Stony Brook University’s Center for Wine, Food, and Culture will break in its newly acquired space at Southampton College with an event discussing the future of food and wine on the East End on September 16 and 17. Called “Sustaining the Good Life,” the two-day conference will feature excursions aboard the university’s Marine Sciences Research Center’s vessels on Saturday morning, and tastings from 16 leading East End wineries and restaurants on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, participants will tour selected artisanal food producers, farms and wineries on both Forks.
“The conference will highlight the university’s planned curriculum focusing on sustainability, that is, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” said Louisa Hargrave, director of the Center for Wine, Food, and Culture. Following a keynote address on “Greed and Heritage” from environmentalist and author Peter Matthiessen, local farmers, fishers, chefs, designers, educators and preservationists will discuss how issues of sustainability affect the area’s food heritage and future. Hargrave added: “We hope that this annual event will serve as a food and wine festival for the East End.” Tickets are $100 per person, with a lower price available for individual segments.