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PHOTOS: Greenport 'Shellabrates' Wine and Fresh Seafood

First-annual shellfish festival takes off to a busy start Saturday afternoon.

Greenport ‘Shellabration’ Seafood Fest got off to a great start Saturday afternoon, with about 300 people buying $10 wristbands at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company then wandering to a dozen different restaurants in the village for small plates of seafood and other specialty dishes paired with local wines.

Rosa Ross, owner of Scrimshaw restaurant, said that she was "pleasantly surprised" by the turnout. As they sampled Scrimshaw's clam chowder and a Chardonnay from Shinn Vineyards, Nesconset residents Jamie and Bessie Hatis, who own a summer home in Southold, said that they were very impressed by the laidback afternoon.

"We're sure it will take off next year," Bessie said.

"Shellabration" continued Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Participating restaurants and wineries include: Biere, Bruce’s Café, Cuvee Wine Bar, First & South, the Frisky Oyster, Front Street Station, Noah’s, North Fork Oyster Company, Scrimshaw, Castello di Borghese, Lieb Cellars, Macari Vineyards, One Woman Winery, Osprey’s Dominion, Raphael, Shinn Estate, and Sparkling Pointe. Proceeds from the event will go to the Greenport American Legion Skating Rink and the Southold Project in Aquaculture Training (SPAT).

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Sean Magnuson December 08, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Overall, we very much enjoyed Shellabration 2012. Shellabration is a wonderful idea, providing great support of local business during the off-season. We were particularly impressed by the food, service and atmosphere at North Fork Oyster Company, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, First & South, Noah’s, and Front Street Station; however, we have a few poignant suggestions to offer: Several of the restaurants were unprepared for the amount of traffic (under-staffed). We waited at least 30 minutes at each stop for simple pre-fixe offerings, making the rounds much longer than they needed to be, ultimately limiting our time to visit additional restaurants. We were particularly disappointed by two restaurants: Scrimshaw and Biere, both of which limited Shellabration participants to specific seating. Despite having multiple open tables, we were denied access and treated rudely. For a pre-arranged event like Shellabration, this is completely unacceptable. At Biere, no fewer than 15 people left, in utter disgust, when the proprietor refused to seat people in the booths directly opposite the bar area.
joann deangleo December 09, 2012 at 02:18 PM
This was a wonderful event. I poured at La Cu'vee for Raphael Vineyards and meet so many nice people who were enjoying the whole experience. Biere proprietor was charming had the whole restaurant singing at one point along with amazing food. Looking forward to next year.
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Cuvée Seafood & Grille said on Facebook: "Bravo John! What a turn out!"
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Tricia Hammes said on Facebook: "Such great food and wine!"
Rosa Ross December 09, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Can't understand this comment - Scrimshaw opened its dining room to seating as well and there was plenty of room - no one at Scrimshaw spoke to these clients. Sorry about the misinformation, but as our my happy guests seated in the dining room right to the end of service will attest, they got as much attention and service as those in the bar.
Dianne December 09, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Must say quite the opposite! Scrimshaw and Biere were more than hospitable! Enjoyed excellent samplings at both restaurants. Both chef/owners were pleasant and welcoming to speak with. Scrimshaw has always been one of our favorites but Shellabration introduced us to Biere and we look forward to going back often. We had a fabulous day!
Sean Magnuson December 09, 2012 at 09:44 PM
We had a wonderful time, and don't want to underscore the overwhelming success of the event with a less than positive experience at one venue. We visited 7 restaurants in all, very much enjoyed each one of them. Absolutely great idea and we look forward to Shellabration 2013!
Jackie Rogers December 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM
What a wonderful way to spend a drizzly autumn day. Everyone's wine and food was great. Cuvee did a great job highlighting their food and Raphael's wine. They should be the model for next year--several food selections plus a separate table to taste three different wines. Jackie R
Caroline Waloski December 10, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Managed to close shop for a few hours to get to samples some of the great pairings of seafood and wine. Had a great and yummy time at Cuvee, North Fork Oyster, Noah's, Frisky Oyster, Biere. Managed to interview some participants to get their view on event. All were very happy and looking forward to coming back to spend some time in Greenport. Our PR seems to have paid off.
Richard December 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I must agree with Dianne we had a wonderful time at Biere and the owner was warm and friendly ...we were seated across from the bar and had a great time I did not want to leave...if have nothing nice to say keep it to yourself
Linda Auriemma December 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Yes, Cuvee's set-up worked well. Fun weekend event! My only disappointment was that I did not get to sample everything - lol! Greenport's restaurants were filled with crowds of happy people all sporting Shellabration wristbands! Had never been to Biere, but will definitely be back to see Frank for dinner soon though! Love the food photos, Patch!
Joanna Lane December 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM
We really enjoyed the Shellabration on Sunday afternoon, it was wonderful. John Kramer and team did a magnificent job organizing. The brewery provided an excellent hub to start, where it only took a couple of minutes to get our wrist bands, despite the line, then upstairs to enjoy the festive atmosphere, complimentary beer and our very first taste of Peconic bay scallops in the shell as well as some great raw clams. Wow, they were were good! Thanks to Gregg and the team who did an awesome job. Bumping into friends there made it tempting not to move for the rest of the afternoon, but this was only the start! With so many great places to choose from, it was hard to pick. The standout for us was The Blue Canoe, which gave us the opportunity to try a new restaurant, and proved to be an excellent choice. Their Widow's Hole Oyster Chowder was divine, and not being on the regular menu, also a special treat. We found everything well organized and thought out, from ticketing, distinctive posters and special menus. Designated seating areas seemed to make sense given the faster turnaround needed for Shellabrationers, although we certainly didn't feel rushed. There was a wonderful vibe on the streets throughout the Village as people moved between the venues, and even businesses not participating seemed to be busier than usual. So all in all, GREAT job! Thanks very much for all the hard work. We're already looking forward to next year.

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