Jamesport Manor Inn’s Matthew Kar Looks Forward to Harvest East End

Jamesport Manor Inn dish.
Jamesport Manor Inn dish. Photo credit: Kelly Laffey

When the historic Jamesport Manor Inn burned to the ground in 2005, new owners Matt and Gail Kar and Anne McVeigh rebuilt and replicated the circa 1850s structure. Serving American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair, Chef Matthew Kar will be on-hand at Dan’s Harvest East End on August 22. Chef Kar offers his thoughts on the local culinary culture.

Chef Matthew Kar
Chef Matthew Kar

What are you most looking forward to about being part of Dan’s Harvest East End this year?
Seeing customers and friends of the past 27 years

What is the best pairing of food and East End wine?
Anything out of the water and a barrel-fermented chardonnay

If you were to eat at your restaurant as a guest, what would you order?
Any of the fish dishes

Describe the relationship between East End wine and the agriculture and East End culinary culture?
The wine and the food are grown in the same soil, so they have chemistry.

Food that defines summer on the East End:
Lobster and corn

Favorite East End-inspired meal?
Lobster, corn and tomatoes

What is your favorite aspect of being part of the culinary culture on the East End?
We are supporting the farms so our area will stay open and beautiful.

What you hear the phrase “local,” what does it mean to you?
A farm stand

A great meal always begins with…
Local ingredients

The trio of Dan’s Taste of Summer Events wraps up with Dan’s Harvest East End, the food-and-wine classic, on August 22. Hosted by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian, the event will showcase more than 40 East End winemakers, the dishes of 30-plus top regional chefs and purveyors. Tickets start at $125 for general admission and $275 for VIP admission. The event will be held at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit DansTaste.com.

Jamesport Manor Inn, 370 Manor Lane, Jamesport. 631-722-0500, jamesportmanorinn.com

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