Guy Reuge will be honored at this year's Dan's Harvest East End Wine & Food Classic in Cutchogue. Since 1983, when he opened Restaurant Mirabelle in St. James (it moved to Stony Brook in 2009), Reuge has been one of Long Island's most decorated and influential chefs. Mirabelle has received four stars from Newsday's Peter M. Gianotti and was named one of Newsday's Top 100 restaurants of 2015.
The celebration of food and wine on the North Fork is sponsored by Dan's Papers and is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. This year's host will be celebrity chef (Food Network's "Chopped" judge) Geoffrey Zakarian. In addition to Reuge, Jim Trezise, president of the NY Wine & Grape Foundation, will also be honored.
Expect upward of 35 restaurants and purveyors and 40 wineries to gather under a big tent at McCall Vineyards & Ranch in Cutchogue. The crowd, estimated to number about 1,500, will have access to barrel tastings, silent auctions and lots of food. Participating restaurants include Hush Bistro in Farmingdale, Jewel in Melville, Fifth Season Restaurant in Port Jefferson and Caci North Fork in Southold, with purveyors such as Satur Farms in Cutchogue and North Fork Chocolate Company in Aquebogue joining them. Among participating vineyards are One Woman Wines & Vineyard in Southold, Pindar Vineyards in Peconic and Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue.
General admission is $125 a person; VIP tickets (which include a special VIP hour at 6:30, access to special vintages, a VIP lounge with exclusive seating, a gift bag and premier parking) go for $275 a person. The event is a fundraiser for Peconic Land Trust, dedicated to conservation on the East End, and HRHCare, a community health center serving families on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit danstasteofsummer.com or call 631-227-0188.
McCall Vineyards & Ranch is at 22600 State Route 25, Cutchogue.