*Let’s give a smile for those who feel that they have nothing/
Let me shake the hand of Johnny Doe out on the street/
Let’s give a wink for those girls who don’t feel pretty/
Let’s find some water for those who need a drink…
Every once in a while you meet a person who surprises you. Every once in a while you meet a person who reminds you of something. The things you always wanted to do, should be doing, things you wish you could do. And sometimes, you meet a person who makes you feel good about you. But this is our annual Food Issue and what does that have to do with people? A lot. Food is the great connector. In the case of our theme, Randi Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest, is like a contributing editor at large. By being Randi, she inspires me to celebrate food and life, and the great many things around us. By steering Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, she makes sure about 260,000 people receive food every day. That is about 10% of our population accessing food from the Island Harvest network. Every day. And in the case of this year’s issue, she and Island Harvest are our connection to a great film and stage actor.
Brian Dennehy is an avatar of raw honesty. He’s the kind of man most men want to be. He’s someone you want as a best friend because he’ll tell it to you straight, even if it hurts. In a recent conversation, we scratched at art, showbiz, music and America. His interview is featured this month as a short play to give you an idea of what it would be like to be in his presence. (His bio precedes him but can easily be found on IMDb.) His connection to The Island is spending his teen years in Mineola and attending Chaminade.
Fashion and the arts, two of our other favorite subjects, intersect this month in Autumn in Motion. Thanks to the talents of the crew involved with Ovations Dance Repertory Company, our friends at Bay Shore’s Boulton Center and photographer Lynn Spinnato, who sharpened her talents with the biggest names in music, we are featuring the latest, greatest sweaters to hit this season in a noir, behind-the-scenes, styled spread.
But food is our main course this month. Five Star Foodies introduces you to some of the legends who have been serving us Long Island’s best fare. Our famed restaurant reviewer Richard Scholem put together a short guide on The Best Most and Least Expensive Restaurants, for those who enjoy a good meal whether it costs a lot or a little. Foodie Gossip columnist, Gino Saroli, covers International Dining: LI’s Top Imports for anyone interested in foreign cuisine. To wash it down, take in our regular wine column by Advanced Sommelier Chris Miller or our feature on Long Island Breweries.
In other exciting news, the issue you’re holding in your hands is a collector’s item—it’s one of the first titles in the country to present 2D barcodes. Widely used in Japan and Europe, the technology turns your cell phone into a portal to free stuff, shopping, promotions and special offers. We’re proud to be among the leaders in this innovation and hope you’ll take advantage of its uses. Find out more on the next page or read my blog at lipulse.com to find out how we pulled this off.
Your connection to all of this is by reading the issue (thank you). If want to connect in person—and have a very good time doing it—join us at the cover party. This month, the event will feature a variety of restaurants and beverage purveyors at Muttontown’s terrific Chelsea Mansion. Best of all, 100% of the $20pp suggested donation goes to Island Harvest. And it enters you to win one of our great door prizes. Find out more on page 14.
*Let me say good luck to the people raising families/
Let me say thank-you to the men who grow the bread/
And here’s to dreams of a bigger, brighter future…
* “Thank You,” John Mellencamp