News for Foodies 10.20.11

    A brunch at Nick and Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. will raise money to help Allyson Wald, a local resident who recently suffered a brain injury after having a heart attack. Tickets are $100 each and will include passed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a performance by Tom Postilio, a singer. They can be purchased by calling the Salon at Amagansett Square. Donations are being accepted as well, including checks or items that may be raffled or auctioned off.

Red Wine, Dark Chocolate
    If pumpkins or fall harvest vegetables aren’t enough temptation for a trip to the North Fork, red wine and dark chocolate might do the trick. On Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., Roxanne Browning, a chocolate sommelier (who knew of such a thing?) with Exotic Chocolate Tasting, will give a class on pairing the two tasty things at the Comtesse Therese Bistro in Aquebogue. Award-winning, artisanal dark chocolates will be paired with Reserve Estate merlots and cabernet sauvignons. Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations can be made by e-mailing reservations@comtessetherese.com.

Fall Specials
    Things to know now that autumn is settling in, traffic is thinning out, and the year-rounders are the ones remaining: Fresno in East Hampton, which is serving dinner on Wednesday through Sunday, offers two prix fixes all night at the bar — an appetizer and entree for $28, or appetizer, entree, and dessert for $30, as well as in the dining room until 6:32 p.m., the time the Long Island Rail Road’s “Cannonball” rolls in nearby.
    Also, at Cittanuova, there is a weekly lineup of specials. Sunday is family night, with a dinner including salad and the chef’s daily pasta for $16 per person, $9 for kids; Monday night, free chicken wings are served for those watching football at the bar, and Tuesday night all bottles of wine normally $50 or less are half off. Wednesday brings steak night, with a New York strip steak in a choice of three styles for $19, and on Thursday any pasta entree on the menu is $15.
    Michael’s at Maidstone, up in Springs, also has a steak night on Wednesday, with a choice of steaks for $21.95. Thursday night is lobster night, for $21.95. Michael’s has a prix fixe menu nightly, excluding holiday weekends, and a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. with free hors d’oeuvres.

Closing, Open
    Turtle Crossing in East Hampton, which tried out a new style this year and included light, bistro-style offerings along with its tried-and-true Southwestern favorites, closed for good after last weekend.
    Harbor Bistro on Three Mile Harbor has closed for the season, but its compadre, the Harbor Grill, also on that road but a bit closer to town, will remain open all year.
    La Fondita Mexican takeout in Amagansett remains open five days a week for lunch and dinner. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Book Signing and Demonstration
    On Saturday, visitors to the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop in Bridgehampton have been invited to “Party Like a Culinista,” or at least to meet the authors of the book by that name, Jill Donenfeld and Josetth Gordon. They will be on hand for a demonstration and book signing from noon to 2 p.m.