News For Foodies

by Michelle Napoli | October 10,1996

   A new line of Dominican Republic cigars manufactured by Tamboril will be introduced for the first time next Thursday at the Southampton Publick House. The restaurant will hold a cigar dinner that night, when Peter Orlando, the manager of the Southampton shop of Hamptons Tobacco, and a representative from Tamboril's Miami offices will be on hand to discuss the new stogies.
   Each guest will be provided with a cigar cutter and a copy of Cigar Aficionado magazine as well as four of the new cigars and will be eligible for tobacco-related prizes provided by Hamptons Tobacco. The dinner will start with a full cocktail hour, and then the meal's courses will pair selections by the chef, Donald Sullivan, and the brew master, Phil Markowski.

Three Kinds

    The first course will feature oysters with a mignonette sauce and the Publick House porter, while the main course will pair a Black Angus prime rib and the microbrewery's East End India Pale Ale. Dessert will bring a Bavarian chocolate cake and a 12-year-old single malt Glenmorangie. The dinner is $90.
   In other news, the Southampton restaurant will hold a beer-tasting class Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. The basics of beer flavor analysis, the history of beer and brewing, world beer styles, and an explanation of how beer is made will be discussed. The class will cost $25 and registration in advance is required.

Cigars At Gurney's

    "Sip, Smoke, and Swirl" is the name given to a cigar dinner planned at Gurney's Inn in Montauk tomorrow. It will begin at 7 p.m. with cocktails, featuring Glenlivet 12-year-old single malt scotch and Martell cognac and hors d'oeuvres. A six-course dinner will follow, accompanied by wines of Barton & Guestier, and each guest will receive a selection of cigars, a cigar cutter, and a copy of Cigar Aficionado magazine provided by Hamptons Tobacco.
   The meal, prepared by Gurney's chef, Richard Brown, will start with farfalle pasta puttanesca with Barton & Guestier Graves, followed by a second course of black bean soup and a Barton & Guestier St. Emilion. The third course, a smoked fish sampler, will be paired with a pouilly-fuisse, while the fourth will feature a tri-colore salad and a chablis.
   An intermezzo will be served next, followed by a choice of entrees: sliced filet of beef with cognac sauce, blackened tuna, or Long Island duck with port wine sauce, accompanied by Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Dessert will be strawberry shortcake, served with cognac and coffee liqueur. The dinner is $100 plus a 15-percent tip, and Gurney's can be called for reservations.

Wine School

    Registration for a "Wine School" offered at Tierra Mar in Westhampton is now under way. The four-part course is offered Mondays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 21 and promises to introduce students to wines from all the major wine-producing regions of the world.
   Stephen Falango, the restaurant's sommelier, will teach the class, which will feature more than 50 wines. The four classes will cost $90, with an optional textbook available for another $17.
   Meanwhile, Sunday brunch has returned to Tierra Mar and is served from noon to 3 p.m. Brunch includes a trip to the appetizer buffet, which includes items like clams and oysters, house-cured salmon, and fruit, and then a main course like eggs Benedict, grilled Black Angus sirloin, or challah french toast, for $18.50. A three-course tasting menu is now available Monday through Thursday nights from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for $22.50, as well.

Columbus Day Specials

    Columbus Day will be celebrated with several special dinners this weekend. The wines of Terrabianca Vineyards from Tuscany, Italy, will be featured at a dinner prepared by Shaun Doty, the chef at Savanna's in Southampton.
   Guests at the special dinner Sunday will start with an amuse-gueule, followed by the first course, a chilled salad of veal in tuna sauce with pickled organic vegetables, which will be paired with Chardonnay Piano del Capella 1993. A Vidalia onion-crusted Florida striped marlin with coulis of red wine, paired with a 1991 Chianti Classico Riserva, will be next, followed by a petite risotto of black truffles and duck tenderloins with jus de viande, accompanied by a 1991 Piano del Cipresso.
   A grappa will offer a break before the next course, loin of New Zealand venison in homemade strudel, paired with a Campaccio Riserva Speciale 1991. Dessert will be a croustillade of mascarpone with bitter chocolate sorbet and Il Fino Vin Santo 1990. The dinner will cost $55 per person, not including tax and tip, and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.
   Another Columbus Day special, offered tomorrow through Sunday at Balzarini's in Southampton, was described in last week's column.

Celebrating Normandy

    The apple season will be celebrated tonight at the Station Bistro, which will offer a three-course dinner featuring the cuisine (and wines) of Normandy. The Water Mill restaurant offers a prix-fixe meal inspired by a French province each Thursday night.
   Also noteworthy this week:
   All pastries and cakes are half off on Sundays at Georgica Bakers in Amagansett. All breads, muffins, and croissants are half off after 4 p.m. every day except Monday and Tuesday, when the bakery is closed, and after 2 p.m. on Sundays.
   Spots Cafe and Bakery, a little known but noteworthy eatery in Sag Harbor, is now serving dinner on Friday and Saturday nights through the fall. Owned by Judi Simonson, Spots's chef is Barbara Smith, who at one time worked at Provisions, also in Sag Harbor.
   Spots, almost hidden at the corner of Rose and Bridge Streets, serves breakfast all day starting at 8 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily except Wednesdays. Dinner, with reservations strongly suggested, brings Indian cuisine on Fridays and more traditional fare on Saturdays. Two entree selections - one vegetarian or fish and one chicken or meat - are offered each night.
   Cooking classes are being offered at the Bayview Seafood Market in Sag Harbor Monday nights, beginning at 7 p.m. Four classes costs $200, though students can attend single classes, and guests can join them for the dinner prepared during class for half-price.
   Dishes featured in past classes include a lobster bake, garlic blue claw crabs, marinated pan-seared tuna, and desserts like sorbets and a plum and peach tart. Wine, microbrew beers, and soft drinks are included in the class dinners. The market can be called for more information.
   A new fall menu debuted at Citron in Sag Harbor last weekend. New additions include a braised lamb shank with white beans and rosemary and a filet of beef bordelaise. A three-course dinner is available for $19.95 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays until 10 p.m. and on Fridays until 6:30 p.m. The prix-fixe includes soup or salad, a choice of entree, and a choice of two desserts.

Closed For Season

    Bostwick's Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar in East Hampton has closed for the season, but will return next May. Meanwhile, diners can still enjoy the food and hospitality of Chris Eggert and Kevin Boles at their other East Hampton restaurant, Sante Fe Junction.
   Blackboard dinner specials are now offered weeknights at Simple Pleasures in Bridgehampton. For $15.95, the specials include a salad, entree, dessert, and coffee. Simple Pleasures is closed Tuesdays.
   A new fall menu is now being prepared by the chef at 95 School Street in Bridgehampton, Riccardo Traslavina. Grilled sardines over arugula; butternut squash ravioli with brown sugar and sage; baked sturgeon with roasted garlic crust, braised oyster mushrooms, endive, and onions, and fingerling potatoes; sauteed mahi mahi with leeks, tomatoes, capers, and lemon juice, and rabbit pot pie with buttermilk biscuits are among the new items.

For Boxing Fans

    Reservations are now being taken at Bridgehampton Cafe for a Nov. 9 live broadcast of "Let's Get Ready To Rumble," a series of boxing events that will take place in Las Vegas, including Mike Tyson duking it out with Evander Holyfield.
   Those who want to join the fun have two options: pay $17.50 to come sit at the bar for the fights, or $50 for a three-course dinner before the main event. Pay-per-view for the event is $60, so either way it's a deal.