Side Dish: Fundraiser For Chef; Steak & Beer Event; & More

  A fundraiser at Christopher’s will benefit Chef Frank Arcarola as he battles serious health issues.

A fundraiser at Christopher’s will benefit Chef Frank Arcarola as he battles serious health issues.

SHOW CHEF SOME LOVE: With their longtime chef Frank Arcarola facing some serious health issues, the Christopher’s (8 Wall St., Huntington village; 631-271-0111) bar and restaurant family is pulling out all the stops for a fundraising event to help him through difficult times. Arcarola was recently diagnosed with a progressive heart disease and is spending much of his time seeing medical specialists instead of manning the stoves at the popular Huntington restaurant. A post on Christopher’s Facebook page states: “As many of you know, our amazing Chef Frank has been out dealing with some serious medical issues. To help with any financial burdens he and his family may be facing we are holding a fundraiser. Join us Thursday March 29 from 8-11 p.m. to help us help Frank.” Everything sold during those hours will be given to Chef Frank as will proceeds of a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle, said Christopher’s owner Jack Palladino. All staff members working the event is donating their time, as is a DJ. He added, and friends from New York Pannini, Almarco and Samurai are donating food as well. There is no cover charge but additional donations will be accepted at the door. Frank and his wife Lisa will be there, so drop by and tell chef you love him.

  Chef Marc Anthony Bynum training staff in the art of ramen at his newly opened noodlery MB Ramen in Huntington village.

Chef Marc Anthony Bynum training staff in the art of ramen at his newly opened noodlery MB Ramen in Huntington village.

CHEF ON THE GO: Chef Marc Anthony Bynum, a winner on Food Network’s “Chopped” and owner of the Hush American Bistro in Farmingdale, is a man on the go. These days, chef is wearing down the sidewalks between his recently opened Hush Bistro in Huntington and his more recently opened MB Ramen, Huntington village’s first noodle bar. The venture is a partnership with Huntington-based Reststar Hospitality Group, whose restaurants include Bistro Cassis and Café Buenos Aires, and serves up a variety of ramen dishes. Not the Ramen of your college dorm days, it has crowds of hipster types lining up at the bar nightly since opening. Slurp some down for yourself at 335 New York Ave, just south of Little Vincent’s, Huntington village. 631-923-3176. Tell Chef The Long-Islander Foodies sent you.

STEAK AND BEER: that covers all the food groups, right? We hope so because that’s what’s on the menu when Huntington Rotary Club hosts its annual Steak and Beer fundraising event on Thursday, April 26 at Centerport Yacht Club. Proceeds from the event will support the Huntington YMCA and other local charities, said Rotary’s Bill Bohn, one of the event organizers. Suds by Six Harbors Brewing Company, steak and, well, other stuff, are on the menu, as is a good time. A seat at the table will run you $125 in advance, or $150 at the door. Mail a check to Huntington Rotary, PO Box 38, Huntington 11743, or call Frank Plesche at 631-923-1720.

PLAY BALL: As the 118th season of Major League Baseball kicks off on Thursday, March 29, BurgerFi is offering guests an opportunity to step up to the plate. BurgerFi’s $1 Dog Day on Thursday, March 29 celebrates this great American pastime with another – hot dogs. All day long, from open ’til close, guests can enjoy up to two Vienna Dogs per person for $1 each with complimentary toppings (premium toppings will have an upcharge). Drop on by BurgerFi’s Commack location at 6234 Jericho Turnpike and take one for the team.