Locavore Luminaries to Speak

Sharing their insights into our regional food culture

East End farmers, winemakers, micro-brewers, and chefs will convene to share their insights into our regional food culture at the Peconic Land Trust’s fifth annual spring lecture series. Laura Donnelly, The Star’s food columnist, will moderate the talks, which will take place at Bridge Gardens, on Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton, beginning at 2 p.m. on March 4, a Sunday, and then continuing on intermittent Sunday afternoons through the end of April. Tickets are $30 for each lecture or $100 for the full series.

On March 4, the featured speakers will be Sean Magnusson from the Greenport Oyster Company; Erik Bilka, a winemaker at Premium Wine Group, a Mattituck facility that provides custom wine production, and George Hirsch, a chef based in Sag Harbor and the host of the PBS television show “George Hirsch Lifestyle.”

On March 18, beer and wine will be the focus, with talks by Marcos Ribeiro, the co-owner of the North Fork hops farm Craft Master Hops, and Robin Epperson-McCarthy, the entrepreneur who launched the wine label Saltbird Cellars. Stephen Bogardus, the executive chef at the North Fork Table and Inn, will also be giving a presentation. 

On April 15, Peter Treiber Sr., the owner of the Trieber family farm in Southold, will be the featured speaker, as will Anthony Sannino of the Sannino Bella Vita Vineyards in Peconic. Chef Justin Finney of the Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton is also on the slate.

On April 29, the final day of the series, the featured talks will be by Stephen Skrenta, a Wall Street businessman who moved to Amagansett and started a grass-fed beef company called Acabonac Farms; Melissa Daniels of the Jamesport Farm Brewery, and Stefanie Sacks, a culinary nutritionist and the author of “What the Fork Are You Eating?”