On Thursday evening Restaurant Mirabelle will be hosting a dinner in honor of author Leeann Lavin and her cookbook “The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook" (Voyageur, $30). Lavin will be discussing and signing copies of the book and chef-owner Guy Reuge will be cooking up a five-course dinner highlighting local crops.
Also honored will be the produce of Southold farmer K.K. Haspel. Haspel is Long Island’s preemininent practitioner of biodynamics, a holistic system of agriculture whose principles were set forth by the by the Austrian philosopher-educator Rudolf Steiner in 1924. The idea is to harness the forces of the sun, moon, planets and stars and focus them on the earth and its plants. This is accomplished by farming according to the astrological calendar and using homeopathic “preparations” to treat the soil and crops.
If this sounds a little nutty, I’m here to tell you that Haspel’s tomatoes are exemplary. They’ll be served along with her red leaf lettuce and Catapano Dairy’s goat cheese for the dinner’s second course, preceded by a wild-mushroom cappuccino and followed by lobster fricassee with corn-scented gnocchi, hoisin-glazed beef filet with wasabi pea puree, sugar peas and pearl onions. The finale: blueberry tartlet made from Harbes’ last blueberries of the season.
Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs $65/person. Mirabelle is at 150 Main St., Stony Brook, 631-584-5999.
And, if you’re on the North Fork, drop by Haspel’s farm stand at 59945 Main Rd., Southold — about a mile East of North Fork Table & Inn, same side of the street.
KK's heirloom tomatoes