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Vineyard 48 Adds Beer, Catering to Wine List This Fall

Butta’ Cakes owner plans to cater at the Cutchogue winery every weekend.

Though litigation with the Town of Southold is ongoing, the managers of Vineyard 48 in Cutchogue are offering everything from dance parties and catering to beer and sangria at their Route 48 tasting facility — and they will continue to do so throughout the fall.

In late May, the town issued a temporary restraining order against Vineyard 48, the managers of which organized and promoted outdoor dance parties that often exceed the building’s permitted capacity and generated complaints about noise and lewd behavior from neighbors. So the manager moved the DJ indoors and continued the dance parties throughout the summer, and complaints have been a lot less frequent, Southold Town Councilman Al Krupski told North Fork Patch this past July.

Manager Matt McBride told Patch this week that the vineyard has been working to “make sure everyone is happy.”

“It seems to be working out with the town,” he said. "We actually no longer promote the dance party, just that we have music. And we monitor the occupancy all the time as also."

As fall sets in the, Vineyard 48 is offering a free pumpkin with every take-home wine bottle purchased, pints of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company beer, and free barbecue every Sunday catered by Marc LaMaina of Butta’ Cakes restaurant in Greenport.

After what he described as the best summer in his four years in business on Main Street in Greenport, LaMaina said he’s making a push toward catering this fall and winter — at Vineyard 48 and wherever else his food is needed.

“We’re offering everything from an oyster bar to barbecue to a Mexican menu,” he said. “Our clients tell us their ideas and theme and we design a specialized menu that hits on all their needs and wants. We can get everything from the tent to the ice.”

LaMaina added that with the catering strategy, he’s “just trying to go to the people, since a lot of people don't come all the way out to Greenport this time of year. They hit the farms then head back home.”

“You have to follow the people,” he added.

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said he could not comment on Vineyard 48’s fall plans due to the ongoing litigation.

What do you think? Tell us in the comment boxes below.

Patched In: Read this Newsday report on the fall vibe at Vineyard 48.

James Silver October 03, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I don't think anyone gets drunk on food Henry, quite the opposite. The service of food is a good practice from a safety standpoint, as well as a wine-pairing aid, and adds to the experience overall. NYS laws (both A & M, and ABC) actually recommend the service of food, providing for it specifically in the law, and offer specific guidelines for its service. The addition of beer service was added to the law this year at the Governor's request, so as to further promote the agriculture of this state - providing for tastings and sales of New York grown, New York brewed, and New York consumed beer in establishments who are equipped to handle the sales of alcoholic beverages already - wineries. Breweries can now sell NY grown and produced wines, by the way... And the limos do the same thing to "your" roads that your car does. They ride on it. And keeps the "drunks" from getting behind the wheel - the safety of which I feel outweighs the imagined damage to said road. Plus they pay higher registration fees and taxes to compensate for the impact on what is really the state's roads.
joe insider October 03, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Actually, I do not like what takes place there. Yes I realize they are in litigation. The problem here is that you do not seem to understand that the code needs to be enforced in all cases. You can't maturely argue that the town is heavy handed because you happen to like the food at The Blue but expect the town to come down hard on this place because the ladies use too much hair spray and make up. By the way, the town got a restraining order against the place but it is still in court and there is such a thing called"due process". As bad as the place is run, it is still entitled to it's day in court. The point is the code is the code is the code whether it is The Blue or Vineyard 48 and all should be required to follow it.
luke vuolo October 05, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Let's have "due process" take its course, and work from there to apply necessary re-straints fairly, if deemed necessary An idea that is different doesn't always mean "chaos", and could lead to open the gates to various other interesting concepts along tje North Fork---America was built on open-mindedness, vision, and compromise---Luke Vuolo
Matthew Mcbride October 05, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I love the North Fork Patch!!!
Joan Silver October 05, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Thank goodness for people like Luke Vuolo. America was built on vision, open-mindedness and compromise. The beauty of the North Fork are the" interesting concepts". Things are always changing, and as Luke put it "difference doesn't always mean chaos. Unfortunate that there are people who seem to always resist change but I bet they all text, tweet and Facebook on their smartphones . Keep up the wonderful things happening at Vineyard 48. Joe the Insider is right. People need to stop being snobs. There was a time when tennis players had to wear all white to fit in with the prim and proper snobs. Now you can't watch a tennis match without hearing grunt after grunt as each shot is made. As Bob Dylan wrote "Oh the times they are a changin"

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