Folks seeking a chance to wine and dine for a good cause gathered on Wednesday May 22nd for Riverhead Rotary’s 13th Annual Rotary Uncorked. Hosted at Martha Clara Vineyards (now RGNY), the event featured dishes and drinks from dozens of Long Island businesses. Guests were able to sample the local faire and mingle freely indoors and outdoors while a live DJ played music to add to the festivities.
Riverhead Rotary provided commemorative wine and beer glasses so guests could sample offerings from each vineyard and brewery present. Notable East End favorites included Martha Clara (RGNY), Castello Di Borghese, and Sparkling Pointe. Hard Cider was also available courtesy of Woodside Orchards in three sweet and smooth flavors for a little taste of fall in the summer atmosphere.
Food options abounded with a perfect mix of appetizers and main courses. Mattituck’s Lombardi’s Kitchen prepared crostini with mixed greens topped with either a sweet spread of strawberry rhubarb jam and ricotta or a tart combination of fresh asparagus and ricotta with lemon curd. Sang Lee Farms in Peconic served up samples of their organic vegetables with tangy ginger scallion dip and rich turmeric hummus. And Lucharito’s added a southwestern flair to the night with their Mexican sweet corn—seasoned warm kernels served with chips.
Main dishes included savory pulled pork sliders from Broadway Market in Rocky Point and several seasoned meat selections from Maple Tree BBQ and Smokehouse in Riverhead. For guests seeking seafood, Riverhead’s Jerry & The Mermaid offered fresh scallops while Southampton’s West Robins Oyster Company shucked oysters on site. Love Lane Kitchen served up a creamy risotto with fresh peas, and Riverhead’s Cuccina’s 25 Pizzeria and Restaurant filled the air with the savory smell of multiple hot Italian dishes.
For dessert, Riverhead Rotary brought in pies from Briermere Farms, Olish Farms, and Hallock Cider Mill as well as a gorgeous commemorative cake from Blue Duck Bakery. Other delicious dessert options included chocolates from North Fork Chocolate Company in Aquebogue as well as biscuits with jam from Main Road Biscuit Company in Jamesport. Suffolk County Community College’s culinary program also had a strong presence with a variety of desserts from rainbow cookies to key lime pie.
A portion of the proceeds for Rotary Uncorked benefited various charities supported by the Riverhead Rotary. This year the primary recipients were The North Fork Animal Welfare League and Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Both organizations had booths on site to discuss their work. Guests wishing to donate additional funds had the chance to purchase raffle tickets to win dozens of fabulous prizes including gift baskets, spa treatments, hotel stays, and more. Prizes were generously donated by local businesses and residents.
The evening ended under the stars as guests finished their final samples, said their goodbyes, and left the vineyard behind for home. This year’s Riverhead Rotary’s Annual Rotary Uncorked was another rousing success that has set the tone for a wonderful (and delicious) summer season ahead.