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Locavore benefit for ALS and North Fork chef

Gerry Hayden is head chef and co-owner of

Gerry Hayden is head chef and co-owner of the North Fork Table & Inn in Southhold. (Credit: Jordanstudio.com)

Long Island chefs and farmers are gathering next month to raise money for ALS research and to support Gerry Hayden, co-owner of Southold’s North Fork Table and Inn. Hayden was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in January 2011, and in the years since, his organization, Hayden’s Heroes, has been working to raise both funds and awareness.

The benefit, dubbed “A Love Shared,” will be a family-style dinner preceded by a tasting of North Fork wines and an assortment of appetizers made from seasonal produce and local seafood and meat. The chefs, farmers and purveyors involved are truly a Who’s Who of the Long Island locavore scene:

Chefs include Lia Fallon of The Riverhead Project in Riverhead, Keith Luce of The Square in Greenport, Michael Meehan of H2O in Smithtown, Guy Reuge of Mirabelle in Stony Brook, Christian Mir of Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue, Joseph Realmuto of Nick & Tony’s in East Hampton and Tom Schaudel of A Lure in Southold and Jewel in Melville. The kitchen at North Fork Table and Inn (and that includes Hayden's wife, noted pastry chef  Claudia Fleming) will also be contributing.

Provisions will be provided by Browder’s Birds, Catapano Dairy, Deep Roots Farm, 8 Hands Farm, Invincible Summer Farms, Mar-Gene Farms, McCall Ranch, Oysterpond Farms, Race Rock Oysters and A Taste of the North Fork.

The proceedings get under way on Sunday Oct. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at 8 Hands Farm, 4735 Cox Lane, Cutchogue. Tickets are $250 each, and there are only 200 tickets available. Click here for more information or to purchase ticket online.

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