Dan’s Harvest East End serves up another hit in Cutchogue

The crowd at Dan's Harvest East End. (Credit: Madison Fender photos)

The crowd at Dan’s Harvest East End. (Credit: Madison Fender photos)

The crowd was dense and the wine flowed freely at the 7th annual Dan’s Harvest East End Saturday night at McCall Vineyards and Ranch in Cutchogue.

Food and wine lovers came together at this annual celebration to sample the best of the North and South forks. More than two dozen wineries were on hand to pour their wines, while over 30 of the region’s best chefs and food purveyors served up samples of their specialities.

The party was once again organized by Dan’s Papers and the Long Island Wine Council and the Food Network’s Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian served as host for the second year in a row.

“This event is amazing,” Zakarian said. “This is a very special part of the country out here with some of the best wines in the world and it just gets better every year.”

With 1,200 tickets sold by Saturday night, this year’s event was down in attendance compared to last year’s record 1,700 attendees, but that did not phase Wölffer Estate Vineyards winemaker and Long Island Wine Council president Roman Roth.

“It takes a village to raise a glass of Long Island wine,” Roth told the crowd. “This is a passion that grows from everybody who is in the wine business and it’s real, you don’t have to fly to France or California to experience a real wine region. We’re building a real wine region right here.”

Ron Goerler Jr. of Jamesport Vineyards joined Roth on the stage to honor three North Fork notaries; Matt Kar, chef and owner of Jamesport Manor Inn, former Long Island Wine Council Executive Director Steve Bate and Palmer Vineyards’ owner Kathy Le Morzellec, for their contributions to the region’s food and wine industry.

Food standouts mentioned by several people included the ravioli by aMano, pulled pork by Smitty’s All-American Grill and the crème puff pastry by Caci North Fork.

“The puff pastry was delicious,” Daryl Nuccio of Stony Brook said. “But then everything was great.”

A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to the Long Island Farm Bureau and HRH Care.

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Alie Shaper of Brooklyn Oenology.

Alie Shaper of Brooklyn Oenology.

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These chefs served up their food at Dan's Harvest East End.

These chefs served up their food at Dan’s Harvest East End.

Chef Marco Pellegrini of Caci North Fork.

Chef Marco Pellegrini of Caci North Fork.

Crowd

Dana Kowalsick, Ami Opisso and Alicia Ekeler of Lieb Cellars.

Dana Kowalsick, Ami Opisso and Alicia Ekeler of Lieb Cellars.

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Erin Kenny, Spencer Holden and Jesse Elliot.

Erin Kenny, Spencer Holden and Jesse Elliot.

First and South table

Gabriella Serpico, Juan and Bridget Micieli-Martinez

Gabriella Serpico, Juan and Bridget Micieli-Martinez

Geofferey Zakarian with fan Pam Mccaffery

Geofferey Zakarian with fan Pam Mccaffery

Geoffrey Zakarian book signing Geoffrey Zakarian Portrait

James and Lauren Gilbert

James and Lauren Gilbert

Jedediah Hawkins Inn served up shooters of beat gazpacho.

Jedediah Hawkins Inn served up shooters of beat gazpacho.

Jeri Woodhouse of Taste of the North Fork.

Jeri Woodhouse of Taste of the North Fork.

Jill Viner and Barton G. Weiss

Jill Viner and Barton G. Weiss

John and Joe Cato

John and Joe Cato

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Kathryn Cogen of Pellegrini Vineyards.

Kathryn Cogen of Pellegrini Vineyards.

Kristen Hand of Sherwood House Vineyards.

Kristen Hand of Sherwood House Vineyards.

Laura Klahre and Adam Suprenant of Coffee Pot Cellars.

Laura Klahre and Adam Suprenant of Coffee Pot Cellars.

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The Macari Vineyards team.

The Macari Vineyards team.

Maryann Gannone of Sherwood House Vineyards.

Maryann Gannone of Sherwood House Vineyards.

Memduh Kutur of Palmer Vineyards.

Memduh Kutur of Palmer Vineyards.

Michael Croteau of Croteaux Vineyards.

Michael Croteau of Croteaux Vineyards.

Mike Cook and Anthony Mattis.

Mike Cook and Anthony Mattis.

Miriam Divine.

Miriam Divine.

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Nora Mack, Lisa Zamber, PJ Mccarthy and Sarah Salee.

Nora Mack, Lisa Zamber, PJ Mccarthy and Sarah Salee.

Randy and Cori Kopke of Backyard Brine

Randy and Cori Kopke of Backyard Brine

Ron and Joanne Goerler and winemaker Dean Babiar, all of Jamesport Vineyards.

Ron and Joanne Goerler and winemaker Dean Babiar, all of Jamesport Vineyards.

Ronald Cohen and Carrie Tintle.

Ronald Cohen and Carrie Tintle.

Russell and Susan Hearn.

Russell and Susan Hearn.

Sarah Nappa of Anthony Nappa Wines.

Sarah Nappa of Anthony Nappa Wines.

Sarah Phillips of First and South restaurant in Greenport.

Sarah Phillips of First and South restaurant in Greenport.

Sparkling Pointe staffers.

Sparkling Pointe staffers.

Petulant Wino staffers.

Petulant Wino staffers.