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North Fork Restaurant Walk To Benefit Local Marine Program

Nicole Barylski

Shellabration will support shellfish restoration and community stewardship projects through CCE's Back to the Bays Initiative and the SPAT (Suffolk Project in Aquaculture Training) Program. (Courtesy Photo)

On Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, the Greenport Business Improvement District is hosting a special fundraiser that will give attendees unique dining experiences at beloved Greenport restaurants, as part of the 4th annual Greenport Shellabration, in support of Cornell Cooperative Extension's Marine Program. Throughout the weekend-long restaurant walk, guests can nosh on dishes that will shine a light on local shellfish, and tastings will be accompanied by local wine and beer.

"This event showcases the best of what our bays produce for us, while raising awareness and funds for Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program projects that directly improve the health and productivity of our waters and educate the public on the importance of our marine environment," explained Kimberly Barbour, Marine Program Outreach Manager at Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center. "It is the final event of our 2015 "30 Ways to Give Back to the Bays Campaign," and we hope you join us in Shellabrating and enjoying all Greenport has to offer."

From 12 to 4 p.m. on both days, participating restaurants will serve up $5 tapas sized dishes featuring regional shellfish, paired with $3 tasting pours of local wine (full glass options will be available). 15 restaurants and wineries will be featured in this year's happening, including Little Creek Oysters who is pairing with Croteaux Vineyards; First and South who is pairing with Macari Vineyards; Lucharitos who is pairing with Mustache Brewing Company; Cuvee who is pairing with Raphael Vineyards; and Scrimshaw who is pairing with Shinn Estate Vineyrard. Local shops are also getting in on the Shellabration action. "There will be plenty to do before and after the Shellabration restaurant walk hours and we invite you to check out the many specialty shops and art galleries whose doors will be open all weekend," added Barbour. Several businesses will offer a 10 percent Back to the Bays promotion, where they will donate 10 percent of proceeds generated during the event to CCE's Marine Program.

"This annual event has become something folks look forward to every year, many travel from throughout the region to take part in it," noted Barbour. "Numerous local accommodations are available for those wanting to make a weekend adventure out of it; The Greenporter, Sirens' Song Carriage House and Harbor Knolls B&B are offering lodging specials."

Shellabration wristbands are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP, which includes a special gift bag featuring a Shellabration wine glass, one-year subscription to Edible East End, and other goodies. Proceeds from Shellabration will support shellfish restoration and community stewardship projects through CCE's Back to the Bays Initiative and the SPAT (Suffolk Project in Aquaculture Training) Program.

For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com. For more information about Cornell Cooperative Extension's Marine Program, visit ccesuffolk.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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