Foodie Gossip – September 2010

Just because the coming of fall cools things down, it doesn’t mean the heat isn’t on for LI eats. The East End is holding prestigious winery events, the venerable Todd Jacobs is around and the booze is half-price!

The trajectory of the East End’s ascent into the pantheon of winery greatness continues unabated. On September 24-25, Wine Spectator magazine will be presenting the 1st Annual HARVEST: Wine Auction and Celebration of Long Island’s East End. The core of this event is the enjoyment of top-notch East End food and wine singly or paired. Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack is at the center, but the festivities will spread across both forks. Go to for details.

Make your reservations ASAP! On Monday evenings thru October 10th renowned Chef Todd Jacobs will be putting his spin on the Lobster Bake at Allegria Hotel in Long Beach (516) 992-3730. It will feature lobster, shellfish, steaks and ribs, salads, buffet and more for $68/person (plus tax, service and drinks). And there is a special deal for Pulse readers—mention this offer and receive a complimentary glass of Sangria.

LoLa in Great Neck (516) 466-5666 keeps proving that they are among the top establishments for duck preparations with a Fall Foie Gras and Duck Tasting Menu, available September 1-30 for $70/person. Enjoy a couple of preparations of Hudson Valley Foie Gras followed by the pièce de résistance—Whole Roasted Heirloom Hudson Valley Lola Duck with Duck Prosciutto, Root Vegetable Gratin and Lola Brussels Sprouts.

Finally, LI classic rockers will appreciate the haps on Sundays from 6-9pm at The Stone Turtle in Island Park (516) 431-6570. It’s “American Pie” night with, in a nod to the classic Don McLean song, half-price scotches, bourbons and whiskeys—all of your favorites will be available from Johnny Walker to Jack Daniels to Wild Turkey and everything in between. Be like “them good ole boys” and knock back a few.