The East End has really opened its hearts to Gerry Hayden, the chef and one of the owners of North Fork Table and Inn. Hayden was diagnosed with ALS in 2010 and still goes into work every day. In the meantime, customers, friends and fellow chefs have pulled together to raise money for ALS research and for his quality of life, including treatment and equipment.
Slow Food East End is doing the latest, with the upcoming fund-raiser on Feb. 23 at the Kontokosta Winery in Greenport. Since originally announced the event has evolved. Hayden will become the first recipient of the Slow Food East End Carlo Petrini Award, named after the founder of the Slow Food movement. Hayden was chose for “his exceptional embodiment of the Slow Food principles of universal access to good, clean and fair food.”
Now, SFEE has announced that VIP tickets are available for the fund-raiser. For a $5,000 donation, the Club Mezzanine at Kontokosta Winery is being made available for a group of up to 25 guests. The private mezzanine will provide you and your guests with a bird’s eye view of the festivities, a tasting experience complete with an open wine bar featuring Kontokosta wines and Greenport Harbor Brewing Company beer, plus an intimate opportunity to meet the renown chefs who are cooking up the evening’s menu for their incomparable friend and colleague.
To reserve Club Mezzanine, please call Peconic Productions at 631.862.5414. General admission tickets are $100 and includes food tasting and two glasses of wine (additional glasses of wine are $5 each with all monies going to Gerry’s fund). Buy tickets here.