Foodie Gossip November 2012

Thanksgiving is approaching! If the forthcoming holiday season induces nausea and an urgency to death-laser relatives, I possess a cure: Foodie Gossip! Read. Relax. Ingest some turkey.

Beer + Ruvo = Brew-vo. The DeNicola trio, proprietors of Ruvo (locations in Greenlawn and Port Jefferson), La Tavola and Del Fuego, collaborated with Port Jeff Brewing Company on October 15 and brewed a house-only beer for charity. The unnamed beer, an IPA birthed with the assistance of Joseph DeNicola, debuts at Port Jeff Brewing Company’s five-course dinner at Ruvo’s easternmost space on November 1 and will permanently remain within all five brother-owned restaurants (Del Fuego’s second location is forthcoming). A percentage of each sale will be donated to charity.

Food is an adequate source of fuel. Now electricity is, too. Cliff’s Elbow Room in Jamesport, a family-run tavern-restaurant opened in 1958 by Cliff Saunders (and now operated by his same-named son), offers a complimentary energy charge station for electric vehicles. If hungry, however, please refrain from replenishing pangs with volts of electricity. Visit Cliff’s Elbow Room’s interior, instead, for food.

Long Island Restaurant Week runs November 4-11. The bi-annual celebration established in 2006 and designed to showcase Long Island’s cuisine, offers a three-course prix-fixe for $24.95. Participants (150+) include North Fork Oyster Company, Bistro Cassis and Thyme. Conclusion. I must repeat the column’s initial sentence: Thanksgiving is approaching! Since turkey is not an issue, visit Ms. Michelle’s Urban Gourmet, a gluten-free bakery-cafe in Bayport operated by Michelle Gillette and Christopher Kelly, for non-poultry holiday treats using North Fork-bred apples and pumpkins (the latter are obtained from Cutchogue’s Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm). Examples include caramel apples and chocolate chip pumpkin bread.

Try NOW: Frisée
Availability: Mid-October-December
Characteristics: Curly, bitter, crisp, yellow-white
Produce Producers: Satur Farms
Owners: Eberhard Müller and Paulette Satur
Location: Cutchogue

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niko krommydas

Niko Krommydas has written for Tasting Table, BeerAdvocate, Munchies, and First We Feast. He is editor of Craft Beer New York, an app for the iPhone, and a columnist for Yankee Brew News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.