TASTES OF ITALY: Jonathan’s Ristorante (15 Wall St., Huntington) will pair a five-course Italian meal with authentic Italian wines during a La Spinetta Wine Pairing Dinner on March 20. Each course in the $125 prix fixe menu will be paired with a wine from La Spinetta vineyards. The winery is headquartered in the Italian town of Castagnole delle Lanze in the Piedmont region south of Turin. Some of the dishes featured in the special menu include a second course of Carne Cruda, or steak tartare with quail egg, toast and micro salad. The third course features Ricotta Ravioli with Morel mushrooms and truffle sauce. In keeping with the flavor profiles of northwest Italy, the fourth course is Brasato al Barolo. The traditional Piedmont-style pot roast is served with celery root puree and horseradish gremolata. The last dish on the menu is Torta di Pignoli e Castagne, or pinenut and chestnut tart with sabaglione gelato. The dinner kicks off at 7 p.m., and reservations can be made by call Jonathan’s at 631-549-0055.
Eating For A Good Cause: The Northport-East Northport Special Education PTA is enlisting the help of area restaurants to help raise money to support students with unique learning situations in the school district. A portion of money spent at different restaurants during the month of March will be donated to the Northport-East Northport SEPTA. Every Tuesday this month, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza (6401 Jericho Tpke. Commack) will give a portion of the profits to the SEPTA, and Yogurt Fancy (737 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport) will do the same every Friday. Applebee’s (105 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Commack) will donate 10 percent of every check until 9 p.m., March 13, and between 11:30 a.m.- 11p.m., March 28 15 percent of total sales at Miller’s Ale House (88 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Commack) will be donated to the Northport-East Northport SEPTA. For more information and to find a full list of participating restaurants visit Nensepta.org.
Chili Cook Off: Test your chili cooking and eating skills at the seventh annual Nick Demidovich Chili Cook Off at the Huntington Elks Lodge (195 Main St., Huntington). The event is hosted by the Elks and The Nickolas Demidovich Memorial Fund, which was created to help send local boy scouts to summer camp. Last year the judges voted Kate and Jim Conquest as the best chili and the people’s choice award went to Janet Lombardo. Tickets cost $20 and include all the chili you can eat in several different categories, drink specials, a gift basket raffle and a DJ. Attendees can spend the afternoon tasting chili and deciding which is their favorite in categories ranging from most creative to spiciest. The event runs from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., March 3, and you can enter your chili or pre-purchase tickets by sending an email to Peter@PeterDemidovich.com.