HOT, HOT, HOT: Peppers.com claims to be the home
of the undisputed largest collection of hot sauces in the
world! Over 6500 different hot sauces grace the walls of their
hot sauce museum, and they add to that total daily. Think
of them as hot sauce experts, and a resource to answer all
of your questions regarding taste, ingredients, heat levels,
or recipes from their award winning restaurants. Matching
hot sauces to different food types is an art form and they
want to help you taste the full palette. If you’re in
the market for a hot sauce to spice up your cooking, or your
life, they might just be the place to light your fire.
PRIME BENEFIT: Prime–an American Kitchen
and Bar (117 New York Avenue, 631-385-1515, www.restaurantprime.com)
will host an exclusive wine dinner benefit honoring the Huntington
Breast Cancer Action Coalition (www.hbcac.org) on Monday,
October 15 at 6:30 p.m. A $350 per person donation includes
a five-course dinner menu by Executive Chef Richard Farnabe
paired with the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons of Silver
Oak Cellars. Guests will also have the opportunity to
bid on a rare three-liter 2003 Twomey Merlot. Seating is limited;
reservations (631) 385-1515. Additionally, Prime will be presented
with The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ International
Star Diamond Award, in recognition of the highest quality
experience it offers diners, on Wednesday, October 10 at 2
p.m. at the restaurant.
BENKEI: New to Northport, at the former Sea
Shanty location, it’s Japanese Cuisine at BENKEI (16
Woodbine Avenue, 631 262-7100. With a beautifully renovated
and transformed dining room and Sushi bar with dark wood cabinetry,
it offers an extensive sushi menu, tempura, teriyaki, and
FINAL MEALS: Sadly, a month ago, the delightful
but short-lived little Asta Wine Cafe and Art Gallery closed
its doors. Now we are indeed blue by the passing of Indigo.
Longtime Huntington figure and Indigo proprietor Gary Cicerello
threw his farewell dinner this past Sunday. We hear a new
restaurateur will be taking the space but will always remember
the interesting times at Indigo.
PUMPKIN: It’s back, our favorite Starbucks
fall beverage: Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Try the delicious blend of pumpkin and traditional fall spice
flavors combined with their signature espresso, freshly steamed
milk, and topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices.
Barrista Brian claims to make them faster than anyone on the
Island. Try him and let us know.
WINE, WOMEN AND . . . East End wineries and related businesses
are toasting a new state law that allows them to serve hard
liquor at catered affairs. The legislation, signed into law
by Gov. Eliot Spitzer will help the wineries in their quest
to host more events. Previous state law had forbidden the
wineries from serving anything but beer and wine. This is
not the first change opening up the operations of local wineries.
Last year, legislation passed allowing them to sell items
other than wine, such as art, jewelry, books and T-shirts.
New York’s wine industry is expected to benefit from
LUNCHTIME TREAT: Mirabelle Restaurant
(404 North Country Rd., St. James, 631-584-5999) has many
new additions on their lunch menu. The restaurant is open
for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 2 p.m. In
addition to their regular menu items, a special prix fixe
and express tasting menu are available. New items include:
Appetizers: Heirloom tomatoes, tomato vinaigrette, basil oil,
Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog cheese $13; Ahi tuna duo: tuna
tartare with red bell pepper mayonnaise, seared tuna with
pimiento of Espelette, shaved fennel and radish $15; Main
Courses: Seared diver organic salmon ragout of flageolet beans,
pearl onions, and asparagus $26; Organic egg and chanterelle
mushroom omelet $18; Pan-roasted Baramundi, eggplant
caponata, lemon butter, basil-scented potato purie $24; Grilled
aged shell steak, potato darphin, dill roasted tomato, green
peppercorn butter $28; Shredded braised rabbit leg with kim
chee, ginger vinaigrette, micro greens $16.
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