Prime in Huntington is an iconic location with its breathtaking views of the Huntington Harbor and its exquisite décor. A restaurant that exudes excellence and ambiance for every season.
Every year in late winter, Prime hosts Bedell Cellars from Southold, New York for a wine pairing dinner. This year, it occurred on Thursday March 16th, 2017, and was a 3-course menu featuring a hand-selected wine every course to match perfectly. Paulo Villela is the long-time Wine and Beverage Director for the Bohlsen Restaurant Group who hosts winemakers and vineyards from all over the world on both their North and South Shore locations.
We had a chance to speak to the winemaker, Rich Olsen-Harbich about his experience working with Paulo and the Bohlsen Restaurant Group.
“I’ve been working with Prime’s Beverage Director, Paulo Villela, for almost 15 years, doing wine dinners and events – and no one puts together a better dinner."
"Prime, to me, is one of Long Island’s finest restaurants and most definitely, one of the best locations on the Island. The food, staff and service are without peer in the region. So when Paulo calls asks me to come, I’m there."
"Bedell Cellars also participates in winemaker dinners with Paulo at H20 and Tellers – all which have been met with a great success. Our wine club members love to experience our wines in different settings and Paulo always puts together a terrific menu which pairs perfectly with our selections. Like the rest of the East End, Bedell produces food-friendly wines that are lower in alcohol than any other region in the US making them fresh and crisp."
"Winemaker dinners are also a great way to meet new people, answer questions and let people know what goes into producing quality wine on Long Island.”
This year's menu featured the following dishes and wines:
First Course: Tempura Yellowfin Tuna paired with Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Second Course: Dry Aged New York Strip with Brazilian Lobster Tail paired with Cabernet Franc 2014
Third Course: Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse paired with Taste Red Blend 2015
The Bohlsen Restaurant Group features a unique wine dinner both at Prime, Huntington and Prime in Stamford, Connecticut every Wednesday evening for $45. Opt in for the wine pairings for an additional $15.
Writing and Photos by Rosanna Ruta