HEATING UP: Members of the Irish-American fraternal organization that puts on the St Patrick’s Parade in Huntington are getting into the chili game. Huntington Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 4 will host its first-ever Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, June 29 beginning at noon at the American Legion Post 360 (1 Mill Dam Road, Huntington). The event will raise funds to support the family of the late Hibernian brother Gerard Molloy who died earlier this year, and earn bragging rights to the cook whose chili is judged to be the best. Organizers said the cook-off perfectly pairs with memories of Molloy, a well-respected executive pastry chef who loved to dabble in all aspects of cooking. The event will feature tastings, raffles and a cash bar. Suggested donation is $10 for tasters. Cooks who wish to enter their chili for free can learn more at huntingtonhibernian.com/chili_2019.html.
EAT LIKE A CHAMPION: Ever wonder how professional MMA fighters in the UFC prepare their bodies for fights? The real training often starts in the kitchen, where the right meals at the right times can give fighters everything they need to be ready for their next match. Join Huntington boxer Chris Algieri as he speaks about and signs copies of his new book, “The Fighter’s Kitchen,” Thursday, June 27, 7-9 p.m. at Book Revue, 313 New York Ave, Huntington. Fighters fuel their bodies with precise nutrients delivered at specific times to achieve optimal performance. “The Fighter’s Kitchen” provides expert guidance on what and when to eat, and will help you understand how our bodies use what we eat to burn fat and build lean, strong muscle.
CHOOSE YOUR CHEESE WISELY: Have you ever looked at a cheese case and said to yourself “I have no clue what to do here?” Learn how to navigate a cheese counter with a tasting on Thursday, June 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Nest on Main, 135 Main St., Northport. Jessica Affatato of Harbor Cheese and Provisions will teach you what to look for - both good and bad - when out shopping for cheese. Enjoy a special five-cheese tasting with their best accompaniments. Tickets: $45 at Nestonmainmarket.com.
-- Compiled by Sophia Ricco