News for Foodies 11.24.11

    It’s a good bet that a lot of foodies are in their element today, having prepared a groaning board full of delicious Thanksgiving dishes. On a holiday that’s not just about food, but also gratitude, let’s hope that those with a lot have made an effort to help those without, by donating to our local food pantries so that everyone is enjoying a Thanksgiving meal today.

Learn, For Free
    On Saturday, visitors to the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop in Bridgehampton between noon and 2 p.m. can learn how to make cranberry-orange mini loaves at a free cooking demonstration.

Adieu, Till Next Year
    Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton has closed for the season, but those who enjoy the hospitable style of that restaurant owned by Chris Eggert and Kevin Boles can visit their year-round eatery in Amagansett, the Indian Wells Tavern.

And the Special Is
    The lineup of prix fixe specials this week includes those at Cafe Max in East Hampton, which offers a three-course special for $24 on Monday and Wednesday nights, an early bird special on Friday, two courses for $23 between 5:30 and 5:55 p.m., and on Saturday evening, a 20-percent discount for those who sit down at 5:30 sharp. There is also a three-course brunch on Sunday for $20 between noon and 3 p.m. Cafe Max is closed today.
    Nick and Toni’s, also in East Hampton, has crowned Thursday “date night” and offers couples a complimentary glass of wine, selected by the sommelier, with a meal. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, a three-course special allows diners to choose three items from the regular menu for $30, although for some items supplementary charges apply.
    It’s “film and food” at Nick and Toni’s on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, with two courses served for $30, along with a voucher for the movies.

Restaurant Week Success
    Word is in that the sixth annual fall Long Island Restaurant Week, which ran through Nov. 13, drew plenty of diners out for $24.95 prix fixe meals. Partipating restaurants served an estimated total of 197,600 meals, according to WordHampton, the organizer of the event. Revenue from the 197,600 meals was estimated to be in the neighborhood of $7.6 million, which includes $419,060 in taxes for New York State.
    As part of the event, there was a food drive at participating restaurants for Island Harvest, which distributes food to the needy, and donations were made to the Interfaith Nutrition Network and the Family Service League.
    Another Long Island Restaurant Week, and the second of two annual Hamptons Restaurant Weeks, will take place in the spring.