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Melissa Joan Hart prepares to work her magic on the Besito menu during an Oct. 30 visit.

BEWITCHING: Celebrating Halloween a day early, “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” star Melissa Joan Hart was spotted celebrating at Besito (402 New York Ave., Huntington 631-549-0100 www.besitomexican.com) Oct. 30 after her visit to town to sign copies of her newest book “Melissa Explains it All.” She enjoyed a family night out, dining in a party of 12 including her parents and grandmother. We’re told she noshed on tortilla soup, the famous tableside guacamole and tamales paired with margaritas.

GREAT CHEFS, UNITE: Speaking of magic, let’s look at some culinary magic. In a little less than one month’s time, the men and women behind 40 of Long Island’s premier restaurants will converge on the Crest Hollow Country Club Dec. 8 for the annual “Great Chefs of Long Island” fundraiser in support of the Family Service League. Many Huntington favorites will be represented, including: Almarco, Besito, Bistro Cassis, Grasso’s, J Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse, Jewel, Jonathan’s Ristorante, Osteria Da Nino, Piccolo, Prime: An American Kitchen and Bar, Red and Tutto Pazzo. For more information or to buy tickets and sponsorships, call 631-427-3700, ext. 255, or email jsandler@fsl-li.org. Bon appetit!

NEW TASTES AT CAMPARI: There’s a new menu at Campari Ristorante (225 Main St., Northport, 631-757-6700, campariristorante.com), which is hosting a soft reopening on Friday, Nov. 15. Seatings start at 5 p.m., and live music begins at 8 p.m. Owner of Campari Danyell Miller is changing the menu, serving fresh, seasonal and inspired Mediterranean-style cuisine. Other new offerings at the restaurant include: education classes with guest chefs featuring topics that reflect the Mediterranean lifestyle such as health, nutrition, history, and the art of cooking; jazz music on Friday and Sunday nights; Sunday brunch starting Nov. 17, and a rotating art exhibit gallery.

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