This past Saturday, August 23rd, Dan’s Harvest East End celebrated the bounty of Long Island’s agriculture by pairing local grapes with local flavors.
The event took place at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue, NY and benefitted the Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Foundation and Peconic Land Trust. Nearly 40 wineries and 30 top East End chefs gathered with the Long Island Wine Council, Dan’s Papers and esteemed guest Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York.
During the event, the Governor spoke about the development of New York’s wine and craft beverage industry and the wine tourism that has emerged alongside it, as well as presented Macari Vineyards with the coveted Governor’s Cup “Winery of the Year” award as part of the New York Wine & Food Classic.
The wine-centric affair was hosted by sommelier and wine enthusiast Joshua Wesson, and honored Florence Fabricant, longtime New York Times dining columnist and cookbook author, as well as Long Island chef-restaurateur and popular local personality Tom Schaudel, for their contributions to the area’s food and wine culture. Special acknowledgement was also given to Joe Gergela, Executive Director of the Long Island Farm Bureau for the past 26 years, who is retiring later this year.
The elegant affair also included a silent auction featuring Jeroboams, which were bottled especially for the event by participating wineries.