Fight Food Waste at Nothing Wasted, a Charity Event with Bagel Beers & Local Eats

Join Edible’s own Alicia Valeo and Kevin Breslawski—and many of the island’s best brewers and chefs—at the Melville Marriot on November 30.

Long Island is filled with restaurants for adventurous eaters, from vegetarian Indian to dumpling houses to Spanish tapas. While residents and visitors alike certainly take advantage of the diverse culinary scene, it seems everyone always comes back to one basic: the New York bagel. People who live here love them, those who have moved away miss them and tourists can’t leave without at least trying one. We know we can’t be the only ones who have overnighted a box full of bagels to friends in Boston, right?

While researching alternative beer brewing styles (read all about it here), we realized that many of these revered bagels wound up going to waste. From there, Nothing Wasted was born. As its name suggests, Nothing Wasted is an evening dedicated to raising awareness about both food waste and insecurity in our community. Leftover bagels from the Long Island Bagel Café were used by seven Long Island breweries to brew one-off beers, which are currently conditioning and waiting for their debut on Thursday, November 30.

Each brewery has donated their time, additional ingredients and fermenter space, which can be extremely valuable, to the cause. But since man can’t live on beer alone—though some may argue otherwise—seven local restaurants have generously joined on to provide food pairings.

Sapsuckers in Huntington consistently has one of the best curated beer menus on the island, but their gastropub style menu is what usually draws us in. From burgers and wings to lamb meatloaf, their homey comfort food should be the perfect complement to a bagel beer. New to the gastropub scene is The Brixton in Babylon. They typically have a few local beers on tap to pair with their seasonal small plates menu. If you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, Nothing Wasted is the perfect opportunity. Also a great spot for small plates and beer is Tullulah’s in Bay Shore. Rich, shareable options like baked brie and shrimp and grits are typically accompanied by craft beer or cocktails, but on November 30th it will be exclusively bagel beer.

The Trattoria in Saint James doesn’t serve alcohol, though you can bring your own, so having their food served alongside beer will be something new for most. The cozy, rustic Italian spot serves everything from fresh made pasta to brassato over polenta. If the pairing goes over well, perhaps patrons will be showing up for their dinner reservations with growlers of bagel beer. Right down the road is Kitchen A Bistro, a French Mediterranean restaurant with an ever-changing menu. Chef and owner Eric Lomando let us know they will be serving slow roasted pork shoulder which we are really looking forward to pairing with the hoppy rye IPA from Sand City.

Lastly, who doesn’t love a good beer and cheese pairing? Basically no one, which is the premise Brew Cheese is based on. The two locations, in Northport and Stony Brook, offer an extensive beer menu paired with a wide variety of cheeses and cheese based dishes. At Nothing Wasted they’ll be melting raclette all evening. To be safe, you should probably try it with each of the bagel beers.

Nothing Wasted will be held on Thursday, November 30th at the Melville Marriot from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 (plus Eventbrite fees) and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Island Harvest and Rescuing Leftover cuisine. Island Harvest is the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island and over 95% of their monetary contributions go to fund their programs. They focus on helping with everything from disaster relief—they were extremely active after Hurricane Sandy—to making sure low-income seniors don’t go without nutritious food. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine deals with food waste and overproduction. They reclaim food that would normally be thrown out and instead provide it to those in need. Additionally, they work with producers to reduce overproduction and eliminate the problem at the source. Each ticket includes unlimited beer and food and all attendees must be 21+ with valid ID. If available, tickets will be sold at the door.

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Husband and wife team Alicia Valeo and Kevin Breslawski write the blog Beer Loves Company.