News for Foodies 11.10.11

    Even when dark falls early and the wind off “the End” can make a visit to Montauk feel forbidding, there are still lots of reasons to head east — the Shagwong among them.
    A weekly dinner special at the “Wong” costs just $14.95, and includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. On Sunday, the menu is “chef’s choice.” Monday is steak night, and Tuesday, pasta night. On Wednesday, the special includes Hungarian beef goulash with noodles, and on Thursday, it is pot roast with potato pancakes. Friday is all-you-can-eat fish fry night. 

Seasons of Honey
    On Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4, Mary Woltz of the Bee’s Needs, a local beekeeper, will be at the Lucy’s Whey cheese shop in East Hampton. Ms. Woltz will have a selection of different honeys from hives throughout East Hampton and Sag Harbor for tasting, along with tidbits of cheese. She will discuss how honey is made and its different seasons.

East End Chefs Series
    Damien O’Donnell, the chef and a partner at the Harbor Grill in East Hampton, will be the featured chef next Thursday at Sag Harbor’s Old Whalers Church cooking series.
    Mr. O’Donnell will prepare pistachio-crusted oysters, flash-seared tuna poke, and shrimp with pasta in a light tomato sauce. Dessert will be fresh berries sabayon. Wine will be served.    
    The evening begins at 6:30 and costs $30, which can be paid in cash or by check at the door. Reservations have been suggested, however, as space is limited. They may be made by calling the church.
    Proceeds of the programs benefit the church’s community house fund, which is used to maintain facilities used by a host of community groups.

Thanksgiving Thinking
    A few early thoughts about Thanksgiving, with more to come next week:
    Art of Eating catering in Amagansett gives holiday meal hosts the option of not having to make myriad dishes. Orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 18, and food picked up before noon on Thanksgiving.
    Among the more than 40 prepared items available, which are centered on organic, local ingredients, are turkeys raised at Ludlow Farms in Mecox, hors d’oeuvres, soups and salads, stuffing and gravy, conserves and relishes, breads, vegetables, and desserts. For those who prefer not to eat the traditional bird, a baked glazed Virginia ham can be ordered, as can other items, such as lasagna and salmon, to get one through the holiday weekend.
    Orders can be placed by calling Art of Eating, or by sending an e-mail to wecaterit@aol.com.
    Among the restaurants that will be serving a holiday feast on Thanksgiving is the Living Room, which is at c/o the Maidstone in East Hampton. A four-course meal will be served from 1 to 8 p.m. and costs $85 for adults and $40 for children. To add wines paired with each of the courses — for the grown-ups only, of course — the cost will go up $45.

At Pierre’s
    A prix fixe special at Pierre’s in Bridgehampton will continue through the winter and be available nightly, but only until 6:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. The cost is $24 for two courses, or $28 for three.

Restaurant Week
    Long Island Restaurant Week began Sunday and will continue through this coming Sunday. Participating restaurants across the Island will offer a three-course prix fixe for $24.95 each night. On Saturday, it will be available only before 7.
    A list of eateries participating in the promotion, which was developed by East Hampton’s own public relations firm, WordHampton, can be found at www.longislandrestaurantweek.com.