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Some of Long Island’s most notable chefs are temporarily taking over the kitchen at Tellers in Islip for a series of intimate dinners benefiting the region’s largest food bank, Long Island Cares.
Chefs Against Hunger is a six-week culinary fundraiser starting Monday, Sept. 23. Each Monday through October 28, chefs from Long Island’s top restaurants will be preparing a four-course dinner featuring locally sourced food and pairings with Long Island wine, beer or spirits.
The evening includes a one-hour meet and greet over cocktails with the chef in the boardroom at Tellers prior to the sit-down meal. The chefs will also narrate the menu, explaining the ingredient choices and the pairing selections, as each dish is served.
The line up includes a number of North Fork chefs, such as Tom Schaudel of A lure and aMano; Claudia Fleming and Brian Wilson of North Fork Table & Inn; and Noah Schwartz of Noah’s in Greenport. Michael Meehan of River Road in Oyster Bay; Peter Van Der Mije of Osteria Leana in Oyster Bay; and Tom Gloster of Rustic Root in Woodbury are also participating.
The first Chefs Against Hunger marks the 20th anniversary of Tellers opening in Islip. The chophouse is operated by The Bohlsen Restaurant Group, which also owns Prime steakhouse in Huntington and Monsoon in Babylon.
“While we are all ostensibly competitors in the same business, we are also aware that this rising tide lifts all of our ships,” said Bohlsen Restaurant Group co-owner Michael Bohlsen. “We thought the best way to celebrate how far the food scene on Long Island has come over these 20 years was to bring together some of our best and brightest and use these efforts to help eradicate hunger for some of the less fortunate on the Island”
The menus for the series, which are being cultivated in collaboration with Bohlsen corporate chef James McDevitt, highlight each chef’s take on American cuisine. Guests can expect dishes such as roasted Brussels sprouts with Tasso ham, horseradish, mint and honey. Desserts include corn custard with pickled summer blueberry jam, meringue and almonds.
The Bohlsen Foundation will be donating proceeds from each event to Long Island Cares, which serves more than 259,000 people annually.
“We are extremely grateful to The Bohlsen Restaurant Group and all of the wonderful guest Chefs that will work their culinary magic at Tellers as part of this special event to support Long Island Cares’ mission to solve hunger on Long Island,” Long Island Cares CEO Paule Patcher said in a statement.
The series dates and guest chefs are as follow:
Monday, Sept. 23: Claudia Fleming and Brian Wilson of North Fork Table and Inn in Southold
Monday, Sept. 30: Michael Meehan of River Road in Oyster Bay
Monday, Oct. 7: Tom Schaudel of A lure, Amano, Kingfish and Jewel restaurants
Monday, Oct. 14: Peter Van Der Mije of Osteria Leana in Oyster Bay
Monday, Oct. 21: Tom Gloster Rustic Root Woodbury
Monday, Oct. 28: Noah Schwartz of Noah’s in Greenport