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Slow Food honors North Fork’s Gerry Hayden

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)

Slow Food East End will present its first “Carlo Petrini” award to Gerry Hayden on Sunday, Feb. 23, at a tasting event. Hayden is a partner in and executive chef of the North Fork Table and Inn in Southold. (Petrini, a native of Piedmont, Italy, is the founder of the international Slow Food movement, which champions traditional foodways over industrialized production.)

According to Slow Food’s East End chapter, Hayden is being honored for “his ongoing commitment to nurturing our local, sustainable farm culture and for his exceptional embodiment of the Slow Food principles of universal access to good, clean and fair food.”

Hayden was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in January 2011; proceeds from the event will help provide for his quality-of-life care.

The celebration will be held at the Kontokosta Winery, whose soaring tasting room overlooks Long Island Sound. Kontokosta wines will be poured, along with Greenport Brewery beer. Food will be provided by a who’s who of East End luminaries, including:

Colin Ambrose (Estia’s Little Kitchen, Sag Harbor), Robby Beaver (Frisky Oyster, Greenport), Peter Berley (author Modern Vegetarian Kitchen, South Jamesport), James Carpenter (Citta Nuova, East Hampton), Bryan Futerman (of the now-closed Foody’s, Water Mill), Todd Jacobs (Fresh Hamptons, Bridgehampton), Taylor Knapp (First & South, Greenport), Ty Kotz (Topping Rose, Bridgehampton), Aldo Maiorana (Aldo’s Café, Greenport), Gretchen Menser (Fresno, East Hampton), Kevin Penner (Hayden’s collaborator at North Fork Table, Southold), John Ross (author The Food and Wine of the North Fork, Southold), Rosa Ross (Scrimshaw, Greenport), Noah Schwartz (Noah’s, Greenport),  Jason Weiner (Almond, Bridgehampton).

The benefit starts at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 ($75 for Slow Food members). For more information or to buy tickets, click here. Kontokosta Winery is at 825 North Rd., Greenport.

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