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Lauren Palladino’s photo, “Sunday Funday,” won her a Besito cocktail party for 25.

THE ART OF FOOD: A talented shutterbug has won herself a cocktail party for 25 in a recent contest hosted by Besito Mexican (631-549-0100 Lauren Palladino, 27, of Syosset, won the Share the Love contest, which began in July 2013. The rules were simple – share a photo that expresses what you love about Besito, and the top vote-getter wins the prize. Lauren’s photo, “Sunday Funday,” a shot including a pomegranate martini – her favorite Besito cocktail – won top honors.

I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE HAVING FOR DINNER: Head over to Porto Vivo (7 Gerard St., Huntington 631-385-8486 Feb. 26 for dinner and a reading with psychic medium Christopher Allan. The $100 p.p. all-inclusive dinner and reading event includes unlimited wine and beer, tax and gratuity. Seating is very limited, so call ahead.

IT’S A LARK – Hopefully the Elks whetted your appetite Saturday for chili – because on March 23, The Lark Pub & Grub (93 Larkfield Road, East Northport will host its own chili cook-off to support the League for Animal Protection in Huntington. $10 at the door is your ticket to array of top-notch chili from 1-5 p.m. Put out the fire with a selection of more than 50 craft beers available at the pub.

IT’S A BALL, TOO: A new concept in take-away dining is coming to Campari Ristorante (225 Main St., Northport 631-757-6700, and it’s a ball. No, really – it is! Campari just introduced the Take-Out Ball concept in Northport Village. Reminiscent of the old ball-game or Cinderella, the name offers up an over-the-counter quick lunch that is filling and won’t break the bank. Choose from either classic meatball, chicken sundried tomato basil, pancetta lamb, falafel, salmon artichoke, special fish or special veggie balls and order them with your choice of six sauces in a box, in a salad with four choices of greens, or on your choice of three breads and three veggies. All of this and it’s just $7 – so try it out, tell Danyell the foodies sent ya and have a ball!

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