October 11, 2017

Chef, Farmer, Winemaker Dinner

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Chef Michael Rozzi and wine director Michael Cohen of the 1770 House Restaurant & Inn in East Hampton will present a five-course wine dinner themed "Chef, Farmer, and Winemaker" on Thursday, October 26, at the James Beard House in New York City. The dinner theme pays homage to the teamwork behind the success of the 1770 House in celebration of its 15th anniversary.

A notable honor, culinary masters from across America and the world are invited to present a dining experience at the James Beard House for foundation members and the public in a dinner for up to 74 guests.

"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 15 seasons, open year-round and nightly," said Rozzi.

Rozzi's menu for the dinner will showcase catches from the East End waters including Bonac clams and Montauk fluke. He will also highlight East End farms like Amber Waves, Balsam Farms, Browder's Birds, Don Barbour's Farm, Feisty Acres, Mecox Bay Dairy, and the Milk Pail.

"At the heart of the 1770 House are our owners, Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, who go to great lengths every day to keep one of East Hampton's oldest homes in tip-top condition," Rozzi continued. "At the front of the house, our servers and innkeeper work hard to make it easy for our guests to enjoy themselves. I also want to thank those working in my kitchen and those we rely on for the best ingredients -- our purveyors, farmers, and winemakers."

Diners can expect bites like a Bonac clam pie "in the shell" or a peach wood-smoked Montauk bonito as an hors d'oeuvre to start. This will be followed by the five-course dinner that includes hand-cut spicy Montauk fluke, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts salad, organic North Fork quail, pastureraised Bridgehampton beef, and apple en croute with preserved summer cherries.

Four of the main courses will be paired with wine from the Kontokosta Winery in Greenport.

"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," said Cohen. "I also decided to start with Billecart-Salmon Champagne and end with the 1998 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes."

The James Beard House is located in the former Greenwich Village townhouse of cookbook author and television personality James Beard. The mission of the culinary arts organization is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.

Tickets are $175 for the general public and $135 for James Beard Foundation members. Visit www.jamesbeard.org.

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