News for Foodies 08.25.11

Harvest Wine
    Tickets are on sale for several events to take place during the second annual Harvest Wine Auction and Celebration of Long Island’s East End, which begins on Labor Day weekend.
    On Sept. 3, the American Hotel will host one of several “wine salon” programs to be offered throughout the event. They will offer a behind the scenes look at viticulture and winemaking on Long Island, and feature discussions with some of the industry’s leading experts.
    From 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Roman Roth, a winemaker whose products have earned some of Long Island wines’ highest ratings, will present “Roman History, in Six Vintages,” a talk about his Grapes of Roth portfolio that focuses on merlots. The program will include a chance to taste all six vintages of the wines.
    Additional “wine salon” programs are scheduled for Sept. 3 at North Fork vineyards, and on Sept. 10 and 17. Among the Sept. 3 programs will be “Women of the Vine: Vintners, Farmers, and Other Pioneers of Taste,” at Gramercy Vineyards in Mattituck, “It Was a Very Good Year. . . ,” which will explore Long Island’s last 10 vintages, at Castello di Borghese Vineyard and Winery in Cutchogue, “From Sea to Shore: Pairing Shellfish and Wine” at Jamesport Vineyards, and “Cuisine of the North Fork: Then and Now,” at the Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.
    Additional information can be found at harvesteastend.com. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered on the Web site.
    Harvest is organized by the Long Island Merlot Alliance and Long Island Wine Council and is being presented this year by Food and Wine magazine. The event also includes educational seminars, private wine dinners, and a gala dinner with a live wine auction, the proceeds of which will benefit East End Hospice, Group for the East End,and the Peconic Land Trust.

Weekend Special
    A welcome note for those who enjoy a restaurant prix fixe, but prefer to go out on a weekend night: the Harbor Grill in East Hampton is making Saturday and Sunday prime rib nights with a $22.95 dinner special that begins at 4 p.m. Included is a choice of the soup or salad of the night, prime rib with baked potato, horseradish sour cream, and the vegetable of the day. Desserts are available at extra cost.