Side Dish - A Rustic Happy Hour, A Bagel King Crowned, & More


Pictured, from left, are Mark Koczka, associate director of corporate relations for Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Greg George, vice-president of operations for quick casual and specialty concepts at Doherty Enterprises.

Pictured, from left, are Mark Koczka, associate director of corporate relations for Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Greg George, vice-president of operations for quick casual and specialty concepts at Doherty Enterprises.

PANERA RAISES DOUGH: Panera Bread presented a check for $17,643 to Memorial Sloan Kettering late last month. The funds were raised at participating locations, including those in East Northport, Huntington Station and Huntington village, during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when a portion of the proceeds from sales of its iconic Pink Ribbon Bagel benefitted MSK. The funds raised will help MSK find new and better treatments for those fighting breast cancer, as well as support their work towards eradicating the disease.


Retired competitive eater Don Lerman presents he 2017 National Bagel Eating Championship to David Brunelli, of Philadelphia.

Retired competitive eater Don Lerman presents he 2017 National Bagel Eating Championship to David Brunelli, of Philadelphia.

BAGEL KING CROWNED: Congrats to David Brunelli, of Philadelphia, who consumed 11 bagels in 8 minutes on Feb. 12 as part of the 2nd annual National Bagel Eating Contest, which was co-sponsored by LaunchPad Long Island and hosted at the Bagel Boss locations in Hewlett and Hicksville. Last year, the contest was hosted at LaunchPad Huntington and it was won by Keith Tuzzolino, of Dix Hills. Tuzzolino attempted to defend his title this year, but was bested by Brunelli.


BAR MENU AT JEMA: The craft-cocktail bar at Jema (7 Gerard St., Huntington) not only includes the artistry of fine mixologists, but also includes a tempting bar menu. Among the items served are the Kobe Beef Burger, Texas Style Fried Chicken, and season tapas for sharing. As for the drinks, they’re served with an ambiance of the 20th century speakeasy, using natural ingredients and flavor boosters. For instance, the BarnaBee Buzz uses Long Island-made BarnaBee Raw Honey, mixed with elderflower, lemon, rosemary centered around New York Distilling Co. Dorothy Parker Gin. The cocktail menu is market-driven and seasonally updated in conjunction with the chef’s menu. The bar is open from Wednesday-Sunday as of 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the bar’s Joyful Hour, every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5:30-7 p.m. and every Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


GET READY: Dine Huntington’s Spring 2017 Restaurant Week is quickly approaching. Keep an eye out for the list of participating restaurants, which will be finalized in the coming weeks. For now, get your stomach ready for March 19-26 (until 7 p.m. on Saturday) when participating restaurants across the Town of Huntington will be offering three-course, prix-fixe meals for $27.95. To keep up with the participants, log on to Dinehuntington.com.


Rust & Gold, the rustic sports bar at 70 Gerard St. in Huntington village, offers this happy hour menu Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Rust & Gold, the rustic sports bar at 70 Gerard St. in Huntington village, offers this happy hour menu Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.

RUSTIC HAPPY HOUR: Huntington village’s rustic sports bar, Rust & Gold (70 Gerard St.; 631-629-4431), serves up happy hour Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. Along with $2 off draft beers, cocktails, rack drinks and wine, Rust & Gold also offers a pair of food offering. For $10, score a burger or a hot dog with a draft beer. Also, if you have some extra sports memorabilia (no trophies) that you could do without, donate it to Rust & Gold to have it hung on a shelf in the bar. They promise to compensate donations with beer.