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Peconic Land Trust sponsors ‘Long Island Grown’ lecture series

Executive Chef Joe Realmuto of Nick and Toni's

Executive Chef Joe Realmuto of Nick and Toni's stands in the restaurant's garden in East Hampton. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

It’s a four-course meal over six weeks at Bridge Gardens’ lecture series in Bridgehampton, beginning March 6.

The third annual “Long Island Grown,” focusing on “local food and beverage artisans at work,” is sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust.

Each session features at least three speakers and is moderated by Laura Donnelly, food editor of The East Hampton Star. Talks will be followed by refreshments.

Week 1 is “The Drink” with Vaughan Cutillo, co-founder of Montauk Brewing Co. Learn about Orient Chardonnay from Kontokosta in Greenport, and talk about food-friendly beverage pairings with Noah Schwartz of Noah’s restaurant, also in Greenport.

“The Appetizer” on March 20 highlights fermentation doyenne Nadia Ernestus of Hamptons Brine, Tom Schaudel of (among other ventures) The Petulant Wino in Aquebogue and Mirijana Ujkic of the Hamptons caterer Wild Feast Foods.

Joe Realmuto, chef-owner of Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton headlines “The Entree” on April 3, with Ed Tuccio of Tweeds Restaurant and Buffalo Bar in Riverhead, Patty Gentry of Early Girl Farm in Brookhaven and Richie King of North Sea Farms in Southampton.

“The Dessert” on April 17 is light and sweet, with Alexander Damianos of Southold’s Duck Walk Vineyards, Patricia DiVello of Patty’s Berries and Bunches in Mattituck and Tom Wickham of Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue.

Talks begin at 2 p.m. at Peconic Land Trust’s Bridge Gardens at 36 Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton.

Admission is $25 a person, $20 for Bridge Garden members. Or buy a series for $90. Each session includes the panel and post-talk refreshments.

Events sold out last year, so it’s a good idea to sign up early by calling the Peconic Land Trust at 631-283-3195 or email

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