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Dan’s Harvest East End Festival today celebrates Food & Drink

Dan's Harvest East End Celebrates Long Island Homegrown
Dan's Harvest East End Celebrates Long Island Homegrown
Dan's Harvest East End

The fifth annual Harvest East End wine and food classic, renamed Dan’s Harvest East End this year in a nod to the event’s flagship sponsor and co-producer, takes place today from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the ready-for-its-close-up/cinematic-worthy McCall Vineyard and Ranch, located on the bucolic North Fork of Long Island in Cutchogue.

Cutchogue is also home to Satur Farms – Paulette Satur and Eberhard Müller - husband and wife featured growers and celebrated master chef in this Examiner’s book, The Hamptons and Long Island Homegrown Cookbook: Local Food, Local Restaurants, Local Recipes

Organized by Dan's Papers and The Long Island Wine Council, this elegant but casual charity fundraiser packs a two-fisted punch. The event celebrates Long Island Wine Country and benefits important regional charities: The Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Foundation and the Peconic Land Trust.

Since the food and wine event launched in 2010, Harvest East End festival has raised $153,000 for its charity beneficiaries.

The Vin-IP Experience Early Access is 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; the evening continues till 10 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $275 per person, $2,500 for a group of 10, or $3,000 for reserved seating for 10 and VIP signage wine aficionados, collectors and connoisseurs are Vin-IPs at Harvest. Hey, this is a benefit event…

Enjoy the Vin-IP space within The Festival Tasting, which will include VIP seating. Enjoy an hour of private time with winemakers and chefs, a hosted glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, premier parking and exclusive access to the Library Lounge, where older vintages and special selections of wine will be served. Vin-IP guests will also receive a special Harvest swag bag and other treats.

The Festival Tasting (General Admission ticket level) is 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Ticket prices for this guest level are just $125 per person.

Enjoy more than 40 local winemakers current releases and barrel samples of their not-yet-released wines, and bid on large-format wines bottled and provided exclusively just for Harvest East End.

Some of the participating vineyards include, Bedell Cellars, Shinn Estate Vineyard and Farmhouse, Wolffer Estate Vineyard (Wölffer), and Channing Daughters.

Sample the locally sourced, homegrown seasonal dishes from more than 30 of the region’s finest chefs and artisanal food makers.

Honorees

Honored at this year’s Dan’s Harvest East End event is acclaimed food writer and foodie calendar keeper (and a truly nice person!) The New York Times Food Writer Florence “Flo” Fabricant.

Also being honored – and most deservedly, too – is Long Island’s native son and successful restaurateur, author, radio host and winemaker under his “Reserve” label: Tom Schaudel

Chef Tom is also a featured master chef in The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook – and chose Paumanok Vineyards and vintner Kareem Massoud as his homegrown, inspired grower. Naturally…

With his ubiquitous bandana headband ever in place, Chef Tom oozes talent, generosity, and passion about homegrown food and drink.

Chef graciously supported The Homegrown Cookbook publication, demonstrating his culinary prowess at The Homegrown’s premiere at The Horticultural Society of New York serving one of his achingly delicious recipes from the book, “Up-Island Lobster Risotto” with Summer Corn, Heirloom Tomato, and Basil.

One of my favorite quotes in the entire book is Chef Tom’s. (And frustratingly, I’ve seen it used repeatedly to promote other food news without attribution to Chef…)

Interviewing Chef Tom for the Homegrown book, he said what I think captures the essence of homegrown Long Island pride.

Here’s the quoted, in-context excerpt from the Homegrown Chef Tom Schaudel profile: “It’s like Disneyland for food out here,” he pronounces with glee. In a rapid fire riff, he names a top ten list of his food partners, all longtime food craftspeople who provide fresh, tasty, sustainable food for Long Island.”

See the Long Island Homegrown Cookbook for the full profile of this exuberant, culinary leader.

Chef Tom opened his first restaurant, “Panama Hatties” in Huntington in 1983. Since then he has owned and managed nearly a dozen successful restaurants and a thriving catering operation with his daughter, Courtney.

Chef Tom recently hosted the launch of Edible Long Island Magazine at his popular restaurant, Jewel by Tom Schaudel, located in Melville and featuring Long Island wines. He was a perfect host, considering his impactful and enduring influence for so much of what is now a “foodie destination.”

Returning as master of ceremonies at this evening’s Dan’s Harvest East End event is Joshua Wesson sommelier, The Splendid Table.

Enjoy the beauty, romance and taste of Homegrown Long Island.

Chef Tom Schaudel’s Up-Island Lobster Risotto Recipe

Up-Island Lobster Risotto with Summer Corn, Heirloom Tomato, and Basil

Recipe courtesy of The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook

Serves 8

4 c. lobster stock


4 tbsp. butter


1 c. onion, diced


1 c. Vialone Nano or Aborio rice


4 lobsters, about 1 1/4 lb. each, steamed, meat removed from the shell


1 c. mixed heirloom cherry tomatoes

1/2 c. fresh sweet corn
2 tbsp. fresh basil

In a non-reactive pot, bring the lobster stock to a simmer and maintain it throughout the preparation. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter and sauté the onion until it is translucent. Add the rice, and stir to coat it completely with the butter. Cook the rice, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes without any liquid to toast the kernels. Add 1/2 c. stock, stirring constantly, and cook until the stock is absorbed. Repeat this process until all the stock has been absorbed and the rice is tender to the bite. Stir in the lobster meat, tomatoes, sweet corn, and basil and heat through. Serve in pasta bowls, and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

This recipe is so good that just writing about it had this Examiner jazzed enough to get up and drive to get a homemade lobster roll for lunch! Not quite Chef Tom’s Lobster Risotto, but a foodie emergency stopgap …

It was an honor to have attended Harvest East End as part of the Homegrown Cookbook showcase. I wrote about it several times including here: Examiner Harvest East End post and here: Homegrown blog