Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sandy Takes a Bite Out of Homegrown

There it was on the front page of The New York Times’ Sunday newspaper.

If a picture tells a thousand stories, the image of Long Beach, Long Island as the poster child of all that is horrific about Sandy told at least that many Homegrown stories – - and more.

See, I was just there the week before at a Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook event at the Long Beach Farmers Market.   

It was a beautiful location: a fountain area, grower’s tents and events for children. 
The day was sunny and mild and happy. 
Author, me:(L) & LI Greenmarket Guru, Bernadette Martin

Families were enjoying the Halloween and harvest festivities, including pumpkin painting and exuberant, costumed “profiling” while on-site bands and musicians kept the festivities skipping along.  

It was rather like old home week—the Benoir & the Long Beach All Stars band lead came over to say hello.
He explained the name as Renoir with a B.  Worked for me.

Turns out he is a friend of my hairdresser, Danielle (an amazing artist, too) and her husband, who is a New York City fireman. 

It was a loving, family-fueled day that is a happy memory.  

Further, the schedule was to work a sister Long Island Farmer’s Market in Kings Park the next day, October 28th
But given the impending news of Sandy’s creeping, jaw-dropping, “Uninvited Guest” status, we determined to reschedule that event.
Given Sandy’s wallup and the follow on nor’easter, the Kings Park and other greenmarkets events will be rescheduled to – the spring of 2013…

Mother Nature is in charge, after all. She is almost like the perfect admin  -- if we can just listen…

So it goes.

As author, I’ve been working to not only manage and survive the challenges of Sandy and our book tour events but to keep the Facebook page updated.
I’ve had mixed results, to say the least.

Today, The Sickles Market team worked to move tomorrow’s event to a date better for their customers and fans.

The new date will be Saturday, December 8th.  
More on this special book event later.  It doesn’t get better than Sickles…

And despite Sandy and nor’easter – this needs to be a good week for food and Homegrown restaurants.

Here is my news post on Long Island Restaurant Week, highlighting the Hamptons & Long Island restaurants featured in the book.

Please enjoy the Homegrown restaurants this week – and every week.

Chef Bryan Futerman, Foody's  Restaurant

Bill and I will be at Foody’s restaurant in Water Mill, Saturday, November 10th
for Chef Bryan Futerman’s very special Homegrown dinner and benefit for Slow Foods East End. 

A Special Harvest Dinner with Author Leeann Lavin
Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook

Duck Liver Mousse Crostini
Exotic Spiced Long Island Cheese Pumpkin Soup Falkowski Oyster Mushrooms
Caramelized Peconic Bay Scallops
Halsey Cauliflower
Sauvignon Blanc Pan Sauce
Long Island Duck “Two-Ways”
Rutabaga Mash, Local Brussels Sprouts
Festival Red Reduction
Milk Pail Apple Croustade
Mecox Cheddar, Wildflower Honey, Caramel Gelato
Paumonauk Vineyards
2011 Sauvignon Blanc & 2010 Festival Red
Thunder Island Organic Coffee

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I made a reservation at Anna Pump’s Bridgehampton Inn.   Cerene took good care of me already...What a sweetie.

The Bridgehampton Inn is an historic inn built in 1795.  Today, The B&B offers a charming museum-like home d├ęcor and ambiance.
At the core of the Inn is also the CookSchool.  Pure culinary charm, Anna and Sybille’s way…

Can’t wait to see my Homegrown friends on Saturday – from chef Bryan to Slow Foods’ Anne Howard and her husband Mort Cogan (former clients of mine from my former tech days).
And Annette Hinkle, Sag Harbor Express

I have a lovely story to share about my interview with Annette at the incomparable American Hotel in Sag Harbor.

There is so much good news about Homegrown Long Island that I cannot wait to share. 

Sandy and the Nor’easter have dictated too much “pause” in my updates and reports. 
I respect Mother Nature and will do my best to stay plucky in terms of securing power and time to write and post…

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