiders now tell us that the former proprietor of the
once popular Huntington eatery is involved in a new project
in the village. Word has it that Ross is about to finalize
plans for a new village spot and the Foodies will continue
to follow this talented chef – this time back home.
CASTELLO BORGHESE FOR SALE:
Now you too can own a dream! Long Island’s oldest commercial
vineyard is on the market. Castello di Borghese in Cutchogue
is available for a cool $9.2 million. The 85-acre estate,
previously known as Hargrave Vineyard, is up for sale, including
the vineyards, tasting room and beautiful family farmhouse
acquired by Marco and Ann Marie Borghese in 1999 for $4 million.
There are already several parties interested in the North
Fork winery which makes Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
and Cabernet Franc, but Lenndevours wine blog reports the
uncertainty caused, the Borghese's winemaker, Stan Schumacher
to resign last month.
EATS OF STRENCH: You can
witness food history in the making when television’s
first-ever series about competitive eating films this weekend
at Studio 57 in Islandia. Fans and would-be fans of competitive
eating – popularized by Nathan’s Famous July 4
hotdog competition – are welcome to be part of the studio
audience as the initial episodes of Eats of Strength are taped
Friday through Sunday, May 12-14. There is no charge to attend
but you must register at the “Events” page of
the website of the International Federation of Competitive
Eating (www.ifoce.com) or call 212-352-8651. Each 30-minute
episode of Eats of Strength will feature one of the world’s
top eaters attempting to break an established record. At least
two Long Islanders are scheduled for the early shooting which
began last week with Levittown’s Don Lerman going after
the bologna mark held by Allan Goldstein of Plainview.
TIME MARCHES ON AT CANTERBURY:
If you missed the 1970s menu at Canterbury Ales, you can still
catch the 1980s. The prices are old not the food. Publican
Billy Hoest offers his Monday, Wednesday and Friday price
flashback on his lunch menu to this favorite Foodie spot on
New York Avenue.