Recent Stories: Food

Laura Donnelly
May 11, 2017
A few years ago I decided that the greatest gift I have ever received came into this world on Aug. 13, 1987, at 2:30 p.m., eight pounds, six ounces, 21 inches of Adrian William Taylor, sound of wind and limb. So now we celebrate Mother’s Day by me cooking for him.

Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days and in many ways around the world.  In Thailand, it is celebrated on Aug. 12, the birthday of Queen Sirikit. Shrines are built, fireworks go off, and children present their mothers with garlands of jasmine flowers, which represent maternal love.

Jennifer Landes
May 11, 2017
For decades, serious foodies have been coming to the East End to partake of the simple pleasures of its summer produce and seafood. Later, they showed up at harvest time for its wine tastings and fine restaurants. More recently, they have left the city to live here year round and produce their own organic food products, such as heirloom wheat, honey, beer, distilled spirits, and fermented vegetables.

For decades, serious foodies have been coming to the East End to partake of the simple pleasures of its summer produce and seafood. Later, they showed up at harvest time for its wine tastings and fine restaurants.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 11, 2017
Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits will have a spring rosé preview from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 20. More than 50 rosé wines will be available for tasting. Round Swamp Farm markets are reopening for the season on Friday, May 19. Both the East Hampton farm market on Three Mile Harbor Road and the Bridgehampton market behind Main Street will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If Mother’s Day calls for a meal out on Sunday, our local restaurants will be offering some celebratory deals. 

At Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, there will be both brunch and dinner a la carte specials on Mother’s Day. Brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner service will begin at 6. 

May 9, 2017
With a number of vendors ready to go, the East Hampton Farmers Market will open two weeks early this year, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday.

With a number of vendors already raring to go, the East Hampton Farmers Market will open two weeks early this year, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Joanne Pilgrim
May 4, 2017
Union Cantina in Southampton will celebrate the Mexican fifth of May holiday by offering free passed hors d’oeuvres during a 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour, along with a variety of drink specials, including a lineup of the restaurant’s new summer cocktails. Beginning today, Westlake Fish House in Montauk will be open weekly from Thursdays through Sundays, noon through dinnertime. They are serving brunch daily and sushi, as well as the regular menu.

The tide of restaurants reopening for the season continues to surge. Gosman’s, at the Montauk docks, reopens today and will serve lunch and dinner daily, except Tuesdays, until Memorial Day, when the schedule will run seven days a week.

Laura Donnelly
May 4, 2017
Vienna has a reputation for having the best desserts in the world, which is why a most thoughtful fellow invited me.

First of all, I have to admit that certain German words bring out the inner child in me, and that inner child is akin to Beavis and Butthead. Millennial boys will know what I mean. 

Joanne Pilgrim
April 27, 2017
Noah’s restaurant in Greenport will host a Slow Food East End dinner on Sunday focused on “slow fish,” or local and sustainable seafood. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $110, $95 per person for Slow Food East End members. Advance reservations are required. Lulu Kitchen & Bar opens tomorrow in Sag Harbor, in the Main Street space once occupied by the Paradise and most recently by Doppio Artisan Bistro.

Lulu Kitchen & Bar opens tomorrow in Sag Harbor, in the Main Street space once occupied by the Paradise and most recently by Doppio Artisan Bistro. The restaurant is the newest offering from Marc Rowan, whose Montauk collection includes Arbor and Duryea’s Lobster Deck.

Laura Donnelly
April 27, 2017
A five-course dinner at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton recently focused on dishes from the six countries covered by the president’s travel ban. They were accompanied by four wines and a vermouth from Channing Daughters Winery.

Mark Twain wrote, in “Innocents Abroad,” that “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” 

Joanne Pilgrim
April 20, 2017
Tonight is the night that Jennifer Pike of Pike Farms and Sybille van Kempen of the Loaves and Fishes food store will give a free talk at the East Hampton Library on the symbiotic relationship between local produce like that sold at the Pike Farms stand and the takeout food shop. Will Goldberg’s Bagels take over the Barnes Country Store space in Springs? We should know by this time next week.

By this time next week, we may know whether Goldberg’s Bagels is taking over the Barnes Country Store space in Springs. The owners of Barnes have closed up shop for good, and negotiations are reportedly taking place about Goldberg’s leasing the Springs-Fireplace Road site. 

Loire Valley Wines

Star Staff
April 13, 2017
Several restaurants on the South Fork are serving Easter dinner and brunches, including Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, Nick and Toni’s, the 1770 House, and Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton. Highway's Chef also offered a recipe to try at home.

Several restaurants on the South Fork are serving Easter dinner and brunches, including Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, Nick and Toni’s, the 1770 House, and Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton, which were highlighted in last week’s “News for Foodies” column.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 13, 2017
Jennifer Pike of Pike Farms and Sybille van Kempen of the Loaves and Fishes food store will discuss farm-to-table eating at a talk next Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the East Hampton Library, part of the library’s Tom Twomey discussion series. Tickets are on sale for this year’s Taste of Tuckahoe, a fund-raiser for the Tuckahoe School at which numerous chefs, food producers, vintners, and beer makers present their wares. It will take place at 230 Elm in Southampton on April 28 from 7 to 10 p.m., with a V.I.P. cocktail hour from 6 to 7 before the main event.

Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton reopened last week for its 2017 season and will be serving lunch and dinner Thursdays through Sundays beginning at 11:30 a.m. until a bit later this spring.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 6, 2017
Ina Garten has a new instruction series in the works called “Cook Like a Pro.” It will premiere on the Food Network next month. Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett will have gefilte fish and other Passover specialties this week and next. The shop will be closed on April 16 and reopen on April 18.

Opus One Winery Dinner

Sunday is the night for a wine dinner at Wolffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor featuring vintages from the Opus One winery of California, along with offerings from the Wolffer Estate of Sagaponack. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the dinner costs $257.25 per person, which includes tax and tip.

 

Trump Travel Dinner

Joanne Pilgrim
March 30, 2017
As part of “Stay Out Late — Starry Night,” a business promotion in Southampton Village tonight, Union Cantina, a Mexican restaurant at Bowden Square, will have an all-night happy hour and live music. The Wolffer Estate winery in Sagaponack has unveiled its new tasting room, which features a bar where one can order a glass of the vineyard’s wine or dry rosé cider, along with high-top tables, banquettes, and a living room area.

The Harbor Grill on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton has started Taco Tuesdays, when taco dinners are two-for-one, with specials on beverages to complement the meal. The special begins at 5 p.m. each week.

Mark Segal
March 30, 2017
"We bring in people who are wine educators," Chimene Macnaughton said of the workshops at Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits, "but we make it super-democratic. We want it to be welcoming even if all you know is that you like white wine."

On a recent Wednesday evening at Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits, more than 30 people crowded around a large, L-shaped table listening to Bryan Tierce, a principal of Oro de Lidia tequila, talk about tequila and mezcal. In front of each participant tiny plastic cups sat on a placemat that identified each libation. Judging from the questions, some were novices, others more experienced, and Mr.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 23, 2017
Taste a bite from a whole host of East End restaurants and food producers on April 2 at A Moveable Feast, a Slow Food East End fund-raiser for its Edible School Gardens program. Cittanuova restaurant in East Hampton, which has expanded its bar seating area and is showing basketball games on large TVs over the bar, is serving complimentary Buffalo chicken wings during Monday and Tuesday night games after 6.

Maurizio Marfoglia, the chef and owner at Dopo La Spiaggia in East Hampton, is teaming up with Gwendolen Bokine of Gwennie on the Go, a vegan chef, to present Beyond Twigs, Sticks, and Berries, a five-course meal, at the restaurant next Thursday.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 23, 2017
For years, customers had asked Jason Belkin to serve dinner at Hampton Coffee Company’s Water Mill spot, which has been open for 24 years. “We’ve been procrastinating,” Mr. Belkin said with a laugh. He has been busy growing the business to include cafes in Westhampton and Southampton, and most recently in Aquebogue. Over the winter, a longtime plan came together to finally give his customers what they had been asking for: dinner at Hampton Coffee.

For years, customers had asked Jason Belkin to serve dinner at Hampton Coffee Company’s Water Mill spot, which has been open for 24 years. “We’ve been procrastinating,” Mr. Belkin said with a laugh. He has been busy growing the business to include cafes in Westhampton and Southampton, and most recently in Aquebogue.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 16, 2017
Registration is open for a mushroom cultivation class to be led by David Falkowski of Open Minded Organics in Bridgehampton on May 6. The half-day session will include a tour of the company’s mushroom farm, a discussion of basic mycology, and information on indoor and outdoor mushroom cultivation. Roman Roth, the winemaker at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagap­onack, will host a private tasting in the wine cellar on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. featuring a number of Wolffer varietals and vintages and including information about the creation of each wine and how to pair it with food.

Roman Roth, the winemaker at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagap­onack, will host a private tasting in the wine cellar on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. featuring a number of Wolffer varietals and vintages and including information about the creation of each wine and how to pair it with food. Admission is $35, or $25 for Wolffer Wine Club members. 

 

Jennifer Landes
March 16, 2017
In case you are not Irish or have your head in the sand, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. For those looking to satisfy their holiday hankering for corned beef and cabbage, the traditional American way to celebrate the day in an epicurean way, there are numerous places to find it.

In case you are not Irish or have your head in the sand, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. For those looking to satisfy their holiday hankering for corned beef and cabbage, the traditional American way to celebrate the day in an epicurean way, there are numerous places to find it.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 9, 2017
Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton is holding pizza-making sessions for kids ages 5 to 12 every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 17, will bring Irish food and drink specials to Rowdy Hall in East Hampton for St. Patrick’s Day, along with a live WEHM radio broadcast from the restaurant from 4 to 6 p.m.

In an unexpected move, the Meeting House restaurant in Amagansett closed its doors on Sunday. It announced the closing on Facebook on Friday. Word is that Randy Lerner, who owns the restaurant and all of Amagansett Square, where it is located, has made a deal to have Wolffer Kitchen take over the space.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 2, 2017
The spring session of tastings and classes at Wainscott Wine and Spirits begins on Wednesday with “The Past and Future of Wine Education: Why We Taste and What We Learn,” presented by Andrew Beti of Wine Symphony, Inc., a co-founder of the American Sommelier Association. The soup pots will be simmering on Saturday at Scoville Hall in Amagansett for the eighth annual soup and chili dinner sponsored by the deacons of the Amagansett Presybterian Church. Twenty-two East End restaurants or food purveyors, along with church members, will provide the eats.

The Montauk Brewing Company has been growing by leaps and bounds, it seems, and recently got some positive attention for its Driftwood Ale. Competing against beers from many breweries from across the United States, the brew won a gold medal in the India pale ale or English-style pale ale category at the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards in Bend, Ore., in late January.

 

Joanne Pilgrim
February 23, 2017
Wine lovers can enjoy a presentation by Roman Roth, the Wolffer Estate winemaker, who will lead diners through a tasting of the Sagaponack winery’s cabernet franc vintages paired with a five-course dinner prepared by Brian Cheewing on Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, beer lovers can enjoy the First Annual Whole Animal Cured, Pickled, Fermented, and Preserved Things Beer Dinner at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton. Jason Weiner, Almond’s chef, is collaborating with Jeremy Blutstein, the chef at Montauk’s East by Northeast, to create five courses to be paired with Montauk Brewing Company beers.

It’s that time of year again, when diners at Rowdy Hall, in addition to submitting their orders, can submit their own Oscar night ballots with their predictions for winners of the golden statues to be awarded on Sunday. 

Laura Donnelly
February 23, 2017
When I wake up in the middle of the night I usually begin to fantasize about palominos.I Google palominos for sale and imagine the fun of owning one. This insomniac behavior can last for hours. Sometimes I research vintage Airstream trailers, because, well, they’re pretty to look at. The Bambi model, measuring a mere 16 feet and built from 1961 to 1964, is the most totes adorbs!

When I wake up in the middle of the night I usually begin to fantasize about palominos.I Google palominos for sale and imagine the fun of owning one. This insomniac behavior can last for hours. Sometimes I research vintage Airstream trailers, because, well, they’re pretty to look at.

Laura Donnelly
February 16, 2017
I have been a fan of Tutto Il Giorno, now Dopo La Spiaggia (“after the beach”), in Sag Harbor for years. I don’t patronize it frequently because it is a wee bit expensive, but it is cozy and charming, with a view of Bay Street and the marina. Now Dopo La Spiaggia has opened at the old Laundry (later the Lodge and Race Lane) space in East Hampton.

Dopo La Spiaggia
31 Race Lane
East Hampton
631-658-9063
Dinner nightly 

Joanne Pilgrim
February 16, 2017
Red wines from southern France will be the focus at the next in a series of weekly wine classes at Park Place Wines and Liquors in East Hampton. The sessions — on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — are free, but reservations have been requested. Italian wines will be up next, on March 1. Reservations are a must for the first annual “whole animal, cured, pickled, fermented, and preserved things” beer dinner to be held at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton on March 1.

Reservations are a must for the first annual “whole animal, cured, pickled, fermented, and preserved things” beer dinner to be held at Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton on March 1. Jeremy Blutstein, the chef at East by Northeast in Montauk, is teaming up with Almond’s chef, Jason Weiner, to create a five-course tasting menu.