FOLK SONG: When she’s not warming a fondue
at her Asta Wine Cafe & Art Gallery, Stephanie Yovino
is warming the heart of Kristian Folk, her boyfriend of umpteen
years and now husband. Yovino and her mom Leslie are partners
at Asta, a Foodies favorite wine and cheese spot which opened
in Huntington (335 Main St., Huntington, 631-271-2345) earlier
this year. Stephanie and Kristian first met when they were
14 and students at Cold Spring Harbor High School. They dated
and even went to the prom together, but drifted apart when
they went to separate colleges. Stephanie – who admits
she “sorta knew back then” that he was the one
— returned to New York to find him working on Wall Street.
She wouldn’t shed light on what took so long, but Kristian
has been officially Stephanized and the folks at Oheka Castle
had to sharpen their cheese serving skills for the wedding
celebration. The Folks will enjoy an internet-free honeymoon
upstate, but only after hanging a new art show and launching
Asta’s lunch hours. They’re now open and we’ll
meet you there for lunch.
DON’T CRY FOR ME, ARGENTINA! Restaurant
openings are always exciting times for the Foodies. When the
restaurant is being opened by local successful restaurateurs,
it’s a real big deal. In case you haven’t heard,
the local Restar Hospitality Group is opening Café
Buenos Aires at the Huntington Village, Wall Street. site
that was formerly Collage. The new Argentinian Bistro will
join the list of eateries operated by restaurant guru Fabio
Machado and his partners who are already responsible for feeding
Huntington at Mac’s Steakhouse, Pomodoro, Pomodorino,
and Bistro Cassis. They also have other hot spots from here
to Manhattan – by our count, this is number 14. We haven’t
seen Café Buenos Aires’ menu but can’t
wait to be invited to a tasting – there’ll be
a tapas menu at the bar. We hear the opening is maybe a month
away, and we can’t wait. These guys know how to do it
POMODORO: Here’s some hot Huntington
Foodie news for you . . . Pomodoro the 20 plus-year-old flagship
of Fabio Machado’s Restar Hospitality Group Is moving
from it’s longtime location on the north end of New
York Ave to the Huntington Village site that use to be Solo
(69 Wall St., 631 549-7074). We hear they should be open for
business by the second week in February. See you there.
SECOND KISS: You read it in Side Dish first,
but now it’s official, John Tunney III, has opened a
second location of his hot Mexican restaurant Besito in Roslyn.
The restaurant entrepreneur, who also owns Blue Honu and the
American Burger Company, has opened the second Besito at 1500
Northern Blvd. The flagship of each of Tunney’s
restaurants are on New York Avenue in Huntington Village.
The Roslyn Besito will replicate the successful formula of
the Huntington original. Tunney now plans to take the concept
national and develop 50 Besitos over the next 5 years. Check
it out at www.besitomex.com or better yet, in person.
BEDLAM STREET: By the time you read this,
Bedlam Street, the marvelous, hot seafood restaurant in Cold
Spring Harbor will have reopened after a very brief hiatus.
Chef Jonathan Passman took a few days off to welcome a new
baby into the family during which time, we are told, they
renovated the dining room. Now they’re back serving
their top notch cuisine and you’re sure to enjoy. Congrats.
BIRTHDAY GIFT: From the Foodie website eGullet
Society for Culinary Arts & Letters (eGullet.org), comes
this thread with a gap of three years. Originally from December
2003, the question: “I’d like to buy a gift
certificate to a restaurant for my brother and his wife who
live in Great Neck. I don’t know what their preferences
are as far as cuisine. I wanna spend up to $200. Thanks for
any recommendations.” The responses included the expected
Northern Blvd, Great Neck/Manhasset Steakhouses including
several saying, Peter Luger and Bryant and Cooper; there was a
mention for Barneys in Locust Valley, Ecco in Garden City
and one for faraway Mirabelle in St. James.
THREE YEARS LATER: “It’s 3 years
later and another birthday. After a gazillion birthdays,
my imagination is shot and it’s gift certificate time
again. I went with PL (Peter Luger’s) last
time and it was right up his/their alley. Are the above
recommendations still relevant? Any new place?
Many thanks.” This time the responses numbered four
and two of them from Huntington: Strong recommendations for
Panama Hatties and Prime as well as Manhasset’s Stressa,
and Snaps in Wantagh. The eGullet Society is discovering that
Huntington is the food capital of Long Island.
PLASTIC FOOD? As a New Year’s gift
to consumers, the Food and Drug Administration revealed it
was planning to approve cloned livestock in our food supply.
They claim that cloned animals are “virtually indistinguishable”
from conventional livestock and that no identification is
needed to judge their safety for the food supply. Consumer
groups insist labels are a must. While the final action has
yet to be taken the debate rages. The Consumer Federation
of America, leading the fight against such action will ask
food companies and supermarkets to refuse to sell food from
clones, while pro-cloning advocates say farmers and ranchers
will be able to make copies of exceptional animals. The existing
informal ban will remain in place for several months while
FDA accepts comments from the public. The approval process
has moved slowly because of pressure from big food companies
nervous that consumers might reject milk and meat from cloned
animals. Whadyathink, creepy or tasty idea?
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