Foodie Gossip February 2012

February is a big month for restaurants on LI due to a certain saint named Valentine. Whether embracing the Valentine’s Day concept or simply offering their usual fare, the diverse abundance in local dining spots is yours for the taking.

The product of skilled Master Chef John David Hensley and Executive Chef Aldo Alo, Savanna’s in Southampton (631) 283-0202 is a contemporary bistro with the perfect formal-yet-informal vibe for couples, serving top-notch cuisine produced with a farm-to-table philosophy utilizing organic and source-verified ingredients. The menu features local seafood, voluptuous steaks and organic produce. Available spirits include a wide variety of wines, cognacs, small batch bourbons and single malt scotches.

Comtesse Thérèse Bistro in Aquebogue (631) 779-2800 is celebrating Valentine’s Day decadence with a Red Wine and Dark Chocolate Pairing Class, happening on Saturday, February 11th from 2-3:30pm. Chocolate Sommelier Roxanne Browning of Exotic Chocolate Tasting will be pairing award-winning, world-class artisanal dark chocolates with Theresa’s Reserve Estate Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons. Space is limited to 16 guests and tickets are $30 per person. Contact Comtesse Thérèse Bistro to reserve a spot ASAP.

Finally, Top Chef season 5 alum (and New Hyde Park native) Danny Gagnon has teamed with Bernard’s Market & Cafe owner Robert Byrne to bring Italian-Asian fusion to the North Shore—via the brand-spanking new DoraNonnie Tapas & Wine Bar @ Bernard’s, located in Glen Head (516) 759-9100. Chef Gagnon’s innovative creations include Long Island Duck Tacos dolloped with avocado mousse and pickled radish, Creamy Clam Cakes served with Thai basil lemon jam, and Ginger Poached Chicken Lettuce Cups with burnt soy emulsion. For dessert, try the dish that won the Top Chef Dessert Round, a Lemon Pistachio Cake with drizzled honey, candied pistachios, strawberry lemon-lime purée and vanilla ice cream.

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