Springtime Delights: ‘Slow Fish’ Wine Dinner, Mothers’ Day Treats

Chef Noah at work

The April 19 Update

The North Fork is a leader in the locavore, slow food, sustainable agriculture movement. It’s really easy to live close to the land here. Get a special taste April 30th at Noah’s in Greenport, when Slow Food East End hosts its Spring Spotlight Dinner. This dinner features four courses of “Slow Fish” deliciously paired with wines. Slow Fish promotes sustainable fishing, the health of our waterways, and recovering the traditional wisdom of fishing communities. The Noah’s dinner will center on local and sustainably harvested seafood. Reservations required by April 28. Details

Mothers have many ways to feel special on the North Fork this Mother’s Day; here are two more:

Brunch at Borghese: The exclusively designed menu by chef Christopher Kar offers a two course prix fixe–four savory or sweet options each–paired with Borghese Fleurette rosé & signature Sauvignon Blanc spritzer. Two seatings, 11:30am and 1:30pm. Menu & Details.

Bubbles and Brunch Tasting at Sparkling Pointe: Enjoy three Sparkling Pointe Wines paired with a Seasonal Quiche, Mixed Greens with Champagne Vinaigrette, and Raspberry Biscuit Bread Pudding by The Main Road Biscuit Company. 11 am – 2 pm. Tickets & Details.

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April

April 28: Bay Breeze Inn and Bistro: Lenz Wine Dinner

Enjoy three delicious courses, each paired with lovely Lenz wines; if you stay at the Bay Breeze, you won’t have to drive afterward! 7 pm. Menu & Details.

April 30: Rites of Spring II: Bartolani at Borghese

Paolo Bartolani plays on a Grand piano by Steinway & Sons, performing a classical and contemporary works by Bach, Beethoven, Adams and Debussy exploring the combination of history, natural environment and music. After concert reception by North Fork Chocolate Company and Borghese Vineyards. 5 pm. Details.

April 30: Slow Fish at Noah’s in Greenport

Noah’s offers a dinner features four courses of “Slow Fish” deliciously paired with wines in support of Slow Food East End. Slow Fish is an international campaign which promotes sustainable fishing, understanding the health of our waterways, and recovering the traditional wisdom of fishing communities, and the Noah’s dinner will center on local and sustainably harvested seafood. Reservations required by April 28. Details.

May

May 12: Rites of Spring II:  Memory Palace Concert at Jamesport Meeting House 
The Memory Palace Concert explores the intersection of music and memory with the music of the “rising star” composer Chris Cerrone for solo percussion and electronic sounds. The result is a beautiful and evocative music work in 5 movements for homemade percussion instruments with electronic sounds. 7 pm. (Pre-Concert Conversation with composer and musician Chris Cerrone and Ian Rosenbaum musician at 6:30) Details.
May 13: Rites of Spring II: Niccolò Ronchi Virtuoso Piano Solo at Borghese

Appreciated by critics and the general public for the highly expressive and communicative power of his interpretations, the pianist Niccolò Ronchi boasts many international awards. He will present a virtuoso classic piano program on a grand piano by Steinway & Sons. After-concert reception by the North Fork Chocolate Company and Borghese Vineyards. 5 pm. Details.

May 13: Sylvester Manor Concert: Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy

Becky and Keith are dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France and beyond. Tracy’s fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Keith’s gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion. Combined, they produce a range and richness of sound that is striking for a duo. Their playing is seamless, the result of years of playing together and touring across the U.S., Canada and in Europe. Two shows:  6 & 8 pm, in the living room. Details.

May 13: Pindar: Wine & Macaron Pairing

Our Mother’s Day Weekend Macaron Pairing is back! Treat mom to a perfect pairing of these delicate, flavorful French cookies, created by New York City’s famous, MacarOn Cafe. Reservations are required with ticket purchase at time of booking. 1-4 pm. Details.

May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch at Borghese

The exclusively designed menu by chef Christopher Kar offers a two course prix fixe–four savory or sweet options each–paired with Borghese Fleurette rosé & signature Sauvignon Blanc spritzer. Two seatings, 11:30am and 1:30pm. Menu & Details.

May 14: Mother’s Day Bubbles and Brunch Tasting at Sparkling Pointe

Enjoy three Sparkling Pointe Wines paired with a Seasonal Quiche, Mixed Greens with Champagne Vinaigrette, and Raspberry Biscuit Bread Pudding by The Main Road Biscuit Company. Tickets & Details.

May 14: Pindar: Complimentary Tasting Flight for Mom on Mothers’ Day

Bring mom to Pindar Vineyards for a Mother’s Day special. Moms receive a free tasting flight! 11 am-5 pm. Details.

May 21: Rites of Spring II: Rising Stars Piano Recital & Cocktail Sampling at Peconic Bay Yacht Club

Open bar, cocktail sampling, chocolate and virtuoso piano by three rising stars, in collaboration with PianoFest in the Hamptons. Drinks & Treats before and after the show. 5-7 pm. Details.

May 28: Rites of Spring II: Classical Music & Historic House Tour by the Arcanum String Quartet

Four music performances in four historical houses in collaboration with Oysterponds, Stirling and Southold Historical Societies. For one day, the doors of East End of Long Island’s most beautiful historic houses will be open while offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience live classical music in collaboration with the Arcanum String Quartet performing Death and the Maiden by Franz Schubert. Includes Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Reception at Poquatuck Hall in Orient with Laurel Lake Vineyards and North Fork Chocolate Company. Noon-5 pm. Details.

June

June 2: Greenport Gallery Walk

Greenport has several stunning galleries, all in an easy stroll. Check out the art, enjoy a snack, wander the village, get dinner. 6-9 pm. Details.

June 3: Rites of Spring II: Thought Experiments Under the Stars at Custer Observatory by Brian Smith & the Hidden City Orchestra

Music Notation/Astronomical Notation Exhibition, followed by nocturnal observatory star gazing. An after-concert reception will be held for the audience in collaboration with North Fork Chocolate Company and Laurel Lake Vineyards. 7 pm. (Pre-Concert Conversation Justine Haupt, astroengineer and George Cork Maul, composer at 6:30 pm) Details.

June 4: Rites of Spring II:  Quogue Nocturne at Quogue Wildlife Refuge by Cliff Baldwin & ACME

Quogue Nocturne is a live concert by the Aquebogue Contemporary Music Ensemble featuring the sounds of the natural environment and live performers. Quogue Nocturne is an electroacoustic soundscape of water, birds, flora and fauna all sourced locally. The ensemble will mix field recordings made by the composer in Aquebogue, Chiang Mai, Thailand and Quogue along with live performers. Sounds from owls, frogs, crickets from the East End and Southeast Asia will mesh with sounds of our immediate environment. A pre-Concert Conversation at 4:30pm features a presentation with live owls and a conversation with East End Naturalists and the Composer.  An after-Concert Wild Food Reception features refreshments from Early Girl Farm and Laurel Lake Vineyards. 5 pm. Details.

June 8: Pindar: Have a Beer on Us Dad! (Fathers’ Day)

Happy Father’s Day! Dads enjoy one complimentary beer or flight of wine. 11 am-5 pm. Details.

June 10: Rites of Spring II: Opera Night Concert at Laurel Lake Vineyards by Masha Carrera & Paolo Bartolani

After the extraordinary successful music performance last spring, the soprano Masha Carrera is back by popular demand. Enjoy a special music evening with a mesmerizing performance of Mediterranean Lyrical Songs by de Falla, Bizet, Ravel and Neapolitan songs. The evening will be enriched with Mediterranean Table Food and Wine Session (assortments of delicious antipasti, hors d’oeuvres, traditional sweets and one glass of wine), in collaboration with Laurel Lake Vineyards and North Fork Chocolate Company. 7 pm. Details.

June 15-18 The 63rd Strawberry Festival

Long Island’s Original and Largest Strawberry Festival and Charity Fund Raiser. A huge range of carnival rides, all the midway games and treats from funnel cakes and cotton candy to chocolate dipped strawberries. Live music and quality vendors too. Fireworks Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting.) Full details.

July

July 7: Greenport Gallery Walk

Greenport has several stunning galleries, all in an easy stroll. Check out the art, enjoy a snack, wander the village, get dinner. 6-9 pm. Details.

July 9: Sylvester Manor Concert: Jim Hurst Trio

Jim Hurst is a guitar veteran, known for his live performances, recorded music and tours with several, well-known Country and Bluegrass bands. Jim has received IBMA’s ‘Guitar Player of the Year’ Award twice, and was nominated in 2015 and again this year, 2016. He is lauded by his peers and fans for his combination style of finger-style and flat-pick on guitar. Another Sylvester Manor “house concert alum” Jim will return with bassist Erik Alvar and fiddler/mandolinist Nate Lee. The trio first performed as part of ‘Bluegrass and Beyond’ in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater in 2015 and returned again this past November. On Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, 5-8 pm. Details.

July 22:  Jamesport Vineyards: Jazz in the Vines

World class jazz pianist and composer Alex Bugnon with special guest Marc Antoine, contemporary jazz fusion guitarist with a multi-cultural urban groove kicks off the live music season at Jamesport Vineyards. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 7 pm. Details.

August

August 5: Jamesport Vineyards: Jazz in the Vines

Jamesport Vineyards welcomes coast-to-coast sensation, tenor saxophonist Vincent Ingala. Connecticut-born Vincent makes warm, soulful, smooth jazz and R&B. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 7 pm. Details.

August 13:  The Barefoot Movement

Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene” the music of this Nashville based group is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, take your shoes off and stay awhile!  All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time.  The Barefoot Movement was here for a house concert in 2015, and we can’t wait for their return to the summer stage! Sylvester Manor, Creekside 7-10 pm. Details.

August 19: Lenz Winery: 9th Annual Dinner in the Vines 

Enjoy the talents of a local chef and Lenz wines. The menu is inspired by the season and created using local ingredients, prepared and served in the middle of the Lenz vineyards. Details.

August 26: Jamesport Vineyards: Jazz in the Vines–Spyro Gyra!

Spyro Gyra headlines Jamesport Vineyard’s Series Finale for 2017. With over 10 million albums sold, this show will surely be a fan fave!  7 pm. Details.

September

September 16: Sylvester Manor Concert: Solas

It can be convincingly argued that no band has done more than Solas to prove that celtic music today is truly a universal musical language, like jazz, classical, rock or bluegrass.  The band’s sound is explosive yet seductively personal – timelessly melodic yet rippling with modern muscle.  Founding members Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan along with Moira Smiley, the vocalist who knocked us out here last September performing with Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, front this five-piece band that the Boston Globe has called “ the finest Celtic ensemble this country has ever produced.” This final concert will have an added bonus, a contradance in the tradition of “Plant and Sing”, featuring Ed Howe & Bennett Konesni’s band Drive Train! Sylvester Manor, Creekside. 5-10 pm  Details.

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