WELCOME, CHEF: Chef Bruno Tison has joined Northwell Health, becoming the first and only Michelin Star chef hired by a healthcare organization in the United States, according to a news release. “This is the first time Northwell has hired and created a position such as this because there is a real need for it,” said Tison, who spent 14 years as the executive chef at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Tison plans to visit all Northwell hospitals, including Huntington Hospital, to train kitchen staffs. As part of Northwell’s Food and Nutrition Wellness transformation, kitchen staffs across the system will learn to create food that supports healing and well-being by using less salt and sugar while avoiding saturated fat. The goal is to minimize the use of frozen and canned goods, serving foods with minimal processing and opting for baked instead of fried foods. “I’m going to re-train and re-teach the culinary departments to provide not only the patients, but employees with fresh food,” Tison said. “We want to keep patients and employees healthy and we want our patients to look forward to a great meal.”
PUB NIGHT: Huntington Moose Lodge 318 is hosting an Italian-style pub night on Friday, Jan. 19. For $15 members and potential members can enjoy a dinner and a beer or glass of wine. The lodge is located at 631 Pulaski Road, Greenlawn and the night will kick off at 7 p.m. For more information call 631-757-2777.
GET YOUR WINE ON: Tomorrow, and every Friday, is Wine Down Friday at Blackstone Steakhouse (10 Pinelawn Road, Melville). Celebrate the weekend with half-off bottles of wine priced over $150, including offerings from Screaming Eagle, Opus One, Stag’s Leap and La Tache.
CHOCOLATE PIZZA: Kids can make a chocolate pizza at Chocolate Works (6401 Jericho Turnpike, Commack) on Sunday, Jan. 21. There will be different bases available, including pretzels, Oreos and graham crackers, which can be topped with treats like chocolate sauce and candy. A pizza lunch and drinks will also be served. Cost is $30 per child for the 12:30-2 p.m. event. Call 631-486-8888 for more information.
PAINTING CLASSES: Bar Louie (2115 Jericho Turnpike, Commack) is hosting a pair of painting-centric classes this month. First, on Jan. 10, patrons can ‘uncork’ their creative side by painting a glass to take home. There will be four different designs to choose from, and all materials will be provided. The cost is $30 per person for the 7 p.m. class. Then, on Jan. 31, there will be wood palette painting class. During the class patrons will paint their own 14-by-20 wood palette sign. All supplies are included with the $45 fee. Class begins at 7 p.m. Both classes will run around two hours and the full bar and food menu will be available before, during and after them. For more information, call 631-410-8400. To register for either event, visit Drinkablearts.com.
KING’S BIRTHDAY: Start the year with a major party this Saturday at Finley’s (43 Green St., Huntington). The Elvis Birthday Bash, a tribute to “The King” starring Don Anthony, and with an all-’50s DJ, and it all kicks off at 8:30 p.m. There will be dancing, costume contests and special guest The Arthur Murray and much more, including eating, drinking and partying. Complimentary admission for all. Party sponsored by Cleaverz Upscale Men’s Barber Shops. For more info, call Scotto Savitt at 631-757-9249.