‘Sessions in the Speakeasy:’ A Three-Part Celebration of Long Island Wine, Beer & Spirits at Jedediah Hawkins


Josh Wesson

The Jedediah Hawkins Inn will be hosting “Sessions in the Speakeasy,” a series of winter workshops led by some of the best, most approachable experts in their fields. In a nod to the wealth of high-quality wine, beer and spirits made on Long Island’s East End, these sessions will feature locally made products, served with a locally sourced signature tasting menu prepared by the inn’s executive chef Richard Kanowsky.

This three-session exploration features different—and delicious—aspects of Long Island-made wine, spirits and craft beer:

Friday, December 13, 2013
Daring Pairings: Scary-good wine and food match-ups for the super-SIP-cious with Joshua Wesson, award-winning sommelier, author and founder of Best Cellars.

While we all know that white wine goes with fish, and red wine with meat, such traditional food-and-wine pairing rules often rise to the level of superstitions (e.g., break them and bad things will happen). But on this Friday the 13th, Josh will lead a brave band of fearless foodies in a gustatory journey through five plated pairings that dare to be different. A frightfully tasty time will be had by all! Guests will receive a signed copy of Josh’s book, Williams-Sonoma Wine & Food—A New Look at Flavor. (One per couple, please.)

Friday, January 10, 2014
Cocktails of the Gold Coast with Allen Katz, cocktail historian and co-founder of New York Distilling Company.

From New York City to Long Island’s East End, there is a deep—and expanding—spirit world all around us. Let spirits expert Allen Katz be your guide to the rich history and delicious proliferation of local distilled spirits from Prohibition to today. Savor tastes from the inn’s kitchen, sample handmade gins, vodkas, whiskies and more, and learn to make delightful cocktails with them in an evening of Gatsby-esque degustation. Guests will receive one bottle of one of the New York Distilling Company’s gins to take home. (One per couple, please.)

Friday, February 28, 2014
Craft Beer: A Love Story with Tom Acitelli, beer historian.
Long Island illustrates the real-life unfolding of the craft beer revolution, as described in Tom Acitelli’s new book, The Audacity of Hops. Join Tom for a tasting of local brews, and learn the distinct styles of craft beers and the passions and palates behind them. A sampling of hearty pub-type fare will round out an evening of gastro-goodness. Guests will receive a signed copy of Tom’s book, The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution. (One per couple, please.)

All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $95 per person, plus tax and tip.