Harvest: Editor’s Picks for the Fall Season

1770 House Chef Michael Rozzi cooking at the James Beard House. Photo by Clay Williams / claywilliamsphoto.com


1770 House Chef Michael Rozzi cooking at the James Beard House. Photo by Clay Williams / claywilliamsphoto.com

Rozzi Brings “Chef, Farmers & Winemaker” to James Beard House

Chef Michael Rozzi and wine director Michael Cohen from the 1770 House in East Hampton will present a five-course wine dinner, “Chef, Farmers & Winemaker,” at the James Beard House in Manhattan on Thursday, October 26.

The dinner theme pays homage to the teamwork behind the success of The 1770 House in celebration of the establishment’s 15th anniversary.

Michael Rozzi’s spicy fluke tartare.

“It is a great honor to be invited again to cook at the James Beard House and in this special anniversary year. I want to share the honor by thanking all who make The 1770 House a success. It takes true collaboration to keep it fresh for fifteen seasons, open year-round and nightly,” Chef Rozzi said.

Chef Rozzi is joined at 1770 House by general manager Carol Covell, who oversees all aspects of the restaurant and Inn; Cohen — the restaurant manager and wine director; and innkeeper Randye Lordon.

Rozzi’s menu for the James Beard House dinner is meant to showcase the bounty of the East End’s farms and sea, featuring products like Bonac clams, Montauk fluke, and showcasing produce and products from farms including Amber Waves, Balsam Farm, Browder’s Birds, Don Barbour’s Farm, Feisty Acres, Mecox Bay Dairy and The Milk Pail.

Four of the main courses will be paired with wine from the Kontokosta Winery in Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork.
“From the many vineyards on Long Island, the Kontokosta blends and single varietal wines are very impressive. The selection is broad and pairs incredibly well with Chef Rozzi’s food,” Cohen said.

The James Beard House, one of New York’s best-kept gastronomic secrets, is located in the former Greenwich Village townhouse of the late and celebrated cookbook author and television personality James Beard. Tickets to the dinner are $175 for the general public and $135 for James Beard Foundation members. For more information, visit jamesbeard.org/events/chef-farmer-and-winemaker or call (212) 627-2308.


Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, SouthamptonFest — until recently coined SeptemberFest — will be held in downtown Southampton, featuring concerts in Agawam Park, live music through the village, the annual Chowder Contest, family activities including a visit by Jester Jim, face painting, and the Harvest Day Fair at the Southampton Historical Museum’s Rogers Mansion, as well as a wide array of art vendors. Taste of the East End will offer visitors a chance to sample some of the South Fork’s best restaurants and caterers, with first responders turning out on Sunday for a chili cook-off. Ever wanted to feel like an award-winning golf pro? The USGA will also be on hand at SouthamptonFest, offering guests the chance to have their photograph taken with the U.S. Open trophy.

For more information, visit southamptonfest.live.

Mecox Dairy Farm Tour & Tasting

Art Ludlow’s Mecox Bay Dairy has been producing cheese since 2003, when Ludlow crafted his first wheel out of milk from the dairy cows he and his wife, Stacy, had at their Bridgehampton Farm. Fourteen years later, Mecox Bay Dairy produces six cheeses —Atlantic Mist, Bascom Blue, Farmhouse Cheddar, Mecox Sigit, Mecox Sunrise and Ricotta — also selling antibiotic-free and grass fed beef, Berkshire heritage pork and Thanksgiving turkeys at the family farm. This year, the family farm opened The Farm Store at Mecox Bay Dairy, giving patrons another venue outside of local farmers’ markets to sample the Ludlows’ products. On Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m., the farm, located at 855 Mecox Road in Bridgehampton, will host a farm tour and tasting with the Peconic Land Trust. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (631) 283-3195 or peconiclandtrust.org.

Putting Your Garden to Bed

The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will host a workshop, “Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter,” on Sunday, October 15 at 2 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House main hall, 2368 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. The workshop is free for members of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, and is $10 for non-members. For more information, visit hahgarden.org or call (631) 537-2223.

Fish Tales

The Montauk Library, 871 Montauk Highway in Montauk, will bring Montauk history to the forefront with “Fish Tales: A Panel Discussion” on Sunday, October 22 at 3 p.m. Generations of fishermen and women have made Montauk their home. Listen to their stories about sports and commercial fishing, which underscore how this way of life has changed over time. For more information, visit montauklibrary.org or call (631) 668-3377.