Edgartown celebrates harvest time

Posted October 11, 2007

This weekend, the first harvest festival in Edgartown will be held, sponsored by the Edgartown Board of Trade. The events will highlight local chefs, Edgartown restaurants and Inns, as well as food and visitors from off-Island. For more information and tickets visit www.mvharvest.org and check the Directory of Information on page 6 for additional information, including prices.

Friday, Oct. 12

Aperitif

From 5 to 6 pm at the Hob Knob Inn. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres created by Chef Perry Ambulos of Truly Scrumptious.

Pearls from the Oyster

6:30-8 pm. A benefit for the Martha's Vineyard Museum. Chris Schlesinger, chef/owner of East Coast Grill in Cambridge and author of "The Thrill of the Grill" and "License to Grill" will serve oysters in several creative ways, paired with wines from Our Market. Nina Wemyss, wine historian, will give a lecture.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Adventure with an affineur, cheese seminar

10:30-11:30 am. In this seminar at the Harbor View Hotel, Ihsan Gurdal, co-owner and manager of Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge and the Boston's South End and Formaggio Essex Market in New York, will share his love and knowledge of hand crafted cheeses, many of which he is responsible for bringing to the United States for the first time.

Oyster Grower Boat Rides

11 am to 12:30 pm. Free rides from the North Wharf.

Great Green Wines: Absolutely worth the trouble

11 am to 12:30 pm. A panel discussion at Alchemy Restaurant about the greening of wines and what it means for the participating wineries. The talk proceeds with a tasting of some exceptional wines produced by these wineries.

The Merits of Merlot: So much for Sideways

11 am to 12:30 pm. Intended to debunk the film Sideways' s criticism of merlot, this panel discussion and tasting at the Lure at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort will reveal to your palate all the wonderful attributes of merlot.

The Terroir of Live Oil

12:30 to 1:30 pm. Emmanuel Daskalakis, of Aralia Olive Oils, will lead a seminar on this essential ingredient.

Sumptuous Stroll

1 to 5 pm. Sip wine, slurp back an oyster and sample the creations of many great chefs, wielding their spatulas and spoons on the demonstration stage at the Martha's Vineyard Museum.

There'll be no wining

5:30 to 6:30 pm. Set aside your wine glass and learn about the history of the cocktail from Garrett Harker and Jackson Cannon of Eastern Standard.

Return to the salon

7 pm. Jody Adams, award-winning chef and co-owner of Rialto in Boston, will delight your senses with her soulful cooking in the intimate setting of a private home. Joined by Nina Wemyss, distinguished wine historian, you will also enjoy the pairing of wines from Swanson Vineyards.

Food, wine, word

7 pm. At this father and son event that takes place in a private home with a spectacular view, novelist Ward Just will introduce his son, Ian Just, chef/owner of Les Zygomates and Sorriso in Boston, who has been named "One of the best reasons to visit New Enlgand." His food will be accompanied by wines of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, and Howard Imber will lead you through the wines and their pairings.