PANAMA HATTIES: One of the Islands finest
kitchens, Panama Hatties (872 East Jericho Tpke, Huntington
Station, 631.351.1727), End of Summer Special thru Sept. 29.
First Seating, (entire party must be seated by 6 p.m.) Three
Course Dinner only $29.95 pp; Second Seating till 11 p.m.
$49.95; beverage, tax, tip not included. If you havent
been there, try it and tell Matt, the Foodies sent you.
OKTOBERFEST: Yes, it is coming. Sunday, Sept. 21, noon-
3:30 p.m. at Canterbury Ales (314 New York Ave. 631.549.4404,
www.canterburyales.com). Tickets at $70pp including tax and
tip are available at the restaurant. The usual format will
be presented: a five-course meal of German styled
fare along with 10 enjoyable Oktoberfest beers; some German,
some American Micros and a commemorative t-shirt. Call or
stop by in advance.
GLUTTENOUS BEEF DINNER: Macs Steakhouse (12 Gerard
St., 631.549.5300, www.macssteakhouse.com) offers a glorious
Five Course Beef Tasting Dinner with Wine, featuring a 9 Liter
Bottle of 1999 Vieux Telegraph. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30
p.m., the $150 per person including tax and tip promises to
be a unique dining experience. Reception: Truffle mushroom
puffs, Smoked duck with goat cheese & cranberry crouton,
Ceviche of shrimp with endive, Serrano ham with goat cheese;
Course one: A Tasting of Beef Carpaccio, Extra virgin olive
oil, fleur de sel & baby arugula; Course Two: Grilled
Wagyu Three Ways American, Japanese & Australian with
sweet Vidalia onion jam, crisp potato & sherry reduction;
Course Three: Dry Aged vs. Wet Aged Sirloin, Blue cheese and
walnut purse & truffle demi glace; Dessert: Molten chocolate
cake, honey whipped goat cheese & macerated berries.
PRE-HEAT THE OVEN: We just dont get it. Our craft
plies the culinary and wordsmithing trades, which occasionally
come into conflict. Take the expression, Pre-heat the
oven for example. We usually just, heat the oven,
and its ready when we need it. Were concerned
if we pre-heat it, itll be ready to early. Next time,
try it our way and skip the pre-heating and go right ahead
and heat the oven.
BURGER BIZ: The original ground beef patty on a bun traveled
with the Mongols through Russia and on to sailors, who took
the idea to the port city of Hamburg, Germany. In this country,
its widely believed that Texan Fletcher (Old Dave)
Davis began selling the first grilled burgers at the St. Louis
Worlds Fair in 1904. Whatever the tale, the ending is
the same: Americans love a good beef burger. According to
New York Beef Industry Council, last year: 41 percent of American
consumers reported eating a hamburger at least once a week,
while 84 percent said they ate a burger at least once a month;
Americans ate 11.9 billon of them; some 2.3 billion burgers
were prepared and served in the home; the burger was the most
ordered restaurant food item.
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