“Ladles of Love” East End Food Pantry Nework Benefit Concert

picture-1In an effort to fill the empty shelves at local food pantries, John Kowalenko and Cheryl Stair of Art of Eating and Hampton Event Management International ([631] 267-3312) presents “Ladles of Love,” a concert fundraiser www.ladlesoflove.org benefiting the East End Food Pantry Network.  The concert will take place on Monday, August 3rd from 6 to 9 p.m. at Principi Farm (551 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11932) and will feature performances by Band of Brothers including Simon Kirk from Bad Company, GE Smith from Saturday Night Live, John Conte from Billy Joel, Jeff Kazee from Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, as well as Bastards of Boom, The Surf Dogs, Mama Lee and Friends, Danni D., Rob Cannillo, Suddyn, and special guests.  Matt Coss will open the show with Summer Breeze, That’s Amore, and New York, New York.

VIP and VVIP ticket holders are invited to a tented food and wine tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring signature dishes from East End restaurants paired with local wine and beer.  VIP participants include: Ace Metro Beverage, Art of Eating Catering, Artisanal Premium Cheese, Babette’s, Channing Daughters Winery, The Clam Bar, The Clam Man, Cynthia Battaglia Distinctive Catering, Dark Horse Catering, Della Femina, Estia’s Little Kitchen, Exquisite Foods, Foody’s, Four Seasons Catering, Gosman’s Restaurant, Gurney’s Inn, Hamptons Coffee Company, Indian Wells Tavern, Janet O’Brien Caterers, La Fondita, The Laundry Restaurant, The Living Room at The Maidstone Arms, Maui Wowi, Martha Clara Vineyards, Meeting House, Naturally Good Café, Peconic Bay Wines, Pop Chips, Rugosa, Runaways, The Seafood Shop, Second Horse Tavern, Southampton Publick House, Stuart’s Seafood Market, SURU Wines, Taste of the North Fork, Thyme & Again Catering, Turtle Crossing, Vine Street Café, Wildthyme, Wolffer Estate Vineyards, and Zrii. All leftover food from the tasting will be donated to the food pantries immediately after the event.

The public is encouraged to bring non-perishable items that will be collected at the door. Kowalenko has set a donation goal of 10,000 pounds. All profits from the event will be donated to the East End Food Pantry Network. Food pantries that will benefit include: Southampton Food Pantry, Mother Theresa Outreach Center in Montauk, East Hampton Food Pantry, Sag Harbor Food Pantry, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Bridgehampton, Wainscott Food Pantry, Springs Community Presbyterian Church, St. Rosalie’s Church in Hampton Bays, Community Action Southold Town, Inc. and Immaculate Conception in Westhampton.  Amagansett Food Pantry will be formed using monies raised from “Ladles of Love” and will also receive donated items.

Tickets will be available for purchase at all Bridgehampton National Bank branches and Art of Eating Catering at 74 Montauk Highway in Amagansett beginning Saturday, July 11. Ticket holders are not allowed to bring coolers, bottles, or alcoholic beverages, and a blanket or beach chair is recommended for field seating.

Ticket levels include:

*“Velvet Rope” VVIP Sponsor Tables ($10,000) and Solo Seat ($1,000) Levels includes:
*Admission and seating in VVIP Lounge (within VIP tent)
*Admission to food and wine tasting
*Admission to concert and stage-front seating
*Backstage meet-and-greet with talent
*Limited edition VVIP field chair and concert t-shirt
*Bar, hors d’oeuvres and table service
*On-site preferred parking nearby VIP tent with golf cart shuttle to/from VIP tent to parking area
*Air-conditioned luxury restroom trailer
*Sponsor Tables includes admission for ten and private VVIP table
*Solo Seat includes single admission and VVIP table seating
Limited availability on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Contact “Ladles of Love” directly for reservation at (631) 267-3312.

*VIP ($250) includes:
*Admission to VIP tent and reserved seating
*Admission to food and wine tasting
*Limited edition concert t-shirt
*On-site preferred parking nearby VIP tent
*Air-conditioned luxury restroom trailer

*Preferred Admission ($75) includes:
*Admission to concert
*Preferred seating area
*Limited edition concert t-shirt
*On-site parking
*May purchase food and beverages at refreshments tent

*General Admission ($50)
*Concert field seating
*On-site parking
*May purchase food and beverages at refreshments tent

*General Admission – Kids Under 10 (FREE with non-perishable food donation)
*Concert field seating
*On-site parking
*May purchase food and beverages at refreshments tent

Fall 2009 line up for the Food Network

The Food Network has a great line up of new shows, new chefs, and tons of food for this fall. 

aaron-chris_chefs-vs Chefs vs. City
Premieres: Friday, August 7th at 10pm

Acclaimed chefs Chris Cosentino and Aaron Sanchez are pitted against two local foodies in a winner-takes-all race through a different city each week, through the most fascinating, unusual food locations. Each team begins with a clue leading them to their first food challenge. Challenges could include everything from wine stomping to the eating the spiciest chili west of the Mississippi to diving for sea urchins! The five challenges take the chefs and foodies on an adrenaline-charged, food-lover’s tour of each city, and once complete, it’s a sprint to the finish line to see if the locals can protect their home turf or if the Food Network chefs can conquer a new city.

The Next Food Network Star Winner Series
Premieres: Sunday, August 9th at 12:30pm
The winner of the highest-rated culinary competition in Food Network history, the fifth season of The Next Food Network Star, makes the leap to host his or her own cooking series. The winner will be revealed during the finale on Sunday, August 2nd at 9pm, and his or her new show debuts one week later.


What Would Brian Boitano Make?
Premieres: Sunday, August 23rd at 1pm

Everyone knows Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano is a champion on the ice; but he also gives a gold medal performance in the kitchen! In the new daytime series, What Would Brian Boitano Make?, Brian demonstrates his culinary skills and passion for one-of-a-kind entertaining. In every unpredictable episode, Brian hosts get-togethers at his San Francisco home: feeding an all-girl roller derby squad, playing matchmaker for a friend, winning over his handyman’s supper club, and planning a surprise party celebrating new motherhood. With a humorous and knowledgeable approach to cooking, Brian puts his unique spin on irresistible dishes like Chicken Paella Burgers, Pear and Almond Crostata, Crab and Avocado Crostini, and Bourbon Bacon Apple Tarts

Guy FieriDiners, Drive-Ins & Dives
Premieres: Monday, August 3rd at 10pm
“Upper Crust”

Guy Fieri visits a hoagie shop with fresh homemade rolls in Hollywood, Fla., and stops by a Portland, Ore., café serving mouthwatering house-cured pork belly. Then, on his mission for serious sandwiches, Guy heads to a Chicago joint known for their pot roast on a bun.
Robert Irvine

Dinner: Impossible
Premieres: Wednesday, August 12th at 10pm
“Roller Derby Debacle”

On the season premiere of Dinner: Impossible, Robert Irvine travels to Wildwood, N.J., to prepare a one-of-a-kind meal for 250 Roller Derby women and their families. His mission to make a meal that the players can eat without utensils gets even messier when Robert learns that his guests are expecting more than ordinary finger foods. Can Robert keep up with these rough and tough women, or will this be Dinner: Impossible?

Aida Mollenkamp

Ask Aida
Premieres: Saturday, August 22nd at 9:30am
“Burger Bonanza”

Everyone loves a juicy burger, and Aida Mollenkamp perfects three different types to satisfy all cravings. First up, she prepares a mouthwatering Bacon Cheeseburger topped with a Spicy Chile Mayo. Then, she creates a flavorful Cajun Veggie Burger and can’t miss Cheesy Sliders with an overflowing toppings bar. She also puts a healthy twist on everyone’s favorite side: French fries.


Premieres: Saturday, August 15th at 8pm
“The Neelys”

In the early 1980s, Pat Neely and Gina Ervin were high school sweethearts in Memphis, Tenn., until they broke up during their senior year. Pat and Gina reunited at their 10th high school reunion, married in 1995 and began working side by side at Neely’s, the family’s BBQ restaurant that Pat and his brothers opened in 1988. A 2006 appearance on Food Network led to the couple getting their own cooking series, Down Home with the Neelys, which debuted in 2008. Balancing their TV work, business, marriage and family is a daily challenge, but Pat and Gina handle it all thanks to the fundamental love between them.

Guy Fieri

Premieres: Saturday, August 15th at 9pm
“Guy Fieri”

With multiple series and specials on Food Network, a New York Times best-selling book and millions of fans, Guy Fieri is on top of the world. From starting a pretzel cart business in fifth grade to running restaurants in his early 20s, it was clear that food was a driving force in Guy’s life, but that was just the beginning. In 2005, he competed on and won season two of The Next Food Network Star, and viewers fell in love with his infectious personality as well as his cooking show, Guy’s Big Bite. Other successful series like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Ultimate Recipe Showdown soon followed, and Guy’s status as culinary superstar was secured.

Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace, hmmmm!

Bobby Flay Burger Palace

As you know we are continuously searching for the Best of Long Island Food. After eating a juicy and delicious burger creation at  Bobby Flays Burger Palace I believe the search of best burger could be called off!  Located in Suffolk at 355 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, N.Y. 11755 (631)382-9590.  The food at this fast food gourmet establishment will satisfy your burger cravings with a thick mouth watering burger patty that is then enhanced with complementary toppings that, when mesh together  bring out unthinkable flavor creations.  Sides offered include an appetizing order of french fries (my husbands favorite), sweet potato fries (my favorite and the healthy route), and/or onion rings.

Cactus Pear Margarita

Watching Bobby on TV you can’t help but wonder does the food taste good, is the drink that he just put  together really that good?  YES, YES, YES.  We ordered the Frozen Cactus Pear Margarita and fell in love with the presentation and taste, wouldn’t expect anything less.  We also ordered a Vanilla Bean Milkshake, OMG.  Real ice-cream, not some processed crap that everyone else offers.

For two people you could easily spend $30.00, a little high for just a burger, but that’s just it is not your ordinary burger joint. Set in a trendy atmosphere with a staff that attends to your needs and maintains good cleanliness my overall experiences have been wonderful.  Now for the ratings:

FOOD:                                  9 out of 10
SERVICE:                            8 out of 10
ATMOSPHERE:                 8 out of 10
PRICE:                                 8 out of 10
CLEANLINESS:                 8 out of 10

Nassau Coliseum Fair

Starting Friday, June 12, 2009 and running through Sunday, July 5, 2009 Nassau Veteran Mermorial Coliseum is hosting the Nassau Coliseum Fair during FOUR FUN WEEKENDS only.  With so much to do and see, you’ll find something for the entire family to enjoy.  Free Parking for the event on premises.  Admission is $8.00 per person or $4.00 with a 2 for 1 Early Bird Special Coupon before 7pm.  Offering a vareity of your favorite carnival food and games plus a petting  zoo, magic show and free entertainment shows throughtout the event.  Free Firework show on June 13, 19, 27, and July 3 starting at approximately 9:30pm (weather permitting).


Photo by Spudballo

Atlantis Craft & Import Beer Festival

Friday, June 12th, 2009 Dave & Busters 261 Airport Plaza Blvd, Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735 (631)249-0708 will be hosting the Atlantis Craft & Import Beer Festival from 6pm-10pm.  VIP session starts at 5pm.  Enjoy craft-brewed beer from over 40 prestigious breweries and brewpubs as well as the finest importers serving over 200 of the best craft-brewed beers from North America, Belgium, Germany, Eastern Europe and the British Isles.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the link posted above or at the door.  Tickets start at $50 and $65(cash only) at the door.

Some great eatery ideas to celebrate with Dad on Father’s Day.

Sunday June 21, 2009 is Father’s Day.  What a better way to thank him for all the wisdom, support(both financial and mental), and the unconditional love he’s given you and the family throughout the years.  Here are some great dining options you can enjoy:

  • Rothmann’s Steakhouse located at 6319 Nothern Boulevard, East Norwich, N.Y. 11732 (516)922-2500 is celebrating Father’s Day with a special brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 9 p.m.  The cost of brunch is $54 for adults, $20 for children under age 12 and complimentary for children under age 4, plus tax and 18-percent service charge.  Dinner will feature a la carte menu items and chef’s specials.  Reservations are recommended.
  • WAVE Restaurant & Lounge at Danfords Hotel & Marina located at 25 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, N.Y. 11777 (631)928-5200 x170 is offering a brunch which starts at 11:30 a.m.  The cost of brunch is $29.95 per person, $12.95 for children age four to twelve, and free for children under age four.  Call for reservations.
  • Three Village Inn located at 150 Main Street, Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790 (631)7510555 is also offering a brunch for the special occasion.  For $35.95 per person, plus tax & gratuity, children under age 10 will be half-price.  Brunch will be served between 10:30a.m.-2:30p.m.  Reservtions are required.
  • Mirabella Tavern at Three Village Inn at 150 Main Street, Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790 (631)751-0555 will also offer a Prix Fix Dinner for $39 per person plus tax & gratuity.  A children’s menu will aslo be available.  Reservations are required.
  • Sally’s Cocofé™ at 273 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743 [631] 546-7541  an affordable café where chocolate is the star ingredient, will offer all Dads a free small gelato in honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

So take the time out to say Thank You to Dad by taking him out for a change!

Photo by Kimataro

2009 Nautical Mile Festival

1187059171dyl0mhjpgGreat fun for the entire family to enjoy.  From carnival rides, to craft vendors, shops, and restaurants offering great food.  So take the family out for a stroll on Woodcleft Avenue this coming  weekend for enjoyment.


Nautical Mile Esplanade

Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, N.Y.


Friday, June 5th – Carnival only: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 6th – Carnival & Vendors: 12:00 noon to 11:oo p.m.

Sunday, June 7th – Carnival & Vendors: 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.

Great deals at Applebee’s Restaurants

picture-8 With the way today’s economy is going, one needs to be a little wiser with the way we spend.  Yet, going out keeps us sane, we need to socialize and catch up with what’s happening in our lives.  To help promote this situation Applebee’s restaurants are offering great deals to take advantage of.

It’s called the 2 for $20.00 deal. This is how it works.  You can choose one appetizer from the four options given: Mozzarella Sticks, Crunchy Onion Rings, Boneless Buffalo Wings (our personal favorite), and Spinach & Artichoke Dip.  Then once that’s selected you choose two entrees from the twelve options.  Whether your watching your diet or are a man eating man, you can find something that will suit your appetite.  The entrees include: Fire pit bacon burger, A.1. Steakhouse burger, quesadilla burger, 7oz. house sirloin, crispy shrimp, bacon cheeseburger, oriental chicken salad, riblet basket, fiesta lime chicken, three-cheese chicken penne, grilled chicken caesar salad, or chicken tenders basket.  What a great selection everyone can enjoy: from burgers, to seafood, to salads, to chicken, to pasta your bound to find something.

Beside this great offer, they also have great lunch deals Monday-Fridays till 3pm.  Another great deal is there 2 for 1 drinks during happy hour and after 10pm, plus after 10pm halve price appetizers.

So get out there and take advantage of these great savings without feeling guilty.