Today, the forecasted high temperature for Greenport, NY is 88 degrees. In Mumbai, India, the temperature is expected to hit 86 degrees. Could there be a better time to explore the tastes and flavors of India than during our summer dog days? I don’t think so.
On Thursday July 23, one of Mumbai’s most esteemed and celebrated chefs, Rahul Akerkar, will be preparing an Indian fusion pop-up dinner at Cuvée Seafood and Grille, at the Greenporter Hotel in Greenport. A native of Mumbai, Akerkar got his start in the restaurant biz while a pre-med student at Columbia University. The founder of the Indigo group of restaurants, Akerkar has established a reputation throughout Asia for his reinterpretations of international cuisine, blending the best of western and Indian flavors. At Thursday evening’s event, Akerkar will be commingling the exotic flavors of his native India with locally caught, grown and harvested ingredients.
The menu for the evening includes chilled tomato soup with fenugreek, crispy summer zucchini and fresh goat cheese ricotta; a Peconic Bay line-caught catch-of-the-day with quinoa upma and a kairi curry-inspired sauce; heirloom beets with coconut-braised red amaranth and barley risotto (vegetarian option); tea-grilled magret of duck, jaggery and garam masala, wild rice duck confit, maitake mushroom biryani, peppered cherry Syrah reduction; roasted shiitake and oyster mushrooms, wild rice maitake biryani, tamarind and Syrah reduction (vegetarian option); and, for dessert, shrikhand, golden carrot halwa, mille-feuille and Patty’s summer berries. Oh. wow.
Working with local farms, Cuvée Seafood and Grille sourced the ingredients from Crescent Duck Farms, East End Mushroom Company, Sep’s Farm, Catapano Dairy Farm, Latham Farms, Country View Farm Stand and Southold Fish Market. The wine pairings for the evening are from Castello di Borghese and Laurel Lake vineyards and Bedell Cellars.
There are two seatings for this four-course dinner with wine and drink pairings (tax and gratuity included); one at 5:30 p.m. ($95) and the other at 7:30 p.m. ($125). Tickets can be purchased from the Greenporter’s website. Seating is limited.