Last Call for Dinner and a Show Tonight


If you’ve never been to the James Beard House in the city, now’s a great time to check it out as Damien O’Donnell, local chef and co-owner of Harbor Bistro  in East Hampton will be cooking dinner there TONIGHT at 7 p.m.

There are still a very few tickets left for prestigious dinner, which chef O’Donnell has been invited to cook at the James Beard House. One of the highest honors for a chef, the multi-course meal at JB will be complemented by wine pairings and an  “East Meets East End” theme, highlighting local resources infused with his signature Asian-style, paired with Wölffer Estate wines.


Photo of Damien O’Donnell shot by Diana Lee.

The evening begins with a cocktail receptions and passed hors d’oeuvres paired with Wölffer Estate Noblesse Oblige Extra Brut Rosé 2013. Hors d’oeuvres include: Yellowfin Tuna Poke with sweet onions, macadamia nuts, ginger soy sauce and spicy mayonnaise; Winter Fluke Ceviche, with coriander, tomatillo relish and avocado crema on plantain chips; Tandoori-Spiced Fried Oysters Red lentil hummus and spicy raita; Bonac Clams
Jalapeno ponzu and cedar plank-roasted tomato salsa; Mongolian Beef Short Rib Lettuce Wraps and Crispy Kataifi. The five-courses dinner will feature: Baby kale-carrot salad, with toasted almonds and red curry sauce and Wölffer Estate The Grapes of Roth Dry Riesling 2015; Sea Scallops with risotto croquette, sherry-pickled shiitakes, marinated beets, celeriac velouté and tarragon and Wölffer Estate Perle Chardonnay 2014; Roasted Crescent Farms Duck Breast with roasted squash hash, five-spice walnuts, bok choy and blood orange-star anise gastrique; Maine Lobster Tail Tempura and Wölffer Estate Caya Cabernet Franc 2013; and Kobe Beef Tataki with shaved Brussels sprouts, red endive, pancetta, watercress, apple and yuzu-soy butter Wölffer Estate Fatalis Fatum 2013. Dessert  includes: Pistachio Financier, Lemongrass bavarois and passion fruit sorbet and Wölffer Estate Decencia Botrytis Late Harvest Riesling-Chardonnay 2015.


Tickets to the dinner cost $175 per person, $135 for members, and can be made by calling the James Beard House directly at 212-627-2308 or online at

Feel like staying a bit closer to home but still want the night to have some drama? Then head over to the Springs Presbyterian Church and check out the Springs Community Theater Company’s production of “Steel Magnolias,” starring Susan Conklin, Claire Hopkins, Shelley Bennett, Virginia Haller, Jayne Freedman and Vay David.

If it’s a  great night and a good cry (and a lotta laughs too!) you’re interested in, you better make sure that there’s a ticket waiting for you. I went last night and the place was absolutely PACKED, with good reason. It’s been that way for all the performances so far, and tonight’s 7 p.m. show is the very last performance so get on the horn (call Barbara Mattson at (516) 658-5735) or reserve online right now before it’s too late.




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