In East Meadow, The Carltun Gears Up for its First-Ever Food and Wine Festival

The Carltun Food and Wine Festival will be held in East Meadow on Friday, January 19.

2018 starts off with a bang at the first annual Carltun Food and Wine Festival, at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Friday, January 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

The masterminds behind this food and wine extravaganza are the Carltun’s sommelier Fadi Yako, and chef Rodrigo Bernal who has been the executive chef at the Carltun’s main restaurant, The Palm Court, for over twenty years.  

“My background is in communications and planning,” said Fadi Yako, “so I always wanted to organize a wine tst. This event is a way to showcase what the Carltun has to offer.”  

The Carltun is a hidden gem tucked away within the grounds of Eisenhower Park, and has been acclaimed by Zagat’s Restaurant Guide as the most beautiful and romantic restaurant on Long Island. It has also appeared in Wine Spectator magazine who claims the wine list at the Carltun is one of the “most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.” Now the public will get a chance to try 200 wines, and hundreds of food items meticulously created by Chef Bernal.  

Chef Bernal specializes in continental cuisine, and will be serving an array of dishes inspired from Italy, Greece, France, Spain and Asia, as well as a New York seafood station. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed at the step and repeat banner which is the Carltun’s own “red carpet” experience. Each guest will be photographed with the Carltun banner, Hollywood-style, by Fine Art Photography and Video in Westbury. Photos will be available online after the event. There will be a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres in the drawing room, followed by a buffet of fifteen stations. The Grand Ballroom will house the music and wine, and sit-down, open seating. Representatives from wine distributors as well as some wine makers, will be on hand to discuss the various wines being offered from around the world.  

Wine Spectator magazine has called the wine list at the Carltun one of the “most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.”

“We have a good mix of wine,” said Fadi. “We will have wines from Italy, France, California, as well as wines from three Long Island wineries – Paumanok, Lenz and Sparkling Pointe.” 

Along with the food and wine, there will be live music from The Smooth Sounds of Johnny Avino who will be performing with a four-piece band. Avino specializes in Frank Sinatra tunes and the American songbook. There will be raffles as well as a blind auction, where people can bid on wine related art, wine accessories, sets of wine glasses and more. Guests can bring home a souvenir photo from the even, by taking their own wine-theme related photo in the Hart to Hart photo booth.  

“We are so excited about this event; you have no idea,” said Fadi. “We already have 356 tickets sold. We will probably have to max out at 500. This will definitely become an annual event for us.” 

Tickets to The Carltun Food and Wine Festival are $100 per person. There is a special designated driver price of $55 which includes food only, no alcohol, and a minor price of $45 for those under eighteen-years-old. Tickets are available for purchase online at Tickets will be available at the door, but may be limited depending on the amount attending the event.