JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME: Acacia, Huntington’s newest fine dining seafood restaurant (371 New York Ave., Huntington 631-923-2299) opened its doors just in the nick of time after eight months of work. Owner Michael Cassano and owner-chef Matthew Maxwell said they had a soft opening on Friday, a second soft-opening on Saturday for family and hit the ground running on Sunday for Dine Huntington Restaurant Week. A focus of their menu is 11 presentations of mussels, and many varieties are on the Restaurant Week menu. Chef Matthew, a Culinary Institute of America grad, brings with him to Acacia experience in Manhattan restaurants like the Water Club on the East River. The Huntington village restaurant is a cool, urbane, comfortable Manhattan-flavored space created by New York City designer Steve Lewis. Swing by, welcome Acacia to town, grab a pot of mussels and let us know what you think!
A PHILANTHROPIC FEAST: MJ and her charitable cohorts at the Huntington Rotary Club are at it again with an event that marries exquisite cuisine with a great cause. They’ll host on Oct. 22 Taste of the Town 2013 at Appliance World, at 414 New York Ave., Huntington, in support of the North Shore Holiday House. Chef Barret Beyer, a “Hell’s Kitchen” alum, will be hard at work live in an Appliance World kitchen. So too will the gang from Huntington’s Portuguese destination Fado, Huntington favorite Red, Greenlawn’s classic Old Fields Inn, and Commack’s sophisticated Nisen Sushi. Tickets are $45 at the door; RSVP to Patrick Fallon at Appliance World at 631-418-1000. If you can’t wait for those four restaurants, visit them now during Dine Huntington Restaurant Week – all four are offering special three-course, $27.95 prix-fixe menus through Sunday.
TEA WITH A TWIST: Join the gang at Clipper Ship Tea Company (80 Main St., Northport 631-651-2764 www.clippershipteaco.com) to learn how to make tea cocktails from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 18. Learn how to infuse loose leaf tea into spirits to make healthy and fun seasonal cocktails. The event is free and open to all over age 21.
THREE DOLLAR DEAL: Chipotle Mexican Grill (435 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station 631-423-0127 www.chipotle.com) is reviving its annual Halloween promotion, Boorito (get it?). Anyone who comes into Chipotle dressed in costume from 4 p.m.-close on Oct. 31 will receive a burrito, bowl, salad or taco order for $3. The annual spectacle is aiming to raise up to $1 million for the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which funds initiatives that support sustainable agriculture, family farming, and culinary education.