Living & Eating on Long Island's East End 

       What I Ate & Drank at Dan's Harvest East End 2016

My name is Monique.
I'm a 2-time Emmy Award winning TV Producer.
Having been in the business for over 15 years I've produced my share of live tv cooking segments, but never had much time to devote to cooking myself.

Last year when I got married, I moved out of New York City to the east end of Long Island, to ...wait for it...The Hamptons.

Now before you roll your eyes, there's more to the Hamptons than mansions and celebrities.

The Hamptons have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, miles of productive farmland, plus a rich clamming history that continues to this day.

When I moved out east and realized I was surrounded, not just by the bounty of the sea, but also local farms and vineyards, I couldn't wait to explore and sample my new environment.

That's what this blog is about.  Cooking, living, exploring and sharing those experiences.

You'll notice that my blog is a little of this and a little of that, kind of like a potluck meal.

Dan's Harvest East End went down this past Saturday in Cutchogue.

Organized by Dan's Papers and the Long Island Wine Council, the foodie and wine event is an annual summer season ender for the wineries and food purveyors on both Forks to strut their stuff.

General admission was $135 and some people even paid the $285 VIP early entrance price for the chance to eat and drink the best the east end has to offer.

More than two dozen wineries participated, poring their wines, while the region's top food purveyors like North Fork Table and Inn, Caci North Fork, Jedediah Hawkins restaurant, the Petulant Wino and more served up specialities from their menus.

The place was crazy packed, but I was lucky enough to snag a press pass and sampled the goodies. Held beneath a gigantic tent in the middle of a cow pasture, the air was hot and heavy Saturday night.

Some of my favorite wines sampled that night included Sherwood House's new light and sweet rose', Clovis Point Vineyard's rich red merlot was a crowd pleaser and I absolutely loved Pellegrini Vineyard's buttery Vintner's Pride chardonnay.

When it came to food, my palate runs a little off kilter compared to others. I truly loved Jedediah Hawkins' beet gazpacho shooter. A chilled beet, melon and tomato soup with basil caviar that was refreshing and delicious, it was like drinking in summer and I don't even like beets.

Another delicious surprise was the chilled corn and coconut soup with red chili and crab by Ram's Head Inn. What sounded so wrong on paper was actually amazingly rich and flavorful.

Other goodies included BBQ pulled pork sliders, smoked and slow roasted pork by Smitty's All American Grill and a very green chick pea hummus by North Fork Table and Inn made with crushed green chickpeas, ricotta salatta and taro chips.

Desserts included yummy cream puffs with caramelized millefoglie and whipped vanilla cream by Caci North Fork and handcrafted artisanal chocolates b North Fork Chocolate Company.

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