Eleven Madison Park has been in the news lately regarding the–some would say–radical changes to the menu, the presentation, the atmosphere, the prices. But a few weekends ago I was able to sample some of Daniel Humm’s food in a simpler setting.
Once again the wineries, chefs and artists of eastern Long Island is thinking of you and what you’re going to do in the depths of winter. For the next five weekends the East End–and a few points closer to home–are throwing Winterfest, a collaborative,cross-cultural effort to lure you out East. Sure, the Hudson Valley has those foothills, but this semi-agrarian vacation-land is just a short trip up the LIE or the LIRR. Why not spend a chilly day warming up with local wine? Snuggle up in front of a crackling fireplace at a quiet Hamptons bed-and-breakfast? Listen to jazz with a view of the vineyards, or find some great deals on true farm-to-table restaurant meals? That’s Winterfest in a nutshell.
Long Island’s second annual HARVEST fest includes a series of 10-mile dinners: Six meals at six different beautiful homes on the East End, each hosted by a winery and a local chef. (There’s also a not-to-be-missed Festival Tasting on September 17 featuring 20 restaurants and as many wineries.
Terrace 5, the restaurant on the top floor of the Museum on Modern Art in New York, has changed its wine list to include…