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Woodford Reserve Named Official Bourbon Of Belmont Stakes Woodford Reserve was recently designated the official bourbon of the Belmont Stakes, in addition to its designation as the official bourbon of Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course through 2018. “We are delighted to partner with Woodford Reserve again and are appreciative of its long-standing commitment to excellence in thoroughbred racing,” said Lynn LaRocca, senior vice president and chief experience officer for the New York Racing Association (NYRA). “We are proud to offer Woodford Reserve to our guests at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course and feature it on our biggest and most prestigious days of the year.” The 1 ¼-mile Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, which carries a purse of $1 million, is run immediately preceding the 148th Belmont Stakes and will be nationally televised on NBC. “Woodford Reserve is proud to partner with the New York Racing Association in some of the thoroughbred industry’s finest races,” said Mark Bacon, Woodford Reserve global brand director. “We’ve had a longstanding place in the horse racing industry, and Woodford Reserve is excited to extend our ties through this affiliation with Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.” As many as 12,000 “Belmont Jewels”—the official cocktail of the Belmont Stakes, made with Woodford Reserve—will be served in souvenir glasses throughout Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 11.

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Crawfish, Crawdads, Mudbugs BY CHRISTY HINKO

Crawfish, crawdads, crayfish, matter what you call them, these little crustaceans are related to and resemble lobsters and are a real treat if prepared correctly. These little, miniature lobster cousins are found in many fresh water streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, swamps, marshes, underground waters and wet meadows throughout the country, including here in New York and on Long Island. Many places down south have celebrations centered around this little crawdad, in the springtime when the crawfish are plentiful. Locally, you can find crawfish at fresh fish markets like Hmart in Williston Park or Greak Neck, or you can contact a crawfish wholesaler, like Bayou Crawfish in West Babylon (631-420-3916). You can also call in an order and have live, cooked or frozen crawfish

shipped directly to your door through dealers listed at the Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board ( You can even call in the caterers. Alexandra Troy of Culinary Architect Catering in Greenvale ( will bring the crawfish boil party to you, complete with mallets, tin buckets, newspaper tablecloths and bibs. If you aren’t into the whole shellfish cleaning and prepping and just want to dig into a tasty bowl of ready-to-eat mudbugs, check out the menus at some of these local spots:

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Manhasset To Mattituck With Wine Making

Manhasset start-up blends ‘old world’ wine with ‘new world’ flair BY PHIL CORSO

He proposed. She said yes. They made wine. That was how start-up wine producer Maiden and Liberty introduced itself to the greater Long Island community since Manhasset couple James and Alexandra Medwick set up shop in a modest office on Main Street in Port Washington in February. Medwick, 32, who studied for years to become a lawyer, chose to give up his corporate attorney lifestyle for a less stable, but more tasteful, kind of future: making wine. “I worked very long hours and did some very interesting work as an attorney,” he said. “But whenever I had downtime, I was passionate about wine.” Medwick graduated with a master’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University before attending law school at New York University. He quickly found employment in corporate law, working on mergers and acquisitions at the Paul, Weiss law firm. But it was a family trip to Italy when he was 18 years old that helped pique his interest while visiting some of the country’s finest wineries. “That was when I got my first taste for it,” he said. “Seeing those beautiful vineyards—I thought this was how I’d love to retire. In the back of my head, the seed was planted.” Throughout law school and his early professional life, Medwick said he would always play around with the idea of creating a small winery on Long Island. But it was joining forces with wife Alexandra that ultimately helped push him over the edge, thanks to her French roots. While Medwick was born and raised in Manhasset, attending the community’s schools and playing lacrosse for his local high school, his wife, Alexandra Medwick, instead drew her roots from the south of France. With multiple members of her family already working in agriculture and wine, Medwick said it was his wife’s proximity to the industry that made the dream of changing careers into a reality. “This is about pursuing a passion and not waiting until I’m retired,” he said. “It has taken, and will take, a lot more to get it to a point where I feel comfortable calling it a huge success, but we’ve done so much. It gives us, as a family-run business, an interesting position to be in.” Medwick said Maiden and Liberty was the fusion of the best parts of both his and his wife’s tastes, blending wines from New York and France and “marrying the strength and dynamism of the American experience with the finesse of French tradition,” the group said on its website. “We seek to delight all who drink wine with original and unexpected blends, to spread French wine culture in America, to relentlessly pursue beauty in all we do and to share an unrivaled passion for the finest things in life,” Medwick said, as part of his company’s mission

statement. “We believe that wine inspires socializing, friendship and stimulating conversation, and that responsible consumption of wine is part of a fulfilling lifestyle.” When it comes to the Manhasset community, Medwick said he is always impressed by the support he and his wife get from their neighbors. Since the business’ inception earlier this year, he said he has been flattered to receive rave reviews from some of the community’s most sophisticated palates when it comes to wine. “People are getting excited about our French-American blends,” he said. “It’s unique and different, and the response that people

give when they taste it is incredible.” The couple has been on the hunt for spots in some of Nassau County’s most frequented hometown storefronts, which Medwick said has been easy because of his long history growing up in the community. Medwick and Alexandra live in Manhasset with their 2-year-old son, Raphael. Looking ahead, Medwick said he has plans to expand the reach of his business and continue his rigorous search for shelf space to win over the hearts and mouths of North Shore natives. For more information, reach Maiden and Liberty online at or by phone at 516-204-7627.


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Beat The Heat With Cherry Almond Ricotta Ice Cream


hardly let a summer go by without posting an ice cream recipe! This recipe is simple, egg and refined sugar-free, has only a few ingredients, and is a bit more sophisticated than the flavors we grew up with. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against chocolate, strawberry and—my

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I grew up in a military family, which meant my childhood was spent in various cities and towns around the world, never more than three years in any one given place at a time. There were new schools, new friends and new cultures. The main constant in my life was change. Regardless of where we lived, come summertime there was another constant in my life—ice cream. Whether we lived in Okinawa, the Philippines or Fayetteville, North Carolina, we had homemade ice cream in the summer. My father had a hand crank ice cream machine that he would fill with whatever delicious concoction he whipped up and surround it with ice and rock salt. Of course, hand cranking the machine for what seemed like hours quickly lost its appeal and Dad would always end up doing most of the work while we escaped to more pressing matters. Miraculously, the instant the ice cream was done, my sisters and I would re-appear with nothing else in the world to do but eat ice cream. With the long tradition of ice cream making in my family, I could


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personal favorite—vanilla, but every once in a while, something with a little panache is OK too. Or in this case, more than OK! I started with whole milk ricotta cheese, half and half, and Bing cherries bursting with juicy goodness, sweetened it up with some organic honey and then, for some crunch, tossed in slivered almonds that were quickly toasted and sweetened with a tad more honey. The result kind of reminds me of a cannoli. If this ice cream gets too hard in the freezer, just let it sit out for about 10 minutes and it will soften up perfectly.

Cherry Almond Ricotta Ice Cream 8 servings 2½ cups whole milk ricotta cheese 1 cup half and half ¾cup plus 1 tablespoon organic honey ¼ teaspoon kosher or sea salt 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract ½ cup sliced almonds 2 cups cherries, pitted

smooth and all the ingredients are combined. (You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender jar a couple times.) Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process for 20-25 minutes or according to your manufacturer’s instructions. While the ice cream is churning, place the almonds in a small, dry skillet over medium-high heat and toast until golden brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining tablespoon of honey and stir to coat the almonds. Remove from the heat and pour the almonds onto a plate or piece of waxed or parchment paper to cool. Cut the cherries into quarters. When the almonds are cool, crumble them into little clumps. They may be a little sticky; this is okay. During the last minute or two of churning the ice cream, add the cherries and the almonds and continue to churn until they are incorporated throughout the ice cream. Transfer to a flat, shallow container (like a baking pan) and freeze until firm in the freezer, about 2 hours.

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Leave Your Baskets At Home For These On-the-Go Picnics BY LYN DOBRIN

I think I like planning a picnic as much as the actual picnic itself. Where will it be: beach, park, or backyard? Blanket, picnic benches or bring my own table and chairs? Will it be grand or humble—peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or lobster rolls? Will I make the food or get it from a local shop? I have just one rule—no cooking at the picnic site. Then it becomes a BBQ and requires a whole other level of activity. The picnic should be ready to eat when the basket is opened. Beyond that, anything goes. For a significant birthday, I arranged for a family visit to the Bronx Zoo: children, grandchildren, a sibling and some friends. Knowing how expensive eating there can be, I decided that a picnic was the way

to go, sending an email to the participants asking them to make their choices: 1. What kind of bagel— sesame, poppy, everything or plain? 2. What spread— butter, cream cheese, tofu cream cheese, lox spread or scallion spread? 3. What chocolate bar: milk or dark? Beverage was juice boxes and bottled water and each person got an apple. Everyone was told to bring a backpack and they received their brown bag lunch when we arrived at the zoo. Then off to a photographic scavenger

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hunt and reconvening later at the picnic tables. I asked Mary Zimmer, co-owner (with her husband Norm) of Culinary Heights in Garden City,

where I have gotten delicious sandwiches, salads and pastries for 31 years, to come up with a few picnic combo ideas. Three of her recommendations are grilled chicken breast, quinoa taboule and broccoli pea pod salad; southwestern shrimp salad, cucumber salad, corn bread and cherry and peach tarts; and gazpacho, grilled salmon salad, French potato salad and bread pudding. For vegetarians, she suggested their vegetable frittata that could be substituted for any of the meat entrees. www. culinaryheights. com

At Greenvale’s Grace’s Marketplace, one way to put together your picnic is to visit their catering menu online and see what strikes your fancy. There is a huge assortment of sandwiches and wraps that they will pack in your own cooler with an ice pack. I was intrigued with their tea sandwich offering with items such as smoked salmon with dill cream cheese, coconut curry chicken salad and lobster salad. Or put together your own basket from anything in the store. Want to go Italian? Iavarone Bros, located in New Hyde Park, Maspeth, Wantagh and Woodbury, has it all, including the picnic basket with plates, cutlery and two champagne glasses. “Smell the bread when you come in,” said Jonathan Iavarone, “and as you walk through the store the basket gets fuller and fuller”...with cured meats, cheeses, olives, and the like. Or get a hero, sold by the foot, such as “The Godfather,” with ham, turkey breast, roast beef, Swiss, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and olives. They make their own relishes at Fork & Anchor—apple raisin,

tomato onion and rhubarb cardamom—from locally grown fruit and vegetables (much from Deep Roots Farm), which make a great addition to their sandwiches. Fork & Anchor, located east of North Fork wine country in East Marion, offers picnic baskets for two that include two sandwiches, two bottles of Boylan soda, two bags of North Fork potato chips, one large or two small salads and locally baked dessert. If having hot food is a must, you can get a ready-to-eat BBQ meal from Townline BBQ, in Sagaponack. For four or more, Townline offers “Sandwich and Sliders Kit” with choices of a smoked meat—pulled pork, pulled chicken or brisket—with buns, coleslaw, pickles, baked beans and potato chips. The “Extravaganza” consists of pork ribs, short ribs, brisket, pulled pork and smoked chicken, plus collard greens, baked beans, corn bread and pickles. Have fun planning but make sure, when ordering a picnic, to check with these establishments to find out prices and advanced notice required for placing orders.




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Ari Nieminen, the new chef at the Garden City Hotel, has created a three-course prix fixe dinner for $35, which, it is hoped, will attract those who might think dining at the hotel requires taking out a second mortgage. Of the three appetizer choices, we decided upon lobster bisque and a salad of young greens. The bisque was light and loaded with satisfying chunks of lobster. The “bowl” for the salad was made of lengthwise strips of cucumber and presented with a Parmesan tulle on top. The third choice was Caesar salad. Our main course choices were roasted organic chicken and braised short ribs (they also offer pan-roasted salmon). A side with the chicken was risotto made with grains not

typically found on local menus: sorghum, a grain widely cultivated in Australia and Africa, and freekeh, wheat that originated in Arabia and North Africa. Nieminen likes to stay close to origins in his cooking and keeps health in mind, a result of his having grown up in Finland, 100 miles north of Helsinki, where, he said, “There are pristine lakes and forests and the food is very natural.” The family had a farm and he fished and raised animals. He went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America, becoming head chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan and also worked at Brooklyn’s River Café with David Burke. Our other entrée—hearty braised short ribs—was served with roasted heirloom carrots. Dessert choices are Tahitian vanilla crème brulee, with fresh


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berries and a shortbread cookie, and chocolate ganache cake with toasted marshmallow and caramel sauce. Another place to enjoy the food and hospitality of the Garden City Hotel is its Patio Bar, tucked into the hillside between Seventh Street and the hotel entrance. The bar is open at 4 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday and offers a bar menu that includes items such as fish tacos, lobster sliders and steak bites. A featured cocktail is Pineapple Infusion—Svedka


Clementine vodka and fresh pineapple infused for 24 hours. The pineapple, a symbol of hospitality since the explorations of Christopher Columbus and the early days of the American colonies, is the logo for Garden City Hotel. In 2015 the hotel underwent a $35 million renovation of its 273 guest rooms and suites so if you over-indulged on the Pineapple Infusion, there will probably be a lovely room waiting for you to spend the night.

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Hospital Chefs’ Indian-Inspired Menu Wins Annual Cooking Challenge BY BETTY OLT

In a pressure cooker competition, three hospital chefs with more than 50 years of combined culinary experience, impressed judges at Northwell Health’s Fifth Annual Ultimate Healthy Cooking Challenge to win the top prize for their original India-inspired, threecourse menu. Culinary masters from 15 hospitals around the New York metropolitan area competed in the contest held at Glen Cove Hospital, proving they can serve up scrumptious, restaurant-quality meals but without the added high fat, calories or sodium. The winning chef team: Janisa Freysinet, North Shore University Hospital; Patricia Sobel, Northern Westchester Hospital; and Russell Ficke, Syosset Hospital had never professionally cooked together. Their three delicious and eye-pleasing dishes took the top honor for this menu: “Gobi Dumplings,” “Cauliflower Steak Chana Masala” and “Pineapple, Peaches and Meringues.” Five culinary teams of three chefs from different hospitals faced off at Glen Cove’s Pratt Auditorium, which was transformed into a giant kitchen equipped with electric burners, a pantry and a plentiful farmers’ market for the cooking contest. Each team had 60 minutes to create tasty, attractive and nutritious meals for the three judges to score, and one for the presentation table. Hospital culinary teams were paired with registered dietitians and interns from North Health hospitals to ensure that the three-course meal must be equal or less than 700 calories, 15 grams of fat and 750 milligrams of sodium. Teams were given a “surprise protein,” such as halibut, shrimp, chicken and filet mignon, or had the option of selecting a vegetarian protein around which to build their original three-course meal. “The Ultimate Chef Challenge highlights how our chefs are able to inspire delicious and nutritious meals, not only for our patients

Winning chefs Patricia Sobel (center) of Northern Westchester does a last-minute check with her teammates about her entrée with Russel Ficke, Syosset Hospital; and Janisa Freysinet, North Shore University Hospital.

Asian potstickers but for ourselves,” said Robert E. Graham, MD, director of integrative health & wellness at Northwell Health and one of the competition’s judges. “We are investing in a culture of health and wellness in order to maintain a healthy work place and workforce, and it starts with food,” he said, adding “improving our hospital food is good medicine.” For the first time, Sven Gierlinger, vice president and chief experience officer at Northwell Health, served as a judge for the cooking challenge. With an extensive background in the hospitality industry and a state-certified chef in Bavaria,

Germany, Gierlinger said, “In this competition, the two most important components of cooking—joy and health—come together.” In the hospital, he said, “patients look forward to meals; it’s a safe time, a time to get more than nourishment but also to provide innovative recipes that will enhance the patient experience.” The event also welcomed back competition judge Todd Daigneanult, an executive chef at Overlook Medical Center in NJ. In addition to the winning chef team, judges recognized first place winners in each course and the vegetarian category: • First course: Frank Imbrosciano, Huntington Hospital; “Vegetarian Asian Potsticker” • Second course: Patrick Beirne, Southside Hospital; “Pan Seared Curried Tuna” • Third course: Russell Ficke, Syosset Hospital; “Pineapple, Peaches and Meringues” • Vegetarian: Patricia Sobel, Northern Westchester Hospital; “Cauliflower Steak Chana Masala” “Health system chefs and staff create over eight million meals annually for patients, staff and visitors, which is quite a feat,” said Michael Kiley, director of nutrition and food services at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, who organized the cook-off and served as the event’s emcee. In this competition, chefs can focus their creative talents on an original threecourse meal, demonstrating that they can prepare appealing food that tastes delicious and is healthy.” Visit about/news/video/ultimate-healthy-chef-challenge to see a video of the challenge.

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