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Food News - November 2, 2005

Originally Posted: November 02, 2005

From "A Toast for the Cure" at Tellers' Chophouse - Michael
Bohlsen, Carolyn Lahy (President, Islip Breast Cancer Coalition),
Grace Prygocki (Vice President, Islip Breast Cancer Coalition),
Lin Bohlsen, John Bohlsen, and Kurt Bohlsen. (The Bohlsen's
own Tellers Chophouse and Mrs. Bohlsen is a breast cancer
survivor and a member of the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition's
Board of Director's.
Photo: Brenner Lennon Photo Productions Inc.

"A Toast for the Cure" Raises Over $30,000 for Breast Cancer Research Tellers Chophouse and Opus One Join Forces in the Battle Against Breast Cancer!

"A Toast for the Cure" hosted by Tellers Chophouse (605 Main Street, Islip, NY [631] 277-7070) on Monday, October 24th was a huge success raising over $30,000 for the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition. With over 100 people in attendance they raised $12,500 in ticket sales, which was matched by the Bohlsen family, the owners of Tellers Chophouse. The evening featured a sumptuous five-course meal paired with a vertical tasting of Opus One wines, a silent auction, and a live auction. The live auction included big ticket items including a weekend trip for six to the Opus One Winery in Napa, Wine Country Magazine wine tasting for ten people, tickets to NAACP Finals in Indianapolis, IN, and tickets to the PGA US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY.

As a special guest, Opus One's regional manager, France Posener, was on hand providing a brief history of Opus One and to discuss the wines involved in the tasting. Opus One has recently introduced the new Opus One 2002, which was involved in the tasting and made its official Long Island debut at the event. Tellers Chophouse is the first restaurant on Long Island to offer the Opus One 2002.

The evening also included the introduction of Tellers' new Culinary Director, Erik Blauberg the former Master Chef of Manhattanıs venerable 21 Club. Blauberg is now in the process of making some significant changes, which will include revamping Tellers' classic chophouse menu. Blauberg's menu for the evening followed a smooth progression beginning with herb roasted squab paired with the 1984 Opus One, followed by pulled duck with cepe risotto and snow peas that was complimented with the 1995 Opus One. Continuing the progression the third course paired the 1999 Opus with white fallow venison leading up to a char grilled rib eye with Matsutake mushrooms, onion confit and silken potatoes paired with the newly released 2002 Opus. A chocolate soufflé with banana brulee paired with Rosa Regali, Brachetto D'Acqui 2004 brought the feast to a richly decadent end.

Eric Lemonides of Almond Speaks at The University Club

Eric Lemonides, co-owner of Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton and Almondito restaurant in Wainscott, recently was a member of a panel of restaurateurs at the University Club, a private club, in Manhattan. On October 12th, Lemonides, along with Jenifer Lang (Café des Artistes) and Donatella Arpaia (davidburke & donatella), were a part of a restaurant symposium for University Club members. The panel of restaurateurs spoke about the restaurant business as well as answered questions from the audience on the topic as well. For more information call Almond at (631) 537-8885.

Friday 2 for 1 Happy Hour at Pacific East

Pacific East (415 Main St., Amagansett, NY, 631-267-7770) is now offering a Friday Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. at the bar featuring 2 for 1 drinks including all glasses of wine, drinks, shots, cocktails, specialty cocktails, martinis and beers. Bottles of wine or half bottles of wine, champagne or sake are not included. The full dinner menu will be available at the bar during happy hour and as well including the $21.95 three-course prix fixe. For further information please call Pacific East at (631) 267-7770.

The Laundry Has a New Address! Long-term Restaurant Agreement at The Maidstone Arms Inn

One of East Hampton's most successful and longest running restaurant operations The Laundry Restaurant will not miss a beat as it changes locations at the end of October. Owners Stuart Kreisler and Tracy Bonbrest announced that after not being offered a new lease by their landlord, The Laundry will operate out of The Maidstone Arms under a new long-term lease. The Laundry served its first meal back in 1980 and is widely acknowledged as being the progenitor of upscale restaurants on the East End. The Maidstone Arms a stately inn with sixteen rooms and three cottages within walking distance of East Hampton village will be the new site of operations. "There were so many elements that we were able to enjoy at our old location parking, outdoor dining, two working fireplaces The Maidstone Arms has all of these and was the perfect choice," stated Kreisler. Kreisler and Bonbrest retain ownership of The Laundry name and restaurant at the new location.

A Seamless Transition Customers Come First - "One of the most appealing elements of this deal besides the location is the fact that we pride ourselves on being available to our loyal customers seven nights a week, 52 weeks a year," stated Kreisler. "We will be able to continue uninterrupted service during this transition if all goes according to plan and we even plan to open on Thanksgiving and Christmas, since that is a tradition at The Maidstone Arms." All The Laundryıs kitchen and floor staff will remain and Executive Chef and principal partner Andrew Engle is resolute in keeping The Laundry menu intact. "Any Laundry customer will recognize and be comforted by the menu immediately, from the ribs to the Iacono Farms chicken," offers Engle. "Youıll see the same commitment on our menu to using local farms and bounty from the sea."

Seven Nights And Maybe Seven Days? - The restaurantıs dinner hours are unchanged: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. seven nights a week. Saturday and Sunday brunch will be available (hours to be announced shortly) and continental breakfast will be available to inn guests. Breakfast and lunch service are being planned. For reservations or further information, call [631] 324-3199.

Fall Prix Fixe at New Paradise Cafe

New Paradise Cafe (126 Main Street , Sag Harbor, NY , [631] 725-6080) has introduced a new fall prix fixe featuring three courses for $26. The special menu is available every night from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu is as follows:

First Course - Curry-tomato soup, Tuscan white bean & pancetta soup, Mixed green salad with herb vinaigrette, and Paradise Caesar salad.

Main Course - Herb roasted free range chicken with mustard butter & shoe string fries, Seared cod with beluga lentils and curry cauliflower, Mezzi rigatoni with sweet & hot sausage, peas, tomato and touch of cream, and Tuscan style pot roast with garlic mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Dessert - Tiramisu, Brownie sundae w/ vanilla gelato, and Warm apple tart with vanilla gelato

For further information contact New Paradise Café at (631) 725-6080.

Katrina Benefit Concert at Madame Tong's Featuring Beau Hulse & L.A. Woman "Doors Tribute"

Beau Hulse & L.A. Woman "Doors Tribute" will perform a benefit concert at Madame Tongıs at JL Beach Club (256 Elm Street, Southampton, NY, 631-204-0300) Saturday, November 5th at 10:30 p.m. "The next best thing to Jim Morrison," says Denise Flaim of Newsday. The cost for the event is a $20 donation for the cause. Tickets are available at Prudential Douglas Elliman in Westhampton (631-288-6200) and Hampton Bays (631-723-2721). For further information or tickets please call Madame Tong's at (631) 204-0300.

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