News for Foodies: 05.29.14

Local Food News

Kosher Menu
Kim Kushner, a cookbook author, will sign copies of her book, “The Modern Menu,” and demonstrate how to prepare a recipe from it at Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor on Sunday. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served, and the book, which was voted the best new kosher cookbook of 2013 by JoyofKosher.com, will be available for purchase. Reservations have been suggested.

Ms. Kushner, whose culinary education began during childhood summers in Israel, attended the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, worked at Food & Wine and Chile Pepper magazines, and has been a private chef and cooking teacher. Her healthy and seasonal kosher recipes center on locally grown produce.

Bar Bites
The Harbor Grill in East Hampton is offering a special bar bites menu Monday through Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday beginning at noon. Besides a list of more than 40 beers, there are $6 food choices including corn fritters, cheese quesadillas, zucchini sticks, and gravy cheese fries. Offerings for $8 include Buffalo and Mongolian barbecue wings, baked clams, chips and guacamole, and grilled cheese sandwiches served with fries and a pickle.

New at Fondita
La Fondita in Amagansett has some new Mexican takeout items on its menu. A Mariachi Mix is a vegetarian choice with peppers, corn, mushrooms, black beans, and chickpeas, which can be placed in a burrito, taco, or tostada, or included in a salad with chipotle mayonnaise and crisp tortilla strips with chile powder. New daily specials include taco rancheros with chicken, or flautas with chicken on Monday, torta Oaxaquena — a roll with ham, cheese, peppers, refried beans, tomato, and avocado — or flautas with shredded beef on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, orange-marinated pork tacos. Three specials are offered on Thurs­day: chipotle chicken tacos, chipotle chicken soft corn quesadillas, and crisp corn tortillas with chipotle chicken and refried beans. On Friday, the specials are chiles rellenos and green pozole, and on Saturday and Sunday, marinated steak tacos, and green pozole are on special.

In the Running
East Hampton Gourmet Foods is in the running for the Specialty Food Association’s award for “outstanding new food product of 2014” for its lentil rice crispbread with sesame pink salt. 

The product is among 11 finalists selected from 459 entries evaluated by a national panel of food professionals. The winner will be selected at the Summer Fancy Food Show taking place in New York City beginning on June 29, and will be announced at a red-carpet ceremony at the show.

New Takeout
Paul Labue, the executive chef at the Seafood Shop in Wainscott, has introduced a new takeout menu. Among the items on the list are spicy mini crab tacos, clam and corn fritters, cedar salmon Nicoise, a grilled tuna “B.L.T.” sandwich, a crab bahn mi-style sandwich, seafood cioppino, miso-glazed salmon, and grilled tuna puttanesca.

Also new this year is a for-delivery menu of dishes designed to feed a dozen or more, including breakfast choices, flatbreads with toppings, salads, sandwiches, beverages, and dessert. Prepared beach clambakes are available to go or for delivery.

Happy Hour
Townline BBQ in Sagaponack began a happy hour program yesterday, with specials at the bar and free games of pool on Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., and all day on Monday. Along with beer and wine specials, $5 shots, bar snacks such as chicken wings, hush puppies, and warm pretzels with mustard will be served. Townline is now open seven days a week starting at 11:30 a.m.

Gourmet Groceries, Delivered
My Butcher, a Wading River butcher shop and grocer that formerly had an outpost, Hampton Prime Meats, at the Hampton Market Place in East Hampton, has launched a delivery service for North and South Fork residents called Fork Fresh Express. Offerings include dry aged prime steaks, free-range poultry, grass-fed beef, game meats, and items hand-crafted by the business such as root beers, salads, and locally smoked bacon. Menus and delivery information are online at forkfreshexpress.com.