Eric LeVine, executive chef at 317 Main Street in Farmingdale,...

Eric LeVine, executive chef at 317 Main Street in Farmingdale, left, and Nader Gebrin, former chef-owner of Bravo! Nader in Huntington. Credit: Karina Costello

For Eric LeVine, his fellow Long Island chefs are potential comrades, not rivals. And so he is launching a series of guest chef dinners at his restaurant, 317 Main Street in Farmingdale, to encourage more culinary collaboration.

“I’m hoping to create a stronger chef community across Long Island,” he said. “I see people getting together in the pizza world, not so much with restaurants. It would be great to share what we are doing with one another.” He also believes that 317 Main Street customers will enjoy “the opportunity to get to learn about chefs from restaurants they may not know.”

April 29: Nader Gebrin, the chef-owner of the former Bravo! Nader in Huntington which closed in 2020. He and LeVine will prepare a five-course dinner that will include roasted eggplant with cherry tomato-burrata salad; orecchiette with broccoli rabe, sausage and white beans, grilled octopus, prosciutto-wrapped pork loin and, for dessert, Gebrin’s much-loved Napoleon, here served with key lime brulée and strawberry chips. Tickets, including wine pairings, cost $120.

May 6: A three-fer: LeVine will be joined by chefs Chris Perrotta (Blackbird Kitchen and Uncle Frank’s in Wantagh, Rustic Root in Woodbury) and Michael Vigliotti (1653 Pizza Company in Huntington). Diners can expect, among other dishes, Perrotta’s braised short ribs and Parmesan supplì, Vigliotti’s mini calzones stuffed with porchetta and escarole, and LeVine’s trio of Asian desserts: sesame-sweet bean bites, mango rice pudding and Filipino banana fritters. Tickets are $100, not including drinks.

June 3: Francis Derby of Patchogue’s State Room prepares a meal inspired by local ingredients, including his signature beef tartare with crumpets and Béarnaise sauce, porgy escabeche and spring pea tortellini. LeVine will contribute seared local scallops with pea purée and pickled asparagus and pork belly with roasted corn and blistered shishito peppers. Tickets are $100.

Chef dinner series at 317 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-512-5317, Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

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