News for Foodies: 02.28.13

Local Food News

    Rick Bogush, the garden manager at Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, will present “Cooking With Herbs, Part Two” on Sunday at the Bridgehampton Community House. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free to Bridge Gardens members, and $15 for others. Reservations have been requested, as space is limited, and can be made by calling the offices of the Peconic Land Trust, which is sponsoring the event, or by sending an e-mail to

Italian Cooking
    A series of Italian cooking classes sponsored by the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop in Bridgehampton begins on Saturday at the Bridgehampton Inn and will focus on traditional cuisine in various regions of the country.
    The first session, from 6 to 9 p.m., will center on dishes from Piedmont. The menu will include garlic and anchovy dip with grilled vegetables, meat ravioli, and hazelnut cake with chocolate ice cream. The cost is $165.
     At follow-up sessions on March 16 and 30, dishes from Emilia-Romagna and Umbria will be prepared.

New on the Menu
    Rowdy Hall has some new choices on its lunch menu. They include a duck confit salad with crispy root vegetables and a honey-cider vinaigrette, local cod, corned beef with grilled cheese, and a ciabatta sandwich with crispy pancetta, melted provolone, arugula, and fig jam.

Artists and Writers Dinner
    Susan Scarf Merrell, a novelist and editor who teaches at Stony Brook Southampton, will host the fifth in a series of artists’ and writers’ nights at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton. On Tuesday night beginning at 7, the event will include a family-style three-course meal and a discussion of the life and work of the author Shirley Jackson, led by Ms. Merrell.
    Shirley Jackson is best known for her chilling short story “The Lottery,” first published in The New Yorker in 1948 and since taught in colleges and high schools across the nation as a prime example of the surprise ending. Ms. Merrell, who is the fiction editor of TSR: The Southampton Review, has written a literary thriller narrated by a woman who moves into Ms. Jackson’s house, which will be published next year. The cost is $40 in advance, or $45 at the door, which includes a glass of local wine or craft beer plus tax and gratuity.