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Riverhead: Farming benefit

Published Caption: Lyle Wells surrounds himself with the

Published Caption: Lyle Wells surrounds himself with the plants that yield the brightly colored squash blossoms his Riverhead farm sells to local restaurateurs. Photo Credit: Adam Richins

It’s the sixth year in a row that Digger’s Irish Pub is holding a fundraiser to benefit Cornell University's Long Island Horticulture Research & Extension Center (LIHREC). The goal of the “Extension” is to promote the Long Island’s agriculture industry—and the staff has also been known to help food reporters with farming questions.

Tomorrow night, Feb. 9, Digger’s will lay out a buffet including marinated flank steak, chicken teriyaki stir-fry, penne alla vodka, southwestern pulled pork and a few cakes for dessert. Dinner will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. The bar will be open until midnight. Guest bartenders from the farming community (including Frank Beyrodt, Tony Caggiano, Nate Corwin, Melissa Daniels, Melissa Dorvil, Donna Gergela, Karen Kazel, Bob Kern, Ben Orlowski, and Richard Weir) will be behind the bar to try their hands at mixing drinks, and the winner of a 50:50 raffle will be drawn at 8:30 p.m.

The price (excluding drinks) is $20 per person and all the money—including tips—will be donated to LIHREC.

Diggers is at 58 W. Main St., Riverhead, 631-369-3200.

Lyle Wells, of Wells Farm in Riverhead, with squash blossoms. Photo by Adam Richins

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