DINNER WITH A CAUSE:
Cause Cafe has expanded its hours to incorporate dinner service, Thursday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m. The Northport cafe, which is also open for breakfast/lunch Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., launched its dinner service last week. There’s a prix-fixe dinner menu available for $24.95 that includes three courses. Guests have a choice of soup or salad to start. Then, there are five entrees to choose from, including The Cause Burger, which is loaded with bacon, sauteed onions, cheddar, lettuce and tomato, and served atop brioche or a pretzel bun; Cheeto-Topped Macaroni and Cheese; Chicken Pot Pie; and more. For dessert, there are choices guests can choose between the apple pie, chocolate peanut butter pie or chocolate mousse. The Cause Café team is made up of several young adults with a variety of cognitive disabilities as the restaurant’s mission is to train young adults with disabilities. Stacey Wohl, the founder and owner of the café, has two teenage children with autism and she opened the restaurant to provide them with job skills as she prepares for them to age out of the educational system. Developmentally delayed young adults work in the cafe in various capacities including food prep and serving. Cause Cafe is located at (1014 Fort Salonga Road). For more information, call 631-651-8667, or visit Causecafe.net.
WINTER RESTAURANT WEEK: The inaugural Winter Long Island Restaurant is slated for Jan. 22-Jan. 29 (Saturday until 7 p.m.) with $27.95, prix-fixe, three-course meals being offered up by over 100 restaurants. “With a sluggish economy and the onset of winter – as well as such a great response to fall restaurant week from both diners and restaurateurs – we decided to do something about ‘Cabin Fever.’ It is expected that the inaugural campaign this winter will have well over 100 participants,” said Steve Haweeli, president of Long Island Restaurant & Marketing Hospitality Group, the business-to-consumer promotions division of WordHampton Public Relations. Participants from the Town of Huntington include: Athenian Greek Taverna (2187 Jericho Turnpike, Commack; 631-499-7660; Atheniangreektaverna.com); Besito Mexican (402 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-549-0100; Besitomexican.com); Bistro Cassis (55 Wall St, Huntington; 631-421-4122; Bistrocassis.com); Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse (65 Wall St., Huntington; 631-385-9255; Blackandbluehuntington.com); Cafe Buenos Aires (23 Wall St., Huntington; 631-603-3600; Cafebuenosaires.net); Fado (10 New St., Huntington; 631-351-1010; Fadohuntington.com); Grasso’s Restaurant (134 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor; 631-367-6060; Grassosrestaurant.com); Honu Kitchen & Cocktails (363 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-421-6900; Honukitchen.com); IMC Restaurant & Bar (279 Main St., Huntington; 631-824-6222; Imcrestaurant.com); Jewel Restaurant (400 Broadhollow Road, Melville; 631-755-5777; Jewelrestaurantli.com); Mill Pond House Restaurant (437 E Main St., Centerport; 631-261-7663; Millpondrestaurant.com); Piccola Bussola Restaurant (970 W Jericho Turnpike, Huntington; 631-692-6300; Piccolabussolarestaurant.com); Salumeria Pomodoro (46 Gerard St., Huntington; 631-824-6350; Pomodorolongisland.com); Sandbar (55 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor; 631-498-6188; Lessings.com); Ting Restaurant (92 E Main St., Huntington; 631-425-7788; Tingrestaurant.com). Restaurant week menus for the above, and for the other participants, are being posted to Longislandrestaurantweek.com.