Valentine’s Day Homegrown Gift Giveaways
With Valentine’s Day upon us, what better time to showcase Long Island’s Culinary Cupids and their Homegrown food philosophy and recipes?
After all, no less than George Bernard Shaw said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
To honor food lovers and lovers of romance, a special promotion from Quayside Publishing and Leeann Lavin, author of The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook, was featured on Goodreads, Facebook’s primary, go-to online book club.
Here, one could enter to win a Free, autographed Homegrown Cookbook.
There were nearly 600 entrants who took part in the two-week long book promotion!
Plus a gift certificate to The North Fork Table & Inn Restaurant in Southold, Long Island.
Just comment or email to enter for the Valentine’s Gift Certificate.
The Hamptons and Long Island Homegrown Cookbook profiles the area’s best chefs and the artisanal growers who inspire them. Filled with food stories, delicious recipes and sumptuous photos, the book captures the authentic, homegrown ingredients that are the hallmarks of the Island’s food culture.
Homegrown Restaurant Valentine's Day Gift Certificate Offer
There is an undeniable dynamic about the food culture in Long Island.
There is a heavy dollop of Love measured into the dreamy, foodie-fueled recipes and menus.
Maybe it’s the rich, lusty terroir and sweet, crisp merroir.
Like Cupid’s arrows filled with desire, Long Island love and love of food is a potent combination and an influencing role in the locavore food scene.
That amore has endowed and inspired a cooking cohort of Hamptons & Long Island culinary artists. Not unlike the Zen of a sensual, practiced tango, the Culinary Cupids work in syncopated tandem in their restaurants. They blend not only a romance and marriage but they also shine as working partnerships.
In the high pressure, stress-inducing atmosphere of a busy restaurant kitchen, front of house balancing act and holidays on the job; couples who are cooks, owners and lovers with a crushing 24/7 schedule, have a lot to teach the rest of us about passion.
The winner of the Valentine's Homegrown restaurant gift certificate will enjoy world-class dining at The North Fork Table & Inn, recently voted by food fans as an “American Cuisine & Comfort” jewel, number one in Food and Service in the Long Island Zagat 2012/2013.”
From the North Fork Table & Inn Web site: (www.nofoti.com)
The restaurant’s menu focus is seasonally inspired featuring locally grown biodynamic and organic produce, the freshest seafood from the pristine Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound and award winning North Fork artisanal cheese. Increasingly distinguished and awarded Long Island wines are highlighted on the wine list
The James Beard cooking couple is chef Gerry Hayden and chef Claudia Fleming.
The culinary couple is, in turn, the other half to their front of the house North Fork Table & Inn partners, Mike and Mary Mraz, who are also married.
Double the love.
So what better homage to food and romance could there be?
Perhaps not surprisingly, the chefs refer to “combinations” with some frequency when discussing their approach to cooking: there are food combinations, balance, and dreams and rhythms…
The sparks flew for this culinary tour de force not long after they first worked together at Danny Myers’ Union Square Café.
Chef Claudia and Gerry have allowed passion and experience to guide them. “There is a certain, lovely camaraderie here,” she says, referring to the North Fork. “We are very proud of the people that grow for us.”
Further, she adds, “It’s a great way to live.”
The North Fork is undoubtedly a food and nature lover’s paradise. The combination of vineyards, B&B’s and restaurants are a food destination unmatched on the east coast.
Chef Gerry is an impatient chef. He wants the best of everything. He’s uncompromising. It can’t come together soon enough. Not for the community of farmers or vintners.
Nevertheless, the hands on the clock hold on to each other, poised, as he determinedly cooks and coaxes the food he adores onto the plate. When Chef Gerry is creating his culinary masterpieces, there is nothing else.
For a chef this focused, is there any doubt that he always knew he wanted to be a chef?
In fact there was never anything else.
The couple catered their own wedding at the Wolford Wolf Vineyard in Bridgehampton. “Everyone loved it.”
It was late June 2001. They served very simple striped bass, farm fresh salad, peas, and fava beans. Not unlike what they do for their clientele today, they developed the menu based on the time of year. “We cooked with the farms,” he says.
Not surprisingly, all the guests agreed the wedding dinner created a feeling of casual elegance inspired by the season.
Claudia and Gerry formulated their restaurant style based on that unsolicited, genuine positive feedback.
Casual elegance, seasonally inspired it would be.
And don’t forget Love.
For the full story, read www.masterchefsandtheirgardens.blogspot.com and soon on http://www.examiner.com/food-in-new-york/leeann-lavin
More Culinary Cupids & Romantic Getaways
In a locale as food-obsessed as Long Island, no surprise that there’s an abundance of Culinary Cupids.
Here’s a sampling from the Homegrown Cookbook: (check out the book for complete profiles)
Satur Farms: Celebrity Chef and farmer, Eberhard Muller and his wife Paulette Satur, horticulturist, who holds a masters degree in plant physiology, farm and supply fresh, organic, locally-grown produce to supply restaurants and retail accounts. www.saturfarms.com
Cuvee Bistro & Bar, Greenporter Hotel: Chef Deborah & her husband, William manage the hotel, restaurant, bar and on-site garden. www.greenporterhotel.com
The Frisky Oyster: Chef Robby & his wife, Shannon are co-owners of this Greenport food mecca. www.thefriskyoyster.com
Vine Street Café: husband and wife Culinary Cupids, Chefs Terry and Lisa Harwood are co-owners. (They also recently opened The Blue Canoe Oyster Bar & Grill, Greenport)
18 Bay: Culinary Cupids Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels are chefs and co-owners who produce a magical, market-inspired menu.
Kitchen A Bistro and Kitchen A Trattoria Exacting, award-winning Chef Eric Lomando and his wife Julie are co-owners of three restaurants (at last count). A total family affair, his father in law, Bill is his inspired grower.
The Lake House: Chef Matt Connors and his front of the house manager, decorator, gardener, wife Eileen, are co-owners of this sterling, award-winning restaurant.
Restaurant Mirabelle and Mirabelle Tavern: Iconic Chef Guy Reuge creates homegrown, palette-perfection infused with his French epicurean instincts, and his wife Maria runs the front of the restaurant and co-owner of Mirabelle. Beautiful, elegant
Chef Guy Reuge’s Valentine’s menu includes:
Amuse Bouche: Cream of Chestnuts, toasted brioche
First Course: choice of Six Fishers Island Oysters, Seared Foie Gras, Lobster Fricassee in Sauternes Bouillon, Hamachi
Main Course: Pheasant Breast and Leg, Caramelized Scallops, Roasted Veal Chop, Pan-Seared Grass Fed Shell Steak, Poached Halibut
Desserts: Passion Fruit Tart
Angel Food Cake
Ginger Almond Tart
Mirabelle Sorbet Trio
Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook and Edible East End Magazine photographer Lindsay Morris and her husband, Stephen Munshin, Edible East End and Edible Manhattan’s co-publisher, are stars in the Long Island culinary constellation and culinary cupids, too. www.edibleeastend.com
Be sure to check out these romantic getaways, featured in The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook:
North Fork Table & Inn: www.northforktableandinn.com
Jedediah Hawkins Inn: www.jedediahhawkindsinn.com
Bridgehampton Inn: www.landcookshop.com
The American Hotel: www.theamericanhotel.com
1770 House: www.1770house.com
The Living Room at the Maidstone Inn: www.careofhotels.com/maidstone
Greenporter Hotel: www.greenporterhotel.com
All the Culinary Cupids and romantic getaways are featured in the top-selling book: The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook. (http://tiny.cc/usp1rw)
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