EMIRIL & ME: Did you catch Huntington Jewelry
store owner and fellow Foodie Rutika Reisner on the Food Network
this week? Reisner and her daughters Alexandra and Joanna
were in the audience of Emiril Live which was to air June
27 on the Food Network. Chef Emiril Lagasse prepared a classic
Ratatouille in honor of the animated film of the same name
opening June 29. Ratatouille (pronounced ra-ta-too-ee) is
both a peasant vegetable dish and the name of Pixar’s
animated feature about a rat named Remy who dreams of becoming
a great French chef, but has to overcome the problem of being
a rodent in one of France’s great kitchens. Rutika,
who owns Antiques and Jewels on Main, said she is a longtime
friend of the celebrity chef. Her daughter Alexandra is a
food writer for Great Restaurants of Long Island.
PIG ROAST: The Huntington Chamber of Commerce’s
annual summer party takes on a new face this year –
that of a pig. The Chamber’s July 12 “Networking
Luau and Pig Roast” at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport
replaces the Barefoot Black Tie gala of years past, and promises
to be an even more casual and affordable business networking
event. If the chance to wear your loudest Hawaiian shirt and
dance to live Steel Band music isn’t enough to get you
there, the taste of genuine pit-roasted pork should be. It’s
$85/pp for Chamber members, $95 non-members. Call 631-423-6100.
A NEW HISTORY: The new owners of the Maine
Maid Inn (4 Old Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, 516.935.6400, www.themainemaidinn.com)
have made some changes while retaining the historic setting:
Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. theres a Brunch Buffet with Live
Jazz; Monday is Pasta Night, appetizer, entrée and
dessert for $12; Tuesday senior night 15% off; Wednesday,
Happy Hour and Bar BQ Night with Grill and Drink Specials
from 4-7pm; Thursday, Take out the kids under 12 eat free.
Celebrate TGIF with their Seafood fest; and Prime rib night
on Saturday. Every night from 4-7pm is Happy Hour with 1/2
price drinks and complimentary hors d’oeuvres! A prix
fixe lunch is $15, Monday to Saturday.
STARBUCKS LIGHT: Staying ahead or creating
the curve has since its 1971 founding, been Starbuck’s
trademark in the coffee industry. Just last week, we noticed
a sign saying something like: “Our new default milk
is 2% milk. If you want whole milk or non-fat, you must ask,”
attached to the barista counter in our favorite break spot
in the Village. We noted the ongoing commitment to the cause
of health by abandoning whole and replacing it with 2% fat
content but were equally intrigued with the application of
semi techno-linguistics to food stuff. Default, appropriately
describes the standard option if nothing else is specified,
but the folks at the Long Islander never envisioned “default
fries” with a burger or “medium rare” as
the “default” steak. Those Starbucks folks are
trailblasers – in language too.
REHEAT PIZZA: Stay away from that microwave!
Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the
stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps
the crust crispy. Compliments of the cooking channel.
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